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Old 10-13-10, 10:28 AM   #1
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Scotty followed me home and I think wants to live here.

I've been looking for months at different options. This one looks "attractive to me. Its a 2008 Scott Spark 20

http://bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeS...k+20&Type=bike

It was raced for a year in ID. Sold to a racer in NV who used it 4-5 times and went back to his Trek Fuel. The starting price is $1,500. The only upgrade is the Krank Ti2 pedals.

The frames has smudges and what seems to be surface scratches. The components are crisp and immediate. WOW, never rode with disc brakes before, almost endo'd getting down the driveway.

I have the bike for a week to evaluate. What should I look for? And special suggestions?

I am 95% a recreational rider, like long cross country type rides, fairly good climber. Like to back pack for an overnight camp out. Drops, yeah, maybe three feet on a heroic day. But there are tons of rocks around here and i like to go fast when I can.Scott Spark 003..jpgScott Spark 002..jpgScott Spark 001..jpgScott Spark 004..jpg
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That bike is currently above your skillset. Buy it and it will be nothing but FUN while your skills catch up. I built my old 2007 Spark to 23lbs and it was a complete ROCKET...
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Thanks for the comments. You are 100% on target about being more bike than I need, but I want something that will last another 10 years and get around well.

What changes did you make to get to 23. Its an XL frame and sits right at 26 pounds. I am 6'3" with a 34" inseam. Seems comfortable so far.
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What should I look for?
Look for small bike thieves in your back yard disguised as figurines.

Seriously, Scott makes some serious good hardware. Make sure there's no play in the rear pivots and I'd say you're good. Hope it goes well.
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frame smudges throw up a warning flag for me. you just don't know where it's been.
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Look for small bike thieves in your back yard disguised as figurines.
I hear you, they don't appear to be on the "level." Always have that stupid blank stare.......hmmmmm.
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that is a nice looking bicycle there. wish it was at least dusty though....being in las vegas and all.
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Thanks for the comments. You are 100% on target about being more bike than I need, but I want something that will last another 10 years and get around well.

What changes did you make to get to 23. Its an XL frame and sits right at 26 pounds. I am 6'3" with a 34" inseam. Seems comfortable so far.
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that is a nice looking bicycle there. wish it was at least dusty though....being in las vegas and all.
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Whoever put the front brake on didn't know what they were doing.
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Yeah, the hose is a bit twisted.
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I took the bike to REI and the wrench there said he would redo the brakes as well. Thanks for catching that.

I'm surprised no one noticed that the seller had mounted the water bottle cage upside down. Where is the attention to detail guys?

The bike is as Dilberto pointed out, this is more bike than my ability. My average speed on the trails I've ridden jumped right away. It has actually made those trails boring. They are smooth compared to the old bouncy thrill rides. I've have even caught enough air a couple times that I am tempted to try a tail kick. Time to hit the black diamonds at Bootleg.

The bad news, dragging my 220 pound carcass up hill is just work. Turning is quicker, but climbing is still work-RATS!
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HAH! i did notice the water bottle but was to lazy to say anything. lol

i sort of figured that you would notice sooner or later
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Yeah, I can't get the bottle to fit, and I tried really hard. Probably wouldn't stay in anyway!
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This screams class!
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class? which part screams that? the peeling blue tape or the the unnecessary nut on the valve stem?

I hope you enjoy the bike Daspydyr. Good luck with those "tail kicks."
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class? which part screams that? the peeling blue tape or the the unnecessary nut on the valve stem?

I hope you enjoy the bike Daspydyr. Good luck with those "tail kicks."
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The tires are tubeless. I noticed the extra nut on the valve stem. Is that standard for tubeless or precautionary?

Dude, I'd be lost without you all looking at these pictures. The peeling blue tape is a plastic cover for a shiny mirror surface piece. My guess is that if protects the frame from cable rub.

Humanu was probably referring to my self installed artificial grass putting surface that I displayed the bike on. OR it could be the incredibly smooth shifting (and effortless) XTR rear derailer, thank you very much.

If any of you get to Vegas I will let you take a picture standing by the bike.
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Not hating, just wondering what exactly buys you class?
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Not hating, just wondering what exactly buys you class?
To be honest I have been posting on the MT forums for a week or two and I just noticed you are the biggest dick on here and it is usually totally baseless. Just assholery, have you ever been a guest on the show Bully Beatdown?
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To be honest I have been posting on the MT forums for a week or two and I just noticed you are the biggest dick on here and it is usually totally baseless. Just assholery, have you ever been a guest on the show Bully Beatdown?
Ah, someone got butt hurt! You've been here for a week or two, so why not stfu, and learn people's personalities before you insult them?
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To be honest I have been posting on the MT forums for a week or two and I just noticed you are the biggest dick on here
It took you two weeks to figure that out? You must be a slow reader.

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and it is usually totally baseless.
Not only baseless, but meaningless. Kind of like a your post about "screaming class" which struck me as an odd choice of words and led me to request the clarification you still haven't provided.

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Just assholery
Not all of it. There's a fair amount of ******baggery involved as well. I did admittedly slip up and tell him I hoped he enjoyed the bike and for that I apologize.

edit: and while I'm at it, I also apologize for giving you input on your "Idiot Tube Question." Or did you think that me suggesting you drill your rim was an assholish response also?

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Guys, take this outside and don't come back til ur DONE! That's what mom would say, fer sure!
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