Is this Nino Schurter’s new Scott Spark?

Could this be the bike that wins gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics?

27.5 29er Cross Country
Grips by Ritchey. Check out the angle on that stem.

Grips by Ritchey. Check out the angle on that stem.

Schurter prefers a decidedly slammed front end, as witnessed by this stem.

Schurter prefers a decidedly slammed front end, as witnessed by this stem.

Nice and tidy front end with lots of lightweight carbon cockpit components by Ritchey.

Nice and tidy front end with lots of lightweight carbon cockpit components by Ritchey.

The DT Swiss OMP O.D.L. 100mm fork comes complete with carbon steerer to save weight.

The DT Swiss OMP O.D.L. 100mm fork comes complete with carbon steerer to save weight.

Like nearly all of Scott's non-DH bikes, this one is equipped with its TwinLoc suspension lock-out system.

Like nearly all of Scott’s non-DH bikes, this one is equipped with its TwinLoc suspension lock-out system.

Fast rolling Ritchey Shield 27.5x2.1" tires are on this bike, but we know Schurter prefers Dugast tubulars on race day.

Fast rolling Ritchey Shield 27.5×2.1″ tires are on this bike, but we know Schurter prefers Dugast tubulars on race day.

Up front is a 32-tooth chainring.

Up front is a 32-tooth chainring.

The bike is outfitted with Schurter's pedal of choice from Ritchey.

The bike is outfitted with Schurter’s pedal of choice from Ritchey.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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  • Jeremy says:

    This “proto” frame showed up before the last race in 29″ guise.

    Not surprised to see the 27.5 version of this frame. Nino had terrible luck last race with the 29″ wheel/frame that he probably told Scott that the new frame comes in 27.5 or he’s going back to the old bike the he was winning on.

    However, this won’t be Nino’s race bike. Likely a display replica. Nino rolls on Dugast tubulars.

  • dddd says:

    OK, so pivot-LES means just no pivot out back at the dropout area. I gather that there is a big main pivot behind the bottom bracket(?).
    I wonder what size cassette that is on there? The EAGLE ratios don’t seem to racey to me.

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