aaron snyder with scott spark
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I have been racing against Aaron Snyder since my first ‘real’ mountain bike race back in 2003 when we were both juniors. Since then, I have progressed steadily, while Aaron progressed astronomically and is now racing World Cup events!

I got a chance to catch up with him earlier this year and put together a little bike check so you can see what Aaron is riding these days as a professional mountain bike racer.

Pro Bike Check: Aaron Snyder’s Scott Spark RC

Aaron Snyder, racing for Scott Bicycles, has a great full-suspension mountain bike at his disposal. Here are the details:

Frame: Scott Spark RC w/ integrated seatmast (L)

Fork: Fox 32RLC

Shock: Scott Nude w/ remote lockout

Wheels: DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to Stan’s Olympic ZTR rims

Tires (as pictured): Maxxis Monorail (rear) and Maxxis Crossmark (front)

Crank: Shimano XTR w/ only two rings, 34/44

BB: Chris King MTB

Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace braze on with K-Edge Chain Watcher

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR

Shifters: Shimano XTR

Brakes: Shimano XTR, 160mm Front, 140mm Rear. Hope Floating rotors.

Chain: SRAM PC991 Hollowpin

Cassette: Shimano XT 11-34

Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy 4Ti

Handlebar: FSA Carbon Flat Bar

Stem: Ritchey 4-Axis, 110mm

Grips: Ergon GX2 Mag

Saddle: Selle Italia SLR

Detailed Pictures of Aaron’s Bike

Let’s look at some pictures of all these components…

scott spark rear shock

The rear shock on the Scott Spark frame.

scott trac loc lever

Here is the handlebar-mounted lockout for the rear shock.

scott integrated seatmast

The Scott Spark has an integrated seatmast.

selle italia slr saddle

Aaron perches upon this rock solid Selle Italia saddle.

powertap hub

Aaron also runs a PowerTap rear hub when he needs to collect power data.

chris king shimano bb

Check out the sweet gold Chris King BB, mated to the XTR cranks.

ergon gx2 mag grips

Some well-worn Ergon grips.

k-edge chain watcher

The very cool K-Edge chain watcher.

I must say, that’s a great mod for any bike where you can install a braze-on style front derailleur.

k-edge chain watcher

Another look at the K-Edge.


Related links:

Aaron’s blog

Scott Bikes

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