Scott Spark 15 XC Full Suspension

  • Fork: Fox 32 F100RL / Air spring
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-M540 clipless
  • Seatpost: Ritchey WCS Carbon / 34.9 mm
  • Seat: Selle Italia SLR XP Kevlar / Vanox rails
  • Spoke: SDT Swiss Super Comp black
  • Rims: DT Swiss X430 32 h / black Anodized

User Reviews (1)

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ReporterKyle   Racer [Mar 16, 2008]

Light weight, quality parts build, great performance, stiff, fast.


Cranks, wheels and handlebar.

OK, so I had an un-natural fondness for my Yeti ASR, which is a great, no excuses race bike. As a result, I was prepared to be less than enthusiastic about the Scott Spark 15. I have to admit, though, I've been completely won over by the Scott in just a few short rides. Where to start? The thing that really sold me with the Spark was descending. The carbon frame does amazing things for rough, fast downhills. The carbon takes all the frame buzz out of the bikes. Aluminum just can't hold a candle. The Spark is smooth, damp and confidence inspiring like nothing I've ever ridden. Add on top of that the 4.5 inches of travel and this thing goes downhill like a demon. It's plush and absorbs a lot. I've been raving about how well it goes downhill ever since.

It does everything else very, very well. At 22.3 lbs (22.7 with tubes) she climbs like a goat. Even though the Spark doesn't have a platform rear shock, I was surprised at how efficient and bob-free it is. I find I rarely use the full lock out. You really don't need it. I've even done a couple of climbs in the full travel mode and found that it was really solid. Mostly, you just climb in the traction mode (2.5 inches of travel). It tracks well and sticks like glue when it gets steep. You really notice the light weight when you spin up to carry momentum through a technical section.

On flats, it responds very well. The head angle is a bit slacker than most race bikes, so it takes a few rides to dial in the feel, but it is very snappy and fast edge-to-edge once you get used to it. The suspensions is great with small-bumps, soaking up most of the chatter. I've been really tickled with its performance. It is well balanced and just an all around blast to ride. When you want to accelerate, the bike responds without any hesitation. It begs to be ridden hard.

Bottom line, this is a killer, no excuses race bike. In the grand scheme of things, I think it's a pretty good value, too. Most of the high-end, carbon XC race bikes are $6-7K. It comes with a generally solid parts build, though most serious racers will want to upgrade the wheels and cranks at the very least. Still, the bike is under 24 lbs out of the box, which is unreal.

I'll give it a 4 chili value rating, but put the overall rating at 5.

Similar Products Used: Owned Yeti ASR-SL, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR and demoed most of the other stuff out there.
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