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Scott Spark 29 Elite

ste0649ste0649 Posts: 84
edited August 2013 in Your mountain bikes
My new Scott Spark 29er, courtesy of Barclays PPI claim ;-)

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Frame:
Spark Alloy 6061 custom butted hydroformed tubing, tapered headtube, U-Mono Link, BB height adjustable, replaceable mech hanger, 100mm rear wheel travel
Rear Shock:
DT Swiss M210 Air, ABS spring, rebound adjustable, lockout
Fork:
Rockshox Reba 29 RL Air, Motion Control lockout, tapered steerer, rebound adjustable, 100mm travel
Front Derailleur:
Shimano SLX Direct Mount
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XT Shadow long cage
Number of Gears:
30
Shifters:
Shimano SLX Rapidfire Plus 2-way release
Chainset:
Shimano XT Hollowtech II
Chainrings:
42/32/24 tooth
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Cartridge
Cassette:
Shimano HG62 11-36 tooth 10-speed
Chain:
Shimano HG54
Pedals:
Shimano M505 Clipless
Front Brake:
Avid Elixir 5S, 180mm HS1 rotor
Rear Brake:
Avid Elixir 5S, 160mm HS1 rotor
Brake Levers:
Avid Elixir 5S
Handlebars:
Scott Hot Rod Tbar, T-shape flat, 9 degree bend, 680mm wide
Stem:
Scott Comp, -6 degree angle
Headset:
Ritchey Comp Plus, tapered
Rims:
Alex XC-49 Disc
Front Hub:
Scott Comp Disc IT
Rear Hub:
Shimano M529 Disc IT
Spokes:
DT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mm
Front Tyre:
Schwalbe Rocket Ron Performance, 29×2.25, Kevlar Bead
Rear Tyre:
Schwalbe Rocket Ron Performance, 29×2.25, Kevlar Bead
Saddle:
Scott Racing
Seatpost:
Scott Comp Zero Offset
Extra Features:
Remote Shock System: Scott Twinloc remote lever, front and rear lockout activated by one lever
Weight:28.5 without pedals


Bought to replace my OnOne Whippet as I just couldn't get on with it. A bit of a weight penalty on the climbs but it by far makes up for it on the straights and descents.

I changed out the bars for Answer Pro Tapers, new Fizik Tundra 2 saddle, XT cassette 11-32, Ritchey Foam Grips, XT pedals. These brought the weight down from 28.8lbs to 27.4.
Next will be the wheels to a light xc set.

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Raced Rnd7 of the North East Xc series and it really was flawless. Finished 4th in the seniors, also beat all my personal bests on Strava at my local, Hamsterley Forest.

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I love the twin lock feature, very handy for sprint starts and climbs. Once up to speed the 29 wheels carry it very well. For a 100mm travel bike it also descends very well, a lot more confidence compared to the OnOne.
Scott Speedster S40
Scott Spark 29 Elite

Posts

  • Dawesy92Dawesy92 Posts: 606
    Looks a sweet bike matey!!
    Im hoping to start a full sus build in the new year!! :)
    Any other plans other than new wheels?
  • Gibbo3771Gibbo3771 Posts: 145
    Out of curiosity, you chose 100mm travel, why? Is this due to the terrain and area your normally cycle?

    J?ut curious as to why people pick different travel lengths, I have just ordered 120mm recon golds, stepping up from 100mm crappy suntours, I do mostly XC and the terrain where I am can be really rough, esp at high speeds. So was with the assunption that 120mm will be more forgiving with my terrible riding.
  • Greer_Greer_ Posts: 1,716
    Which on-one did you have before? A whippet? If so I'd be very interested in how you found it, and how it was specced!
  • ste0649ste0649 Posts: 84
    Dawesy92 wrote:
    Looks a sweet bike matey!!
    Im hoping to start a full sus build in the new year!! :)
    Any other plans other than new wheels?

    Just the wheels for now, the rest of the bike is about right. Any more upgrades will be very costly as mostly XT stuff on it anyway.
    Gibbo3771 wrote:
    Out of curiosity, you chose 100mm travel, why? Is this due to the terrain and area your normally cycle?

    J?ut curious as to why people pick different travel lengths, I have just ordered 120mm recon golds, stepping up from 100mm crappy suntours, I do mostly XC and the terrain where I am can be really rough, esp at high speeds. So was with the assunption that 120mm will be more forgiving with my terrible riding.

    I've never needed any more travel than 100mm, I'm quite a light rider at 74kg so the bike doesn't really take a hammering on the downs. I ride black runs no problem with 100mm, it's a compromise between comfort, weight and climbing efficiency. I did have a set of 120mm bombers that I upgraded to on a Boardman Team, it completely messed the geometry up. The front wheel would lift up on steep climbs and made the front end twitchy on the descents.
    Greer_ wrote:
    Which on-one did you have before? A whippet? If so I'd be very interested in how you found it, and how it was specced!

    I had the On One Whippet. Bought the frame and transered the parts over from my Kone Hei Hei 100 as the frame was goosed. Don't get me wrong, the bike was a flying machine but it was just too harsh for me. I sacrificed speed for a little bit of comfort when I bought this Scott Spark.

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    Scott Speedster S40
    Scott Spark 29 Elite
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    ste0649 wrote:
    My new Scott Spark 29er, courtesy of Barclays paying me back the money I was silly enough to pay them for PPI in the first place
    FTFY!

    Nice choice of bike though, really nice.....
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