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    Scott Spark 30 or 35 for WW base bike?

    G'day Weight Weenies,
    Long time lurker about to take the plunge with a new bike. Deferring to the weight weenie think tank for some advice.

    Rider = 62kg (136lb) - Gentle on bikes and ride mostly XC or light trail.
    Tossing up between a Scott Spark 30 and 35 (full spec lists below for reference).
    The 30 is $400 more than the 35.

    The main differences in spec are:
    * Forks: Rock Shox Reba RL120mm against Fox 32 F120RL.
    * Derailleur/shifters: X9&X7 against XT&SLX (both bikes 30 speed).
    * Cassette: Sram PG1050 12-36 against Shim SLX CS-M660-10 1-36.
    * Handlebar: Scott Pilot 15 Team against Scott Pilot 15 Comp.
    * Crank: Shimano FC-M552 2-piece against Shim XT FC-M770-10 Hollow tech 2

    Questions:
    1) Thoughts on these Sparks in general, and as a base for a future long term build? (i.e. replace worn parts with lighter parts or with big discount parts etc).

    2) The 35 may be better as I will probably upgrade to Gripshift (when 10sp available), and put my own carbon bar on. May even change out to some carbon cranks at a later stage. So the real question... Is there a big enough difference in the fork performance/weight specs to justify going with the Spark 30?

    3) Any other info really appreciated.

    Many Thanks.

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    Full Specs:
    Spark 35, 2011
    Quoted weight 11.50 kg / 25.33 lbs
    Frame - Scott Spark Carbon Mainframe Alloy Custom Butted Swingarm with 110mm travel
    Fork - 2011 Rock Shox Reba RL Air Motion control/Lockout/Rebound 120mm
    Lockout - Scott Twinloc Remote Lever Front & Rear
    Shock (Rear) - DT Swiss M210 lockout Air/Rebound adj
    Headset - Ritchey Comp Plus 1 1/8“ Semi integrated.
    Derailleur Rear - Sram X.9 long cage 30 Speed
    Derailleur Front - Shimano SLX FC-M661-10
    Shifters - Sram X.7 Trigger
    Brakes - Avid Elixir 5 185/160mm Rotor
    Crankset - Shimano FC-M552 2-piece Design 42A x 32A x 24T
    BB - Shimano SM-BB71-41A
    Handlebar - Scott Pilot 15 Team. Scott Lockon grips
    Stem - Scott Comp 4 bolt 31.8mm
    Pedals - Shim PD-M520 Clipless
    Seatpost - Scott RC 03-60
    Seat - Selle Italy Scott Custom FEC rails
    Hubs - DT Swiss XR30 Disc IT
    Chain- Sram PC 1031
    Cassette - Sram PG 1050 / 12-36 T
    Spokes - DT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mm
    Rims - DT Swiss XR30 Disc 28H
    Tires - Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26 x 2.25 67EPI Kevlar Bead Performance Series

    Spark 30, 2011 +$400.
    Quoted weight 11.20 kg / 24.89 lbs
    Frame - Scott Spark Carbon Mainframe Alloy Custom Butted Swingarm with 110mm travel
    Fork - 2011 Fox 32 F120RL Air Rebound adj Lockout Q tapered lowers 120
    Lockout - Scott Twinloc Remote Lever Front & Rear
    Shock (Rear) - DT Swiss M210 lockout Air/Rebound adj
    Headset - Ritchey Comp Plus 1 1/8“ Semi integrated.
    Derailleur Rear - Shimano XT / RD-M773 SGS Shadow 30 Spd
    Derailleur Front - Shimano SLX FC-M661-10
    Shifters - Shimano SLX / SL-M660-10 R’fire + 2way release ind
    Brakes - Avid Elixir 5 185/160mm Rotor
    Crankset - Shimano XT FC-M770-10 Hollowtech 2 42Ax32Ax24AT
    BB - Shimano SM-BB71-41A
    Handlebar - Scott Pilot 15 Comp. Scott Lockon grips
    Stem - Scott Comp 4 bolt 31.8mm
    Pedals - Shim PD-M520 Clipless
    Seatpost - Scott RC 03-60
    Seat - Selle Italy Scott Custom FEC rails
    Hubs - DT Swiss XR30 Disc IT
    Chain - Shimano CN-HG74
    Cassette - Shimano SLX CS-M660-10 11-36
    Spokes - DT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mm
    Rims - DT Swiss XR30 Disc 28H
    Tires - Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO 26 x 2.25 127EPI Kevlar Bead, tubeless ready, Pace star compound

    Thanks again.
    Ride Safe.

    www.lighttouchchiropractic.com.au Manly Sydney

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    The $400 is worth it for the upgrade in cranks and fork alone.
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    Thanks for the reply Rockyuphill,

    Unfortunately, (after my research and the long-winded post I placed here), the bike shop just told me they can't actually get my frame size now... Doh.

    Back to the drawing board...

    Life circustances have had me out of the MTB loop for a couple of years, so I might be posting a few more basic questions, hope they aren't too basic / annoying.

    Now looking at other XC duallies (ie 4" max) which are decent value for money and will make a good long term WW bike...

    Thanks again.
    Ride Safe.

    www.lighttouchchiropractic.com.au Manly Sydney

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    You want one of these....

    Scott Spark 30 or 35 for WW base bike?-2011_0403new0006.jpg

    21.5 pounds in a large frame
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