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Kate Courtney's Scott Scale RC - Gallery

Kate Courtney Scott Scale RC
(Image credit: Rob Jones)

Kate Courtney is known for her outrageous taco-inspired training rides and #sparklewatts social media hashtags.

The American is also one of the very best mountain bikers around and although this year’s Leogang World Championships did not see her successfully challenge for the title, Kate earned a lot of style points for her custom Scott Scale RC.

With the help of her Swiss bike sponsor and long-serving mechanic, Brad Copeland, the hardtail Kate rode around the drenched Leogang World Championship course was expertly built with an outstanding assortment of components.

At only 1.54m in height, Kate favors a small-sized Spark Scale RC frame and some equally compact touchpoint components.

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Kate's mechanic and a cycling celebrity in his own right, Brad Copeland, with her 2020 World Championship bike (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Syncros Pro slip-on grips were tested severely in the wet Leogang conditions

Syncros Pro slip-on grips were tested severely in the wet Leogang conditions (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Kate does not use the new AXS shifter upgrade, with her smaller thumb ergonomically suited to the original spec

Kate does not use the new AXS shifter upgrade, with her smaller thumb ergonomically suited to the original spec (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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You don't often see a fender on a pro-level XC bike, but conditions in Leogang called for that

You don't often see a fender on a pro-level XC bike, but conditions in Leogang called for that (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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When you have earned rainbow stripes, there is no vanity in having them on your top tube too

When you have earned rainbow stripes, there is no vanity in having them on your top tube too (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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XC racing has become a lot more technically demanding. Kate uses a 100mm AXS wireless dropper on the descents

XC racing has become a lot more technically demanding. Kate uses a 100mm AXS wireless dropper on the descents (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Kate usually runs Aspens, but in the muddy Leogang conditions, slightly grippier Rekon Race tires were the call

Kate usually runs Aspens, but in the muddy Leogang conditions, slightly grippier Rekon Race tires were the call (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Oil slick finish and titanium axles for Kate's German sourced HT M1T pedals

Oil slick finish and titanium axles for Kate's German sourced HT M1T pedals (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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No doubt the branding and contents don't correspond, but Kate' hydration bottle is kept in place by a Topeak carbon cage

No doubt the branding and contents don't correspond, but Kate' hydration bottle is kept in place by a Topeak carbon cage (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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SRAM AXS 1x12 at the back and Kate makes it spins faster than any of us ever could

SRAM AXS 1x12 at the back and Kate makes it spins faster than any of us ever could (Image credit: Rob Jones)

Kate powers away by driving 170mm length SRAM XX1 Eagle cranks, with a 32T chainring driving a 10-50T rear cassette ratio. Those cranks also house a Dub power meter, to ensure that Kate is always managing her threshold efforts and remaining true to training parameters.

The cockpit of Kate’s race specification hardtail contains some dimensions which will be most unfamiliar to the average-sized riding mountain biker. Her stem is Scott’s integrated carbon set-up, supplied by Syncros.

Measuring only 680mm wide, the Syncros Frazer IC SL handlebar is ideal for Kate’s narrow shoulders and is attached to the steerer tube via an integrated 90mm stem.

On a race hardtail at World Championship level, the best XC fork is going to work hard for its living. Kate uses RockShox’s latest SID SL Ultimate RL3, which has 100mm of stroke and special Blackbox Race Day damper internals, an upgrade that RockShox supplies to its elite team riders.

Wheelsets and tires are often the difference between a podium or a win and Scott sources the best carbon hoops from fellow Swiss brand, DT Swiss. Kate’s XMC 1200 spline carbon wheels have a generous 30mm internal diameter, which makes the best of Maxxis' XC tire technology, with its Rekon Race 29 x 2.4in.

As one would expect from an elite level mountain biker, Kate uses SRAM's AXS wireless dropper seatpost

Although Kate has shown a stunning Contessa special edition finish for her latest Scott dual-suspension race bike, including a sparkle wrap for the shock body, the Scale was finished limited edition Oyster pink. 

Kate Courtney's Scott Scale RC - Specifications
FrameSCOTT Scale RC900 SL HMX SL Custom (small)
ForkRockShox SID SL Ultimate / RL3, 100MM Blackbox Race Day Damper
StemSyncros Fraser IC SL, +/- 8-degree 90mm
HandlebarSyncros Fraser IC SL, 680mm
SeatpostSRAM's AXS wireless dropper seatpost, 100mm
SaddleSyncros Belcarra V1.0
GripSyncros Pro slip-on
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
TiresMaxxis Rekon Race 29 x 2.4in
PedalsHT Components M1T
Bottle cageTopeak Shuttle Cage Carbon