Scott Spark 20 XC Full Suspension

4.73/5 (15 Reviews)
Weight : 24.2 lbs MSRP : $4949.99

Product Description

  • Scott Spark Carbon Mainframe
  • IMP technology / HMF NET
  • 6061 Alloy Custom Butted Swingarm with replaceable hanger
  • Sealed aircraft bearings
  • Optimised SLS kinematic
  • 110mm rear travel
  • Fox 32 F120RL / Air spring /
  • Rebound adjustable / Lockout
  • Quad tapered lowers / 120 mm travel fork
  • 11.10 kg / 24.45 lbs weight
  • S M L XL sizes

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    Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jammin969 a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: December 14, 2013

    Strengths:    Very light and nimble. SLX/XT level components. Rapidfire shifters. 3-way lockout is effective and one-finger operation. Scott marks every fitting on the bike with torque ratings so everything can be set perfectly.

    Weaknesses:    Issues are common with the rear suspension; when the bike shop I got mine from first got the bike they tested it out and found it needed to be fixed out of the box. It only took a couple days for them to get the part from Scott and get it fixed and it has worked great since then.

    Bottom Line:   
    I was just calling a local bike shop inquiring into their pricing, and wasn't even really looking to buy anything at the time, but they offered me such a good deal that I had to go for it. I actually had to call them back after I applied for a $500 Capitol One card online so I could swing it, but I got the bike very cheap so it was worth it. The bike is extremely solid. I have done a few steep descents and dropped a couple little 3-4' ledges and small stairs with no problems. It loves to climb. Crank is nice and stiff with wide bottom bracket, press-fit bearings, and XT Hollowtech II crankset. The lockout is easy to operate on the fly. Overall weight is very low and frame stiffness is high, which makes the bike easy to control. And the brakes as they come are great; rain or shine, steep descent or suicidal squirrels, these beauties can handle them all. All-in-all it's a blast to ride and I couldn't be much happier with it. Some people complain the wheels are too heavy but I am a little over 200 so I like 'em to be nice and solid, and these have held up to some serious roots and rocks so far.

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    Favorite Trail:   Wakefield

    Duration Product Used:   2 Months

    Purchased At:   Bicycle Pro Shop

    Similar Products Used:   GT Zaskar Sport 29er, Specialized Rockhopper, Scott Spark 60

    Bike Setup:   Stock. Came with pretty good pedals (dual spd/platform Shimano pedals with adjustable release tension)

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by martin a Cross Country Rider from enschede, netherlands

    Date Reviewed: January 23, 2011

    Strengths:    fast, light, comfortable

    Weaknesses:    rear shock is funerable

    Bottom Line:   
    I have the bike in use for over two months now, and the rear shock dts swiss nude lock out is broken allready. A couple of deep holes were enough. A friend of mine has experienced the same. For a product that's meantime over two years on the market - with enough time to have it re-egineered on the bases of userfeedback - that's no achievement Scott can be proud of.
    But when everything functione scott spark 20 is a great bike to ride

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    Favorite Trail:   via te la plata

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $3500.00

    Purchased At:   goossens

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by abrough a Weekend Warrior from Puzol, Spain

    Date Reviewed: November 23, 2010

    Strengths:    Light weight, Fast, Geometry, Suspension Switch.

    Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    I can't comment on the reliability as I have only been out a few times with this bike but in terms of speed and comfort it is sensational but I thought best to give cold hard facts. Same trail ridden three times, each two weeks apart. 1. time 1hr05min (Av HR 113, Max HR 156, old bike pretty fit). 2. time 1hr08min (Av HR 135, Max HR 176, old bike after a week sick) 3. time 48min (Av HR 146, Max HR 170, new bike not ridden since previous ride and been sick for two weeks). The old bike is a Specialized Rock Hopper with only front susp. Difference is unbelievable up hill and downhill. Tired of being sick, just want to be fit and get on this bike more.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $2500.00

    Purchased At:   Second Hand

    Bike Setup:   Standard

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by P'An-Tau a Cross Country Rider from Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2010

    Strengths:    Same frame is used between the 20 and 10, looks sexy, decent components and 180mm front rotor (for those who like to brake late)

    Weaknesses:    Love this bike too much to complain about it

    Bottom Line:   
    I had a choice between this bike and an Anthem (Spark was more expensive). After umming and arring for a few days, I went with the spark and haven't looked back since. I've converted six people over to Scott due to this bike and love every minute I spend on it.

    I'm a light rider and am known for my 'lets ride it first then have look at the danger' attitude and the Spark has handled everything I've thrown at it.

