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2010 Scott Spark RC

January 13, 2010

2010 Scott Spark RC

If you’re looking for an XC racing thoroughbred, then look no further than the Scott Spark RC. This year, the RC and LTD models come with an ISP, something that sets these bikes apart from the rest. This is the 2nd year that the ISP frames are available. The Yeti ASR Carbon has also been sporting an ISP for a few years.

Some people have commented on this white-tire look, but I actually like it. It sets it apart. It’s kind of like the gray or slightly blue tires that I’ve seen on some MTBs. The stock Spark RC has a full SRAM XX group, which is great. Also, the tires won’t stay white long in the mud. Still, it’s a different look, and some people enjoy this.

The ISP, or integrated seat post, definitely sets this bike apart. To my knowledge, there is only the Yeti ASR Carbon that also has a ISP. Scott has implemented this to save weight and to get a better pedal response. Some people like ISP, others hate them. I like them, but I don’t mind bicycles that don’t have them.

[Update: I’ve also got some great prices on the stock 2010 Scott Spark RC. Stock MSRP is $8,250 USD. I’ve got it for significantly cheaper. The stock Spark RC is BB30.]

2010 Scott Spark RC frame

Just like the 2010 Scott Genius, the Spark comes with Scott’s Twinloc, remote lockout and control for the rear and front shocks. As with the Genius, it’s a lot cheaper to just get the frame and set up your Scott Spark the way that you like it. However this option will be cheaper for people who want a custom bike. After having seen the price in Taiwan of the stock Spark RC, its MSRP is $8,250 USD though it can be found for $7,500 USD, I think it’s actually a better deal just to get the stock bike. You get some great components, which, if bought separately, skyrocket the price over $7,500 USD. Just so you know, it’s actually cheaper here in Taiwan. The stock bike tips the scales at 9.4kg/20.53lbs, though I’ve seen builds that were down to 7.14kg.

From what I have read and learned, the BB30 version is only available if you buy the complete bike from Scott. Otherwise, if you only purchase the frameset, you’ll have a standard BB.

2010 Scott Scale RC

I believe in weight saving as much as you can, but not if it compromises performance. As the Spark is mainly used for XC racing, the ISP makes a lot of sense. In XC racing, you don’t need to lower your seat, you just need to put your pedal to the metal. The goal of an XC MTB is to be as light as possible, making bumps seem less big than they are, while maintaining the peak of performance. The remote operation of the fork isn’t something unique: other forks, like the Rock Shox SID XX T100 can also be remotely operated. Of course, the remote operation of the rear shock is quite unique, which makes adjusting the suspension on the fly a lot easier. The settings are very simple, which is also cool. Some forks have as much as 11 different adjustment nobs and levers. The Twinloc has just got a few settings, which can be applied to both shocks at the same time. No more getting off your bike and fiddling with the shock, just another trigger to get the bike in the right mode.

2010 Scott Spark RC

The Spark frame weighs 2020gr (4.45 lbs). In comparison, the Giant Anthem X Advanced SL frame weighs 2100gr (4.63lbs). However, the Giant frame doesn’t include the weight of the seat post. That adds another 200 gr to the weight of the frame. That’s 2020 gr vs 2300 gr. That’s almost 300 gr/ 0.66 lbs lighter from the get go. Imagine what you can do if you want to further reduce the weight of the total bike. I’m not surprised that some of the weight weenies are near 7kg/15lbs. The total weight of the Adv SL 0 is 9.8kg (21.8lbs). I think that the Scott Spark RC is a great bike to turn into a weight weenie. It’s already really light.

Putting a Spark together in Taiwan will cost about the same as the Adv SL 0, with SRAM XX, Mavic Crossmax SLRs, Avid XX brakes, and your choice of fork. Send me an email at djrange at gmail dot com to find out more. To be honest, when I learned of the price, I almost ordered one immediately. Actually, I’ll wait a few more weeks, but I’ve got my sight set on one of these, as well as a Genius frame.

I’ve talked with my supplier and was very surprised at the price of the stock Spark RC. It’s slightly more expensive than a Giant Anthem X Advanced SL 0, but if I order one for myself, it will be stock.

Here is Scott’s warranty information:
5 year warranty on frames, 2 years warranty on rigid forks. 2 year warranty on High Octane models. Scott warranties maybe restricted to 3 years if proof of correct maintenance is not available. Scott warranties are subject to a maximum rider weight of 110kg.

Here are the complete specs of the 2010 Scott Spark RC:

Frame Scott Spark / IMP technology / HMX netintegr. BB & seatpost / carbon swingarm carbon dropouts with replaceable hanger / sealed aircraft bearings / 110mm rear travel / optimised SLS kinematic
Fork DT Swiss XC 100 / Air springcarbon lowers / reb. A.lockout / 100mm travel
Rear Shock Scott Nude TC / 3 modes Lockout-TC-AT Ball joints / reb. Adj. Scott Twinloc Remote Lever / front & rear lockout activate by one lever
Shifters SRAM XX Triggermulti adj. / with carbon capwith matchmaker clamp
Rear Mech SRAM XX carbon long cage20Speed
Front Mech SRAM XX / High Mount 38.2mm
Bottom Bracket SRAM XX / PF30 int. standard / shell 73mm
Chainset SRAM Truvativ XXCarbon crankarm39Ax26A T
Cassette SRAM XX11-36 T
Chain SRAM PC 1090
Brakes SRAM Avid XX Carbon185/F and 160/R mm Rotor
Pedals nil
Wheelset F:DT Swiss Disc IT/ RWS QR R:DT Swiss 240 S Disc IT / RWS QR Ritchey WCS Disc OCR 32H / Black Anodized DT Swiss Super Comp black
Tyres Schwalbe Rocket Ron26 x 2.1 / 127EPI Kevlar BeadEvolution / triple compound
Handlebar Ritchey Carbon WCSFlat 9°/ 620 mmScott lockon grips
Stem Ritchey MTB WCS 4-Axis 44oversize 31.8mm1-1/8″ / 6° angle
Seatpost Ritchey WCS integrated clamp / 38.2mm
Saddle Ritchey Streem V2 WCS
Headset Ritchey WCS Carbon 1 1/8″semi integrated 44/50mm

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