Cheap and cheerful is often said as a backhanded compliment when describing something. It might be fun in it’s own right, but whatever it is, it will always be held back by a low retail price. In the instance of the 2018 Scott Spark 740, cheap and cheerful is absolutely not a backhanded compliment. The 2018 Scott Spark 740 is capable, surefooted, and decidedly fun on the trail, without a thought as to how little the bike costs compared to the rest of the Scott Spark mountain bike line.
This iteration of the Scott Spark starts life with a hydroformed alloy frame that shares geometry and most tubing profiles with its pricier carbon fiber siblings. It also shares the updated trunnion-mount shock placement, which places the shock along the seat tube and bottom bracket instead of the top tube. This is not only lighter in nature, but it beefs up the frame in the bottom bracket, making out-of-saddle stiffness much higher. Further, it allows for greater small bump sensitivity, lower weight elsewhere, and greater simplicity. This simplicity is thanks to a new pivotless rear swingarm, which again cuts weight and increases stiffness to thrust riders up hills with a newfound ease.
Scott didn’t just update the Spark 740’s suspension for looks; they updated geometry to reflect the award-winning Spark RC cross-country mountain bike. As such, this bike uses a slacker headtube, longer reach, and shorter chainstays. A slacker headtube angle and longer reach makes for more confident handling on descents, while shorter chainstays take better advantage of what power the rider puts through the pedals. Wide 27.5” x 2.8 plus tires provide 21% greater grip than standard mountain bike tires, with a minimal difference in drag. All of these traits make for a bike that charges up hills, but is plenty confident on descents. The Scott Spark 740 is straight fun; ride it wherever, however, and the only thing that will come to mind is how fun the bike is. The Scott Spark 740 may be a fraction of the cost of its carbon siblings, but that deeply imbued sense of fun and dynamism is readily apparent.
The 2018 Scott Spark 740 features a 1×11 SRAM NX1 drivetrain, while the RockShox Recon fork (130mm) and X-Fusion RL rear shock (120mm) complement each other nicely through rock gardens or glass-smooth singletrack. The bike also features a Syncros X-30S Boost wheelset, and a Syncros bar, stem, seatpost, and saddle. The Spark 740 is available in four sizes (S-XL), in a gloss green with black and blue accents.
|Frame||Spark 700 Alloy SL 6011, custom butted Hydroformed tubes, tapered Headtube / BB92 / Boost|
|Fork||Rock Shox Recon RL Solo Air, QR axle / Tapered Steerer, Reb. Adj. / Lockout / 130mm travel|
|Headset||Syncros OE Press Fit / Tapered 1.5" - 1 1/8", OD 50/61mm / ID 44/55mm|
|Rear Shock||X-Fusion RL Trunnion, Lockout / Reb. Adj., Travel 120mm/ 165X45mm|
|Rims/Wheels||Syncros X-30S, 32H, 30mm, Sleeve Joint, Tubeless ready|
|Hubs||Shimano HB-M6010-B CL / Shimano FH-M6010-B CL|
|Spokes||Stainless Black 15G / 1.8mm|
|Tires||Maxxis Rekon / 2.80 x 27.5 / 60TPI Kevlar Bead, TR Tubeless ready, Dual compound|
|Crankset||SRAM NX1 GXP Boost PF|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM GXP PF integrated / shell 41x89.5mm|
|Front Derailleur||SCOTT Chainguide|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX1 / 11 Speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM PG1130 / 11-42 T|
|Shifters||SRAM NX1 Trigger|
|Handlebars||Syncros FL2.0 mini Riser / Alloy 6061D.B., 12mm rise / 9° / 760mm|
|Stem||Syncros 6061 Alloy, oversize 31.8mm / 1 1/8" / 6° angle|
|Brakes||Shimano M315 Disc, 180mm F & R / SM-RT30 CL Rotor|
|Seat Post||Syncros / 31.6x400mm|
|Green/Black / Small||889143660254||265253006||106708|
|Green/Black / Medium||889143660261||265253007||106709|
|Green/Black / Large||889143660278||265253008||106710|
|Green/Black / X-Large||889143660285||265253009||106738|