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Scott Racing teases new 29″ full suspension race bike for Schurter?

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Scott Racing new bike Nino Schurter 2017
Photo c. Scott Racing Facebook

The latest teaser from Scott racing caught our attention for a number of reasons. First, and perhaps most obvious, is the radical departure from their current mountain bike design. With all of their current XC/Trail bikes sporting a shock that is in line with the seatstays, the downtube mounted DT Swiss unit on Nino’s new bike is hard to miss. Then there’s Nino Schurter himself. For a rider who has been predominantly on 27.5″ wheels, those 29″ Dugasts are a surprising sight. Perhaps it’s the new frame’s design with what looks to be pretty decent standover and a better fit for smaller riders.

Whatever the reasoning, it seems that we could be looking at the next generation Spark or at least some new full suspension XC weapon due out from Scott Sports in the near future…

Scott new bike Nino Schurter close up

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like the new bike could be running the new DT Swiss R414 High Volume rear shock that was just shown in April. DT Swiss mentioned that Nino Schurter had been testing the shock since it performed better than their ultra light XC shocks, and this seems to confirm it.

Scott-Racing-new-bike-Nino-Schurter-2017_driveside

Notice anything else on the new ride?

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Henrik
Henrik
6 years ago

SRAM Eagle 1×12

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

No seatstay pivot… just a flexing stay like the Scalpel…

Jake
Jake
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

There’s definitely a pivot there…

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

Nope, not at the Seatstay/Chainstay junction.

Gatis Ābele (@GatisAbele)

New Ritchey pedals, very short headtube

SNIPE-HUNTER
SNIPE-HUNTER
6 years ago

@ANDREW, YOU’RE WAY OFF. LOOK, AGAIN.

missedthepoint
missedthepoint
6 years ago
Reply to  SNIPE-HUNTER

I looked again. Can you point it out for me? Cause I believe Andrew is still point on.

Ryan S
Ryan S
6 years ago

Special built weapon for Rio 2016. Average course speed at Rio is 24km/h (compared to this last weekend’s 14km/h in France), the entire trail is “like an amusement park” (in Absalon’s words) with placed boulders and man-made stairdrops. The 29’er makes sense in every way possible for Rio.

hjb1000
hjb1000
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan S

Ryan- agreed. So Rio course isn’t very technical then.
It’s a pity to see Nino on a 29er as he always looks so comfortable on the 27.5

Fantomphish
Fantomphish
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan S

Rio is not what I’d call a mountain bike track or trail for sure, it’s almost laughable, but then it’s the olympics and you can’t expect tomuch..
On the flip side.. At least it’ll be a fast race..

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan S

Nino didnt look himself on this bike in France. A shame coz he loved to punch the short uphill sections standing on the pedals and would pull away from the other competitors. This time he didn’t pull away as quickly. He will adjust to it,and in Rio it should be a good choice, but I think Scott is pushing him to ride the 29er so they can get away from producing so many 27.5 s since most people are buying 29ers now. Maybe I’m wrong, time will tell. I personally ride and race a 27.5 and it has its advantages and disadvantages, but I like the quicker acceleration on uphills. It does take more careful line choosing in rough and technical terrain. And on long flats even with higher gearing its not exactly easy to stay up with a rolling 29er. I’m only 5’7″ tall. Most men are taller than me and they prefer the 29ers.

Not ready for retail
Not ready for retail
6 years ago

Is he running an oval front chainring?

Harald
Harald
6 years ago

I am thinking so also! Does not look circular that front chainring.

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

@Snipe-Hunter….Wait, What? 😛

bosbik
bosbik
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

Its the chain

wewe
6 years ago

inverted rear shock?

rlee
rlee
6 years ago

@Andrew…There is other pics of it on the internet and you are right. No seat stay pivots.

Eli
Eli
6 years ago

Why no gold chain? Wonder why he chose the lower level group there…

Dustytires
6 years ago

Aren’t the Dugast usually 50mm for these racers?

Cousin it
Cousin it
6 years ago
Reply to  Dustytires

Nino enjoys quite a bit of support from Dugast and usually has several different widths of any given tread pattern available, for slightly differing conditions.

When you are multiple times World Champion, you get custom tire widths to go with your custom rims, hubs, frame, etc…all the way down to the RD hanger.

Nothing about his bike can be described by your quote “usually…these racers”

Nino’s bike is more F1 than LBS.

Harald
Harald
6 years ago

Nino finally on big rims!!! But that chainring looks very oval to me….

Antoine
Antoine
6 years ago

There are tons of XC FS now with flex stay to remove one pivot. Beside the shock positioning very close to a lapierre XR for example (low standover flex-stay etc…)

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  Antoine

Can’t be considered across the board dumb if Nino can constantly beat the world’s best riders on it almost every time he races. Maybe not smart for some courses but not dumb either. I m 59 years old and have begun racing a 27.5 and have raced 26 races so far, and placedi n the top 3 in 19 of those races, winning some, and I believe the 27.5 is good for some courses and bad for others. I’m 5’7″ and feel comfortable on a medium frame 27.5 and would probably feel ook on a small framed 29er but I love the quick acceleration uphill as Im strong for my age and like to stand onthe pedals while accelerating uphill on short punchy uphills. Makes me feel like Nino! fun and exciting and that’s why I ride it.

Colin
Colin
6 years ago

does this mean Scott is finally admitting 650b is dumb?

dailycardoodle
6 years ago

Andrew is correct, no seatstay pivot – people getting their pivots confused I think. The old scalpel had no ‘main’ pivot, just flexing chainstays – but he’s not on about that main pivot.

kl marvin
kl marvin
6 years ago

Why is it a “pity” to see Schurter on a 29er? They work great.

The other Andy
The other Andy
6 years ago

In every picture I’ve seen, there is no pivot at the bottom of the seat stay. At the top? Yes, obviously.

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