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.