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20/06/2017 09:32:58

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Introducing the New 2018 Scott Genius

2018 Scott Genius

The Genius has been a longstanding staple in Scott’s range of mountain bikes for many years now. Having always been the result of a focus on innovation, technology and design, the Genius has evolved over the years in order to be able to tame anything that comes its way. With the latest iteration of our all mountain trail bike, one concept formed the backbone of the development process.

 

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What comes down, must first go up. This has always been the premise of the Genius, it truly is the perfect MTB for every trail it encounters. Steep rooty climbs? No problem. Fast, flowy single track? Yes please. 2000m long descents in the alps? Music to our ears. With the Genius, no matter the trail, no matter the conditions, no matter the rider, it is always the right tool for the job.

Wheelsize

With the new Genius, Scott have wanted to make sure that versatility was still achieved. Unlike much of the competition, the new Genius can switch from 27.5" to 29" wheels with nothing more than the flip of a chip. No need to change the fork, all you need to do is flip a shock mount chip, change your wheels and off you go. The flip chip allows us to maintain a similar BB height when switching from one wheel size to the other which is key to keeping handling similar for both wheel sizes.

With 27.5" wheels, you can run either 2.5", 2.6" or 2.8" tires. For the 29er, anywhere from 2.4"-2.6" is good to go. The Genius has always been a bike for everyone. Now, more so than ever this rings true. One frame, a multitude of options.

Twinloc

Imagine having the perfect bike waiting for you at the beginning of every section of trail. Scott’s all new Genius was developed as a system with this concept in mind. A SCOTT-exclusive TwinLoc Suspension System allowed them to create a bike that climbs effortlessly and efficiently, yet slays on the way down.

Twinloc

With TwinLoc, a rider can effectively control the complete frame, fork, and shock as a system. Why does this matter? A bike with 150mm of suspension travel, correctly set up, has more sag than a bike with 130mm. It’s that extra travel that makes it more fun to ride and more capable on the descents, but the greater sag has an oversized effect on the bike’s geometry and climbing performance.

That’s where TwinLoc matters. TwinLoc helps manage the sag effect in several ways. Whereas most systems only increase low-speed compression in an effort to gain pedaling efficiency, TwinLoc allows the rider to not only change compression damping, but also to change the spring curve, dynamically altering the geometry of the bike.

Suspension System

Using Scott’s virtual four link design, they have honed their suspension feel, pedaling and braking response to work with maximum efficiency and in harmony with their TwinLoc Suspension System. Their kinematic suspension curve gives supple small bump sensitivity and therefore exceptional traction characteristics, perfect support in the mid-stroke and a controlled deep stroke for predictable and comfortable bottom outs.

Specific pivot placements ensures efficient pedaling that drives the bike forwards like a startled greyhound and neutral braking that strikes a perfect balance between rider comfort and control, chassis stability and rear wheel traction. From the XC racer, to the downhill enthusiast, the new Genius kinematic brings improvements and advantages in all areas and gives a solid fundamental basis for a bike for all riders and all conditions.