SCOTT GENIUS - BIKE TEST
Updated: Aug 11, 2019
There are a good few things that come to mind when the brand name Scott is mentioned. One has to be Brendan Fairclough on the limit doing what he does best. The other may be Nick Craig pedalling up things that I would rather tackle with an MX bike.
Scott seem to have hit the nail on the head with the new Genius. Super lightweight, great geo-setup and a stunning build means that this could be the bike that suits both styles of rider.
Suspension and Chassis
Fox seems to be the go to brand when it comes to high end builds these days and the Scott Genius is no different. With a Fox 36 fit 4, 29” this is a burly fork for a lightweight bike but it really fits in here with no trouble at all.
At the rear the Virtual 4 Link design Horst Link rear suspension layout with Flip Chip geo-adjust is driving a Fox Nude rear damper offering 150mm travel. Scott has the twin lock setup on front and rear. The rear damper really has one of the cleanest lockout setups on the market, with the cable being virtually invisible going straight into the frame below.
Frame Material Details : Full carbon frame with carbon swingarm and internal cable routing Rear Travel 150mm Rear Shock : FOX Nude EVOL Trunnion, DPS, Kashima, Scott custom with travel/geometry adjust, 185x55mm. 3 modes: lockout / traction control / descend. Travel: lockout / 110mm / 150mm Fork : FOX 36 Float Factory Air, Kashima, FIT4, 3 modes with low speed adjust, 15x110mm QR axle, reboud adjust, lockout, 150mm travel Handlebar : Syncros Hixon iC SL Carbon (integrated handlebar/stem), 12mm rise, 9°, 760mm width, Garmin mount Grips : Syncros Pro Lock-On Brakes : SRAM Guide RSC Disc, 180mm Centerline CLX rotors front and rear Brake Levers SRAM Guide RSC Shifters and Derailleur : SRAM X01 Eagle 12 speed Cranks : SRAM X01 carbon Eagle FXP Boost, QF 168
Cassette : SRAM X01/XG1295, 10-50 tooth Wheelset : DT Swiss M1825 Spline CL wheelset, 30mm, tubeless ready, 28 hole Tires : Maxxis Rekon 2.6"x29",EXO , TR, 3C Saddle : Syncros XM1.5, titanium rails Seatpost : FOX Transfer dropper remote, Kashima, S: 100mm, M, 125mm, L/XL: 150mm
This bike is not messing. The new Genius is as nice to ride as it is to look at. For the first time in a long time it was almost as nice to pedal up as it was to go down after. With the Traction Control setting on the rear damper, the now 110mm travel bike makes for effortless work when going up those climbs. Pop it back to descend mode and you get the full 150mm and a nice bottomless feel to the damper too.
This is such an easy bike to get on with, even on the 2.6 Maxxis rubber that, from first looks, has no tread on it what so ever, but somehow finds traction. When it comes to some fast corners or technical descents, the Genius makes light work of picking the bike up when it's needed.
After taking the Scott to some of Wales finest steep tech, it was clear to see that the geometry is bang on. With the bike set in low, it weighs in with a 340mm bottom bracket height and 65 degree head angle. The numbers may not be out there or revolutionary, but the bike just feels safe, fast and playful. This is a great combo.
The lack of fatigue on these long rides is also impressive. With the ability to reduce travel there is little waste in energy. The well designed stiffness/flex balance keeps the energy usage on the descents low.
Now there are a few downsides to even the best of things and the Genius is no different.
The cable setup really did come across untidy and a bit of a rabbit warren when looking at the front of the bike. It looked like 'TV cable tidy' wrapping the hoses together. This could have been done so much better with some heat-shrink which would have given an appearance to match the price tag.
Keeping near the cockpit is the issue with the 'all in one' bar. After giving the setup a good chance I felt that there was not enough width or the correct roll on the Syncros bar/stem combo. After fitting some wide bars and a short stem all was good. I did feel that the bar could do with being wider and cut down if needed as you can not add on width.
Last is the paint durability. The rear stays and downtube chipped up quickly, even after a few months use, it looked well ridden.
This bike really is a beast. We loved the time that it was in our hands. Lightweight, robust and super fast. It may be expensive, but with a super build and quality feel to the construction, you can see that the time has been spent where needed to on this bike. With some cleverly placed protection to stop the paint chips and an hour of cable tidying with some heat shrink this will be something to behold. This bike sits in the ranks of the Orbea Rallon for me as my top enduro/trail bikes on the market.
WORDS - Ieuan Williams
PHOTOS - Ieuan Williams