    The biggest cry was when I got my first scratch on the Carbon frame from an airline whilst in transit....

    Scott's warranty service is excellent as well - the frame cracked in the second month I had it (after doing the Otway Oddeysey) and I had a new frame within 3 weeks.

    Recommend to - people who want to race but are not quite elite yet as the compontry can be upgraded to add a better ride experience.

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    Favorite Trail:   Eagle MTB Park

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $3800.00

    Purchased At:   Mitcham Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Hardtails - second MTB and first full sus

    Bike Setup:   Factory for now (XT with XTR rear D), but about to swap over to full SRAM X.0, new wheels (XM819 rims, Hope pro 2 hubs) and Avid CR brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by aquilesmas a Racer from Naples,Fl USA

    Date Reviewed: August 30, 2009

    Strengths:    Bullitproof components. Very stiff frame yet the suspention technology makes the bike melt under you like butter. Can't get a better race bike off the shelf for the money you will pay. Buy this product if you want to take your riding or racing to the next level.

    Weaknesses:    Pricey

    Bottom Line:   
    I loved my Santa Cruz. I started racing a year ago and noticed that the technology that I needed to invest in the bike was so much that I could possibly afford a whole new bike. I found a bike that had been raced for a couple of weeks and the guy quickly upgraded to the limited. He wanted to recoup the money in this bike and sold it at his cost. I was a little nervous at first and felt it was hard to justify the buy. After taking the bike to its element and really hammering it, the difference was quickly apparent. I can ride in the highest of gears with minimal effort on or off the trail. I am even going to ride this bike in a road triathlon on next month. The lockout feature makes this bike stiff and efficient. I have had the bike up to 29 mph downhill and it is super steady and as poised as it is on the trail. I feel this bike is one that I will not outgrow as I did the santa cruz. I can also easily get the bike to be lighter just by upgrading the wheels. But it really does not need it. I have tons of stories of how this bike has made me a better more confident rider but don't want to bore you.

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    Favorite Trail:   Gator Bank

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $3200.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300, santa cruz superlight, stumpjumper

    Bike Setup:   Scott spark 20. With all the spec it comes with. Upgrades are XTR cranks and WTB stealth seat. Ceramic bearings in certain areas

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by bigbyoog a Cross Country Rider from Southwest

    Date Reviewed: February 23, 2009

    Strengths:    solid build, poplock

    Weaknesses:    Heavy wheels

    Bottom Line:   
    After about a year I swapped the heavy DT xr1 rims for Specialized Rovals, tubeless conversion and Revelation U-turn fork. The fork is adjustable 100-130mm w/lockout and weighs 3.5lbs. This is more travel than the stocked Fox fork, weighs about the same, is more versatile and makes the bike suitable for bigger drops. The bike is at 24lbs flat from 26lbs before the wheel swap. I've had the bike for 2 years and everything has held up great. As someone previous mentioned, the wheels are what really separate this bike from the $5,500 Spark 10. I've seen Rovals on ebay for $600 new. You can scoop a Spark 20 at year end blowout for $2,700-$3,700. Add $600 for wheel upgrade and you've basically got a Spark 10 give or take a few minor specs.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $3700.00

    Bike Setup:   2007 spark 20

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Gezzza a Cross Country Rider from Southampton, UK

    Date Reviewed: January 11, 2009

    Strengths:    Light and fast, the geometry is spot on you feel in total control, the trac lock is stunning I'm in 80mm 90% of the time wind her open for the tricky downs or when you need some extra traction on the ups

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    IMHO its the best FS xc bike avaible unless you go up the spark range

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    Favorite Trail:   SDW

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2750.00

    Similar Products Used:   2007 Scott spark 20, GF sugar

    Bike Setup:   Industry nine ultralites, 2x9, sram 991 chain, kcnc skewers, Kcnc jockey wheels, RaceKing 2.2 supersonics tubeless, CK BB, CB eggbeaters 3ti

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by kiwijames a Racer from Lafayette, CA

    Date Reviewed: June 22, 2008

    Strengths:    Light weight, race geometry, lock-out rear, carbon everything, freaky fast, head angle adapts with rear shock Tracloc lever changes. Not everyone has them.

    Weaknesses:    Not everyone has one. Clear coat already chipping after a few pebble thrashings. The 34.9 seatpost makes your choices limited unless you opt for a 31.6-34.9 shim, which according to Scott voids the warranty, but they have a shim in the Ransom Limited to accommodate a Joplin ..go figure. Do as I say don't do as I do. Proprietary rear shock.

