For years, Scott’s Spark has been its mainstay XC full-suspension bike, the bike a racer would pick for a tough, technical course where its Scale hardtail wasn’t suited. But it was a big jump from the 100mm-travel Spark 29er with its XC-style geometry to the slacker, 130mm-travel Genius trail bike. That’s important because Scott says that some 60 percent of the Spark’s buyers aren’t racers; they want a light, fast, but capable trail bike for all-around riding.
So with a major redesign for the 2017 model year, Scott turned the new Spark into exactly that, along the way expanding the line from an already broad 17 models to a whopping 39, ranging from $2,000 to $8,600. That includes an expanded RC (Racing Concept) lineup, three new Contessa women’s models, and six plus-size tire versions (four men’s and two Contessa women’s) with meaty 2.8-inch tires.