Bikes of the Epic: Jenny Rissveds's SCOTT Contessa Spark RC 900 World Cup

Olympic Champion Jenny Rissveds won the mixed category at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, riding with Scott-SRAM MTB Racing team director and mountain biking legend Thomas Frischknecht. We took a look at the SCOTT Contessa Spark RC 900 World Cup which she rode to victory last week.

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Jenny's SCOTT Contessa Spark RC 900 World Cup shares a lot in common with the bike belonging to teammate Nino Schurter, which we took a look at here. The only discernible difference between the Spark and the ladies Contessa Spark RC is the paint job. The Contessa Spark RC comes in a tranquil turquoise shade, instead of the more jarring yellow and black of Nino's Spark RC.

 

While Jenny's bike carries the Contessa naming, it is a 29er which is interesting as the current retail Contessa range is limited to 650b bikes. Perhaps a sign of things to come?

 

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Jenny has fitted at RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seat post to her bike which she tested for the duration of the Cape Epic to decide whether she would like to ride with one in the upcoming cross country season. She has a stopper collar fitted to limit the travel on the seat post, most likely to avoid interference with the strap of the Topeak saddle bag containing her spare tube.

 

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The Rock Shox SID World Cup Carbon fork and Rock Shox Deluxe shock make use of something cryptically named "Black Box" damper technology, but we have no further information on how this works.

 

DT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline Carbon 29” wheels are wrapped in Maxxis Aspen 2.25 x 29 tyres. The wheels have custom gold decals, as befitting an Olympic champion.

 

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Like the majority of the pro peloton, Jenny has the bling full SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain fitted to her bike. She opted for a 32 tooth chainring and uses a very minimalist chain guide.

 

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Other interesting features include Ritchey WCS v6 pedals, and the Scott Twinloc remote lockout system, which locks fork and shock simultaneously.

 

 

Specifications


  • FrameScott Spark RC 900 Carbon HMX SL Custom
  • Rear ShockRock Shox Deluxe Black Box / 100mm
  • ForkRock Shox SID World Cup Carbon / Charger Black Box Damper / Boost / 100mm
  • Remote LockoutSCOTT TwinLoc
  • HeadsetSyncros FL1.5 / TIB bearing
  • StemSyncros XR1.5 / -17° or -25°
  • HandlebarSyncros FL1.0 SL Carbon T-Bar / +/-5mm / 9° / 680mm
  • GripsSyncros Foam
  • SaddleSyncros XR1.0 SL Carbon
  • SeatpostRockShox Reverb Stealth
  • BrakesSRAM Level Ultimate
  • ShifterSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Rear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • CassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle Gold / 10-50T
  • ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle Gold
  • CranksetSram XX1 Carbon Eagle 175mm Q-168mm 32T
  • WheelsDT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline Carbon 29”
  • TyresMaxxis Aspen 2.25 x 29
  • Bottle CageTopeak shuttle cage carbon
  • ComputerGarmin Edge
  • PedalsRitchey WCS v6




18 Comments

Sidmouth, Mar 27 2017 05:08

Sram Eagle 10-52?? never knew there was a 10-52

ridin dirty, Mar 27 2017 06:07

Sram Eagle 10-52?? never knew there was a 10-52

where do you see that bro?

Pointer, Mar 27 2017 06:17

That rear shock says "nude" on the lockout/damping lever... or is it is prototype rockshock also called nude?

YUMEYA, Mar 27 2017 06:49

That rear shock says "nude" on the lockout/damping lever... or is it is prototype rockshock also called nude?

TEAM Scott SRAM. They removed the the fox decals. I could be wrong.  :)

Pointer, Mar 27 2017 07:01

TEAM Scott SRAM. They removed the the fox decals. :)

I thought so..

Johny Bravo, Mar 27 2017 08:37

I like this colour scheme a lot more than the one Nino was riding. Very sexy bike.

Sparki 1, Mar 27 2017 08:55

And to think my first mtb's had those "semi-slick" tyres on I quickly got rid of. Was it a mistake lol....

Rick Sanchez, Mar 27 2017 08:57

Do they come in men's sizes?

Sparki 1, Mar 27 2017 08:58

where do you see that bro?

I think Nino's bike said 10-52T eagle if I'm not mistaken.

Q1977, Mar 27 2017 10:43

I thought so..

Nino's orange fork looks suspiciously like the unmistakable Fox float 32 step cast, but closer look at the right side stanchion O-ring and stanchion markings point towards Rockshox, the Fox O-rings are on the left stanchion.  I've tried neither fork but both look outstanding on paper.  Forks aside, I've never been much of a Scott fan, but Jenny and Nino's Spark RCs are PRRROPER in every detail... I would consider re-mortgaging the house for one of them machines...beautiful!

FCH, Mar 27 2017 10:52

any other pro's who ran with dropper posts?

leaboy, Mar 28 2017 09:22

interesting to see her and nino opting for saddle bags 

gg930, Mar 28 2017 10:45

interesting to see her and nino opting for saddle bags 

its for the spare tube

lechatnoir, Mar 28 2017 11:33

its for the spare tube

 

But still... saddle bag... 

arendoog, Mar 28 2017 12:21

But still... saddle bag... 

What works ,works !!

gg930, Mar 28 2017 12:48

What works ,works !!

my point too, better than taping it to you frame or seatpost

Long Wheel Base, Mar 28 2017 03:00

How about pictures of the rider???

Hairy, Mar 28 2017 04:34

recon the collar is a safety mechanism for should the post fail .... just drop the collar to "lock out" the post at full extension and hammer away