r Matt DeLorme nabbed some spy shots of Nino Schurter's new whip during La Bresse practice - a sharp looking dual-suspension design that is decidedly different than the Scott Spark that the multi-time XC World Champion has wielded for the past few years. Gone is the top tube-mounted shock and slender swing-link, replaced by a compact seat-tube mounted rocker (looks like it’s made of carbon) and a vertically mounted shock that pivots on a yoke arrangement near the bottom bracket.
The frame is molded with more angular tube profiles and is designed around 29-inch wheels (Nino's preferred hoops are 27.5-inch wheels). Its paint scheme mirrors the present auto-maker trend of painting prototype vehicles in confusing geometric patterns - a foible intended to mask subtle body profiling from photographic documentation. Whatever, comparing the new and old bikes side by side reveals striking differences that cannot be hidden by such trickery.