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Scott bikes has been involved in the advancement of sporting goods since the late 1950s. Ed Scott founded the company shortly after inventing the first aluminum ski pole. His new ski poles were so superior that they all but eliminated the standard bamboo poles of the day. Scott then moved onto goggles and footwear for skiers and motorcyclists. Soon thereafter Scott put their design and manufacturing expertise towards bicycles during the 1980s mountain bike boom.

The All New 2018 Scott Genius

Any Trail, Any Time

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 alone. Much of that success has to do with a comprehensive redesign that really brought the best out of Scott’s riders. For 2018, Scott has brought those winning ways and vast improvements to weight, suspension kinematics, and handling to the all-new 2018 Scott Genius trail bike.

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 fewer 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). This geometry is shared from the top-end Scott Genius 700 Tuned to the simpler Scott Genius 940 & 740.

Accompanying this major change to the Scott Genius is it’s newfound adaptability. With the flip of a chip on the shock mount, riders can easily use a 29 inch wheelset with 2.6” tires, or a 27.5” wheelset with 2.8” plus tires. The flip chip ensures similar handling, regardless of wheel size, but it allows the Scott Genius to truly be the mountain bike for everyone.

The new Genius is Scott’s interpretation of the ideal trail bike. It has modern trail bike geometry that inspires rider confidence, helpful technologies that make trail riding more enjoyable, and rare versatility that tailors the bike exactly to the rider’s needs. No doubt about it, the Scott Genius is a bike for any trail, any time.

Scott Mountain

Genius, Spark, Scale, E-Genius, E-Spark

The Scott mountain bike line can be best described by versatility. Available in 29 or 27.5 inch wheel sizes, with a myriad of suspension geometries and builds that range from exotic to workaday, there is something for every desire. New to 2018 is a completely revised Scott Genius, as well as streamlined Spark and Scale model lines.

The new Scott Genius trail bike starts with an adaptation 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 without sacrificing firmness at the bottom of the shock travel. Further, with the flip of a chip on the shock mount, riders can easily use a 29 inch wheelset with 2.6” tires, or a 27.5 inch wheelset with 2.8” plus tires. This is coupled to updated geometry, which not only features one of the most slack head tube angles of any trail bike, but adds in short but not too short chainstays and greater reach across all sizes. Scott aims to make models like the Scott Genius 900 & 700 Tuned climb like a mountain goat and descend with precision and balance, and after just one ride it is clear that they’ve succeeded.

Much of the new technology of the Scott Genius comes from the Scott Spark, best known as the most victorious full-suspension mountain bike on the market today. The RC (for Racing Concept) model line, specifically the Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup, is one of the premier XC bikes. It remains Scott’s XC race bike, already tested and proven with Olympic gold medals and championship titles by Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds. The Scott Spark extends from upper-echelon racers to the do-it-all Scott Spark 920 29er, to the rowdy 27.5 inch plus-tire Scott Spark 700 Tuned. Each bike features a rather slack head tube angle for maximum stability, but short chainstays and a steeper seat tube angle for better power transfer and greater overall maneuverability. The Spark’s high-performance geometry, low weight, and advanced features make it one of the best overall full-suspension cross-country bikes ever.

Scott’s hardtail, the Scott Scale, continues to redefine how capable a hardtail mountain bike can be. The featherweight Scott Scale RC 900 SL weighs in at an effortless 19.2 lb with the very best parts from Fox, SRAM, and DT Swiss, yet is more than robust enough for the rigors of XC racing. The Scott Scale 710 uses 27.5 inch wheels and 2.8” plus tires, making this hardtail not only the king of traction, but one of the most fun bikes available at any price point. From there, the Scott Scale 900 series splits the difference between the two bikes; while the RC optimized for racing and the 700 series is trail-ready, bikes like the Scott Scale 910 are an evenly-balanced hardtail for nearly any situation.

Scott has increased their efforts in e-bikes to include the Scott E-Spark and E-Genius. These two e-mountain bikes are equipped with the Shimano STEPS E8000 system. This system is capable of up to 60 miles of range and 15.5 mph of assist, more than enough for most mountain bike trail riding. What’s most remarkable is how similar they feel to their non-motorized siblings, a true feat of engineering considering that these bikes weigh considerably more than standard models. Perfect for an post-work blast or an involved trail ride, models like the Scott E-Spark 710 are great fun.

