Genius 900Genius 700
Let's face it, trails have evolved. No matter what trail you ride, you want a bicycle that can handle anything, and do it well. Whether it's that epic singletrack that you look forward to riding over and over, or that tough uphill that leads to a fun or demanding descent. That was the spirit of the very first mountain bikes and that's what this evolution of the trail bike represents; one bike to rule it all. The Genius is full-suspension chassis that's designed to handle Any Trail, Anytime. It is the most capable trail bike ever produced and offered in two unique forms. The Genius 900 has 130mm of travel and all the benefits the 29" wheel has to offer without the negative effects that forcing too much travel onto the wheel size incurs. The Genius 700 utilizes an entirely new wheel standard that is positioned nearly between 26" and 29". The 27.5" tire/wheel combination offers the benefit of improved roll over trail obstacles and increased traction, like 29", but without travel limitations. Because of this we can offer it in 150mm.
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10 years of trail bike innovation10 years of trail bike innovation

10 Years ago, SCOTT conceived the Genius, the first "Do-it-All" super-lightweight carbon trail bike. From inception, it was developed for the trail rider who desires a bike that possesses proficient uphill performance while remaining capable on demanding technical trails and descents. The Genius shock produces three unique modes - Lockout, Traction and Full travel. SCOTT's invention of TracLoc in 2004 transformed trail riding in that it made the rider think carefully about the bikes attitude and the efficiencies offered when three unique modes are available right at your fingertips to control the rear shock. Then with TwinLoc we added front suspension into the mix giving the rider full control of the shock and fork with one switch. Often imitated, there is no substitution for the total control TwinLoc offers. Today's mountain biker has evolved, and so has SCOTT's approach. Our engineers have totally re-invented the Genius, and the new 700 (27.5") and 900 (29") series of Genius take Trail Riding to the next level. It's been 10 years since the first stroke of Genius, it's about time we change the game, again.
10 Years ago, SCOTT conceived the Genius, the first Do-it-All super-lightweight carbon trail bike.
more Travel to wheel size optimization
more Nude2 compression style shock with DAS
more TwinLoc- One Lever, Total Control of the Shock and Fork
more Improved Linkage and
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Travel to Wheel Size Optimization

Wheel size and travel are chosen in combination while respecting our geometry targets. By offering two wheel options on the new Genius we are optimizing the advantages of the bigger wheels relative to the desired travel. The 27.5" wheels offer improved traction and rollover effects when compared to 26" and can still be engineered with longer travel. The 29" wheeled version offers the maximum amount of travel without compromising geometry and performance. One of the biggest factors affecting performance is the bike's BB offset so we've designed two models that have reasonable offset relative to their wheels size. It's truly Genius.

Wheel Size

Nude2 compression style shock
with DAS (Dual Air Spring)

Dual Air Spring is the system used by SCOTT to attain two unique spring curves for TwinLoc and LTD (Lock-Trail-Descend) equipped bikes. Either a single air chamber or a combination of the two chambers allows for two unique geometry and travel modes within TwinLoc. When a smaller single chamber is used, there is less air volume and therefore the travel is shorter and the bike is less sagged, offering a steeper more agile bike geometry. When both chambers are employed, the air volume is increased allowing the bike to sag into a slacker position with more negative travel and more available travel at an engineered spring curve specifically for the full travel mode.

The Nude2 shock is also considerably lighter than the Equalizer2 shock and the mounting position is more protected. Set-up is also easier due to a single positive air valve and more visible sag indication. Changing the shock mounting position also allowed us to run a steeper Seat Tube angle thus allowing riders who enjoy a more compact frame to run a longer post without affecting the relative Top Tube length.

TwinLoc- One Lever,
Total Control of the Shock
and Fork

SCOTT's patented TwinLoc System has evolved beyond just Lockout. The Genius now offers unique suspension settings for all three modes on both the shock AND the fork simultaneously. Choose between Lockout, Traction mode and Full mode options via handlebar-mounted TwinLoc switch, perfect for Climbing, Riding and Descending. The previous Genius only offered air spring volume adjustments.

