Scott Spark 740 - 2018

Scott Spark 740
$2,099.99 - $3,199.99
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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.

Specs

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
Axles 15x110mm (Front)
12x148mm (Rear)
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
Chainrings 30T
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP PF integrated / shell 41x89.5mm
Chain SRAM PC1110
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
Saddle Syncros XM2.5
Seat Post Syncros / 31.6x400mm

Part Numbers

Option UPC MPN Store SKU
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

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