After taking home top honors last year, the Scott-SRAM Racing team looks like it may well be unstoppable for 2019. That’s because World Cup champ Nino Schurter is joined by last year’s women’s champ, Kate Courtney, now riding together. For her part, Kate told us she made the switch because, as the youngest female champion, she admittedly still has a lot to learn about staying on top of her game year after year. And who better to teach her than an athlete and a team that consistently tops the podium in XC and Marathon races around the world. We had a chance to check out both of their new bikes (and some hacks to an old one) at the recent SRAM Eagle AXS launch. Here’s what we saw…
Nino Schurter’s 2019 Scott race bike
At the base is the carry-over Scott Spark RC full suspension frame, with 100mm travel. We covered a lot about this bike and his WC-winning build last fall, so check that out for background. Here, we’ll focus on what’s new for the 2019 season.
Up front is his custom Syncros Fraser iC SL bar/stem combo. UPDATE: This unit is offered for sale in this particular length and drop combo favored by Nino, but in more limited quantities than the standard version. Here’s the specs:
- Fraser iC SL Special Edition – Nino’s cockpit, -25° stem, 90mm (virtual) stem extension, 740mm width (Nino cuts it to 680mm)
- Fraser iC SL – Kate’s cockpit, -8° stem, 60, 70, 80 and 90mm (virtual) stem lengths available, 740mm width
The addition of the Reverb’s dropper remote means the latest Twinloc suspension lockout remote was moved to the top of the bar. It’s not the most ergonomic placement, so it goes back under the bar for race days when he’s not using a dropper.
The Sahmurai tire plug tool fits flush inside the handlebar ends.
The Twinloc remote operates both the fork and the rear shock, both of which appear to be new. While SRAM was mum on the fork and there’s little on the outside to say what is new, we hear there are at least running updates on the way. This fork was actually a placeholder for a custom paint matched version that was showing up right after we left camp, so you’ll see a bright yellow fork when he toes the line.
The rear shock, however, we can tell a few things about. That unmarked Fox Float DPS shock that was being used on last year’s race bikes is now a proper Rockshox Deluxe with what must be a new trunnion mount size for Scott’s bikes. Note the large DebonAir high volume can design, too, along with what seems to be separately adjustable compression settings for at least one of the suspension modes.
If the sun’s out on race day, look for Nino’s bike to shimmer brilliantly. We hit it with the flash and it really sparkles! Note the nice port cover hiding the rear shift cable hole, unused thanks to the new Eagle AXS wireless group.
Rolling stock is DT Swiss XMC 1200 carbon wheels shod in Maxxis Aspen 29×2.25 120tpi tires.
He trains with a Quarq power meter, but it comes off for race day to save grams.
Huge thanks to the team handlers for helping us get the bikes for a few minutes before the team training ride!
Kate Courtney’s 2019 Scott race bikes
Kate Courtney’s bikes get a red and black paint scheme, but most of the same equipment. Like Nino’s builds, some parts will be swapped on or off (like a dropper post) depending on the course. Her mechanic, Brad Copeland, followed her over from Specialized and is shown above putting the finishing touches on her new Spark RC’s cockpit.
Over at the next workstand, Nino’s long time wrench, Yanick the Mechanic, helps assemble Kate’s new Scott Scale RC hardtail. Check this video to see Yanick setting up the team bikes.
She’s running a more traditional bar and stem on the hardtail, but going with a stock version of the Syncros one-piece bar/stem on the full suspension bike. Ritchey pedals have long been aboard the Swiss team’s bikes. Other bits include a Topeak bottle cage…
When you go pro, you need a cool logo for your name. Because then you can get stickers made. And fans love stickers.
Kate was running the slightly more aggressive Rekon Race for the training days out in Tucson. Curious why they were there? Or where they rode? Check out our Where To Ride feature on that area and plan your own winter training camp…never know who you might run into!
Check out the team’s bio on Scott-Sports.com.