When deciding on what full-sus bikes to carry for 2018, the Scott Spark Series was the clear choice for a bike that wouldn’t bog you down own local trails, but could still handle more aggressive riding. It’s a trail bike / it’s a cross country bike – it’s whatever you need it to be. For all-out speed on the less technical stuff, use the TwinLoc remote to limit your travel front and rear. Need your full travel for more aggressive riding? Open up the suspension and dig in. Of course, the included dropper post will make easy work of those technical descents.
Under the radar: The SLX drivetrain on the Spark 960 is Shimano’s “work horse” group – flawless shifting and great durability. The Syncros components are also a hidden gem – far nicer than most companies house brands.
Bottom line: The sweet spot between fun and fast!