Nino Schurter’s rainbow-infused Scott Spark RC race bike for 2022
Introducing Swiss cross-country legend Nino Schurter’s new Scott Spark RC for 2022.
The nine-time world champion, who rides for the Scott-SRAM MTB Racing team, won his last rainbow jersey in Val di Sole, Italy in August.
Working in conjunction with Scott, Schurter’s Spark RC 2022 references all of his past world titles from 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.
“Deserve me the rainbow [jersey] for the ninth time, it still feels like a dream,” says Schurter.
“Choosing my favorite is impossible, however, as each contains many special memories. I’m so thrilled that all of these titles have found their way into my new Spark Special Edition, so there’s absolutely no need to pick a favourite.
Will the Swiss driver be able to win a 10th title this year aboard this decked-out machine? Let’s take a closer look at Schurter’s bike ahead of the 2022 cross-county racing season.
A frame fit for a cross-country king
The latest version of the Scott Spark RC is easily identified by its hidden, integrated rear suspension design.
Scott acquired fellow Swiss neighbours Bold Cycles in 2019 and the move has led to the brand incorporating some of Bold’s design features, most notably the internal shock layout.
The new Spark also shows just how far cross-country bikes have evolved over the past decade, combining elements of the best XC bikes with a pinch of downcountry.
Schurter’s frame is, as you’d expect, the lightest RC variant of the Spark, made up of the company’s featherweight “HMX SL” carbon fiber.
But the real beauty here is in the custom finish of Schurter’s bike.
The front triangle is largely raw carbon with a matte finish. This transitions to a gloss black as the Scott graphic starts on the downtube and continues all the way through the rear triangle.
Glossy black is infused with sparkles from a rainbow stain. The graphics are silver, again with a rainbow infused color and appear to be a foil-like application.
Nods are paid at Schurter’s title wins, with details of those in letter graphics running along the center stripe of the top of the downtube.
He can also look at his name whenever he needs motivation, with an “N1NO” graphic on top of the top tube.
The chain vacuum plate is interesting in that it appears to be a raw carbon finish as opposed to the tougher silver on the production models.
Perhaps it is in order to gain weight, if only a few grams? There is also a chain guide to prevent the chain from falling off.
And the specs to match…
Schurter’s Spark RC features a RockShox SID Ultimate RD3 Air fork with 120mm of travel.
Interestingly, the fork is listed as containing a Blackbox Race Day 3 shock. We know that Blackbox is designating an unreleased product being tested by SRAM (RockShox is one of its subsidiary brands), so it looks like Schurter is testing a new shock absorber before it heads to production.
The hidden rear shock is a RockShox Nude 5 RLC3, again featuring 120mm of suspension travel. Schurter uses Scott’s TwinLoc 2 remote locking system.
Schurter uses the Fraser IC SL WC integrated bar stem from Scott’s in-house component brand, Syncros, with a negative 40-degree angle. The stem is 90mm long and the handlebar is 700mm wide.
The striking integrated bar stem, in a particularly aggressive position, swallows the rear brake hose and rear suspension TwinLoc cable.
The team mechanics are spared some sympathy, with two less cables to route because Schurter uses a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS groupset and a RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post.
The premium wireless group includes a power meter, and the rainbow chain and cassette are selected to match the visually striking paint scheme.
The extra weight is shaved off the wireless dropper post using titanium bolts.
SRAM’s Level Ultimate brakes are Schurter’s brakes of choice on this build.
On the wheels are Syncros Silverton SL2s with a wide 30mm internal rim width. They are shod in Maxxis Aspen tires, with their 2.4-inch-wide EXO casing.
Finally, the Nino Perch is a lightweight version of Syncros’ already lightweight Tofino saddle, shaving off another 50g.
Full Specs of Nino Schurter’s Custom Scott Spark 900 RC
- Framework: Scott Spark RC Carbon HMX SL Custom
- Fork: Rockshox SID Ultimate RD3 Air/BlackBox Race Day 3-mode shock, 120mm travel, 44mm offset
- Rear shock absorber : Trunnion Rockshox Nude 5 RLC3
- From a distance: Scott TwinLoc 2 technology, 3 suspension modes
- Handlebar: Syncros Fraser IC SL WC / -40° / 90mm / 700mm
- Saddle stem : Rockshox Reverb AXS 100mm, titanium bolts
- Saddle: Syncros Tofino, regular SL channel
- Handles: Syncro Foam
- Pedals: HT M2 components
- Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS / 12-speed
- Controller : SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
- Crankset: SRAM XX1 Eagle DUB power meter, 175mm/36T chainring
- Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle chain
- Cassette: SRAM XG-1299 eagle/ 10-50t
- Brakes: Ultimate SRAM level
- Wheels: Syncros Silverton SL2-30mm, 29″
- Tires: Maxxis Aspen 29×2.40in 170tpi EXO/TR
- Bottle cage: Topeak Shuttle Carbon Cage
- Tire sealant: OKO Magic High Fiber Milk