Scott Spark 910 Review
- Price: $6,299
- Frame: Carbon
- Tires: 29″Aluminum
- Gear: 1 x 12
What we like about it: The lightweight carbon fiber frame of the Scott Spark 910, combined with high-quality components, delivers robust riding performance.
What we didn’t like about it: The price tag is quite steep, making it less suitable for beginners or riders on a tight budget.
The Scott Spark 910 boasts a lightweight carbon fiber frame, complemented by various technical details, enabling this full-suspension trail bike to tackle a variety of off-road trails.
Below, we’ll delve into the riding experience, key features, components, specifications, and other versions of the Scott Spark 910. In the latter part of this article, we’ll also compare it to several other top bike models. If you’re interested in more bike reviews, feel free to follow us.
The Scott Spark 910 not only looks great but also delivers impressive riding performance. Its components and exceptional frame design contribute to its formidable riding capabilities.
For this review, I took the Scott Spark 910 to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails and booked nearby accommodations through IHG in advance. The trails offered a diverse range of paths, from scenic mountain terrain to rugged wooded trails, with numerous small drop platforms—ideal for this bike’s capabilities.
The climbing ability of the Scott Spark 910 is impressive. The frame, made using Evo-Lap technology, is exceptionally lightweight while maintaining rigidity. On uphill trails, the bike feels nimble, allowing me to conserve energy without feeling weighed down.
During longer climbs, the Shimano XT M8100 drivetrain provides a wide range of gears. When pedaling starts to feel strenuous, adjusting the gears offers a more effortless pedaling experience, aiding my uphill progress.
Furthermore, the Spark platform employs Scott’s patented Integrated Suspension Technology, ensuring minimal energy loss during pedaling and delivering direct power transfer.
In summary, I found the climbing performance of the Scott Spark 910 to be outstanding. It handled various terrain types with ease, even without me having to adjust the suspension compression damping.
While the Scott Spark 910 doesn’t have extensive front and rear suspension travel, the Fox suspension offers excellent support. When landing on smaller drop platforms, the suspension efficiently absorbs all impact, preventing bottoming out and providing a smooth and safe landing.
The real highlight of the Scott Spark 910 is riding on narrow trails. Its low center of gravity offers agile handling and a stable riding posture. The Schwalbe Wicked Will 29×2.4″ large-knob tires provide outstanding grip when cornering at high speeds, keeping me firmly planted on the ground. I could navigate every trail with agility and confidence.
Finally, the Shimano XT M8120 four-piston hydraulic disc brakes, combined with the 29-inch wheels, provided ample traction and powerful braking on steep and rocky terrain. With strong braking capabilities, I could control my speed with ease, navigating the route at my preferred rhythm.
The Scott Spark 910 is available in four frame sizes (S-XL), catering to a wide range of riders, from 5’2″ to 6’7″ in height, offering extensive versatility.
The bike features internal cable routing, giving it a clean and tidy appearance while making daily cleaning more convenient. Additionally, the design of the silent line tube reduces noise caused by the tube slapping against the frame during rides, resulting in a quieter riding experience.
The dropper post design ensures consistent stability in the rider’s center of gravity throughout the ride.
The robust Fox suspension system guarantees the absorption of more road vibrations even in demanding riding conditions, providing riders with an ultimate downhill riding experience.
Lastly, the Shimano XT M8100 drivetrain offers smooth shifting and efficient transmission. The Shimano XT M8120 hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable braking performance in even the harshest environmental conditions.
What do we like about it?
- Reliable performance of Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, regardless of harsh conditions.
- Internal cable routing and the hidden rear shock contribute to a clean appearance and easier daily cleaning.
- The ability to adjust the head angle to slack or steep angles without cutting cables or brake lines.
- The Shimano XT M8100 drivetrain offers efficient power transmission and precise and light shifting.
- The dropper post design ensures that the rider remains in the right position for continuous riding.
- Utilizing our Evo-Lap technology to achieve an ultra-light and compact frame without sacrificing rigidity, comfort, and impact resistance.
What don’t we like about it?
- The high price tag may not be suitable for beginners or budget-conscious riders.
- What is Scott known for in the world of bicycles?
Scott is a company with a rich history known for its cutting-edge technology across all of its bikes. It consistently pushes the limits of bike weight, design, materials, efficiency, and suspension, earning a reputation as one of the world’s most advanced bicycle manufacturers.
- Can this bike be equipped with a chain guide?
It comes with ISCG05 mounts on the frame. Most chain guides available on the market are compatible.
- How do I choose the right size?
