Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark RC World Cup for 2020 Cape Epic

Schurter switches from Ritchey pedals to HT and runs dropper post for 2020 edition of Cape Epic

Nino Schurter – the reigning six-time men’s cross-country world champion – will race the 2020 edition of the Absa Cape Epic aboard this custom-painted, SRAM Eagle eTap AXS-equipped Scott Spark RC World Cup. 

The Spark is Scott’s full-suspension cross-country bike, and this particular model is finished in a handsome fluro yellow paint job that features references to the Swiss racer’s impressive career.

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Schurter rides for Scott-SRAM, so it’s no surprise to see his bike decked out in all of SRAM’s top-end finery. 

The bike is built around a SRAM XX1 Eagle eTap AXS groupset, though a previous-generation direct-mount Quarq power meter has been fitted.

The Cape Epic is characterised by – in the context of XC marathon racing – fairly chunky descents, so, in a nod towards practicality over weight savings, a RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post has been fitted to the bike. 

Unusually, this has been set up to be controlled by a SRAM eTap Blip that has been neatly fitted into a slot cut into Schurter’s left-hand grip. 

Notably, Schurter has moved away from the Ritchey WCS XC pedals he previously used in favour of a pair HT M1T pedals. 

The wheels come courtesy of DT Swiss and the one-piece Fraser IC SL cockpit is from Scott’s in-house finishing kit brand Syncros.

Nino will race the Cape Epic alongside Lars Forster – the winner of the 2019 edition of the race – and it all kicks off this Sunday. 

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Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup Cape Epic race bike specs

  • Fork: RockShox SID 
  • Rear shock: RockShox Nude RLC 3 120mm
  • Remote: Scott TwinLoc Suspension System
  • Cockpit: Syncros Fraser IC SL 90mm /-25°/ 680mm
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS
  • Saddle: Syncros Tofino 1.0 Regular
  • Grips: Syncros Silicon
  • Pedals: HT M1T
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
  • Shifters: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
  • Crankset: SRAM XX1 Eagle Dub SL, 175mm/36-tooth chainring
  • Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1299 Eagle, 10-50t
  • Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate Blackbox
  • Wheels: DT Swiss XRC 1200 Spline Carbon 30mm, 29in
  • Tyres: Maxxis Aspen 29 x 2.40
  • Bottle cage: Topeak Shuttle Cage Carbon
  • Extras: SRAM Red Blip Box to control Reverb seatpost