Find your flow with Scott's new E-Spark Plus

Shimano STEPS assisted full suspension e-MTB

For 2017 Scott revamped its dual suspension Spark, which on its debut under Nino Schurter scored a world championship and later Olympic Gold in Rionot bad for a new bike.

Now, using the new Spark as a template, Scott has lifted the veil on the E-Spark Plus; a pedal assist e-MTB with 25.7+ wheels and tires, 130mm front and 120mm rear suspension with Scott's Twinlock system, an alloy frame and dropper post. It's one of the best-looking e-MTB’s I’ve seen so far.

Scott E-Spark Plus highlights

  • Shimano Steps E-8000
  • Trunnion rear shock
  • Boost hub spacing
  • Slacker head tube and 448mm chainstays
  • Twinlock Remote
  • XL size men's bike and Contessa specific Women's model
Scott's new E-Spark Plus

Opting for the Shimano STEPS E-8000 system, the E-Spark Plus is claimed to have up to 100km of range and a max speed of 25kph / 15mph.

Scott has also created integrated covers for the STEPS motor, complete with skid plates as well as cooling channels to not only protect the unit but clean up the aesthetic too.

Scott has fabricated a similar housing on the down tube for the battery that not only secures it to prevent rattles but also protects the pack from the elements.

The battery itself is secured to the frame with an Abus lock that allows it to be removed from the bike for charging and sees mounts for a bottle cage.

A Trunnion rear shock has also been adopted
A Trunnion rear shock has also been adopted

Following along from the designs of the Olympic-winning Spark, Scott has updated the suspension kinematics with a single pivot rocker design, which the brand says allows for suspension characteristics that weren’t possible with the previous E-Spark.

Fewer pivots not only mean less maintenance, but Scott also says the Trunnion shock mount allows for a longer stroke for the same eye to eye length, a stiffer and lighter linkage, and a claimed lower centre of gravity.

The new E-Spark Plus also receives Scott’s Twinloc suspension system, which toggles the front and rear shocks' travel with a single lever from the bars into one of three ride settings (Descend, Traction and Lockout) depending on the terrain ahead.

Based around 27.5 plus wheels and tires, the E-Spark also sees Boost hub spacing. The additional tire width makes a larger footprint for extra traction and dampening, while the wider hubs enable stiffer wheels and a straighter chain line at either end of the cassette.

Scott has slackened the head angle and shortened the chainstays from the previous model
Scott has slackened the head angle and shortened the chainstays from the previous model

According to Scott, the main goal in developing the E-Spark was to reduce the impact of the engine on ride feel. Compared to the old Spark the head tube is almost 1.5 degrees slacker for added stability especially riding on steep terrain.

Chainstay length has also been decreased, from 488mm to 448mm on the E Spark Plus — only 10mm longer than the standard non-assisted model.

On top of these changes, Scott is also adding an XL size option to better fit the taller riders among us.

Scott is offering four versions of the E-Spark, three men's and one women's specific Contessa version. The Contessa version comes in three sizes and sees a women's specific saddle and slightly narrower handlebars. 

Scott E-Spark Plus models

Scott Spark E-700 Plus Tuned

E-Spark 700 Plus Tuned
E-Spark 700 Plus Tuned

  • Fork: FOX 34 Float Factory Air / Kashima FIT4 with 130mm travel
  • Rear shock: FOX Nude Trunnion — travel 120–85mm
  • System: Shimano STEPS E8000 250W with integrated 500wh battery
  • Crank: Shimano Steps with 34t
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 200mm rotors
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT Di2 
  • Bar: Syncros FL1.0 bars Di2 mini Carbon Riser 760mm
  • Stem: Syncros FL1.5
  • Wheels: Syncros TR1.5 E-CL
  • Tires: Maxxis Rekon 2.80 x 27.5
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Dropper Remote Kashima
  • Saddle: Syncros XM1.0 with carbon rails
  • Weight: 22.1kg
  • Price: €6,999

Scott Spark E-710 Plus

E-Spark 710 Plus
E-Spark 710 Plus

  • Fork: FOX 34 Float Performance Elite Air with 130mm travel
  • Rear shock: Fox Nude Trunnion — travel 120–85mm
  • System: Shimano STEPS E8000250W with integrated 500wh battery
  • Crank: Shimano 34t Steps
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 200mm rotors
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT/SLX Mix 11-speed
  • Bar: Syncros FL1.5 Mini Riser 760mm
  • Stem: Syncros FL1.5
  • Wheels: Syncros X35
  • Casings: Maxxis Rekon 2.80 x 27.5
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Dropper Remote
  • Saddle: Syncros XM2.0 
  • Weight: 22.2kg
  • Price: TBC

Scott Spark E-720 Plus

E-Spark 720 Plus
E-Spark 720 Plus

  • Fork: RockShox Sektor RL Solo Air with 130mm travel
  • Rear shock: X-Fusion Nude Trunnion — travel 120–85mm
  • System: Shimano STEPS E8000250W with integrated 500wh battery
  • Crank: Shimano 34t Steps
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore 20mm rotors
  • Drivetrain: Shimano SLX 10-speed
  • Bar: Syncros FL2.0 Mini Riser 760mm
  • Stem: Syncros FL2.0
  • Wheels: Syncros X35
  • Tires: Maxxis Rekon 2.80 x 27.5
  • Seat post: Syncros
  • Saddle: Syncros XM2.5 
  • Weight: 22.4kg
  • Price: TBC

Scott E-Contessa Spark 710 Plus

E-Contessa Spark 710 Plus
E-Contessa Spark 710 Plus

  • Fork: FOX 34 Float Performance Elite Air with 130mm travel
  • Rear shock: Fox Nude Trunnion — travel 120–85mm
  • System: Shimano STEPS E8000 250w with integrated 500wh battery
  • Crank: Shimano Steps 34t
  • Brakes: Shimano XT 200mm rotors
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT 11-speed with Shimano SLX commands
  • Bar: Syncros FL1.5 Mini Riser 740mm
  • Stem: Syncros FL1.5
  • Wheels: Syncros X35
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF front and back Rekon 2.80 x 27.5
  • Seatpost: Fox Transfer Dropper Remote
  • Saddle: Syncros XR2.0 Women
  • Weight: 22.2kg
  • Price: TBC
Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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