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    2013 Scott Spark 610 26er or 2014 Spark 700 27.5'?

    I'm currently between two choices and wanted to also get opinion of MTBR community. I usually ride XC trails. I have had two bikes 26' HT Scott Scale and Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon 27.5' (two weeks ago my Bronson was stolen). After riding Bronson during last 5 months, I've realized that its too much bike for me and trails where I ride. I now consider buying a full-suspension XC bike with maximum travel of 120 mm. There are two options: to buy from a local store for discounted price 26' 2013 Scott Spark 610 with much criticized DTswiss nude shock or to wait and buy for double price 27.5' 2014 Scott Spark 700. After being forced to ride my 26' hard tail Scott (Bronson is stolen), I again realized how fun is 26er: jumping, maneuvering, going uphill are much easier than 27.5'. Please advise what should I go for.

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    Which one fits you better?

    Ride them both and then decide. I know when I go back and forth from my Genius to my GT HT it takes me about 30 minutes to " reacquaint myself" to the varying geometries, and while its more an apples to oranges comparison in my case, go with the bike that feels better.
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    Purchased 2014 Spark 710. Let's see.

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    Solid choice, really. Full XT...hard to imagine it won't fit the bill or tick most boxes. Was thinking about one for my son. Not many upgrades needed from OEM stock, if any, really.

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    The Spark 27.5 looks like a really fun bike on paper. Please post some ride reports!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimant View Post
    Purchased 2014 Spark 710. Let's see.
    Hi Aimant! How are you liking you Spark 710? I'm looking serious serious for this bike as a light trailbike. How is it descending?

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    Hi! It's an interesting bike. It's got a flat 720 bar and the head angle feels like its 68 or lower. So, it feels slacker. I put adjustable seatpost, RockShox Reverb. I put Schwalbe RoRo to rear and Nobby Nic up in front. I like the way it descends. I rode SC Bronson for several months before it was stolen. Bronson was more capable on downhills and I felt like I was not catching up and was not using its full potential. I was riding on more XC trails. Now I want to put 140 mm fork instead of its current 120 mm. But the most important thing is ability of a rider. If you are fit you would feel comfortable going uphill on an all mountain bike. If you are not, the Spark would not be a game changer. But if you ask me what bike I would buy as an allarounder, I would say Norco Sight Carbon with 150 mm pike, XXI groupset, Enve carbon bars and stem, Enve XC wheel sets.
    Last edited by Aimant; 04-06-2014 at 09:05 AM. Reason: Grammar

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