    Bottom Line:   
    Out of the gates..this one is made for racing XC, marathon/12hr or the Xterra circuit. Can handle much of the AM duties I put it through too. Component mix is great off the shelf, I just couldn't stand the XT brakes, no fault of Scott.
    It can be a little twitchy at first until you get used to a different level of feedback from's way faster on single track. Tracloc, I was suspect of at first, but it works flawlessly, the handlebar lever is easy to operate but in and area it could take a whack if you biff. I wouldn't suggest lock-out unless riding on pavement or a smooth steady climb as there's no release adjustment if you exceed any stress points. 80mm(middle) handles most of the XC stuff and the 110mm (full open) drops the BB and slackens the head angle for more AM aspects. Spark has a tendency to push a bit more than my previous bikes on the loose stuff. You'll get plenty of questions from fellow riders and everyone wants to give it a flick with the finger to see what's carbon. Thoroughly stoked so far.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything in Joaquin Miller Park

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $4200.00

    Purchased At:   Pegasus

    Similar Products Used:   Years of my GF Sug 1 disc with all XT, Marin Quad Mt Vision Pro, IBIS Mojo, SC Blur XC

    Bike Setup:   Stock Spark 20, but jettisoned the XT disc brakes for Juicy 7s. The rest is XT, F100 RL, Dt Swiss Nude and DT Swiss X455 wheels. Tossed the Kenda Nevegals and small block for Panaracer XC Fire Pro 127tpi. Look Quartz carbon and Joplin lever seatpost w/U.S.E. 31.6-34.9 shim.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Calgary, AB, CANADA

    Date Reviewed: May 7, 2008

    Strengths:    Super light. Loves to climb. Solid components. The rear suspension lockout is simple and works well. Set it in the middle on climbs and wide open on descents. Maybe use the full lockout on your way to the trail?

    Weaknesses:    With the rear suspension control on the handlebar, there is a lot of cable hanging off the bars. It has a tendency to slap around when the terrain gets rough.

    The water bottle mounts double as cable guides. Trying to put a cage on is more complicated than it needs to be.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you like a XC geometry, I haven't seen anything better/lighter for the price.

    Puts a smile on my face every time I ride it. Heck, it puts a smile on my face every time I walk by it when I am not riding it.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $4000.00

    Purchased At:   Great Northern Cycles - Montana

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic Marathon Carbon

    Bike Setup:   Factory setup.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeff from Omaha, NE.

    Date Reviewed: November 30, 2007

    Strengths:    Light, looks the part, rides like said part, way fast & climbs as well as most hardtails. Lots of travel for the weight.

    Weaknesses:    I'm not as good as the bike, but that's a me problem

    Only one bottle mount.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've only had it a couple weeks, but I've ridden the piss out of it on every trail in our area & it worked great everywhere. I really wish it had 2 bottle mounts, & for $4200 it should. But I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Bike Rack in Omaha, NE.

    Similar Products Used:   LOTS!

    Bike Setup:   XTR

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott Morrison a Cross Country Rider from Park City, UT, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 25, 2007

    Strengths:    Versatility (due to rear suspension adjustment), weight, efficiency.

    Weaknesses:    Requires quite a bit of maintenance to keep it running quiet. Don't know if it's due to the carbon resonating sound or pivot design.

    Bottom Line:   
    After a couple months of tweaks and adjustments I am really starting to enjoy this bike. At first it seemed a hair uncomfortable and very stiff. Now after adding a touch of rise with a new stem and basing my rear shock pressure off of sag (highly recommended) instead of the recommended pressure given by the manufacturer, this bike is impressive. Like many of the other reviews have mentioned, the rear suspension adjustment at the handlebar makes this bike incredibly versatile and efficient. Due to the frame weight, it is a great platform for a light weight full suspension XC bike. I am primarily an XC rider with a focus on endurance length rides and races and this bike suits me perfectly.

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    Favorite Trail:   Too many to choose from

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Bike Setup:   Stock except for Thomson stem and Time ATAC pedals. Soon to upgrade wheels and might try some eggbeaters.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Daniel Bugas from Santa Fe,NM,USA

    Date Reviewed: September 30, 2007

    Strengths:    Fast, responsive, rear poplock

    Weaknesses:    Poplock switches can become sticky on longer rides.

