It’s easy to mistake the 2019 Scott Genius 900 Tuned for other models, notably the Scott Spark and Ransom mountain bikes. That’s no bad thing; the Spark is an award-winning bike that shows how versatile a cross-country model line can truly be, while the Ransom has won reviewers over with it’s low weight and genre-defining climbing ability. 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. Additionally, with the new shock’s Scott-exclusive Ramp control mode, you have the ability to really tune in your bike to do exactly what you need on the trail. In the shock’s Linear mode, the bike feels as plush as a downhill bike, but when you’re looking to take the Genius to a bike park it adapts with ease.
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 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. New for 2019 is a swap to a 44mm-offset for for greater high-speed stability and cornering.
The 2019 Scott Genius 900 Tunes is equipped with a SRAM X01 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 SL integrated bar and stem complete the cockpit, while a Syncros Revelstoke 1.5 wheelset keeps the bike rolling. The Scott Genius 900 Tuned come in four sizes, ranging from small to extra large.
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