Scott Spark 29 Comp Review

The Scott Spark 29 Comp 2012 mountain bike is another part of a standard-setting range from manufacturers Scott. Scott have built a reputation around producing mountain bikes that are especially lightweight and the Scott Spark 29 Comp 2012 mountain bike is no different, although at 13.7kg it isn’t the lightest bike in the range. Even though it’s a lightweight bike, the Scott Spark 29 Comp doesn’t have any problem when it comes to durability. Its Spark Alloy 6061 custom butted frame is strong enough that the bike’s weight is never a downside.

In terms of the components that have gone into this particular model by Scott, the bike’s suspension system is built around a RockShox XC 32 TK 29 Coil Spring which allows 100mm travel. The rear shock is the little used X-Fusion E1 RL, which Scott tend to use on their entry level bikes. The bike’s Spark Alloy 6061 custom butted frame features hydroformed tubes as well as a tapered headtube. The Scott Spark 29 Comp 2012 mountain bike design is complimented by Alex XC49 rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres, tyres that are adequate for a broad range of riding situations and styles.

This Scott Spark 29 Comp bike is designed for a few scenarios. I found that it’s well-suited to riding at speed, steady cycling and short sprints. But it’s also a bike that’s fine for riding around trails and though it’s completely race ready, the Comp 2012 isn’t the bike I’d choose to race, unless budget was an issue. Whilst at £1,450 it’s not cheap, let’s face it, if you’re racing, you’re spending more than this on a bike. The Comp ascends and descends equally well and while it’s best to err on the side of caution while riding, I didn’t feel I’d head over the handlebars on this model, which is somewhat of a relief on a MTB.

This Scott Spark 29 Comp 2012 offers the rider a few possibilities when it comes to the riding position. For example, I found that if I utilised the full travel mode, I could optimise the bike in order to descend, since the bike’s geometry changed to provide greater sag. Meanwhile, the Scott Spark 29 Comp in traction mode allows the rider to adjust position for situations such as cross country biking, since the sag is reduced and the head angle steepened. Sag can be prevented entirely by using the front and rear lock out.

Another major feature of the Scott Spark 29 Comp 2012 mountain bike is the innovation of the Traction Control System. This system has been present on Scott-produced bikes for a while, but here on the Scott Spark 29 Comp 2012 bike it has been overhauled to better incorporate TwinLoc technology. I found that it only required the use of one lever to switch deftly between traction and full travel modes, or to operate the rear and front lock. The result is an easy to master lever system that lets the biker quickly switch between modes.

The Comp basics include Shimano SLX derailleurs, controlled by Shimano Alivio Rapidfire shifters. The wheels are managed by the commonly used Shimano M446 so you can be assured that they are tried and tested.

Model: Scott Spark 29
4 / 5 stars
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