    Bottom Line:   
    My last bike (my first bike) was a Jamis Dakar XC Comp. It was a great first bike but it felt a little heavy on longer uphill rides. I weigh 155lbs so it made a big difference having a bike that's 6lbs lighter. The bike weighs an accurate 26lbs. Having a poplock on the rear shock is a handy feature. I will ride the rear rigid uphill if the trail isn't too rugged, at 50% if it is, and at 100% downhill. It's crazy being able to do all of that with the flick of a switch. When the rear is totally locked it doesn't budge at all. I usually ride two 12-20 mile singletrack rides a week. I could't picture a bike being any better than this.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   3700

    Bike Setup:   All stock exept for fork which I swaped for a rockshox revelation 426 100mm-130mm and a tubeless conversion.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Richard Prout a Cross Country Rider from Lake Hawea, New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: June 14, 2007

    Strengths:    super light weight, looks, geometry for racing, lockout shock via lever on bar

    Weaknesses:    DT Swiss Rear shock lockout mech (dont ever try and do maintenance on it without getting the workshop manual. Its a nightmare!). My shock leaked and had to be returned. Fox Float RP23 works well as a standin, but despite being a better shock, I will swap back because the bar lockout is such a good feature of the DT Swiss. Scott should have got Fox to build them a bar lockout.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fantastic bike. On the first weekend I got it, I won a 45km race nearly 8mins clear of the next competitor averaging near road bike speed. On the second weekend I stuck in a challenging 6 hour epic into the mountains. Fast dirt trails, lots of long fast down sections, plenty of medium size rocks, riverbeds, etc. Gave the bike a real hammering. Worked perfectly. Smooth, fast, taught. Not for major hucks / downhills. But lockout shock on bar a major plus because you can race up hills like the hard tail boys, then click-click, and you fly past them on the downs.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Cycle Surgery Dunedin

    Similar Products Used:   Oodles

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Justin a Cross Country Rider from Marietta, GA

    Date Reviewed: June 1, 2007

    Strengths:    4" travel, fairly plush for a XC race bike, good geometry, solid components. Lightest 4" travel frame made and surprisingly stiff.

    Weaknesses:    Giant seatpost size, warranty only 3 years w/o annual dealer checkup, heavy DT Swiss wheels, no platform shock, proprietary shock, new design so no long term durability info.

    Bottom Line:   
    My large came in at 25lb even which is the same as my old HT setup. More active and lighter than the Epic despite costing over 2k less. Great race/enduro bike if you're a finess rider and not too likely to crash.

    Also a great platform for weight weenies since few frames are as light. Still fairly expensive for a 25lb bike but ultra light 4lb frame/shock gives a lot of leeway for a 20lb FS race bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Blankets Creek

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $4000.00

    Purchased At:   Atlanta Cycling

    Similar Products Used:   '07 S-Works Epic Carbon

    Bike Setup:   Stock XT, DT Swiss Wheels, Fox F100 RL, Ritchey Pro Carbon bar/seatpost

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Doug Driscoll a Cross Country Rider from St Albans, UK

    Date Reviewed: March 26, 2007

    Strengths:    I had always been a hardtail hard liner ... up until now. Finally a full susser that becomes a hardtail at the flick of a neat little switch. Amazingly though, you rarely need to bother locking it out. This is such little bob out of the saddle that you rarely need it. Ride is amazingly smooth yet the bike still accelerates like my Scott Scale 10.

    Weaknesses:    Scott had to keep the cost down somehow ($2,000 cheaper than the 10?!)and I would point at the wheels as not being up to the rest of the bike. No UST and they are heavy. I changed them for Crossmax SLs with a Dura Ace 12-27 cassette but the bike still feels a tad heavy. Assuming the frame weight claims are accurate that really only leaves the forks (Fox F100RL) as the culprit. Pace RC39 XCs already on my xmas list.

    Bottom Line:   
    Got to be the ultimate XC full susser. Considering the spec (2007 XT + XTR rear mech) it is also very good value compared to it's rivals. For me it really is the best of both worlds: A full susser that becomes a quality hard tail at the flick of a switch - and with very little weight penalty. But as mentioned above, you rarely need to lock it out because it works SO well out of the saddle anyway.

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    Favorite Trail:   Peak District

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $5600.00

    Purchased At:   Evans, UK

    Similar Products Used:   Scott Scale 10 (1 year) and Cannondale Caad4 (5 years). The Scale is mega and I'll keeping it for suitable XC racing.

    Bike Setup:   As standard but replaced DT Swiss wheels with Mavic Crossmax SLs and fitted a Dura Ace 12-27 cassette - which saved a lot of weight.

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