Scale Plus, Spark Plus, Genius Plus
The bright idea behind Plus bikes is this: more tire means more traction, better control and a smoother ride. On the trail, this allows you 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 fatbike tire, which runs from 3.8” to 4.8”). Scott Plus bikes are based around a 27.5” rim, and feature the latest Boost hub spacing to ensure a stiff and strong wheel. Scott has selected 2.8” as the optimal tire size for their Plus bikes, to best balance traction gains without significant increases to rolling resistance and weight. As an added benefit, the low Plus-tire air pressue allows for additional compliance (or squish), making even a Scale Plus hardtail great for all-day riding. Plus tires = hero traction and confidence for tackling the toughest trails.
As part of Scott’s complete Spark redesign, Scott is now putting bigger tires on their favorite cross-country platform to create an extremely versatile cross country/trail mountain bike. Adding the massive traction and control of 2.8” wide tires to the light weight and more-responsive Spark frame results in a bike that climbs and descends like no other. There are four versions of the Spark Plus, with either alloy or carbon frames, and spec’d for both fast XC courses and more aggressive trails. For example, the high-end Scott Spark 700 Plus Tuned tips the scale at nearly 25 lbs, utilizing an HMX carbon frame, SRAM XX1 Eagle 1×12 drivetrain and a Fox Transfer dropper seatpost. Each model will share the same geometry and give the rider all the benefits of plus tires. Early test rides indicate the Spark Plus will be the next step in mountain bike evolution and we can’t wait to get as many riders as possible out on these great bikes. For female riders, Scott is offering two Contessa Spark Plus bikes, specifically designed for women. The carbon Contessa Spark 710 Plus and alloy Contessa Spark 720 Plus feature the same design and technology as the standard Spark Plus bikes, but with custom tuned Fox suspension, women’s specific geometry, women’s specific saddle, grips, bars, and their own awesome graphics.
As expected, Scott is moving forward with their current favorites, the Genius Plus and extended travel Genius LT Plus. These have proven to be versatile bikes for trail and all-mountain riding, where the benefits of Plus tires are significant. With more travel than the Spark, and dialed trail-bike geometry, these bikes will continue to rule on more difficult descents and technical trails. The real world benefit of Plus tires on a Genius is awesome – loose rocks, wet roots, and sandy conditions are managed with ease. From the Wasatch Front’s epic Crest Trail to Moab’s Whole Enchilada and anywhere that long, technical trails exist, the Scott Genius Plus and Genius LT Plus bikes exhibit an uncanny ability to stay on the trail when other bikes fail.
With all the talk of full suspension, its easy to overlook the fun, challenging ride that modern hardtails offer. Building on its first-year success, the 2017 Scott Scale Plus is back and even better than before. Plus tires on a hardtail create loads of fun, and a super-responsive ride. The Scale Plus has been tweaked for 2017, with slacker angles for more high-speed stability. Plus the Scott Scale 710 Plus is following in the latest trends of trail-worthy hardtails, featuring an internal dropper seatpost, and a 1×11 drivetrain.