Genius 900 SL reviewed by BikeRadar

16 October 2012

The SCOTT Genius 900 SL was reviewed by BikeRadar. Here is what the editors wrote: "The level of detail in the new frame is impressive – the way the small details combine creates a fantastic overall bike. There are new multi-fit dropouts, a new shock and linkage, new frame, new geometry – even the cable-mounting system on the down tube is original. The redesign was driven by the classic engineering axiom of ‘lighter but stiffer’. To achieve this goal, all the key front triangle joints have been supersized, and the new head tube has a much larger cross-section, eliminating the need to insert an additional headset cup and smoothing the top tube and down tube to head tube joints. (...)

Both the Genius 700 and 900 have almost identical cockpit sizing, so hop on the 650b or the 29er and the bar height, reach and stack will be the same. That’s impressive when you consider the wheel size difference. (...)

The Genius 900 does feel like a 29er, and in this case that’s a good thing – its super stable, as you’d imagine a bike with big travel and big wheels to be. It really enables you to truck through rough sections that would have you stalling and falling on smaller wheels. Even with the lightweight carbon rims, though, the extra weight in the hoops makes itself know on steeper climbs, especially if you’ve got tired legs. You need to change your riding style to match the wheels, but once in sync the bike flows through tight singletrack with aplomb. (...)

Which bike is better, the Genius 700 or 900? Well, that’s down to the rider and trail to decide. The 27.5in-wheel 700 offers a slight edge over the 29er for ultra-aggressive riders on super-technical trails. This paints an unfair picture of the 900, though – it’s still a trail weapon. It’s more of an axe than a sword. In the right hands, either bike will lay waste to tough sections of trail. We didn’t miss 26in wheels."

Find the full article here: BikeRadar.com

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