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    Sparks...lets see em

    I know there are several guys on MTBR that have Sparks, so lets start a little gallery for our new forum. I'll start...
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    More work planned when time/money is available. on the list are new front and rear derailleurs, 4 ti pedals, maybe a 08 sid if they offer and real advantages over the Reba. Plus I'm dying to try an rp23 on here. Anyone else do the conversion? Don't know what its gonna take to pull it off, probably some custom made spacers. Overall I'm very happy with the bike, it feels really solid.

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    That is a sick bike, yeah my LBS owner has a spark and he raves about it. Just wait to see about the new reba's that are coming out soon. supposed to debut at sea otter from what ive heard. Awesome bike. will say my favorite thing about it is the rear shock choice, wish more companies would give that option

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    Im not ballin enough to have a Spark... Awesome ride you have there.

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    I'll post a picture of my new Spark, which I'm picking up later roday, some time tonight or tomorrow. Can't wait!!!!!

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    Hey, thanks for the kind words guys I appreeciate it. System, glad to hear you're getting on board too. Can't wait to see your new ride and let us know what you think of the bike once you've gotten out on the trails.

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    Okay, I'll play...



    Swapped to a 08 Fox F100RLC. Race day wheels are ZTR Race 7000s laced to DT 240s.
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    Did someone said, I'll have one of those thanks :-)

    What's the weight?

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    Very nice Limited you've got Sabresix...how have you found it in race situations? I'm also curious about your race wheels, what they weight, how they ride, and how they've held up. I looked at getting a pair instead of I9's, but really wanted to try some new and flashy. The weight on those 7000 series wheels is out of this world though.

    WannabeRacer..I don't know what my bike weighs now as I don't have a hanging scale...just a scale for small parts (under 5 pounds). I'd guess 21-22 with maxlite tires right now. could be a little more/less? Basically feels light enough that I'm not feeling rushed to do much more right away. My build is middle of the road and could be lighter almost everywhere. I don't race, so its more for fun and to have a project to work on.

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    Cranked,

    The Spark is awesome in race situations. I only race it in 12 - 24 hr solo endurance events; since it's the only thing I compete in besides a bit of XC short track in summer.

    The Race 7000 have held their true after a 24hr race and a 12hr race; so they are pretty reliable. They don't feel anymore laterally stiffer then the ZTR Olympics or the Crossmax SLRs I used to own. That said, I weigh 149lbs, 5' 10" but I do ride pretty hard.
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    Finally! Still only a few days old but I gave it some good workouts over the weekend. I wasn't sure I would like it more than my Epic...it's even better than I had hoped.



    The steerer tube was cut down yesterday and I'm still waiting for the Look Quartz Carbons to come in. The tires are some older Fast Traks that work great around here for training. I'll be using Racing Ralphs and Nobby Nics for racing. Replaced the QR seat collar with a bolt-on yesterday, too.


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    The steerer hasn't been cut yet and the fork still needs to be painted black, red and silver. At the moment it is very "used" to look at.
    By the way, the seat post weigh just 143 gr. and is just as long as the stock WCS!
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    Wow, great bikes guys...System glad to hear you're diggin the new ride, I was surprised how good it was initially too, as I didn't get a test ride...just ordered it on faith alone.

    Esben, really like the custom style you've got going on...looks like 960 XTR crankd with special paint? Is that the elusive and rarely seen New Ultimate laid back seatpost? I've been waiting on pins and needles for that thing to come out! So are they almost ready? I'de love some more detailed shots of your ride if you can throw some up, thats one mean looking Spark.

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    Nice build Esben, what sort of seatpost is that weight in 143gr?

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    System, what's wrong with the eggbeaters you currently have?

    Personally, I've always stuck with Shimano, and I've never tried anything else.
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    sabresix, I've never been in love with the eggbeaters even though there's nothing really wrong with them, so I'm going to try the Looks...light and reasonably priced. They remind me of some old ATACs I used to have.

