Nino Schurter's Scott Spark - Lenzerheide XC World Champs 2018

Sep 7, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018

Nino Schurter will be gunning for his seventh World Champion title this weekend in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, a feat he's even more anxious to accomplish due to the fact that the race takes place on home soil.

His bike of choice is the Scott Spark, complete with a custom red and white paint job to match the Swiss flag. There's no dropper post in place for this round, but we all know that Nino can still throw down plenty of style even with his seat way up in the air. Complete weight of the bike, with pedals, is said to be a mere 21.7 lb (9.86 kg). Other details include a 90mm stem / handlebar combo, with -25mm of rise, 2.25” Maxxis Aspen tires, and a big ol' 38-tooth chainring up front paired with SRAM's 12-speed XX1 Eagle cassette.

Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018
Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018

Suspension duties are handled by a 100mm Rock Shox SID up front, and an unmarked Fox shock in the rear that's been equipped with Scott's TwinLoc system. A handlebar remote allows Nino to keep the suspension firmed up for the majority of the course, and then simultaneously unlock the fork and shock for a little extra comfort on the descents.


Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018
Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018
Syncros' Fraser iC SL integrated carbon bar / stem.

Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018
Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018
It takes some seriously strong legs to justify running a 38-tooth chainring, even if there is a 50-tooth cog on that Eagle cassette.