TwinLoc System

Improved Linkage
and OS Pivots

The Genius benefits from the knowledge acquired during the Spark re-design and features a new forged linkage that is more capable of managing the loads on it as well as sleek and tucked into the frame design. All of the pivot bearings are now oversize and wider, producing a frame that's more laterally stiff. A bridge has been placed in the Seat Stays to improve performance as well.

OS Pivots

IMP Frame

The Genius mainframe is now moulded as a single piece with IMP. A tapered Head Tube and PF BB further reduce weight while increasing performance. The Seat Post is now 31.6mm while the cables are internally routed. The dropouts are IDS-SL so you can choose between 3 different rear axle standards easily while saving additional weight. The rear brake integrated direct mount saves weight and hassle.

Genius IMP Frame
 

Two different bikes with the same geometryTwo different bikes with the same geometry

Optimized geometry
The graphic below compares the geometries of the New Genius 700 (green) and 900 (blue). It reveals that the geometries are almost identical in spite of their differing wheel sizes. Because the bottom bracket drops as wheel sizes increases, the BB axle migrates further below the wheel axles for a low slung feel. With the new Genius, riders will therefore enjoy a more 'in-the-bike' experience than ever before and reap the rewards of improved handling and stability. The Genius 700 and 900 are the only bikes in the trail bike segment which offer adjustable geometry. By changing the shock mount chip, BB height increases 6 mm and steepens the head tube angle 0.4°, while handle bar position remains unchanged.
Graphic compares the geometries of the New Genius 700 and 900

 

Genius 700, Travel 150mm, Wheels 27.5''
Genius 900, Travel 130mm, Wheels 29''
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Genius picture: Single track in the forest

Wheel size technologyWhell size technology

With three wheel sizes to choose from it's best to find the size that suits your needs rather than becoming hung up on a diameter. Once you've chosen type of bike you want, look at the geometry to be ensure the fit works for you while the travel suits your riding style. Bigger can be better, but only until the travel reaches a certain measure. See the research below. Improved roll-over effect is the most prolific attribute when it comes to 29er wheels. The big wheels are great for rolling over nasty roots and rocky sections, essentially making it easier to ride these conditions. Improved traction is also a key factor with the increased wheel diameter compared to 26" wheel's as tire contact to the ground is larger. When discussing the pros and cons of the big wheeled bikes, shorter riders find themselves in an ambivalent situation; they want to benefit from the 29" wheels, but suffer from the negative effects when fit is considered. Additionally, the increase in rotational weight challenges many lower watt-producing riders, so the performance gains are negated when the rider cannot accelerate the wheel system as quickly.

SCOTT research: Comparisons of three wheel sizesSCOTT research: Comparisons of three wheel sizes


ACCELERATION

Diameter and rotating mass directly influence the acceleration of a wheel. The 29'' wheel has both the largest diameter and the most rotating mass, and therefore takes the most energy and time to accelerate. The 26'' wheel accelerates fastest, and the 27.5'' wheel falls in between.


ANGLE OF ATTACK

Increased wheel size decreases the angle of attack. That means bigger wheels make obstacles seem smaller.

WEIGHT
The overall weight of the 27.5" wheel is only 5% (+ 140g ) more than a 26" wheel, compared to 11% (+ 430g) more weight for the 29" wheel. Calculation is made on the same type of wheels set front and rear, tires and inner tubes. Based weight for 26'' is 2450g
IMPROVED ROLLOVER
A larger wheel rolls over objects with greater ease due its increased diameter. The wheel literally spans a greater distance without being impeded. So you stay rolling over rough stuff and maintain your speed through the corners.

MORE TRACTION

The larger contact patch of a bigger wheel better connects the rider to the trail and provides improved traction over smaller wheels. This means more control and better braking.


MOMENTUM

Larger wheels carry momentum better than smaller wheels. This means you continue to roll through technical sections without being hung up on objects and slowed down.


