For people that have never ridden a wide-tire 27.5” mountain bike, there is sure to be at least a little bit of apprehension. Worries about weight and inefficiency abound with bikes like these, and for good reason; the wider tire adds a ton of visual weight, seemingly for the sake of just having a new standard to deal with. Scott, ever the innovating bike brand, have created a mountain bike that sets out to prove doubters wrong: the 2017 Scott Genius 710 Plus. With that added visual mass from the wider tires comes unparalleled confidence, stronger all around performance, and an overall sense of genius on the trails.
Confidence is the name of the game for the Genius Plus. With 140mm travel up front, 130mm in the back, and 2.8” wide tires, the bike exudes plushness. It combats that with the clever Scott TwinLoc suspension remote lever, which allows riders to instantly switch between three suspension settings, each with a unique damping and spring compression curves (full open, “traction mode”, lockout) to adapt the bicycle according to whatever the rider might encounter. A flip chip in the Genius swing arm raises and lowers the bottom bracket to tune the Genius to feel exactly as the rider prefers. The suspension connects to an HMF carbon frame and alloy rear swing arm that utilizes Boost spacing to shorten the bike’s rear-center. This simultaneously stiffens the bike up while providing space for up to a 3” tire.
The ultimate value of a wider tire comes in how the bike handles. Every attribute of the bicycle, for better or for worse, is intensified. That means the Genius Plus grips better during gravely ascents, as it’s wider rubber finds grip where a mere 2.3” tire wouldn’t. On the downhills, the wider tire allows the suspension to become more useable, while also being more compliant in the most awkward, off-camber, rocky turns. Hit the brakes, and stopping is absolutely immediate. It is hard to truly describe how much of a difference the wider tire makes, but it boils down to one thing: unless you’re riding the Scott Genius 710 Plus over porcelain-smooth roads, the wider tire can be faster and more effective in every condition.
The 2017 Scott Genius 710 Plus comes very well-equipped for the money, and even better so on sale. A Syncros TR 2.0 wheelset with DT Swiss hub internals are light, strong, and tubeless ready. A Fox 34 Float Performance Elite 140mm fork teams up to a 130mm Fox NUDE rear shock, the Fox Transfer 150 dropper seatpost raises and lowers with consistency, and the Shimano Deore XT 2×11 drivetrain exudes efficiency (and is easily switched to 1x).
Riding a wide 27.5” bike like the 2017 Scott Genius 710 Plus is so good that it’s hard to not make puns about the bike’s overall brilliance. The intelligence behind the bike isn’t just the wide tire, nor is it how good of a deal we are offering on the bike; it is how everything comes together to make a truly genius (pun intended) package.
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