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Scott Spark Premium (2011)


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Brand Scott
ModelSpark Premium
SizeS, M, L, Xl


Bottom bracketShimano SM-BB91-41A, shell 41x89.5mm
Brake leversShimano XTR XC M985 Disc
Brake rotor180/F and 160/R mm Ice Tech Rotor
BrakesShimano XTR M985 Disc
CassetteShimano XTR CS-M980, 11-36 T
ChainShimano CN-HG94 10-Speed
CranksetShimano XTR FC-M980, Hollowtech 2, 42Ax32Ax24A T
FeaturesNude2 Shock

The Nude2 is a completely new shock with an improved air spring and damping system. The shock possesses a more progressive damping curve and mode sensitive damping than its predecessor. This means that both travel modes have separate damper settings relative to their travel length and effective forces. When collecting data for the Spark project, we also calculated rider input data, including forces such as the rider’s gyro-scoping pedal stroke and its’ effects on the suspension. We simulated a rider’s pedaling and jerky motions made to clear obstacles, and measured their influence on the suspension. Many other designs assume that a rider is static and coasting, or they only include acceleration forces on the suspension and drivetrain. We are more concentrated on suspending the movement of the rider instead of negating pedaling forces.

Carbon Swingarm and Dropouts

On the carbon swingarms and dropouts, we used Scott's IMP5 carbon technology--just like with the mainframe.  This provides stiffness and lightness in the rear of the bike.

Rock Shox DNA3 System

SCOTT and RockShox collaborated to bring you an all-new feature: the DNA3 system. DNA3 allows the extension of TwinLoc’s three unique shock modes to the fork. Previously, the TwinLoc controlled the travel settings only of the shock, with the ability to lockout both the shock and fork. The remote TwinLoc lever allows you to not only lock shock and fork, but also control the traction mode or full mode of both shock and fork with a simple flick of the switch. The Spark is the only bike on the market that offers this adjustment and it comes on all models, 26” and 29”, that are equipped with the Nude2 shock.

IDS SL Dropout System

Interchangeable and lightweight, the IDS-SL dropout system works with 142x12mm, 135x12mm and 135x5mm QR rear axle standards. Shred the turns more aggressively and with enhanced control, thanks to a laterally stiff rear end.

Adjustable BB Height

The Spark employs an adjustable geometry by way of a shock mount chip in the linkage. By changing the shock mount chip--simply removing it and flipping it in either mounting position--you affect the bottom bracket height by 7mm, which also affects the head tube angle by 0.5 degrees. The Spark is the only XC/Marathon bike on the market that offers this feature.

Tapered Headtube

The Spark features a tapered head tube for increased stiffness, safety, confidence, and control.

Direct Post Mount

We've saved even more weight by eliminating bulky brake hardware for mounting the rear caliper and integrated a direct post mount to the chain stay. This mounting position also decreases the load the brakes apply to the swingarm parts.

Twinloc Lever System

Our patented Twin Loc technology now offers simultaneous control of rear shock travel and fork lockout. The open position allows full travel, front and rear. One click switches the rear shock to Traction mode, while the fork remains fully active. Click again and rear shock and fork lock at the same time. No other bike in the world offers this user friendly system. Found on the Spark & Genius and Genius LT models.

IMP Carbon Mainframe

Our engineers have developed IMP™, the newest technology applied to carbon production. Our proprietary process allows for lighter construction by removing 11% of the material from the headtube intersection while increasing strength by utilizing high modulus stressed fibers for more precise fiber placement in critical areas. To compliment the IMP™ process, our frames benefit from our Naked External Tubeset™ which eliminates the cosmetic carbon layer to shave precious grams. Both HMX and HMF fibers are used in our carbon frames ensuring the utmost durability, security, and longevity for the frame."
Fork typeRock Shox SID RLT3 Air, DNA3 custom damper with 3 modes, tapered steerer, rebound adjustable, 120 mm travel
Frame typeSpark Carbon, IMP5 technology, HMX NET, BB 92, Carbon swingarm with 160PM, U-Mono Link, Tapered Headtube, IDS SL dropouts for 142 x 12mm, BB height adjustable, 120mm rear travel
Front derailleurShimano XTR FD-M980-E, DM
HeadsetRitchey Pro Tapered 1.5" - 1 1/8", semi integrated 50 / 61mm
Hub frontDT Swiss Tricon S10 CL, RWS QR
Hub rearDT Swiss Tricon S10 CL, 12 x 142, RWS
Rear derailleurShimano XTR RD-M980 SGS, Shadow Type, 30 Speed
Recommended forMountain, XC Mountain, XC Marathon
Rims typeDT Swiss Tricon S10 CL, 24H, Tubeless
SaddleSelle Italia SLR XP Team Edition, Vanox
ShifterShimano XTR SL-M980, Rapidfire Plus, 2 way release, Ispec clamp
Shock typeScott DT Nude2, 3 modes Lockout-TC-AT, Ball joints, 190 x 50mm, rebound adjustable
SpokesDT Swiss Aerolite
StemRitchey WCS C-260, oversize 31.8mm, 1 1/8", 6¡ angle
TiresSchwalbe Rocket Ron EVO, 26 x 2.25, 127EPI Kevlar Bead, Tubeless ready, Pace star compound
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