TRAVEL RANGE

There are currently more and longer suspension travel options available for 26" and 27.5" wheels than for 29" wheels. 29ers are still limited to designs that offer less than 130mm of travel in order to keep the cockpit height at the right geometry.

  • Acceleration
  • Angle of attack
  • weight
  • Improved rollover
  • More traction
  • Momentum
  • Travel range

Genius picture: single track in the forest

Frame technology. SCOTT - the carbon expeertsFrame technology. SCOTT - the carbon expeerts

SCOTT has always been a leader in Carbon frame technology, going way back to the Endorphin in (1992) which was one of the first Mountain Bikes made completely of carbon fiber. In 2003 SCOTT Engineers revolutionized frame construction with the CR1 Process. This was procedure of creating individual tubes with the layers completely managed in order to avoid wrinkles and gaps between the layers, as well as mitering the joints and Carbon Welding them.
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Hightlights for the new genius framesHightlights for the new genius frames

Molded Oversize Bottom Bracket
Molded Oversize Bottom Bracket

The PF BB 92 bottom bracket is molded using our IMP technique. Because its shape is optimized to manage the main pivot load and seamlessly interface with the down tube it offers much higher lateral stiffness so that riders' pedal input is efficiently transferred into torque.

Forged Mono 'U' Link w/ Geometry Adjustment
Forged Mono 'U' Link
w/ Geometry Adjustment

The newly designed Mono Link is low profile and able to handle the loads of a harder hitting Trail Bike. The link is more solid than the one used on the Spark with an additional bridge incorporated in the design while the bearings have been moved outboard into the seat stay to widen and stiffen the link. The link also features adjustable geometry by way of a shock mount chip. Simply flip the chip to either mounting position to affect the bottom bracket height and head tube angle by 6mm 0.4 degrees respectively. The Genius is the only Trail Bike on the market that offers this feature.

IDS -SL Dropouts (Interchangeable Dropout System-Super Light)
IDS -SL Dropouts
(Interchangeable Dropout System-Super Light)

Interchangeable and lightweight, the IDS-SL dropout system works with 142x12mm, 135x12mm and 135x10mm QR rear axle standards. Shred the turns more aggressively and with enhanced control, because the rear end is laterally stiff.

Tapered Head Tube
Tapered Head Tube

The Genius features a tapered head tube for a seamless joint to the oversized down tube. This increases stiffness, safety, durability, and control.

Oversize pivots
Oversize pivots

Increasing the pivot diameter better manages loads, and in turn increases the lateral stiffness of the frame. Because of this, we've upgraded the pivot axle sizes to match those used on all of our current suspension bikes.

Direct Post Mount
Direct Post Mount

We've saved even more weight by eliminating bulky brake hardware for mounting the rear caliper and integrated a direct post mount to the chain stay. This mounting position also decreases the load the brakes apply to the swingarm parts.

Internal Cable Routing
Internal Cable Routing

Routing the cables internally saves weight by omitting bulky hardware and looks cleaner. The cables can endure a longer lifetime as they are hidden from view and protected within the frame.

Chainblocker and ISCG Mounts
Chainblocker and ISCG Mounts

The chainblocker plate protects the frame from "chainsuck" by blocking it from falling off the inner ring and damaging the frame. The system is compatible with 3x and 2x front drives. An optional ISCG adaptor allows riders to run a chain device for single or 2x chain set and is removable to leave a clean, light mainframe when not in use.

  • Molded Oversize Bottom Bracket
  • Forged Mono 'U' Link w/ Geometry Adjustment
  • IDS -SL Dropouts (Interchangeable Dropout System-Super Light)
  • Tapered Head Tube
  • Oversize pivots
  • Direct Post Mount
  • Internal Cable Routing
  • Chainblocker and ISCG Mounts

Suspension technology. The move from full shock to standard compression shockSuspension technology. The move from full shock to standard compression shock

TwinLocTwinLoc

The patented TwinLoc system is found on the all of our full suspension mountain bikes. TwinLoc now features Traction mode on both shock and fork so you can choose between Lockout, Traction mode and Full mode options via handlebar-mounted switch. This is perfect for Climbing, Riding and Descending. With One Lever you have Total Control of the shock and fork simultaneously.

