The New Scott Genius | GMBN’s First Ride

The New Scott Genius | GMBN’s First Ride


– The Scott Genius started life in 2003 when legendary cross country
racer, Thomas Frischknecht, rode one to victory at the Marathon Cross Country World Champs. That really made a
statement back in those days when full suspension bikes
were thought too inefficient to win those sorts of races. And that really set the
scene for this bike. It’s always been versatile. This is the brand new Scott Genius. (upbeat hip hop) So this is the fully redesigned Genius. You see some of the
features it has in common with the Spark, that was
also redesigned last year. Most obviously, that we
actually lay out the frame The old Genius had the shock
mounted to the top tube and actually the link is fit the other way and the shock comes down to the bottom. This is a 150 mil travel
trial bike, so it puts it right in the middle of
that all-mountain category. But what about wheel size, I hear you ask. Well, the Genius is designed
to use both 27.5 and 29. Got 27.5 in it at the moment. All you need to do is flip
the link that’s on the shock when it comes to swapping the wheels. No need to change the fork. And what that does, it
keeps the bottom bracket a very similar height, which
is crucial for making sure that bike ride characteristics are almost the same between 27.5 and 29. In 27.5 inch wheels, you
have the tyre choices of 2.5 up to 2.8, and then a 29er is 2.4 to 2.6. So it definitely gives
you a lot of choice. Let’s try and set that bike up for you and the trails you ride. We’re here in the Aosta Valley in Italy, really steep aggressive trails. I fancy the 27.5s, so
I’ll stick these back in, and take it for a spin. (upbeat electronic music) So how well does a 150 mil
travel bike actually climb? Well lucky that’s where
Scott help you out here with this twin lock lever. With one push it goes from 150 mil to 110. Another push, it goes to full lockout. The best thing about
that 110 mil mode is it keeps the bottom bracket up,
yes, you got less travel, it also stiffens up the spring
rate, so the BB’s higher, clear the pedals a bit easier. And also keeps you in that better, more poised climbing position. That twin lock lever takes
advantage of this FOX nude shock that is exclusive to Scott bikes. When you get to the top of
the hill, click it fully open, 150 mil travel, drop the
post, and away you go. (high energy electronic music) Okay, so what else is
new about the Genius? Well, the geometry’s been
changed, it’s longer, it’s slacker, it’s got
a steeper seat angle, it’s also got shorter change stays. So that angle’s coming it at 65 degrees, chain stays in I436 millimetres. The Genius is boost, as you’d imagine now, so it’s 148 spacing on
the rear, 110 up front. And it’s also the lightest 150 mil travel trail bike on the market. So how’s Scott done that? Well, it’s an awful lot
of work that’s gone into this carbon fibre lay up,
using computer software, but also things I
learned from the redesign of the Spark last year. So mostly the shock mainstay
here, it’s that big bulky area anywhere down by the
bottom bracket, so it’s nice and strong, and they
can then save some weight, where the shock meets
the main on my top tube, and I don’t need as much
carbon fibre up there, so it’s offered in
compliance where needed, and also stiffness where it’s needed. (upbeat electronic music) So there you go, there’s the first look at the brand new redesigned Scott Genius. You may have noticed
some other really cool features about this. Check out that Synchros
Hixon iC bar and stem. That’s integrated cockpit, it’s one piece, carbon fibre bar and stem, something I’ve not seen before in a mountain bike. It’s equivalent to the 40
mil stem, which is very nice. And that’s 290 grammes, so super light. A couple other nice touches
like this built in bumper down there, to stop
those rocks flicking up and damaging your frame. Also gives you space inside
that frame to put any Di2 componentry, like your battery
or any boxes like that. Another nice touch is
Synchros front fender that mounts on your FOX 34 or 36. If you want to see more
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up there for a how-to with the Scott pro, Andrew Neethling, how to pick race lines. Down there for more Scott
bikes, that’s hardtail versus full suspension cross country. Give us a thumbs up if you like the look of the brand new Scott Genius.