The 900/700 HMF carbon-fiber Scott Genius takes all the innovation found in the HMX Genius and applies a rather lower-grade HMF carbon-fiber to the task. Same performance, with a large cost savings, a solid improvement in frame durability, and a small increase in weight. The 29er version possesses 130mm of front-and-rear shuttle, whilst the 27.5 version has 150mm. The idea is this bike can do anything from racing to trail to enduro. The main thing to come to a decision between is if you need the bike to rather favor agility and acceleration or momentum and rollover. If the former, pull for the 27.5”, if the latter, the 29er.
The Genius’ smarts has to do with how the design provides you with a bike that can ride like a long-shuttle cross-country bike, but still maintain big hits and rough stuff. First the geometry mates an aggressive seat angle to short-ish chainstays and a slack head angle. The geometry will also be tuned by means of the adjustable chip at the top of the suspension linkage. Raise or lower the bottom bracket by 7mm and move the head angle forward or back by .5 degrees. The wide BB92 bottom bracket allows for a massive carbon juncture, which contributes to lateral stiffness in two ways. First, the downtube will also be super-wide, limiting flex there. Second, the chainstay pivot could also be as wide as conceivable, limiting flex and wear there. Up front, the tapered 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” head tube provides lateral stiffness to limit the fork tracking itself.
In terms of keep an eye on and manners, Scott mounts a TwinLoc lever to the bike, and pairs it with both the fork and the shock. The shock itself is a collaboration between Scott and Fox. The Nude DPS shock was once designed to work with Scott suspension. But even so the custom valving, the TwinLoc activates a three position damper which is: descend, traction-keep an eye on, and lockout (or open, controlled, mountain climbing). The fork is a Fox 34 Glide, which, together with the FIT4 damper, also offers three on-the-fly adjusting modes. With the smart tuning and on-the-fly adjustments, the bike is able to tackle anything you’ll point the bike over.
And when you need to go further, you’ve got the dropper post. The cable runs internally and hooks up to a lever at the right side of the bars. Your fingers are your minions as they fine-tune the ride as you’re pedaling. No wish to stop until you’re back home.
The frame and bike come setup for thru-axles and 180mm rotors, though in both cases, thanks to design flexibility, like Scott’s IDS-SL interchangeable dropouts, you’ll switch from the usual 142x12mm to 135 thru-axles, or even quick-releases.
The Scott Genius 900/700 HMF Carbon has the trail mastered. You supply the movement and reap the grins.
Bottom Bracket Shimano SM-BB71-41A, Shell 41x92mm