The 2019 SCOTT Contessa Genius 720 was put on this earth to get up the mountains with ease and bring em down with a flash. Thanks to the bike’s TwinLoc suspension system, unique ramp control rear shock, and smart suspension kinematics, the Contessa Genius is ready to tackle whatever lies ahead on the trail.
The Genius 720 starts with a clean slate on design. They’ve taken advances made from the championship-winning SCOTT Spark chassis to cut weight and increase overall stiffness, with the most obvious being a trunnion-mount shock orientation. While this orientation frees up the top tube to be lower and lighter-weight, it also forces the bottom bracket to be beefed up to support loads from trail use. SCOTT have also used the new shock orientation to simplify the swingarm design to incorporate less moving parts. This stiffens up the Genius pedaling platform considerably, increases small-bump sensitivity, and cuts weight across the range. With it’s women’s-specific shock tune, you’re guaranteed a sweet-handling bike that can handle anything in front of it.
When it comes to performance enhancements, SCOTT didn’t stop at a new shock mount; they’ve looked to make the bike more versatile. They’ve refined their TwinLoc suspension such that each suspension setting (150mm travel, 100mm travel, lockout) has unique compression dampening and spring curves for the front suspension and rear shock, easily controllable from a small handlebar remote. SCOTT have also included a new flip chip in the rear swingarm that changes the frame’s geometry depending on use with 27.5” or 29” wheels without swapping out the fork.
A new downtube bash guard not only protects the frame from rock strikes, but it neatly tucks away a Shimano Di2 battery and allows for easy access to cable routing. Finally, SCOTT included an integrated chain guard to prevent chainsuck, and an integrated Syncros Trail Fender to protect the frame and fork seals from mud splatter. These new features enable the Genius to perfectly suit a rider’s needs for what may lie ahead.
A redesign as comprehensive as this wouldn’t be complete without updated geometry, and SCOTT deliver on this front. The Genius headtube is impressively slack (65 degrees), chainstays are impressively short (438mm), and seattube angles are steeper across the range. Use the TwinLoc remote to stiffen up the suspension for demanding climbs and it scampers up the trail with xc-like efficiency. Once the trail stops pointing towards the sky, open the suspension, drop the saddle, and the Contessa Genius 720 transforms into a ripping machine that carries speed like few other trail bikes on the market today.
The 2019 SCOTT Contessa Genius 720 comes spec’d with an alloy frame and swingarm, spec’d with a 27.5 x 2.8” Maxxis Rekon tire (but is easily switchable to 29er with a different wheelset). It features a SRAM GX/NX Eagle drivetrain with Shimano MT520 four piston brakes, a Syncros 2.0 dropper seatpost, and a Syncros X-30S/Formula wheelset. A Fox 34 Float Performance Air fork & a Fox NUDE T EVOL rear shock bring 150mm of travel each. Scott offer three sizes, from small to large.
The SCOTT Genius is one of our favorite bikes at the shop, and we welcome any and all questions. Give us a call directly to the shop, or send us an email to email@example.com.