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For 2017, Scott Sports revamped its popular Spark line of bikes. A new rear suspension linkage along with trunnion-mounted rear shocks have enabled Scott to update the Spark geometry with lower bottom brackets, shorter rear ends and less weight.
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On the pure cross-country race spectrum, the new line up starts with Nino Schurter's World Championship and Olympic gold medal winning Spark RC 900 bike. It lights up race courses with 100mm of travel and at a mere 1,800g (with rear shock) is the lightest Spark that Scott has ever produced. Both 27.5in and 29in wheel versions are available.
From there, the regular Sparks have 120mm of travel, dropper seatposts, and the geometry is a bit slacker. They're offered in both 27.5in and 29in wheels.
Scott Spark Plus
Next up is the Spark Plus, which is designed less for all-out speed and racing, but puts more focus on fun and ripping. 2.8in rubber, dropper posts, and 130mm on the front paired with 120mm at the rear creates a very trail-ready rig.
Last, and likely most controversial, are the E-Spark 700 Plus bikes. These e-bikes utilize Shimano's Steps motor and complement Scott's other e-bikes, which include a hardtail and commuter offerings.