We’ve seen bikes like the Scott Spark dominate the cross country racing scene, as two World Championship titles, two Olympic Gold Medals, and an overall World Cup prove the new bike’s worth. Much of that success has to do with a comprehensive redesign that really brought the best out of Scott’s riders. For 2018, Scott have brought those winning ways and vast improvements to weight, suspension kinematics, and handling to the new 2018 Scott Genius 940 & 740.
The most obvious change to the Genius is the adaption of the Spark’s trunnion-mount rear shock. The new positioning allows for greater smoothness and small-bump compliance early in the shock’s travel, while it resists bottoming out by ramping up stiffness as it approaches the shock’s limit. A trunnion-mount shock also led to a stiffer overall swingarm, one that leads to a surprisingly smooth rear end that flexes less and has less moving parts. The bottom bracket is necessarily stiffer due to new shock positioning, and the toptube was able to be lowered for standover clearance as well as lower frameset weight. The headtube is even more slack than before (65 degrees across the range), reach is increased across the range, the seat tube is steeper than before (74.7 degrees), and chainstays are shortened considerably (438mm).
Scott also included their unique TwinLoc system, which connects front and rear suspension into one easy to use lever. Flip the lever through the suspension settings (150mm travel bike, a 100mm travel, and a lockout setting), and instantly the bike switches between three distinct spring curves and compression dampening settings. Scott sought to include a flip chip in the rear suspension linkage which allows for easy changes between 29” and 27.5” wheels on the same frame by altering bottom bracket height by 8mm. An integrated bashguard and chain keeper protect the bike from abrasion. These new additions make for a bike that is extremely versatile and well-endowed for whatever lies ahead on the trail.
This new edition of the 2018 Scott Genius 940 & 740 aims to combine the best of both worlds when climbing and descending. The new rear suspension creates a sensitive platform that does a great job of absorbing small bumps while maintaining pedaling efficiency. Each of TwinLoc’s damper settings is unique and make the Genius mold perfectly to just about every situation. The bike feels energetic on the climbs thanks to short chainstays and progressive suspension tuning, while it absolutely rips the descents thanks to direct handling afforded to a slack headtube and longer overall reach.
The Scott Genius comes in two versions: the 940 denoting 29” wheels (with 2.6” tires), and the 740 denoting 27.5” wheels (with 2.8” tires). Both versions come packed to the brim with a SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, Fox 34 Float Performance Air fork & a Fox Float EVOL Performance rear shock, a Syncros Dropper 2.0 post, and a Syncros X-305 30mm wheelset. The Scott Genius 940 & 740 comes in four sizes ranging from small to extra large.
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