Epic Bike Check: Nino Schurter's Scott Spark RC

At the hands of Nino Schurter, the Scott Spark RC has won it all; Olympics, World Champs, World Cups, and the Absa Cape Epic. Schurter tested SRAM's Eagle AXS wireless drive system through the 2018 season and he is now racing with the full production product at the 2019 Cape Epic. He also has a new fork on display, if the decals are to be trusted, the RockShox SID Ultimate.

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Nino Schurter Scott Spark Cape Epic.jpgThe all-new Scott Sparkle?
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Nino Schuter's Scott Spark RC 900:


  • FrameScott Spark RC 900 Carbon HMX SL Custom
  • ForkRockShox SID Ultimate Carbon
  • ShockRockShox Nude RLC3
  • Remote LockoutScott TwinLoc
  • WheelsDT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline Carbon 30MM, 29″
  • TyresMaxxis Aspen 2.25 EXO TR
  • Handlebar and StemSyncros Fraser IC SL Nino Edition
  • GripSyncros Silicon
  • HeadsetSyncros Pro
  • Top CapSyncros XR Computer Mount
  • SeatpostRockShox Reverb AXS 100mm
  • SaddleSyncros Tofino 1.0
  • BrakesSRAM Level Ultimate Blackbox
  • Brake rotorsSRAM CLX 160mm
  • ShifterSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
  • Rear derailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
  • CassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • Crank armsSRAM XX1 Eagle with Quarq power meter
  • ChainringSRAM 36T
  • Chain GuideSyncros
  • Bottom BracketSRAM Dub
  • PedalsRitchey WCS V6
  • Bottle cagesTopeak Shuttle carbon with Race Rocket pump
  • ComputerGarmin Edge 130

 

Although Schurter has been testing the SRAM Eagle AXS electronic and wireless drivetrain for some time, 2019 is the first year he will be racing the retail ready product. The XX1 Eagle AXS wireless shifter and electronic-shifting rear derailleur are the brain behind the new shifting system. Schurter has been known to ride a 38T chainring for shorter races but in the multi-stage Cape Epic he has elected to race with a 36T chainring, with a Quarq power meter.

 

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The RockShox Reverb is also a new AXS product with electronic wireless actuation of the dropper seatpost. Schurter's mechanic has placed a blip button in the left silicone grip allowing him to easily activate the dropper post. A wire runs from the blip into the frame along the brake hose where it connects to a blip box for transmitting the signal to the dropper seatpost.

 

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The fork and shock are supplied by the team sponsor, RockShox. The RockShox shock uses the NUDE technology that Scott favours for their three-position TwinLoc lockout system. The fork appears to be something new from RockShox, the label reads SID Ultimate. The team was shy on information about this model but we are speculating that it might be an upgraded model on the SID World Cup.

 

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Nino Schurter Scott Spark Cape Epic-8.jpgThe RockShox SID Ultimate.
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Schurter rides his signature Syncros Fraser handlebar and stem combination. The handlebar and stem are integrate into a single carbon component. The cockpit is finished off with a Syncros top cap for mounting Nino's Garmin bike computer and Sahmurai Sword bar end caps concealing tyre plugs. SRAM's Level Ultimate brakes are charged with the task of slowing down the world's fastest cross country rider.

 

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11 Comments

Kiril, Mar 19 2019 01:18

An absolute weapon

OneLove, Mar 19 2019 01:25

Does it come with a Mic attachment?

Hilton., Mar 19 2019 01:37

Sid Ultimate with DebonAir? Is this a new Sid?

 

Edit: commented without reading ...  :wacko:

Long Wheel Base, Mar 19 2019 02:35

Looks good. Love that stem bar combo.

I know he probably can't really mount a second bottle cage but what is he doing during epic? Stopping at every water point or dehydrating himself during every stage?

 

Kudos to Iwan for some amazing pictures.

JacBrand, Mar 19 2019 02:58

Looks good. Love that stem bar combo.

I know he probably can't really mount a second bottle cage but what is he doing during epic? Stopping at every water point or dehydrating himself during every stage?

 

Kudos to Iwan for some amazing pictures.

Even the top guys stop at the water points (gentleman's agreement). Even to change a wheel with a slow leak.

Armand08, Mar 19 2019 11:47

Looks good. Love that stem bar combo.

I know he probably can't really mount a second bottle cage but what is he doing during epic? Stopping at every water point or dehydrating himself during every stage?

 

Kudos to Iwan for some amazing pictures.

 

They store the 2nd bottle in their jersey. Have a look from the e-bike footage towards the end of 2nd stage. And its worth noting that their bottles seems quite large in size. 

Bargains, Mar 20 2019 01:13

Baie mooi, Scott2Luvit.

dewaldsss, Mar 20 2019 06:47

Bike looks sweet!!!

Is that a 120mm travel fork up front?

Renier82, Mar 20 2019 08:50

whats the market value of such a bike...

PhilipV, Mar 20 2019 11:55

AXS seems to be the best way of cleaning up Scott's proprietary Kraaines Cable Management system. 

V18, Mar 23 2019 12:59

Just came here to see what tyres not to buy.