Kate Courtney's new Scott Spark RC cross country mountain bike - Gallery

Kate Courtney is blazing a trail in cross country mountain biking. At just 24 years of age, the American's palmares already boasts the U23 World Cup series title, victory at the Cape Epic with Specialized teammate Annika Langvad, the 2019 Elite UCI World Cup series title, and the coveted rainbow stripes after victory in the elite women's category at the 2018 World Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships - the USA's first since 2001. 

With racing on hold and the metaphorical uphill battle that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, Courtney is aiming to bring the cycling community together for a greater cause. Between June 5-14, Courtney is challenging riders to #ClimbforCovidRelief, in a Strava-based campaign that aims to raise funds for the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Courtney invites anyone who wants to join her to climb 10k feet in 10 days. 

"By supporting the World Health Organization Solidarity Relief Fund, we are helping to bring critical resources to those most impacted by the disease around the world," Says the former world champion. "Together, I believe we can make a real difference."

With the recent release of an updated UCI calendar, Courtney's season is likely to be short and intense, and training is back on track. To help her along the way, she has a new tool at her disposal, the Scott Spark RC, finished in a stunning 'oyster pink' colourway, and fitted with SRAM's Eagle AXS groupset. 

Unsurprisingly, the new bike sees an assortment of the best bike tech available. Thanks to the team's title sponsor, SRAM, Courtney's Spark RC is fitted with a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS wireless groupset and RockShox Reverb AXS 100mm wireless dropper post. 

RockShox, part of SRAM LLC, also supplies SID SL Ultimate forks and the Nude RLC3 rear shock. Wheels come courtesy of DT Swiss' XMC 1200 Spline 29", these are wrapped in Maxxis Rekon Race tyres, protected against punctures by 80ml of OKO Magic Mill high-fibre sealant. The one-piece bar and stem comes from Syncros with its Fraser IC SL measuring an equivalent 90mm stem and 680mm bar width, and Scott's components subsidiary also supplies the finishing kit, including headset, saddle and grips. 

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Kate Courtney's Scott Spark RC - Specifications
FrameScott Spark RC900 Carbon HMX SL Custom
ForkRockShox SID SL Ultimate / RL3 100MM Blackbox Race Day Damper
Rear ShockRockShox Nude RLC3
RemoteScott TwinLoc
HeadsetSyncros Pro Drop In Tapered
StemSyncros Fraser IC SL +/- 8-degree 90mm
HandlebarSyncros Fraser IC SL 680mm
SeatpostRockShox Reverb AXS 100mm
SaddleSyncros Belcarra 1.0
GripSyncros Pro Slip-on
PedalsHT Components M1T
Rear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
ShifterSRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
ChainsetSRAM XX1 Eagle Dub Power Meter / 170MM/ 32T
ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle
CassetteSRAM XG-1299 Eagle / 10-50
BrakesSRAM Level Ultimate Blackbox
WheelsDT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline Carbon / 30MM / 29in
TyresMaxxis Rekon Race 29 x 2.4in
SealantOKO Magic Milk High Fibre - 80ml
Bottle CageTopeak Shuttle Cage Carbon
ComputerGarmin Edge 130

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Josh Croxton
Tech Editor

As the Tech Editor here at Cyclingnews, Josh leads on content relating to all-things tech, including bikes, kit and components in order to cover product launches and curate our world-class buying guides, reviews and deals. Alongside this, his love for WorldTour racing and eagle eyes mean he's often breaking tech stories from the pro peloton too. 

On the bike, 30-year-old Josh has been riding and racing since his early teens. He started out racing cross country when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s and has never looked back. He's always training for the next big event and is keen to get his hands on the newest tech to help. He enjoys a good long ride on road or gravel, but he's most alive when he's elbow-to-elbow in a local criterium.