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2012 Mondraker Play 3 vs 2012 Scott Spark RC Contessa

The Mondraker Play 3 is a Street bike, while the Scott Spark RC Contessa is a Cross Country bike. The Mondraker Play 3's frame is made from Aluminium / Alloy, while the Scott Spark RC Contessa's is Carbon. The Mondraker Play 3 has wheels, while the Scott Spark RC Contessa has 26" wheels. The Scott Spark RC Contessa has RockShox forks. The Scott Spark RC Contessa retails for $4,000 USD. The Mondraker Play 3 comes in M, S, while the Scott Spark RC Contessa comes in S, M, L.

  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Play 6061 Square Street Hydroformed Old School
  • RST Dirt T, 100mm
  • Formula Alloy
  • Alex Rims DM-22 Disc
  • Stainless black
  • Kenda K-Rad 26x2.30
  • 420, , 42/32/22T, Kmc Z-72
  • Suntour XCT-V2
  • -30, CH-52 Cartridge
  • Sram 3.0
  • Sram X4 medium cage
  • Sram Trigger X4
  • Tektro Novela, Tektro Novela
  • Abyss 31.8mm 9º 710mm
  • Mondraker Play series Pivotal
  • Abyss Dirt pivot 350mmx31.6mm, , ,
  • Onoff Morph Slope II 50mm 31.6mm
  • Street translucend 130mm
  • CH Aheadset
  • Spark Carbon, IMP5 technology, HMF NET, BB 92, Alloy swingarm with 160 PM , U-Mono Link, Tapered Headtube, IDS SL dropouts for 142 x 12mm, BB height adjustable, 120mm rear travel
  • Rock Shox SID RL3 Air, DNA custom damper with 3 modes, tapered steerer, rebound adj., 120mm
  • Scott DT Nude2, 3 modes Lockout-TC-AT, Ball joints, 190 x 50mm, rebound adj.
  • DT Swiss XR20 Disc IT
  • DT Swiss XR20 Disc, 28H, Tubeless ready
  • 26"
  • DT Swiss Super Comp black
  • Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO, 26 x 2.25, 127EPI Kevlar Bead, Tubeless ready, Pace star compound
  • 16.5, , 42Ax32Ax24A T, Shimano CN-HG74
  • Shimano XT FC-M780, Hollowtech 2
  • 13.5, Shimano SM-BB71-41A / shell 41x89.5mm
  • Shimano XT, FD-M780-E, DM
  • Shimano XT RD-M780 SGS, Shadow Type, 30 Speed
  • Shimano XT SL-M780, Rapidfire Plus, 2 way release, Ispec clamp
  • Shimano XT BR-M785 Disc, 180/F and 160/R mm SM-RT75 Rotor, Shimano XT BL-M785 Disc
  • Scott Pilot 15 Pro, D.B., 15mm rise, OS, 640mm, Scott lockon grips
  • Fizik Vitesse HP
  • Scott RC 03-60, 34.9mm, , ,
  • Scott Pro, Oversize 31.8mm, 1 1/8“, 6° angle
  • Ritchey Pro Tapered 1.5“ - 1 1/8“, semi integrated 50 / 61mm

Why it pays to compare

Mountain Bikes are complicated machines.

They have parts from hundreds of different manufacturers, come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are all suited for different purposes. Choosing the right new (or used) Mountain Bike is a complicated, confusing and highly emotional (think buying a new car- the shiny red one is the best choice right?).

Comparing mountain bikes helps bring a bit of logic and reason into the decision process. Not only will comparing mountain bikes save you money, but you'll also find the bike most suitable to you, your riding style and your budget. Plus, when you do hit the Buy Now button, you'll have the confidence you're choosing the perfect bike for you.

It's easy to get carried away by the most rad looking frame, with the coolest paint job and the most aggressive new geometry, but the components are one of the most important things to consider.

A wise Mountain biker

What to compare

Components

It's essential to know which components make up a bike. From there you can compare the differences, such as build quality, performance, features, weight and price. This takes some of the guesswork out of buying a mountain bike.

Here are the components that have the biggest impact on your ride. You should be paying particular attention to these:

  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Drivetrain (Derailleur, shifter, cranks, chain etc.)
  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
Price

Ultimately, for most of us, price is the deciding factor and you want to get the most bang for your buck. Comparing the price of mountain bikes, along with which components you're getting, helps you determine what you're actually paying for. Are you spending your hard-earned dollars on a quality bike frame, with quality components and a solid warranty? Or are you simply paying for a brand name?

Reviews

Nothing is more helpful than what real people think about a bike. It's the next best thing to riding one yourself. Reviews give you a real insight into how a bike actually rides, instead of just what the numbers seem to say about it.

Warranties

Different bike companies have different warranties. It's important to compare the length of these warranties, what they'll cover and who's covered.

How to compare

  1. Search for mountain bikes that you'd like to compare.
  2. Tap Compare. You're done. No really, you are.
  3. A huge comparison table comes up, allowing you to compare components and specs for each bike.
  4. Want to delve into a bike a bit more? Click on the bike's name to view in-depth info, reviews, prices, specifications, images and more.