Bike check: Nino Schurter's 2023 Scott Spark RC Special Edition
Just in time for the start of the cross-country mountain biking racing season, Scott has unveiled the bike that Nino Schurter will be riding for 2023. Donning the latest kit from SRAM, this bike celebrates Nino's 10 World Championships with a special-edition colourway and a range of subtle-but-very-cool details.
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Nino Schurter needs no introduction as he's been at the top of his game for years. 'La decima' (10 World Championships) is something few athletes in any sport reach, with sportspeople such as Valentino Rossi and Ann Caroline Chausson taking nine in their respective sports. It took the football team, Real Madrid 12 years to win its 10th title so this achievement being so tough to achieve, Nino has well and truly earned the title of GOAT, or greatest of all time.
To mark this achievement, Scott has revealed the N1NO Spark RC Special Edition, a bike littered with nods toward Nino's racing history.
Scattered throughout the frame are names and logos of each of the places where Nino won a World Championship as well as a host of finer details all over the machine, such as the 'N1NO World Champ 2009, 2012' and so on stamped onto the chain.
Speaking of the drivetrain, this bike comes with SRAM's latest XX Eagle AXS shifting.
The frame itself is built using Scott's highest-end HMX SL Carbon and is built around a RockShox SID Ultimate fork with 120mm of suspension and a RockShox Deluxe Nude at the rear. Both of these suspension units can be locked out on the fly via Scott's famed TwinLoc 2 remote lockout.
Onto the cockpit and Nino will be running the Syncros Fraser IC SL WV bar with an integrated 80mm stem and 700m in width. There's then the RockShox Reverb AXS dropper with titanium bolts which is finished off with a Syncros Tofino Regular SL Channel saddle.
Slowing it down is a pair of SRAM Level Ultimate Stealth brakes but interestingly, Nino has opted for four-piston calipers for more braking power.
The bike rolls on a pair of Syncros Silverton SL wheels with 30mm internal widths and they're wrapped with a pair of Maxxis Aspen tyres with the ST variant at the rear. Both tyres measure in at 2.4in and use 170TPI EXO casings.
Finally, there's a Topeak Feza bottle case, a Garmin Edge 840 computer and OKO Magic Milk High Fibre, one of the best tubeless sealants.
"Each of the 10 World Championship titles is special for me and all of them together on such a beautiful bike makes me extremely proud. But the World Cup title at home in Lenzerheide in 2018 still outshines all the others. I can hardly wait to chase the bike over the World Cup tracks." - Nino Schurter.