The Scott Spark 10 mountain bike is a full sus machine intended to meet the needs of riders who want something that can be used every day while still having that extra bit of travel and compliance that makes it suitable for endurance events and other competitive scenarios.
There are plenty of new components onboard the Spark 10 bike for its 2012 rebirth, so even if you have experienced the range in the past it is worth checking in to see where progress has been made.
Central to the Spark 10 is its carbon frame, which harnesses IMP5 technology with impressive effectiveness. This basically means that the frame has been built to withstand the impacts that will be thrown at it by technical trails and downhill sprints, but it still has its eye on remaining light to help improve manoeuvrability and uphill speed. This model benefits from the inclusion of a carbon swing arm and carbon dropouts, both of which introduce yet more IMP5 technology to the mix. This keeps the back end of the bike light and stiff, going above and beyond what you might find on more basic full sus bikes.
The front fork is a RockShox SID RLT3 Air with new DNA3 technology that offers three interchangeable damper modes, accessible by a handlebar-mounted TwinLoc lever. This offers three distinct mode, the first being full lockout, the second being traction mode and the third being full travel of 120mm. In previous iterations the TwinLoc system would simply activate the lockout at the front and rear simultaneously, but the new Scott Spark 10 comes with a far more adaptive ride thanks to the trio of settings.
The rear shock which is a key component in this system is the Scott DT Nude2, which is yet another new addition to this model. It is more progressive and responsive than its precursors and engineers used reams of real world data in order to establish the best way to deliver travel on this excellent all-rounder.
The drivetrain consists of SRAM XO components with plenty of carbon utilised for good measure. This lets you transfer power effectively and make sure that the gearing is working for you, rather than against you. Avid Elixir 9RS Carbon brakes and their equivalent levers are durable and appropriately light, letting you ride with confidence.
DT Swiss XR10 Disc hubs and rims are paired with Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO tyres with Kevlar bead technology and a PaceStar compound. That means you can pound across daunting terrain aggressively and the bike will shrug off serious impacts and persistent vibrations without you coming a cropper.
The Selle Italia SLR XP Team Edition saddle it joined to the bike by the Ritchey WCS Carbon seat post, allowing you to take advantage of the racing geometry and the varied travel modes on offer. The WCS handlebar also features a carbon construction to remain consistent with the rest of the bike, while Scott lockon grips can handle the tough stuff and let you control the Spark 10 appropriately.
This particular model sits close to the top of the range of which it is part, so it is unsurprising to see such a wide selection of high end components and features being integrated. If you want to experience the very best of the current Scott Spark line-up then you will find that this iteration is something of a benchmark for quality and performance. It is of course not alone in the marketplace, which means that anyone thinking of investing in it will need to consider carefully before they make a commitment. Of course with the Scott Spark 10 mountain bike in particular you are unlikely to be disappointed.