Scott Spark 900 RC 29er Full Suspension

Scott Spark 900 RC 29er Full Suspension 


  • Frame: SCOTT Spark 29 Carbon HMX NET
  • Fork: Rock Shox SID 29 RL3 Air, 100mm
  • Group set: SRAM XX
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR
  • Parts: Ritchey Carbon WCS
  • Wheels: DT Swiss XR-RS 29''


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[Apr 24, 2018]


I bought the Spark 900 RC Team for cross country racing. It's a hard to find bike because apparently Scott makes a limited number for the US market and they sell out quickly. However, the search was worth it. I've been racing XC for 25 years and didn't realize a bike could be this good. Upgraded wheels and crankset makes for a 23lb bike that is so efficient it climbs noticeably faster to any other bike I've ridden. The Twinloc system is brilliant for sprints, climbs or stretches of pavement. Descending is a joy even on rocky Colorado trails as the bike handles as if it had smaller wheels and the slack headtube angle instills confidence and stability at high speed. It's a good looking bike too, it looks fast, and all internal cable routing makes it sleek.


The Team edition is second from the bottom of the Spark RC line. For $4000 you're mainly paying for the excellent frame and fork. Bike is spec'd with GX Eagle drivetrain and mostly Syncros components, which are just ok. I replaced the crankset with an XO carbon and the wheels with DT Swiss 1700. These are sensible upgrades that reduced weight by nearly 0.75 pound and further improved handling. By far the worst part of this bike are the SRAM Level TL brakes. They've scared me more than once with their lack of stopping power. Changing the pads helped but I'll eventually upgrade to XT or XTR, possibly SRAM Guide, which will make for a perfect bike in my opinion.

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