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2013 Scott Genius 900 Review

Ok, if you haven’t figured it out by now, we are extremely excited about the 2013 Scott bikes.   Here’s just another review, this time of the Scott Genius 900 series from Bike Radar.  We are carrying the 2013 Scott Genius 920 and 940. You can see all our 2013 Scott’s here.

Genius 900 is an Absolute Masterpiece

Scott developed two new Genius trail bike platforms alongside each other, abandoning 26in wheels in favour of 150mm travel 650b/27.5in wheel 700 bikes and the 130mm travel, 29in wheel 900 family. We were lucky enough to leave big dust trails all over the Las Vegas desert at the Interbike trade show on the flagship 900 SL.

The race bike weight translates into similarly race bike-style acceleration. There’s still an element of the van rather than car-style lag that typifies 29ers’ typical responses to the first few crank strokes. The lightweight wheel/tyre combo and serious head tube to rear dropout stiffness means this is the sort of modded, massive horsepower dragster van you see in YouTube clips, not your average Transit.

We had no trouble blasting it up to speed time and time again for photos, and whether we’re hitting rock piles or drifting dust trails through climbing corners the Genius just felt great under power. The ability to choke down the shock and fork to a firmer or locked setting at the push of a lever became an addictive advantage to getting every last bit of speed out of short sprint or smooth climb sections.

The rare combination of really light weight and precision placement also makes the Scott easy to put exactly where you want it. It’ll respond instantly to properly dynamic flick and lift, pre-jump or hip inputs that heavier 29ers normally need written notice for.
While there’s a fair amount of flex in the wheels and the extended mix front fork, the low slung geometry option keeps your feet firmly planted enough to push the hard inside line and let the bike slide its way into sync on the exit.

Scott have been one of the leading composite frame creators since introducing their distinctive E-Stay Endorphin frame in the mid-Nineties. The company have elevated the art of layering and joining carbon sheets to give maximum strength for minimum weight in its IMP frames to a level that few others can get close to. So, while the claimed weight for the 130mm travel 900 frame and shock might seem implausibly low at 2,290g (5.04lb), experience tells us it’s likely to be absolutely accurate. The Genius-specific DT Swiss Nude shock is mounted on rose joints to reduce potentially damaging side loading.

The short 190mm can is further subdivided into two separate air chambers that can be opened sequentially via the handlebar-mounted Twinloc remote lever to give 90 or 130mm of travel or a complete lockout. The rear shock bolt screws into a reversible chip on the swing link that changes bottom bracket height by 7mm and head angle by half a degree.

The dropped seatstay bridge means there’s ample room even with a chunky tyre and the post-style brake dropouts make for easy alignment. The IDS SL rear dropouts can be swapped from the 142x12mm thru-axle to 135x12mm or 135x10mm options should you want to. The almost entirely carbon frame is backed up by a similarly carbon rich, cost-no-object spec, including a lot of gear from Scott-acquired component brand Syncros. This includes lightweight carbon rims, carbon railed saddle, a cockpit lowering but relatively narrow flat bar and a welcome short carbon wrapped stem. The SRAM 2×10 crank arms are also carbon, as are the rear mech cage and brake levers.

While the remote control shock certainly divides opinion, there’s no doubt that the Genius 900 frame is an absolute masterpiece, with properly outstanding handling, stiffness, weight and attention to feature detail. The kit package that Scott have put together is even better than it looks at first, providing a suitably superlative performance to suit this genuine XC/fast trail super bike. Click to read the full review on

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