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66 Comments

  • 30 1
 The best of the paintjob is that the bike has different colors on each side, so Pinkbike, show us the left side and a front picture of it (don´t make me go to check it on others websites…)
  • 24 1
 OK @mikekazimer I confess, I did went to another website, but it was your fault.
  • 15 0
 One day the stem will be mounted in between the headtube and fork.
  • 2 0
 @chyu: Who knows, maybe.
But first you could also do like some motorcycle: clamp the grips on the tubes of a double crown fork so you could get 100-150mm more travel :p
Or put the stem between the 2 headset cups.
  • 2 1
 He has balls for riding with no care for his "balls".
  • 6 0
 Yes the weight. Under 22 pounds holy crap!
  • 3 20
flag lelandjt (Sep 7, 2018 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 Not that light for a Spark RC. Mine with dropper is 1.5lb lighter.
  • 7 1
 lolz no eTAP!
  • 5 4
 #eTrap
  • 2 0
 I like Syncros components. They're among the few oem brands I'll put on a bike. Their FL1.5 carbon seatpost is the first carbon one I've tried that didn't crack on my hardtail.
  • 14 2
 psst its a ritchey seatpost. the good syncros wheels are made by DTswiss.
  • 1 1
 Yes and Cube stems are made by Syntace and Canyon bikes are made by Giant.
  • 1 0
 @mm732: psst Ritchey and Syncros parted ways back in 2012.
  • 1 0
 @thedirtyburritto: Not sure what that has to do with it. That's a Ritchey Superlogic Link seatpost FOR SURE...I have the same one with a Ritchey Vector Evo saddle. It's a sick set up, have had it for 4 years.
  • 2 0
 The paint concept reminds me so much the Fort Williams bike of gee and rachel's session, two tone and reverse pattern from opposite sides. This just has simpler paint materials.
  • 4 0
 Does Cooper have his 40 tooth ring on for this course?
  • 6 0
 Cooper 40x50.... Tempier 40x34...
  • 4 0
 @RedRedRe: 38/50 is the same as my 32/42. That makes me feel better when I struggle uphill.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: it is not... 38x50 is easier
  • 1 0
 @RedRedRe: marginally and certainly easier than my 32 oval.
  • 4 0
 Love the paint job, very Specialized Smile
  • 6 4
 To avoid serving 503 errors due to an overload of visitors, we do not recommend using Eagle eTap.
  • 8 5
 That's a really nice looking Klein Mantra.
  • 2 0
 So no one bothered to notice that this is NOT Ninos race bike?
-wrong transmission
-wrong wheels
etc...
  • 3 1
 21 lbs say what Eek my DJ isn’t even that light!!!!
  • 1 0
 Where is the electronic shifting? They have it in some other pictures... did it went hacked ??...
  • 2 0
 I don't care about xc bikes or carbon, but that bike is friggin cool.
  • 2 1
 38 tooth chain ring.......good lord, my legs cried just reading that.
  • 7 3
 Actually it if you consider it 38 x 50 is not really a very high granny gear at all. I am not super fit, not even in the same fitness universe and I am pretty happy with 30 x 40 which is a very similar ratio. 50 tooth is a pretty big cog, I assume eventually there will just be teeth on the drive side of the rim for the lowest gear. Smile
  • 5 0
 he probably does not go past 38x34... never seen a wc male top racer going 1:1
  • 5 1
 @acrowe: You're right. I'm using 32 x 36 and it's a harder ratio than 38 x 50.
  • 12 0
 @lRaphl: @acrowe probably so but that's besides the point. It's in the lower half of the cassette where you're gonna start to really feel that huge ring. It's actually surprisingly hard to spin out like a 34x11 gearing on the road if you're not up out of the saddle sprinting. It's the fact he can push a ratio like 38x10 comfortably and strongly that's the crazy part Wink
  • 4 0
 @acrowe: many people can push those big gears and plod along but very few can push those gears fast at race pace when climbing steep hills with 4,500+ ft in 1.5 hrs.
  • 2 3
 @Artikay13: 34x11 is easily topped out on the road and in xc. Sorry
  • 2 1
 @lRaphl: 38/50 is the same as my 32/42 altho I'm running an oval so it's more like 34/42.
  • 2 0
 It's just that Shurter has to ride Eagle because of his contract with Sram. He'd be better off with an 11 speed and a 42.
  • 1 0
 Mechanical eagle vs eTap. Hmmm...
  • 2 0
 those bars though...
  • 8 1
 I think they put the bars on upside down. A World Cup mechanic should know better!
  • 4 0
 At the speeds he rides they'll be generating downforce for extra grip on the descents.
  • 1 0
 What’s the effective stem length on that thing? From some angles it looks like about a 20mm and from another about 80mm, all of it almost straight down. Nino has always loved his slammed setup.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: its 90mm -25 degree
  • 1 0
 38x50 is .76 32x42 is .76
  • 1 0
 anyone know if it's a size medium or small frame?
  • 1 0
 Medium
  • 1 1
 Who would bet against him?
  • 2 1
 where's the etap?
  • 6 0
 On another website the etap is on. This is a spare bike I think. The other site also said the tires were tubular but they don’t look it to me but there are not enough detailed photos to really say. I think most pros gave up on tubular for xc.
  • 1 0
 @Someoldfart: Yeah I don't think Nino has run tubular since he stopped riding 27.5. Probably signed a proper sponsorship deal with Maxxis at the same time instead of paying Dugast to make him a new run of 29er tubbies :p
  • 2 1
 @Someoldfart: I built up a set of 290g carbon tubular rims with Racing Ralph tires, and long story short, they were better handling but more draggy than tubeless. Ditched them.
  • 1 0
 @Someoldfart: Think you are right on the eTap because I've seen pics of the race and he is definitely running Eagle eTap.
  • 2 1
 so wheres the etap?
  • 1 0
 Where's the gumwall?
  • 1 2
 what's up with the fox shock? I can't really believe that SRAM doesn't have any shock that could fit in the spark frame?
  • 1 0
 It is a Scott/Fox Nude Evol shock that uses the 3-mode Twinloc system... Rock Shox doesn't make a Twinloc-capable shock.
  • 1 0
 38t lovepure
  • 1 3
 THOUGHT he was on DTSwiss suspension. what happened?
  • 1 0
 I'm sure there is a shock that fits but not one designed for Twinloc.
  • 2 0
 SRAM and Scott are now the team's main sponsors... The only thing that DT Swiss provides now are the wheels.
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