It’s easy to mistake the new Scott Genius 900 & 700 Tuned for other models, notably the Scott Spark mountain bike. That’s no bad thing; the Spark is an award-winning bike that shows how versatile a cross-country model line can truly be. In redesigning the Genius, Scott have taken that same philosophy and made the Genius more efficient, lighter, and more versatile than ever. The Scott Genius redefines what a modern trail mountain bike is capable of, without compromise.
The central defining piece of the new Genius Tuned is a redefined rear suspension. Gone is a linkage-based swingarm; in is a new four-pivot swingarm based around a trunnion-mount rear shock. This new setup provides progressive compression throughout the travel, but resists compression towards the end of travel to prevent harshness and bottoming out. The redesigned rear suspension necessitates less swingarm pivots, meaning the rear end is stiffer and more reliable while instilling a newfound sense of smoothness. It’s also lighter; their top-level HMX carbon frame, shock, and carbon swingarm weigh in at a startling 2249 grams, lighter than a full-grown chihuahua!
While light weight is a fantastic quality trait for any bicycle to have, it’s absolutely for naught if the rest of the package isn’t cohesive. Scott have gone to great lengths to imbue the Genius Tuned with versatility. The rear suspension linkage features a flip chip which maintains a similar ride height regardless of 27.5” or 29” wheels used. Meanwhile, a new Syncros Hixon iC integrated bar/stem/headset combination keeps lines clean, stiffens the cockpit under acceleration, and weighs in at a svelte 290g. Scott have updated TwinLoc, which allows riders to remotely adjust suspension into three unique spring and compression damping curves for the front suspension and rear shock (150mm, 100mm and lockout), to completely transform the bike according to terrain. They’ve also incorporated a downtube bash guard to protect the frame from rock strike, provide easy access to internal cable routing, and hide a Shimano Di2 battery, as well as a Syncros Trail Fender to to protect the fork from packing with mud. These features come together to ingrain the sense that every upgrade was done with reason and tact.
Scott bikes have always been fairly conservative when it comes to geometry, but the new Genius 900 & 700 Tuned breaks from that trend in an effort to bring greater pedaling efficiency with great capability on descents. They’ve used short 438mm chainstays in conjunction with a steep 75 degree seattube to ensure the bike scampers up trails with the best mountain bikes, while longer reach across the range, a slack 65 degree headtube, and low bottom bracket instill a feeling of being in the bike and not on it. It rewards the rider with smooth, confident handling at speed and impressive light weight and agility on the steepest of climbs.
The new Genius is one of the most exciting new bikes of 2018, and the Genius Tuned amplifies the best characteristics to make a truly impressive package. They sell two versions: the Scott Genius 900 Tuned, with 29” wheels and 2.6” tires, and the Scott Genius 700 Tuned, with 27.5” wheels and 2.8” tires. Both come equipped with a SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain, a Fox 36 Float Factory Air Kashima fork and Fox Nude EVOL Kashima rear shock, and a Fox Transfer Kashima dropper seatpost. A Syncros Hixon iC integrated bar and stem complete the cockpit, while a DT Swiss M1825 Spline CL wheelset keeps the bike rolling. The Scott Genius 900 & 700 Tuned come in four sizes, ranging from small to extra large.
The Scott Genius 900 & 700 Tuned are two of the most exciting bikes we will offer for 2018, and we would love to talk about them. Drop us a message at email@example.com, or give us a call during shop hours for any questions.