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. 2019 marks yet another Genius, and the 2019 Scott Genius 910 trail bike is one of the best yet.
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 top-notch suspension kinematics simplify the swingarm design for less moving parts, increased stiffness, and an overall more responsive pedaling platform. 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 Ransom to a bike park it adapts with ease.
What do these changes do to make the Genius 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. The bike feels easily flickable for a bike with this much suspension, but it feels much better prepared for bigger, successive hits. In the shock’s Linear mode, the bike feels as plush as a longer-travel bike, but when you’re looking to take the Genius through low-speed efforts, it does it with ease.
The 2019 Scott Genius 910 trail bike uses a carbon HMF main frame with an alloy swingarm, a SRAM X01/GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, and a Syncros Revelstoke 2.0 29er 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 910 comes in four sizes, ranging from small to extra large.
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