2012 Scott Aspect 40 Contessa vs 2012 Scott Spark 70

The Scott Aspect 40 Contessa and Scott Spark 70 are both Cross Country bikes. Both bikes have Aluminium / Alloy frames. The Scott Aspect 40 Contessa has 26" wheels, while the Scott Spark 70 has wheels. The forks on the Scott Aspect 40 Contessa are SR Suntour, while the Scott Spark 70 has RockShox forks. The Scott Aspect 40 Contessa comes in XS, S, M, L, while the Scott Spark 70 comes in S, M, L, XL.

  • 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
  • Contessa Sport, 6061 Alloy, Solution geometry,
  • Suntour XCM-H, with Lockout , 100mm travel,,
  • Scott FM-21-FQR , Shimano FH-RM30-8
  • Araya TX-633, D-Wall, black
  • 26"
  • 14 G, stainless, black
  • Schwalbe Black Jack, 26 x 2.1, 50TPI
  • 16.9, , 42x34x24 T, KMC Z-72
  • Shimano FC-M171, black, w/CG
  • , Shimano BB-UN 26, Cartridge Type
  • Shimano FD-M190, 31.8mm
  • Shimano Acera, RD-M390, 24 Speed
  • Shimano ST-EF 51 L, 8R, EZ-fire plus
  • Scott Comp, V-Brake, Scott Comp
  • Scott Contessa OS, 620mm, black, 31,8mm,
  • Contessa SCT-2012-1
  • Scott, 31.6mm, , ,
  • Scott TDS-D345A-8, OS 31.8mm
  • Ritchey Logic OE integrated
  • Spark Alloy 6061 custom butted, hydroformed tubes , U-Mono Link, replaceable derailleur hanger, 135mm, rear PM 160, 120mm rear travel
  • Rock Shox XC 32 TK, Coil spring, Alloy Steerer, Lockout, Rebound adjustable, 120 mm travel,
  • X-Fusion E1 RL, 190 x 50mm, Rebound adjustable, Lockout
  • Scott Team Disc CL, Shimano FH-RM66 Disc CL
  • Alex XC-44 Disc, 32H, Eyelets
  • Stainless Black 15G 1.8mm
  • Schwalbe Rocket Ron, 26 x 2.25, 50EPI, Active Line
  • 16.5, , Shimano CN-HG53
  • Shimano FC-M430-8 Octalink, 44x32x22 T
  • 13.5, 1.5, Shimano ES25 Octalink, 73-118mm
  • Shimano SLX, RD-M662 SGS, Shadow Type, 27 Speed
  • Shimano SLX, FD-M660-E / DM
  • Shimano Alivio, SL-M430, Rapidfire plus, w/gear indicator
  • Shimano BR-M446 Disc, 180/F and 160/R mm Rotor, Shimano BL-M445 Disc
  • Scott Pilot 15 Team, D.B., 15mm rise, OS, 680mm
  • Scott Racing
  • Scott Comp, 31.6mm, , ,
  • Scott Comp, Oversize 31.8mm, 1 1/8“, 6° angle
  • Ritchey OE 1 1/8“, semi integrated 44/50mm

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


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

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?


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.


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.