Scott Spark 60 Review
The Scott Spark 60 mountain bike resides towards the more affordable end of this full suspension range and has been revised for this year, with a focus on providing trail-oriented fun that still makes racing and competitive performance an option for those who choose it.
Central to the experience of Scott Spark 60 mountain bike is its 6061 custom butted alloy frame, with lightweight, hard wearing hydroformed tubes. While ruggedness may be a priority for a bike that is going to be facing punishing terrain, Scott has also managed to make sure that the rider does not have to pay the toll of ending up with a heavier bike. By keeping the weight low, the bike feels easier to push further, while other elements, like handling and acceleration, also benefit.
The dual shock setup present onboard the Scott Spark 60 mountain bike consists of a RockShox Recon Silver RL coil spring front fork and a DT Swiss M210 air spring rear shock. Like all of the Spark models, you get the handlebar mounted TwinLoc remote lockout system. This allows you to utilise the full 120mm of frame travel when you need it, during downhill dashes or on rocky trails, while still having the fly lockout available to you, so that climbs and sprints over the flat can be conducted with greater ease. Power transfer and handling improve as a result, while the geometry of the bike can actually be adjusted, thanks to the clever shock linkage and bottom bracket technology.
A mingling of components from the Shimano SLX and Deore groupsets gives the Scott Spark 60 mountain bike its drivetrain and the Rapidfire Plus shifters help to get you in gear as quickly as possible. You get Shimano BR-466 hydraulic disc brakes at the front and rear, to provide that anchoring power combined with precision that is necessary for good performance on the trail.
Alex XC-44 Disc rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres represent a suitable selection of components to make up the wheelset of this model. You want something that will keep on going after major impacts without buckling or warping, but you also want to avoid being over encumbered by wheels that are too weighty. This is essentially what you get here, even if Scott has chosen to be conscious of the bike’s affordability.
A Scott Racing saddle gets the Scott Comp seatpost, putting you in a good position to make the most out of this flexible, multifaceted bike. Meanwhile, you can really experience the lightness and precision of its handling, thanks to the Scott Pilot 15 Team handlebar.
While the Scott Spark 60 mountain bike is not alone in its price range, it does offer a few things that go above and beyond what you might get from competitors. For a start, the bike balances lightness, slackness and on demand rigidity in a way that does not diminish any particular one of them. The result is that it is simply good fun to actually ride. Whether you are going to be going all-out in a competition or just taking on the trails at your own pace, you want to be having a good time while you do it, which is going to be easier to achieve onboard this bike.
In addition, the basic setup of the Spark 60 gives you plenty of room to manoeuvre if you want to swap out components and make any changes or upgrades. However, unlike some models placed towards the start of a range, there will be no immediate impetus to kick any of the components out of bed. Finding a bike with so few upfront weaknesses is rare.
Scott Spark 60 Specifications
- Front Fork: Rockshox Recon Silver RL 120mm travel
- Rear Shock: DT Swiss M210 Air, ABS spring, rebound adjustable, lockout
- Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX
- Gears: 27
- Chainring: 44/32/22T
- Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-34T 9-speed
- Shifters: Shimano Deore Rapidfire Plus
- Brakes: Shimano M446 Disc, 180mm rotor (front), 160mm (rear)
- Wheels: Alex XC-44 Disc
- Tyres: Schwalbe Rocket Ron Active, 26×2.25