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FRIBOURG, Switzerland (BRAIN) — After launching the new Genius trail bike last month, Scott has released the Contessa women’s version of the bike. The Contessa Genius has the same frame as the regular Genius, but is tailored for female riders with smaller diameter grips, a women’s saddle, shorter stem, narrower handlebar and a smaller chainring

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Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival

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Scott Sports showcases a range of Sparks

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For 2017, Scott Sports revamped its popular Spark line of bikes. A new rear suspension linkage along with trunnion-mounted rear shocks have enabled Scott to update the Spark geometry with lower bottom brackets, shorter rear ends and less weight. 

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On the pure cross-country race spectrum, the new line up starts with Nino Schurter’s World Championship and Olympic gold medal winning Spark RC 900 bike. It lights up race courses with 100mm of travel and at a mere 1,800g (with rear shock) is the lightest Spark that Scott has ever produced. Both 27.5in and 29in wheel versions are available.


From there, the regular Sparks have 120mm of travel, dropper seatposts, and the geometry is a bit slacker. They’re offered in both 27.5in and 29in wheels.

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Scott Contessa Spark 710 Plus first ride review

If you want a bike with performance pedigree it’d be hard to improve upon the Scott Contessa Spark 710 Plus, which has evolved from the bike that won this year’s Olympic women’s cross country race. While Swedish rider Jenny Rissveds took the cross-country RC 27.5 version to victory, the 710 Plus has added features that transform an out-and-out race bike into something that’s a whole lot more trail friendly.

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Scott Contessa Spark 710 Plus highlights

  • Frame geometry and design has been updated to save weight, and the Spark now has a unisex frame
  • 27.5+ wheels and Maxxis Rekon 2.8 EXO tyres provide grip on loose or slick surface and roll smoothly over rough terrain
  • Climbs well as you’d expect from a Scott bicycle, but the slacker head angles have improved control and stability on technical descents
  • Twinloc offers remote suspension control from the cockpit
  • A custom Contessa tune on the suspension is designed to suit lighter riders

Scott Contessa Spark 710 Plus spec overview

  • Spark Plus carbon frame with alloy swingarm
  • Syncros XR2.0 Plus rims, plus Maxxis Recon 2.8 EXO tyres
  • Shimano XT 22-speed groupset
  • Fox 34 Float Performance Elite Air forks with 130mm travel
  • Fox Nude Trunnion EVOL shock with 120mm travel and Contessa custom tune

Scott Contessa Spark 710 Plus ride impression

There’s a general move in the world of XC bikes towards slacker angles and shorter chainstays, all the better for handling the increased technicality of World Cup courses, and all the better for everyone else looking for a bike to handle their local trails.


The Spark has had a complete overhaul from previous years. A huge amount of engineering and design has gone into shaving off a little unnecessary tubing here and there, and the result is a much lighter frame with a slacker head angle that makes handling more stable and confident on technical descents.

Suspension comes courtesy of 120mm Fox Nude shock plus Fox 34 Float Performance Elite air with 130mm of travel. Both have a Contessa Custom tune, designed to suit the on-average lighter weight for size of female riders. The shock positioning has also been updated for 2017, moving from a top-tube mount to a Trunnion shock mounted near the bottom bracket.

Women’s specific but no compromise on build

Scott Contessa Spark 710 Plus early verdict

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Scott Contessa 720 review

If you want a bike for cruising through your local woods, zooming through parkland or just enjoying a ride without spending a fortune, the Contessa 720 from Scott is worth a look. 

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For a ride sporting a lower price tag, the Scott Contessa 720 has eye-catching looks, with neon green cables loudly matching its green and purple frame graphics.

Short and steep

The Contessa features steep head and seat tube angles, combined with its women’s-specific design giving a shorter reach. The result is a bike that feels great at a steady pace around more sedate trails, but starts to become twitchy and nervous when you pick up the pace – I felt like I was perched on top, with the high centre of gravity definitely not adding to my confidence.


On the plus side, the hardtail design and sturdy alloy frame give excellent power transfer when pedalling, and the Contessa easily generates a good lick of speed on the flat.

It is however relatively heavy at 14.4kg, which you do feel in the climbs. Thankfully the 3×8 Shimano gear set gives a wide range, and popping it in the smallest ring at the front allows you to spin up steep inclines fairly easily. I found that changing to the smallest ring with the chain under tension sometimes caused it to skip, and gear jumps are large, but shifting was mostly reliable.

Uneven kit selection

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Scott Scale 720 Plus review

If we hadn’t have ridden the Scott Scale 720 Plus properly hard on our favourite fault finding full gas trails, there’s no way it would have made it onto our list of favourite bargain mountain bikes.

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The Deore gears and Suntour Raidon fork are essentially the same as the Voodoo Bizango for less than half the price. While it’s OK at that price it’s certainly not a fork we’d normally be happy to see the far side of £1,000 either. So why was the Scale one of our favourite bargain rides and one of the bikes we really wanted to keep afterwards?

Rather than raking out the fork enduro style like most plus tyre bikes we’ve ridden, Scott keeps the steering angle relatively steep

It’s a two part answer, and the first part — perhaps controversially — is plus sized tyres. While we’ve been testing them all year, it’s mostly been on more expensive bikes where comparable conventional tyres have been backed up by sorted, sensitive suspension forks.


However, it’s immediately obvious that plus tyres can make comparatively crap, clunky suspension feel better than something like a RockShox Sektor and a conventional tyre.

You get the same smoothing, semi suspension effect out back, but even more so in this case as the Scott Scale has a very high quality race ready frame anyway.

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Scott Sports wraps up dealer event in Utah

DEER VALLEY, Utah (BRAIN) — Scott Sports hosted nearly 200 of its top U.S. dealers at an event here last week, showing off its 2017 model bikes and accessories.  For the first time at the annual event, members of the motocross media joined to attend a global unveiling of Scott’s new Prospect goggle