Trail mountain bikes are some of the hardest bikes on the market to successfully design. Trail bike riders require a bike with enough suspension travel to tackle everything but the most technical trails, but it also needs to climb efficiently and maintain lightweight. While there are many brands that do an effective job of tackling all of these needs, few companies do it as well as Scott. For years, the Scott Genius has been the defacto trail bike for those looking for confident handling, pedaling efficiency, and best-in-class weight. Scott has taken their venerable 2018 Scott Genius 920 & 720, and made it better in every sense of the word.
The Genius rethinking was bred through the idea that a trail bike must be as versatile as possible to be effective. They started with their popular TwinLoc suspension remote lever, which actuates both the fork and the rear shock. TwinLoc allows riders to remotely adjust suspension into three unique spring and compression dampening curves for the front suspension and rear shock (150mm, 100mm and lockout), to completely transform the bike according to terrain. A flip chip in the rear suspension’s linkage further adjusts the frame according to wheel size (between 27.5” and 29” wheels) to raise or lower the bottom bracket. Scott also have thoughtfully added a bash guard on the downtube to protect the frame from abrasion, tuck away a Shimano Di2 battery, and ensure easy access to cable routing. This allows the bike to be as adjustable and versatile as possible for every type of trail bike rider, according to need.
Much of this versatility is thanks to a redesigned rear suspension linkage, which uses a similar trunnion-mount shock design from the award-winning Scott Spark. While the redesign cuts considerable weight from the frameset, the big news comes in the bike’s newfound smoothness. The shock is perfectly set up for small-bump compliance without typical pedal bob, while it does a great job at resisting bottoming out under heavier loads. Further, the new suspension design simplifies the swingarm design for less moving parts, increased stiffness, and an overall more responsive pedaling platform.
What do these changes do to make the 2018 Scott Genius 920 & 720 a better trail bike? It comes down to how it works in the real world. Thanks to shorter chainstays (438mm) and a steeper seattube across the range, the bike feels lively, ready to leap forward at any moment. Meanwhile, a slacker headtube (65 degrees), longer reach, and a low bottom bracket, imbue the bike with great stability and precise turn-in, even in tight switchbacks. This makes for a bike that is truly great at both climbing and descending, without compromise. It doesn’t come down to any single technology, nor is it the progressive geometry; it’s everything Scott have done, culminating into a better trail bike.
This Genius model comes in two variations: the 29” wheel Scott Genius 920 spec’d with 2.6” tires, and the 27.5” Scott Genius 720 spec’d with 2.8” tires. Both models feature a carbon HMF main frame with an alloy swingarm, a SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, and a Syncros TR2.5 CL wheelset. A Fox 34 Float Performance Air fork, a Fox Float EVOL Performance rear shock, and a Fox Transfer dropper post handle suspension and trail adjustment needs. An integrated Syncros Trail Fender protects the bike from mud splatter. The Scott Genius 920 & 720 come in four sizes, ranging from small to extra large.
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