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    System-more comments please

    System-you mentioned that you weren't sure if you would like the Spark as much as your Epic. The Spark and Epic along with the Scalpel are what I have my choices narrowed to for XC and endurance racing. Can you comment on the differences and similarities between your Spark and Epic? Thanks.

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    I have never ridden a Scalpel and comparing an alloy, mid-range Epic to a top-end Spark probably isn't a fair comparison. Functionally, both suspension platforms seem to work really well. Since I'm a control freak, I like being able to control the rear suspension on the Spark with the thumb lever, which has worked flawlessly so far. They seem equally stiff in the BB and I haven't noticed the 'fragileness' or 'fraility' of the carbon.

    For obvious reasons, the Spark is more compliant (plush w/o feeling sluggish or sloppy) in the rough sections. I feel like it also handles better in tight singletrack and rails corners better. Of course, my Spark weighs 3lbs less than my Epic, so it climbs and accelerates faster, too .

    I hope you find some good information here. Again, it's kinda like comparing green apples and red apples...sorta the same but not exactly.

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    Hi Cranked nice ride! I am on the verdge of purchasing a Spark 10 in size small. I was wondering if it was possible to put a bottle cage on the bike? Thanks

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    Hey Bighead- I thought that was a really good question, and one I didn't know the answer to, so I grabbed some old gear and shot a pic for you to decided. The bottle cage isn't actually installed, just resting where it would go. I would think it would sit a bit lower down in real life (installed) but it is a very tight fit even with a small bottle. I think you are best to make the call if this is a make or break deal on the frame. Hope this pic helps a little. 100_1126_1.JPG

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    Many thanks for that photo, it really helps me out. To be honest, I would probably want the Spark if I cannot fit a bottle cage on anyway. I think when making the decision I will presume that I cannot fit a bottle cage on the frame and if I can when I get it then that will be a bonus. Can you confirm that yours does have bottle cage mounts? I think a side entry bottle cage would be a necessity.

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    I love the look of the Spark but am not a carbon fan.

    Tell me, how many bikes are in the background of that photo?? Nice quiver regardless of what they are.

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    Bighead, these cable guides double as cage mounts as well, so yes its doable, and if you can find a side mount cage, then it sounds like it might be a livable situation. sorry for the delay, haven't been able to post in the past couple days. Keep us informed here as to what your descion is. Best of luck.

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    Faz, I currently have nine bikes...don't know how many you can make out from the picture, but you get the point. I'de like more, but running out of space and the wife is running out of patience!

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    Wow, no slouches there. How do you choose with such a wide array of bike bling!

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    spark.jpg

    the one in front is my 2007 spark 10 with brand new wheels, seat, chainrings, cassette, chain, bottom bracket, tires. upgraded to a reba world cup. it's for sale if anybody's interested...$3200

    the one in the back is my 2008 spark 15, upgraded to full xtr-dual control with a new 2009 sid team.

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    Alright packfill, looks like you've been holding out on us. Thats some pretty serious hardware you have there and I for one would love a little comparo between the two forks. How much ride time do you have on the new bike?

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    i've only ridden the new bike for a week. it was a really good week though. i should start by saying that the reba wc has probably been my favorite fork. i haven't had one problem with it. having said that, the sid's better. it's feels smoother and stiffer. actually, the stiffness really suprised me. i did have a issue with air leaking out over night. i stopped by the sram tent at the sea otter. they went through it and couldn't find anything glaring. replaced a couple parts and put it all back together for me. they're tech guys are definitely helpful. the bike's still in transit back from CA, so i can't tell you if they fixed it. assuming that they did, i'll definitely have a new favorite fork. the new pushloc is super nice too.

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    I've definately been eyeballing one of those forks, and everyone riding them seems to be impressed with it. Did you get the team or race model. I'm wondering if the team is worth the extra money or not. My heart really is telling me to get an RP23 first as I think it will make the biggest difference to the bike, so the SID may have to wait as much as I hate to say it. What level do you race at? You must be pretty serious if you're flying around for events.