Here, we provide you with a size chart. However, it’s not necessarily essential to follow this standard. The best way to find the right size is to try it out.
|5’2″ – 5’8″
|5’6″ – 5’11”
|5’10” – 6’3″
|6’1″ – 6’7″
Scott Spark 910 Specs
|Spark Carbon HMF Integrated Suspension Technology Flex Pivot / Adjustable head angle Syncros Cable Integration System BB92 / UDH Interface / 12x148mm with 55mm ChainlineBB Standard: BSA, 73mm, ThreadedHanger Standard: UDH
|FOX 34 Float Performance Elite Air FIT4 3-Modes with low Speed adj. / Kabolt 15x110mm axle 44mm offset / tapered steerer / Reb. Adj. / Lockout 130mm travel
|FOX NUDE 5T EVOL Trunnion SCOTT custom w. travel / geo adj. 3 modes: Lockout-Traction Control-Descend Custom large Air volume / DPS / Reb. Adj. Travel 120- 80-Lockout / T165X45mm
|Shimano SM-BB71-41A / shell 41x92mm
|Syncros – Acros Angle adjust & Cable Routing HS System +-0.6° head angle adjustment ZS56/28.6 – ZS56/40 MTB
|OC Mountain Control MC10 Alu SL, 0º
|Syncros Fraser iC SL DC Carbon 0° rise / back sweep 8° / mini Rise / 760mm Syncros Performance XC lock-on grips
|Syncros Tofino 1.5 Regular Titanium rails
|FOX Transfer Performance Elite Dropper Post 31.6mm / S size 125mm / M size 140mm / L size 150mm / XL size 150mm
|Shimano XT RD-M8100 SGS Shadow Plus / 12 Speed
|Shimano XT FC-M8120-1 / Hollowtech 2 32T
|Shimano XT SL-M8100-IR / Rapidfire Plus Ispec EV clamp
|Shimano XT CS-M8100-12 / 10-51 T
|Shimano SLX CN-M7100
|Shimano XT M8120 4 Piston Disc
|Syncros Silverton 2.0-30 6 Bolt F: 15x110mm, R: 12x148mm 30mm Tubeless ready rim 28H / Micro Spline Syncros Axle w/Removable Lever with 6mm Allen, T30 and T25 Tools
|Schwalbe Wicked Will 29×2.4″ EVO Super Race / TLE / 67EPI / Addix Speed Soft
|Shimano SM-RT76 / 6 Bolt / F&R 180mm
|Ibis Ripley GX
|120mm rear, 130mm front
|Shimano SLX M7100
|1 × 12
|Trek Top Fuel 9.8 GX
|120mm rear, 120mm front
|SRAM G2 RS
|1 × 12
|Santa Cruz 5010 XT / Carbon C / 27.5
|130mm rear, 140mm front
|Shimano XT M8120
|1 × 12
|Fezzari Delano Peak Elite Race
|135mm rear, 150mm fron
|Shimano XT M8120
|1 × 12
Scott Spark 910 vs. Ibis Ripley GX
When comparing these two bikes, they both have the same suspension travel. However, in terms of the drivetrain components, the former is equipped with Shimano components, offering smoother and more refined shifting. On the other hand, the latter features SRAM drivetrain components, providing quicker and more decisive shifting.
In the realm of braking components, the former comes with Shimano XT M8120 four-piston brakes, which offer superior braking power compared to the latter’s Shimano SLX M7100 two-piston brakes, making it more reliable for intense riding situations.
In conclusion, between these two full-suspension mountain bikes, I would recommend the Scott Spark 910 because of its superior components.
Scott Spark 910 vs. Trek Top Fuel 9.8 GX
When comparing these two bikes, the former’s frame design gives it a lower center of gravity, providing greater stability during downhill rides.
In terms of the front suspension, the former is equipped with a Fox fork that offers better support, while the latter features a RockShox fork with better initial sensitivity, making it more lively.
As for the drivetrain components, both bikes feature reliable components with excellent transmission efficiency, and the main difference lies in the shifting operation.
Regarding the braking components, the former is equipped with Shimano XT M8120 brakes, offering a more linear feel, while the latter features SRAM G2 RS brakes with a more aggressive and direct response.
In conclusion, both of these bikes are excellent and powerful options. However, considering the price, I would recommend the more budget-friendly Scott Spark 910.
Scott Spark 910 vs. 2022 Santa Cruz 5010 XT / Carbon C / 27.5
These two bikes each have their advantages. The former’s geometry and suspension tuning give it better climbing capabilities, while the latter’s longer suspension travel allows it to handle more challenging terrain during descents.
In terms of drivetrain and braking components, both of these bikes utilize the same Shimano XT series components. They offer efficient transmission efficiency, smooth shifting operations, and reliable, linear braking performance for comfortable braking.
In conclusion, between these two bikes, the former excels in climbing ability, while the latter shines in downhill riding performance.
Scott Spark 910 vs. Fezzari Delano Peak Elite Race
In comparison, the latter bike has a longer suspension travel and a more relaxed geometry, giving it greater downhill riding capabilities.
On the other hand, the former’s suspension tuning enhances its climbing ability and provides a lighter feel during rides.
Similarly, in terms of drivetrain and brakes, both of these bikes use Shimano XT series components. As a second-tier component in Shimano’s mountain bike series, they offer strong and reliable performance.
In conclusion, these two bikes offer choices based on your preferred riding style. However, the former bike has a more appealing appearance, which I prefer.
Above is my review of the Scott Spark 910. In our opinion, it is a lightweight and high-performance full-suspension mountain bike that excels in all aspects, rivaling any other full-suspension mountain bike in its capabilities. That’s why we’ve given it a rating of 4.9.
Of course, if you’re interested in other full-suspension mountain bikes, we also review a wide range of bikes at various price points, making for an interesting read. Feel free to check out our other reviews.
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