There are two types of suspension managementThere are two types of suspension management

LTD

LTD is only available on SCOTT bicycles equipped with our DAS (Dual Air Spring) suspension technology. This unique suspension design allows for a static Lockout, available via our TwinLoc switch on the handlebars. It also offers "Traction" mode. This mode offers a unique geometry and travel adjustment because of the air volume adjustment via DAS. This differs from a 'Platform' that does not allow for a unique travel setting and spring rate. Descend mode is another unique travel and geometry setting for the bike adjoined by the full travel the bike offers.

LRD

LRD continues to use the TwinLoc switch, but the 'Ride' mode is a platform only and does not offer a geometry adjustment or a travel setting. You still get three settings, but not three unique bike characteristics. LRD is offered on models equipped with aftermarket suspension, like FOX.

Nude2 rear shockNude2 rear shock

The second evolution of our Nude rear shock gains performance and technology while remaining lightweight. It works exclusively with our patented TwinLoc system and comes stock on both 27" and 29" versions. The Nude2 is a completely new shock with an improved air spring and damping system. The shock possesses a more progressive damping curve and mode sensitive damping than its predecessor. This means that both travel modes have separate damper settings relative to their travel length and effective forces. When collecting data for the Genius project, we also calculated rider input data, including forces such as the rider's gyro-scoping pedal stroke and its' effects on the suspension. We simulated a rider's pedaling and jerky motions made while pedaling or clearing obstacles, and measured their influence on the suspension. Many other designs assume that a rider is static and coasting, or they only include acceleration forces on the suspension and drivetrain. We are more concentrated on suspending the movement of the rider instead of negating pedaling forces.
 

Front suspensionFront suspension

We worked with our suspension partners, both FOX and RockShox, to build forks with damping that matched our rear shocks. All Genius 700 and 900 series bikes offer mode sensitive damping front and rear and work with our TwinLoc switch.

How does this affect your riding ?

This graph shows SCOTT Swisspower athlete Thomas Frischknecht repeating the same flat trail section in all three modes with maximum power. In Traction mode the rider accelerates nearly as fast as in lockout mode. Traction offers an excellent balance between efficiency and suspension performance.

Suspension graph

Models. The full rangeModels. The full range

SCOTT Genius 700 seriesSCOTT Genius 700 series

SCOTT Genius 700 SL
Genius 700 SL

The all new Genius 700 SL features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 27.5" (650b) wheels. The HMX carbon frame is offered in 150mm travel and Super Light (SL) component spec. This is THE ultimate Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 27.5 Carbon HMX
FORK FOX 34 Talas 650b Factory,
3 modes, 150-120-Lockout
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 150-100-Lockout
GROUP SRAM XX / XO
BRAKES Avid XO
PARTS Syncros TR 1.0
WHEELS Syncros TR 1.0 Carbon 27.5"
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SCOTT Genius 710
Genius 710

The all new Genius 710 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 27.5" (650b) wheels. The HMF carbon frame is offered in 150mm travel and high end component spec. This is THE ultimate Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 27.5 Carbon HMF
FORK FOX 34 Talas 650b Factory,
3 modes, 150-120-Lockout
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 150-100-Lockout
GROUP Shimano XT
BRAKES Shimano XT
PARTS Syncros TR 1.5
WHEELS Syncros TR 2.0 27.5"
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SCOTT Genius 720
Genius 720

The all new Genius 720 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 27.5" (650b) wheels. The HMF carbon frame is offered in 150mm travel and mid to high end component spec. This is THE ultimate Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 27.5 Carbon HMF
FORK FOX 34 Talas 650b Evolution,
3 modes, 150-120-Lockout
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 150-100-Lockout
GROUP Shimano XT / SLX
BRAKES Shimano SLX
PARTS Syncros 1.5 Serie
WHEELS Syncros TR 2.5 27.5"
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SCOTT Genius 730
Genius 730