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    i would definitely not call me serious. i race expert.

    i got the team model. i was also debating which model to get...mostly because the race was available first. i can't tell you if it's worth the extra as i have never ridden the race.

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    Cranked, thanks for the information. I have found out that I can get the Spark 10 frame in small so I will probably go for this. My plan at the moment is to use full xtr with Marta SL brakes and a Durin fork. Your photos have been a great help to me.

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    I don't have any good pics of my spark standing still.


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    Hi BMX Spears nice photos. What size is your frame?

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    Cranked, what did you do with your trac.loc?

    I'm having an issue with mine, and it appears you have some sort of knob down there?

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    Sounds really good bighead, and glad that I was able to help a bit. Spec sounds rock solid and I look forward to seeing the finished product and hearing your thoughts on the bike.

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    Hi Jim, I did ditch the trac-lock system because the lockout failed after a few rides and I got annoyed constantly looking down to see what setting I was in. Was kind of getting in the way of enjoying the ride. The long piece you see is actually the cable housing that is built into the shock. There is no aftermarket hand operated lockout that I know of. I think it would be very complicated to do with the way this shock functions technically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighead
    Hi BMX Spears nice photos. What size is your frame?
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    Here is mine in action, 07 Sparkie 20.

    (BMXSpears, this is at Reimers Ranch, where were your's shot at, Warda?)


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    First one is also Reimer's and the second was at Bar H.

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    Nice rig Ben575!

    How does the new DT XMC feel?
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    Wow Ben thats just gorgeous! I can't believe the amount of thought and detail you put into this bike. Its wonderful. any idea what she weighs?

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    Wow! thatís the 3<SUP>rd</SUP> 08 top of the range bike youíve got, Iím going to have to award you the rider with too much money award, great bike!

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    I've posted before in this thread, but I've just got some new parts (saddle, disc, ceramic pulley and painted the fork) The fork repaint saved 24 gr!
    The red color is a little bright because of the evening light in my garden!




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    Build problem

    Hi there
    I am just about to finish a bike build; based on a used Scott Spark 20 frame I bought.
    When I ride it, I get a knocking sound from the lower link. I suspect this to be because of some missing bearing-shell between the frame and rear arm.
    I have not seen any other Scott Spark to compare with, so I am not sure that the parts missing.

    I send some picture to explain what I suspect missing on the bike (With a poorly mobile phone).

    Shall there be bearing-shell on the lower link, between frame and rear? Or is there any other reason for the bolt play?

    I will be very happy for some suggestions.
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    here is my spark 20 that i changed to SRAM





    and the sparks faster and lighter sister




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    Very Sweet Merkyworks..love the matching roadie as well. A really nice solid pair of bikes you have to choose from there. How do you like the Sram Red gear?

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    I really like Red, i was never a fan of shimano though. the Red shifts great and has a positive engagement that i like to feel in my shifts, then the double tap is just fun to use.

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    Its big brother,.. woops wrong forum


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    nice Sparks guys and nice Haski Fast1, looks like everyone's happy with thier DT Swiss shocks, didn't notice anyone with FOX RP23.

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    The rear shock is the only thing I'm not to happy with personally. I'm really hoping to make the switch to Fox before the end of the year. I have seen a couple others who have done it and been very happy. Some people love the stock DT and others not so much. I depends on what appeals to you, I want full travel all the time with no need to fuss with the lever and no bobbing.

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    I think the DT Swiss shock is fantastic with the ability to select your setting.

    I can pound pavement and hills with it locked, ride most terrain at 70% travel and hit the big rocks or downhills on full travel.

    The benefit of the different modes is that you get different handling characteritics from 70% to full travel mode.


    If you don't like the differnet modes just leave it in full travel and adjust the rebound setting along with the air pressure to your ability, terrain and ride style.

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