Scott Spark 40 Mountain Bike

Scott Spark 40 2011 Mountain Bike

Scott Spark 40

As you ascend through the ranks of the latest mountain bike offerings from various firms it is always worth stopping to have a look at the products produced by Scott. Sitting a few rungs up the ladder is the Scott Spark 40 2011 mountain bike, an updated, revised edition of a respected range that offers speed, which has allowed professionals to become world champions. Whilst you may not have such grand aspirations, it is capable enough to allow enthusiastic amateurs to take to the countryside and have an energetic ride.

When you weigh the Scott Spark 40 2011 mountain bike, not that you ever would, you will find that in total it will tip the scales at just under 1.8 kilos, which is incredibly impressive for a bike that offers full suspension and travel that can be adjusted up to 110mm. Whilst performance is definitely at the heart of the Spark 40’s design it is not a joyless machine thanks to the appealing, restrained black and white detailing.

The lightness of the frame is attributable to the specialised Scott Spark Alloy that is used in its construction. Because this is an extremely competitive market and you are probably faced with plenty of rival choices, it makes sense to look at the specific assets or pitfalls of each option. This might be one feature that gives the Scott Spark 40 the edge when it comes to the crunch.

Scott Spark 40 Specifications

  • Frame: Scott Spark Alloy 6061 Double Butted hydroform monocoque tubes with replaceable hanger, 110mm rear travel, optimised SLS kinematic, sealed aircraft bearings
  • Front Fork: RockShox Reba RL Air spring, rebound adjustable 120mm travel, Lockout, Motion control
  • Rear Shock: DT Swiss M210 / Air / Rebound adjustable with Lockout
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX / FC-M661-10 / 34.9mm clamp
  • Rear Derailleur:
  • Number of Gears: 30
  • Shifters: Shimano SLX SL-M660-10 Rapidfire Plus 2 way release with gear indicator
  • Chainset: Shimano XT / FC-M770-10 / Hollowtech II
  • Chainrings: 42A x 32A x 24A T
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano Cartridge 68mm shell
  • Cassette: Shimano SLX CS-HG81-10, 11-36 tooth
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG74
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-M505 Clipless pedal
  • Front Brake: Avid Elixir 5 with 185mm rotor
  • Rear Brake: Avid Elixir 5 with 160mm rotor
  • Brake Levers: Avid Elixir 5
  • Handlebars: Scott Pilot 15 Team, 15mm rise, 640mm
  • Stem: Scott Comp 4-bolt, Oversize 31.8mm, 1 1/8″, 6 degree angle
  • Headset: Ritchey Comp Plus 1 1/8″ semi integrated 44/50mm
  • Grips:
  • Rims: DT Swiss 445d 32H
  • Front Hub: Scott Pro Disc IT
  • Rear Hub: Shimano FH-M525 SL Disc IT
  • Front Spokes: DT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mm
  • Rear Spokes: DT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mm
  • Front Tyre: Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26 x 2.25 67EPI Kevlar Bead Performance Series
  • Rear Tyre: Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26 x 2.25 67EPI Kevlar Bead Performance Series
  • Tubes:
  • Saddle: Scott racing
  • Seatpost: Scott Comp 31.6mm
  • Seat Binder:
  • Weight: 11.90 kg / 26.21 lbs approx
  • Colour:
  • Extra Features:

Like many cyclists, I've been riding since I was very young and despite now being less-young, I love it just as much. I've done my time on road bikes, have cycled throughout the UK, including Lands End to John O' Groats (yes, uphill!) and now have fun on a mountain bike, in the hills and doing charity bike rides.