The all new Genius 730 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 27.5" (650b) wheels. The 6061 alloy frame is offered in 150mm travel and mid to high end component spec. This is THE ultimate Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 27.5 Alloy 6061
FORK FOX 34 Talas 650b Evolution,
3 modes, 150-120-Lockout
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 150-100-Lockout
GROUP Shimano XT /SLX
BRAKES Shimano SLX
PARTS Syncros 1.5/ 2.0 Serie
WHEELS Syncros XC-55 27.5"
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SCOTT Genius 740
Genius 740

The all new Genius 740 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 27.5" (650b) wheels. The 6061 alloy frame is offered in 150mm travel and mid level component spec. This is THE ultimate Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 27.5 Alloy 6061
FORK FOX 34 Talas 650b Evolution,
3 modes, 150-120-Lockout
SHOCK SCOTT DT M3,
3 modes, 150- Lockout
GROUP Shimano XT / SLX
BRAKES Shimano
PARTS Syncros 2.0 Serie
WHEELS Syncros XC-55 650b
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  • SCOTT Genius 700 SL
  • SCOTT Genius 710
  • SCOTT Genius 720
  • SCOTT Genius 730
  • SCOTT Genius 740





SCOTT Genius 900 seriesSCOTT Genius 900 series

SCOTT Genius 900 SL
Genius 900 SL

The all new Genius 900 SL features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 29" wheels. The HMX carbon frame is offered in 130mm travel and Super Light (SL) component spec. This is THE ultimate Big Wheeled Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 29 Carbon HMX
FORK FOX 32 Float Factory,
3 modes
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 130-90-0 mm
GROUP SRAM XX / XO
BRAKES Avid XO
PARTS Syncros TR 1.0
WHEELS Syncros TR 1.0 Carbon 29"
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SCOTT Genius 910
Genius 910

The all new Genius 910 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 29" wheels. The HMF carbon frame is offered in 130mm travel and high end component spec. This is THE ultimate Big Wheeled Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 29 Carbon HMF
FORK FOX 32 Float Factory,
3 modes, 130-90-0 mm
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 130-90-Lockout
GROUP Shimano XT
BRAKES Shimano XT
PARTS Syncros TR 1.5
WHEELS Syncros TR 2.0 29"
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SCOTT Genius 920
Genius 920

The all new Genius 920 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 29" wheels. The HMF carbon frame is offered in 130mm travel and high end component spec. This is THE ultimate Big Wheeled Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 29 Carbon HMF
FORK FOX 32 Float Evolution
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 130-90-Lockout
GROUP Shimano XT / SLX
BRAKES Shimano SLX
PARTS Syncros 1.5 Serie
WHEELS Syncros TR 2.5 29"
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SCOTT Genius 930
Genius 930

The all new Genius 930 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 29" wheels. The 6061 alloy frame is offered in 150mm travel and high end component spec. This is THE ultimate Big Wheeled Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 29 Alloy 6061
FORK FOX 32 Float Evolution,
3 modes, 130-90-0 mm
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes
GROUP Shimano XT /SLX
BRAKES Shimano SLX
PARTS Syncros 1.5/ 2.0 Serie
WHEELS Syncros XC-49 29"
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SCOTT Genius 940
Genius 940

The all new Genius 940 features a totally re-designed frame optimized for 29" wheels. The 6061 alloy frame is offered in 130mm travel and high end component spec. This is THE ultimate Big Wheeled Trail bike.

FRAME Genius 29 Alloy 6061
FORK FOX 32 Float Evolution
SHOCK SCOTT DT Nude2,
3 modes, 130-90-Lockout
GROUP Shimano XT / SLX
BRAKES Shimano
PARTS Syncros 2.0 Serie
WHEELS Syncros XC-49 29"
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  • SCOTT Genius 900 SL
  • SCOTT Genius 910
  • SCOTT Genius 920
  • SCOTT Genius 930
  • SCOTT Genius 940

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