Just before Christmas we took delievery of this Scott Spark 20 for Review in issue 46 of Spoke. We did a brief profile on the Spark back here after the Sheppard Industries launch but this has been our first chance to get a leg over the refined Scott Spark.
Although the intent is clear with lightweight build and competition-focused components (wheels, forks, tyres) it still has underlying characteristics that go to the essence of mountain biking—carving singletrack with a smile on your dial. A slightly slacker head angle, low bottom bracket, and smart component choice has created a bike that relishes a wide variety of disciplines; not just XC/marathon races it's targeted at.
Although I'm only a few rides in, I'm already a bit smitten with a bike I wouldn't normally consider for my style of riding. Its lighter weight means I can ride faster for longer, and although it's no point-and-shoot machine, it is surprisingly composed in all conditions. In these early days I'm having a lot of fun with the Spark.