Scott Spark 29 Team Review
The Scott Spark 29 Team Mountain Bike 2012 is a big-wheeled bike. Like other mountain bikes manufactured by the Scott brand however, it’s a model that’s also reasonably lightweight, despite being an aluminium and not a carbon fibre product. This is a bike that offers 100mm of travel and has a frame that’s a Spark Alloy 6061 custom butted. It features a tapered headtube and hydroformed tubes.
The Scott Spark 29 Team is a full suspension model and is fitted with Shimano SLX derailleurs front and rear, and boasts Avid Elixir 1 brakes to compliment the Shimano drivetrain. The handling of these bikes is smooth, which may not be a surprise considering it’s made by Scott but is a little due to it’s mid-range Shimano kit. For £1,900 I’d perhaps have hoped for Shimano XTR kit but then again, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the SLX components.
The Spark 29 Team is a bike that’s well-suited to riding across cross-country and that’s exactly what many Team owners will do when they get their hands on this bike. But I also found that the bike is adept at handling trails and so shouldn’t be limited to certain types of riding experience. In fact, the Scott Spark 29 Team is a good choice for most riders.
The Scott Spark 29 range are FSR mountain bikes which are geared towards racing. It has a strong front suspension fork and a rigid frame which allows for direct steering and the ability to ascend with strength, so long as your legs can match it’s ability. The Team is fitted with the general-purpose Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres and Alex XC49 rims.
The 2012 Scott Spark 29 Team features RockShox Recon Silver 29 RL front forks. The model, like so many Scott bikes produced for 2012, is designed to include the TwinLoc suspension settings. This feature was the brain child of Scott with the input of a number of manufacturers, such as RockShox and Fox to ensure compatibility. The concept here is that when riding, the biker can quickly and simply switch between traction modes and front and rear lock operation. In the case of the latter, the biker has simultaneous control of both front and rear lock settings.
Not only does this 48 gram lever operate front and rear lock modes, but it also gives the rider easy control when switching between full travel and traction modes. I found that when riding up hills, this lever could be put to good use: I could swiftly snap into traction mode, which increased the sag point. The result was an easier passage uphill thanks to the change in sagging. This is a result of the Scott Spark 29 Team geometry, which, in common with the other models in the Scott Spark range, allows the head angle and bike sag to adjust depending on the mode used. Based on whether the biker selects full travel, front and rear lock or traction mode, the geometry alters to create a more suitable riding position for the biker.