Bikes of the Epic: Nino Schurter's Scott Spark RC

Since throwing his leg over the new Scott Spark RC, Nino Schurter has ridden to victory in the World Championships and Rio Olympics. As of this morning, Nino and the Spark RC now have an Absa Cape Epic stage win to their name and are wearing the overall leader's jersey.

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The announcement of the Spark RC saw a number of changes over the previous Spark. Most noticeably was the geometry which saw the bike becoming longer and the angles slacker. The aim was to make the bike more capable on technical trails without losing any advantage in power efficiency and forward momentum. Looking at the team's and Nino's results, it is tempting to say that they might have got it right.

 

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Scott-SRAM MTB Racing ride with RockShox suspension components. They use the new SID World Cup and the metric Deluxe shock. Both components are using a new damper that the team are calling Black Box. Despite our best attempts, the team were unwilling to reveal what the Black Box technology might be. The Scott TwinLoc remote system adjusts the fork and shock compression settings.

 

With SRAM as a naming sponsor, it's unsurprising that the team ride their state of the art XX1 Eagle drivetrain. Nino has opted to go with a 36 tooth chainring with a Quarq power meter. Like most pro teams, Scott-SRAM MTB Racing have opted to go with the attention-grabbing gold cassette and chain. Nino turns the cranks using a pair of Ritchey WCS v6 pedals.

 

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The Scott-SRAM MTB Racing ride on DT Swiss wheels with Nino opting for the carbon XMC 1200 Spline set for Cape Epic. The rims have undergone a special Olympic gold medal decal treatment. Maxxis's lightweight Aspen tyres are Nino's choice for the eight days of Epic.

 

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The cockpit features components from Scott's Syncros range which includes carbon handle bar and seatpost, stem, saddle, and grips. There are mounts for a GoPro and his Garmin bike computer and a Topeak saddle bag that contains a tube.

 

 

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
  • SeatpostSyncros FL1.0 SL Carbon / 10mm seatback
  • 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 36T
  • WheelsDT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline Carbon 29”
  • TyresMaxxis Aspen 2.25 x 29
  • Bottle CageTopeak shuttle cage carbon
  • ComputerGarmin Edge 20
  • PedalsRitchey WCS v6




18 Comments

robsc, Mar 24 2017 04:15

Thoughts on why Nino running the Aspen tyres ? Would of thought Ikon's ?

Odinson, Mar 24 2017 04:30

They went through a testing process when switching to Maxxis and found the Aspens to be the fastest rolling. Maxxis also produces a special TPI version for him (and, I presume, other top Maxxis XC athletes).

Cylon, Mar 24 2017 06:51

One correction in the bike specs:
Nino is using the new Quarq Eagle XX1 crank and not the standard SRAM Eagle XX1 crank.

The article also mentions that he's opted for a 36t chainring for the Epic but the specs state it's a 38t.

LeoKnight, Mar 24 2017 07:57

I see he does ride with one thing that is seen on the cheaper side of the spectrum. His garmin, but then again I assume it is for the weight he is going for the edge 20

Nick, Mar 24 2017 09:43

The article also mentions that he's opted for a 36t chainring for the Epic but the specs state it's a 38t.

 

Yeah, a bit of confusion, we got his specs for XCO racing. He's downsized a couple teeth for Cape Epic.

Mamil, Mar 24 2017 09:58

Wonder what it weighs

FrankG, Mar 24 2017 11:05

Yeah, a bit of confusion, we got his specs for XCO racing. He's downsized a couple teeth for Cape Epic.

 

Someone asked Nino on IG a few days ago and he said 36T

CAAD4, Mar 25 2017 07:42

A saddle bag? (Rushes off to the tool room to see if he still has one)....

Kalahari Vegmot, Mar 25 2017 09:43

A saddle bag? (Rushes off to the tool room to see if he still has one)....

It's okay; it's a mountain bike...

PregoRoll, Mar 25 2017 10:14

Wonder what it weighs

They are claiming it to be 9.88KG, not sure if thats with pedals/Garmin Mount and cages though. 

 

Color scheme looks much better than last years.

_im_from_earth, Mar 26 2017 05:00

They went through a testing process when switching to Maxxis and found the Aspens to be the fastest rolling. Maxxis also produces a special TPI version for him (and, I presume, other top Maxxis XC athletes).

 

He's running stock TR / EXO Aspens at Epic. The Higher TPI was for Olympics and XCO ;)

Serious Panda, Mar 26 2017 06:49

The Aspen is a great fast tyre, it rolls a lot fatser than the Ikon. Great rear fast tyre maybe not a great front for us mortals.

Serious Panda, Mar 26 2017 07:46

Copied Silverback and changed design to a vertical shock and wins the Epic. Spez Epic fail

 

Edit: :ph34r:

robsc, Mar 27 2017 01:52

Must be a nice tyre then . Faster than Ikon , and also didn't see his team have any punctures . Perhaps the "young guns" did ?

Serious Panda, Mar 27 2017 04:17

Must be a nice tyre then . Faster than Ikon , and also didn't see his team have any punctures . Perhaps the "young guns" did ?

 

No punctures for the young guns as far as I know. The Exo sidewall protected version of Maxxis tyres  should be strong enough, should be a lot more resistant to flats than Sworks tyres.

 

The Aspen was my best 26" tyre ever on the rear before the days of 29ers. Then Maxxis created the Ikon and Aspen in 29". But the Aspen was not built with Exo, so I emailed Maxxis and told them to please build the 29" Aspen in Exo version. And look what tyre won the Epic 2017! Scott Racing owes me a big thanks! :whistling:

InSearchofUP, Mar 27 2017 06:50

Was there a misprint or is Nino really running a 10-52 cassette instead of a 10-50 ( normal 12 speed cassette)?

And it looks like both Nino and Jenny are still on the fox rear shox with no decals (if you look closely) or my eyesight isnt too good.  :ph34r:

mtbride, Mar 30 2017 02:13

I would have thought these lightweight Maxxis tires are under 600g, but they list the 2.25 as weighing 645 g, that's approx. the same as a 2.25 Snakeskin Rocket Ron, 2 I weighed at home, one 632g and another 643g.

CookieMonster, Apr 05 2017 10:13

I Love this bike! Very jealous!