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Scott Spark JR 20 Kids

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $479.99


Product Description

  • Scott Junior 20“ Spark
  • Alloy 6061 P.G. / with Alloy 6061Swingarm
  • 65mm rear travel
  • RST Capa T20 / suspension fork
  • 50 mm travel
  • Apro SD / 65mm travel rear shock
  • 20“ Wheels
  • 11.70 kg / 25.77 lbs


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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Keven

    Date Reviewed: September 5, 2013

    Strengths:    Out of the box this is a very light and competent FS mtn bike. Most kids bikes are cheap toys. Components are decent. Shifters work very well, suspension tuning is appropriate for light kids on bumpy trails. It is a great bike to develop skills and competency on a mtn bike. It is worth the extra money for the FS. Little kids need it more because they are easily thrown off line with bumps, this bike works well. Overall a great platform to start off on.

    Weaknesses:    The low bottom bracket is a bonus for handling and small kids, but allows for a lot of pedal strikes on the trail. The front sprocket needs to be lower geared so kids can climb easier. It is fine for neighborhoods but suffers on a real trail. I customized my sons and it is much better. The suspension travel is fine for light trail duty but if your child is skilled and can handle downhills and drops then it bottoms out way too easily. With cost being a consideration, the set up is a good compromise but a good rider will need customization.

    Bottom Line:   
    A great bike to start you rider learning about gears, picking a good line, and overall skills. It's light and very well built. But as your child progresses they will max out its present potential. Here are few videos of the bike in use.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP6kYv6s63znkdWRM1AuHQA

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: February 17, 2013

    Strengths:    Set up for a small kid with the right spring rates both fork and rear shock.
    Miniature version of a high-end Scott bike
    Quality components


    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Found this bike on craigslist San Diego and bought it for my 5 year old boy. It's a 2011 just like the one featured here. I couldn't get a new one through my local dealers here in Tucson in time for my son's birthday in December so when this one popped up I snagged it. He is doing great on both fire roads and single track with very little difficulty. This bike definitely instills confidence that a wal-mart special just won't. I paid $250 back in early December 2012 and had it shipped to Tucson by Soul Cycles for an even $100. Well worth the time and effort. These are hard to come by used. New they retail for around $500. Cool thing is that Scott makes a 24" wheeled bike he can upgrade to next that's just as cool.

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    Favorite Trail:   50 Year

    Duration Product Used:   2 months

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Craigslist SanDiego

    Bike Setup:   All Stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Vicky

    Date Reviewed: July 6, 2012

    Strengths:    I always loved biking but I fell in love with mountain biking when I moved to California. After my 100 Walmart bike I was looking for a full suspension adult bike. Since I am very short most adult bike had stand over height higher that I could handle. I didn't know it is that difficult to get a quality bike in smaller size. Then I found Scott Spark Jr. I love this bike. Full suspension, it climbs awesome, small, it fits in my car. I could not wish for a better bike.

    Weaknesses:    I am not sure if there is any.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this bike. I am glad that Scott is making quality bicycles for shorter people and kids.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Nunchuker

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2012

    Strengths:    Real FS for kids. frame quality of top adult bikes from Scott. Name brand components, light wieght compared to competition

    Weaknesses:    Adult saddle, flat bar

    Bottom Line:   
    I am Sedona Dad who rides a IBIS HD/talus 36 bike and wanted my 5 year old daughter to have the same confidence inspiring equipment that I do. Needless to say IBIS is not into kids bikes yet. I did mad amounts of reading here on MTBR and almost anywhere else I could on what I do for her. Scott quickly became the obvious choice mainly due to weight. They really have the only kids bikes that don't come with adult weight numbers attached to the build. I originally was focused on the Spark hardtail, but found the Spark and knew it was worth the extra pounds for here to have the active rear end in the Sedona riding environment. All I can say is I am floored by the bike and how her skills have sky-rocketed. She is cleaning hills, hitting two track and some single track and safely and controllably spining up 4" steps and low key rock gardens (which are a big deal for her). She actually refused to ride this terrain on her POS walmart BMX job from her 3rd b-day. Today she got back to the car and asked to go out for another loop. She rode trail today for 2 hrs with a session of skills work we did for 40 minutes to work on stand up riding and picking lines. Did I say she is 5 (almost 6, but still technically 5). By the end of the ride she was leading me back and totally confident of her lines and ability to clean sections she walked just three weeks ago. What else can I say about quality equipment. It is the basis for a good time and a lifetime of memories. Yes this is an expensive kids bike, but kept in the garage and treated well (like my IBIS which she sees how much time I spend on keeping perfect) it will last for three kids. The bike will easily be there for her younger brother in 2/3 years. Every component is brand name and replacable. I added a wider riser bar and am looking for a decent kids seat. The only single item Scott missed on this build was the seat. It is a full size seat that is nice but a little hard for a kid to drop in front of to stradle the bike since the nose is so long in proportion to the top tube. i am searching for a youth BMX seat of decent quality. Also since the bike only comes in green this year, we have done it up with Purple ano bar, purple jagwire cables, purple ano seat clamp and soon a seat. This gives it a more girl bike feel and her favorite color is purple. But pink would also have looked cool with this electric green. So if you have a girl don't be put off by the color -- it works. People stop her on every ride to complement the bike and the paint. Paint is on par with any quality adult MTB I have seen. Buy one cry once, then smile as your kids burns out ahead of you on your favorite trail. A youth seat would earn the bike 5 chilies by me.

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