From a quick lunch time bike ride, to a long weekend adventure, to an intense race setting, Scott mountain bikes are capable, quick, and ready for nearly any trail.

Plus Bikes

More Than a Passing Fad

Mountain bikes have evolved more over the past forty years than nearly any other bike. From suspension design, to reliable carbon fiber design, to an ever-growing range of geometry and wheel choices, there has never been more options to tailor a mountain bike to terrain and handling preference. Over the past few years, however, there has been an additional innovation: plus tires.

While all of the wheel choices can be confusing to consumers, the big reason for 2.8” plus tires is this: more tire means more traction, better control and a smoother ride. On the trail, this allows riders to confidently conquer terrain that would otherwise hold you back. Where a “normal’ mtb tire generally runs up to 2.4” wide, a plus tire can range from 2.6” up to 3.25” (note this is not a fat bike tire, which runs from 3.8” to 4.8”).

This new tire size has proliferated through the Scott mountain bike line, and for good reason. Scott claim a 21% increase in grip compared to a 29 inch wheel and tire combination, with only a 1% (~5 watts) increase in rolling resistance. This compares favorably to a 29 inch wheel, as both wheel sizes with tires have a similar external diameter (within 10mm), and therefore similarly-excellent rollover capability. As an added benefit, the low Plus-tire air pressure allows for additional compliance (or squish), making even hardtails like the Scott Scale 710 huge fun for all-day riding. Simply put: plus tires = hero traction and confidence for tackling the toughest trails.

Many detractors to the plus tire claim that increased rolling resistance isn’t the only problem with increasing tire size. Instead, it’s the increased weight and fragility of the tires that make 27.5 inch plus tires unnecessary. While weight does increase compared to a 29 inch bike, overall weight increase is minimal, and when combined with tubeless wheel conversion, the only time the weight and rolling resistance is felt is on pavement. Further, early reports regarding durability have been very positive, with little difference in fragility compared to a standard MTB tire.

Scott has made strides to make the plus tire a standard part of their model line, as every 27.5 inch Scott Scale, Scott Spark, and Scott Genius come with a 2.8” tire. The 27.5 inch plus tire transforms the Scale and Scott Spark 710 from XC championship-quality bikes to rowdy, trail-oriented bikes that are confidence-inspiring all over the trail. On bikes such as the Scott Genius 920 & 720, it provides the nimbleness of a smaller wheel, combined with the grip of a wide tire, making the Genius immensely capable all over the trail. From the Wasatch Front’s epic Crest Trail to Moab’s Whole Enchilada and anywhere that long, technical trails exist, Scott 27.5 inch bikes exhibit an uncanny ability to stay on the trail where other bikes fail.

No Shortcuts

Superior Technology, Lower Weight, Dedication to Contessa

What makes Scott Sports so unique in the crowded bicycle market? Simply put: Experience. Scott Sports is a true all-mountain company that covers down the gamut for just about mountain sport. From making the original plastic motocross boot, to the first aluminum ski pole and introduction of aero bars in the pro racing scene, it is clear that Scott is an innovator in not just cycling, but in every sport it participates in.

Scott’s engineering experience in multiple backgrounds has led to massive innovation that really makes a difference. A key technology found on Scott mountain bikes is their TwinLoc remote suspension lever, specifically the Scott Spark and Scott Genius mountain bikes. TwinLoc is a handlebar-mounted lever that simultaneously controls the front and rear suspension modes, to dial in travel and compression while in motion. Unlike the competition, the remote not only changes compression damping, but also changes spring curves, dynamically altering the geometry of the bike. This Scott-exclusive technology makes for a bike that climbs effortlessly and efficiently, yet slays on the way down.

Another major benefit of Scott’s major cycling experience is consistently lighter bicycles than the competition. Bikes like the Scott Spark RC 900 SL weighs just 21.2 lb, making it one of the lightest (if not the lightest) full-suspension mountain bikes available today. This is frequently mirrored through all model lines, even from the 13.89 lb Scott Addict RC Pro down to the most entry level Scott Contessa Speedster 35 road bike.

Scott’s dedication to offering world class bikes to all riders doesn’t stop with men. The Scott Contessa line of mountain and road bikes are designed to take the best of Scott’s numerous platforms, and refine the geometry, suspension tunes, and build kits to optimize the riding experience for female riders. From the Scott Contessa Spark 710 to the Scott Contessa Addict 35, there’s a Contessa model for all trails or roads, and all abilities – truly built for women.

