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

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 less 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).

Scott Mountain

Scale, Spark, Genius, Genius LT

Scott’s mountain line-up continues to grow with the fully redesigned 2017 Scott Spark cross-country race bike – available with 29 or 27.5 inch tires (and now the highly anticipated 27.5 plus tires). There is  something for everyone, from the affordable and solid Scott Aspect, to the World Championship Scott Scale and Spark cross country bikes and the ever-popular all-mountain Genius trail bikes. For 2017, Scott has added more plus-sized models with new versions of the Scale Plus, Spark Plus, and Genius Plus.

Long a highlight of Scott’s MTB arsenal, the Spark gets a major overhaul for 2017. The world’s most victorious full-suspension mountain bike is now even lighter, stronger and more capable, with new geometry for greater high-speed stability. Showing their investment and belief in the Spark, Scott is offering 27 unique versions, all of which are brand new for 2017.  The Scott Spark RC platform remains Scott’s premier XC race bike, already tested and proven with Olympic gold medals, ridden by Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds.  With 100mm of travel and sub-1800g complete frame weight, the Spark RC is the clear choice for aggressive XC riding and racing.  For a cross country feel with the capability of handling more aggressive trails, the Spark 900 and 700 offer an extra 20mm of travel (now 120mm front and rear) and slightly slacker geometry.  To provide a range of options, the Spark 900 series comes with 29” wheels, while the Spark 700 series comes with 27.5” (650B) wheels.  Travel and geometry remain the same, for both, with just minor tweaks to ensure equivalent handling.  Riders can select the right version based on personal preference, riding style, and local trails.  Higher-end Spark builds, such as the Spark 900/700 and Spark 900/700 Premium, also feature dropper seat posts, further enhancing trail capabilities.  The Spark platform is also offered in more cost-effective alloy builds, making entry into Spark-performance doable for even beginner riders.

Plus Bikes

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.

Scott Exclusives

Contessa Women's Specific and TwinLoc Technology

Scott’s dedication to offering world class mountain bikes to all riders doesn’t stop with women.  The Scott Contessa line of mountain (and road bikes) is 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 Contessa Spark 710 to the Contessa Genius 700, to the Contessa Scale 940/740, there’s a Contessa mountain bike for all trails, and all abilities – truly built for women.

For 2017, Scott continues their use of Fox Float forks and Fox Nude shocks, now with the latest Fox dampers and designs.  A key technology found on Scott mountain bikes is their TwinLoc remote suspension control.  Utilizing a great-functioning handlebar-mounted lever, TwinLoc simultaneously controls the front and rear suspension modes, to dial in travel and compression while in motion. On the Scott Spark, TwinLoc adjusts between three “modes” – Lockout, Traction Control, and Descend. On the Genius LT, the TwinLoc takes adjustment to a greater level, reducing rear shock travel to optimize the rider’s pedaling position.  Bottom line – the partnership between Fox and Scott creates a beautifully operating, highly adjustable suspension design for the very best in efficiency, control, and comfort out on the trail.

Scott Road

Addict, Addict Gravel, Foil, Solace

Recently, Scott added several additional road models meant for less-than-ideal surfaces. In addition to a new Addict CX cyclocross bike, Scott now offers a gravel-specific series of Addict and Speedster gravel bikes. Utilizing technologies developed for Scott’s highly regarded road bikes (and taking advantage of lessons learned from their mountain bike lines), the Addict CX and Addict Gravel offer serious performance. Rough, technical, unpaved riding and racing requires a bike that absorbs bumps to maintain traction and keep the body fresh.

For their off-pavement Addicts, Scott has taken the vibration absorbing rear end of the acclaimed Solace endurance frame and adapted it for the rigors of cyclocross and gravel racing. Up front, Scott borrows carbon layup and tube shapes from the Addict road frame to keep things light and stiff, for optimal power transfer. Thru-axles front and rear improve lateral stiffness and increase brake performance while clearance for up-to 40mm tires means you can select the right tire for the conditions and still have plenty of mud clearance for when the conditions get sloppy.

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.  The Scott gravel bikes offer massive tire clearance (up to 40mm wide) – more than even their cyclocross bikes.  All Addict Gravel models feature hydraulic disc brakes and thru-axles, for confident handling and braking. The Scott Addict Gravel 10 Disc features Scott’s most advanced HMX carbon construction, and utilizes the ultra-sleek Sram Force 1 1×11 drivetrain and carbon fiber wheels.  Lower priced models feature 2×10/2×11 drivetrains from Shimano, all with quality, durable components for miles and miles of reliable riding on even the roughest roads.

Scott hasn’t strayed too far from their passion for high-performance road bikes.  The Scott Foil continues for 2017, offering the latest in aero road technology.  The legendary Addict sees a redesign, now with disc brake capability and additional tire clearance.  The Addict Premium Disc Di2 is their premier offering, featuring the latest Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9170 group, carbon rims, and 700x28c Continental tires.  The Scott Solace also continues, offering a blend of beautiful endurance ride quality, with the light weight and performance Scott is known for.

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-Bikesfeature 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

Being 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 continues 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, email him at or call him at the shop.

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