Some companies engineer for the sheer sake of marketability; not so with Scott. In 2016 and 2017 alone, the Scott-SRAM MTB Racing team have accumulated over 12 championship titles on the Scott Spark and Scale mountain bikes alone. Few companies can claim such impressive success, much less in the last few years. Scott simply lets these incredible achievements speak for themselves.

Scott Road

Lightweight, Aero, Endurance, Gravel, Trekking

For 2018, Scott has simultaneously simplified and added to their road bike lineup. The goal was to provide a greater range of road bikes optimized to rider-specific needs. From aero to endurance, road race-ready to gravel grinder, Scott have an expansive line of road bikes for both men and women, both on and off-pavement.

Originally introduced in 2008, the Addict was the lightest bike on the market thanks to superior technology to their peers. New to 2018 are revised Scott Addict and Addict Disc models. These new models are endurance-oriented and a replacement for the Scott Solace and CR1 road bikes. They use a three-piece carbon mold to keep the frame simple and remarkably light like the rest of the Addict range. As a result, weight has been cut dramatically, without sacrificing comfort or road handling ability. Models like the Scott Addict 10 Disc feature endurance geometry that puts the rider in a more upright position, perfect for riding for hours chewing up mile after mile. Finally, disc models fit up to a 32c tire (28c for rim brakes) for superior comfort and grip.

The Scott Addict RC and Addict RC Disc favors the race-ready side of the spectrum as one of the lightest road frames on the market. While it comes in both disc and rim brake models, the models like the Scott Addict RC Pro is extremely light and agile, perfect for long, steep climbs. With it’s well-proven race geometry which favors greater reach and lower stack than the standard Addict, riders can achieve ideal positioning for optimal power transfer and rider agility.

New for 2018 is the Scott Foil Disc, which takes the award-winning Scott Foil aero platform and adapts it to disc brake use. While the main triangle is the same, the fork and rear triangle are completely redesigned to shave watts and gain speed. The fork has been completely redesigned to manage increased wind resistance that comes with disc brake rotors and calipers. The result is a frameset that is just as stiff and aerodynamic as the rim brake model, while being just 40g heavier. As a result, the Scott Foil 10 Disc is lighter than the competition, and furthers the Scott’s reputation for performance.

While most dirt-road adventures require choosing between a traditional road bike and a cross bike, the Scott Addict Gravel and Speedster Gravel create an ideal blend of on-road handling with compliance, tire clearance and stability for loose terrain and rough pavement. All Addict Gravel models feature hydraulic disc brakes and thru-axles, for confident handling and braking. The Scott Addict Gravel 20 Disc is an excellent example of balance between low weight, confident handling, and quality components.

Finally, with the emergence of bikes as transportation, Scott continues its urban bike line, which includes a series of Bosch-powered E-Bikes. Scott’s E-Bikes feature proven Bosch drive systems, 400 WH batteries, and up to 100 mile range, all with built-in fenders, racks, and lights, to make urban riding a breeze.

Come talk to a Scott Expert

As experts in metal fabrication and sports design, Scott began delivering high-end steel and aluminum bikes to riders hungry for dirt. Constantly experimenting, they also invented aerodynamic road bars which proved to be decisive in Greg Lemond’s eight second victory over Laurent Fignon in the 1989 Tour de France. When everyone wanted bar-ends on their mountain bikes, Scott did one better with a one-piece extended bar made from extremely light aluminum that weighed less than most other handlebars alone. As the market changed and more brands offered copycat bikes, the Scott brand receded from North America, though they maintained a great reputation and strong sales in Europe and the rest of the world. The second wave of US-destined Scott bikes featured super-light and durable carbon frames that got both road and mountain riders wanting more carbon fiber in their diets.

Today, Scott Bikes continue to push sports-specific technology from both their Swiss based European offices and North American HQ, now located in our hometown, Salt Lake City, Utah. With access to near-endless mountain biking trails and high-altitude road riding, Scott road and mountain bikes are endlessly tested and proven on the world’s most demanding terrain.

At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling bikes are the people who ride them. Each of us on staff has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. Nick Gaitan is our expert on Scott bicycles. To contact Nick regarding any questions on Scott road and mountain bikes, give him a call during shop hours, or send him an email any time to nick@contenderbicycles.com.

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