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Birth of SCOTT

Revolution of ski poles


The Birth of SCOTT and the Revolution of Ski Poles

The sport of skiing was revolutionized with a technical innovation from Ed Scott, a talented engineer and ski racer living in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ed Scott's invention of the first tapered aluminium ski pole immediately replaced the sport's existing use of bamboo and steel. That revolutionary invention launched a new brand, SCOTT, and fundamentally positioned Scott as a technical product leader in the skiing market. Ed Scott's initial vision of technical innovation would serve as the cornerstone company philosophy as the brand matured and expanded to new markets.

Motocross Market Entry

In 1970, Scott entered the motocross goggle market with the first ever motocross specific goggle and later introduced motocross boots, grips and accessories.

Lightest Ski Boot and First Foam Ventilated Goggle

In 1971, the Company produced the world's lightest ski boot and introduced one of the first ski goggles utilizing foam ventilation.

European Headquarters

In 1978, the Company opened its European headquarters in Givisiez near Fribourg.

Most Sophisticated Ski Pole Factory and First Mountain Bike

In 1986, the Company opened the world's most sophisticated ski pole factory in Italy and became the global leader in ski pole production. That same year, it introduced its first mountain bike.

1st Aero Bar


First Aero Bar

In 1989, SCOTT introduced one of the most significant product innovations in the history of cycling - the aerodynamic handlebar. The handlebar was strategically utilized by American Greg Lemond in his 1989 Tour de France win.

Unishock Suspension

In 1991, the Company entered into the production of mountain bike suspension with Unishock.

1st Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes


First Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes

In 1992, SCOTT shipped its first full-suspension mountain bikes and later introduced cycling shoes and helmets.

Expansion Financing through an External Investor

To fund its acquisition strategy, the Company sold 55% of its shares to Zell Chillmark Chicago’s Investment Fund.


In 1994, a winter sport glove line was introduced.

Outerwear and Skis

In 1997, the Company introduced a technical winter sport apparel line. One year later, it was producing skis.

G-Zero: the Lightest Full-Suspension Bike Worldwide


G-Zero: the Lightest Full-Suspension Bike Worldwide

SCOTT presented the lightest full-suspension mountain bike worldwide. The name "G-Zero" became a milestone in the development of the bike industry.

Management Buy-Out

Beat Zaugg, Tom Stendhal (Group Chairman) and Scott's management bought back the Group from Zell through a management buy-out.

Ski Accessory Innovations

The Group rolled out a global launch of patented goggle innovations: the RAM Air ventilation system and the revolutionary Amplifier lens. It also released another ski pole innovation: the adjustable LeverLock ski pole strap system.

Lightness record


New Records for Lightness

In 2001, SCOTT presented the road-bike Team Issue with the lightest frame worldwide (lighter than 1 kg), topped in 2003 by the CR1, the lightest frame on the market (895 gr).

Second Management Buy-out by Beat Zaugg

In 2002, the Company's ownership structure changed again. In a second management buy-out, Beat Zaugg increased his shareholdings to 51.5%. Tom Stendahl and other shareholders retained a substantial stake in the Company.

Genius : A Revolutionary Mountain Bike


The Arrival of the Genius - 'A Revolutionary Mountain Bike'

In the same year, SCOTT presented the Genius, a new concept of a full-suspension bike with a shock-adjustable into three different modes (lock-out mode, all-travel mode, and traction mode.) Pretty soon magazines were filled with reports on the new Genius. The success of the Genius bike was highlighted by Thomas Frischknecht's victory in the marathon event at the World Championships.

Take-over of Finnish companies Yoko and Reima

These purchases opened new doors into the street bike and snowmobile clothing markets.

Scott wins European Ski Award with the Biomex® Helmet

Created in cooperation with Biomex® Protection, this helmet was a big step forward for head safety in wintersports. The Biomex featured a Dual Band Roll Cage (rectangular shape), which reduced the swing weight and made it more comfortable to wear.

Lightest Triathlon Bike


Lightest Triathlon Bike on the Market

Utilizing its proprietary CR1 technology, the Company developed a state-of-the-art triathlon frame. the PLASMA, which was 980 grams light. Add the integrated aero seat post at 300 grams and the result was the world’s lightest aero carbon frame with triathlon-specific geometry.

Third Management Buy-out by Beat Zaugg

In 2005, Beat Zaugg acquired the remaining 48.5% of the Company in another management buy-out transaction, thereby taking over 100% of the Company.

Running Shoe Collection

The Company contracted a research and development lab in Portland, Oregon, to create a full line of high performance running shoes for both male and female athletes.

Introduction of the Addict Frame

The new Addict is the lightest road frame available, just 790 grams with integrated seat post (165 grams). When combined with SCOTT's new, slimmer carbon IMP™ fork that weighs just 330 grams, the new Addict bike weighs an amazing 5.9 kg.

Lightest Frame/Shock Combination in the World

By applying its revolutionary new Integrated Molding Process (IMP™) to its already proven CR1 technology and new Nude TC™ shock, SCOTT produced the lightest full suspension bike available.

Scott 50 Years Anniversary

Scott celebrates the golden anniversary, marking 50 years of commitment to progressive sport. Times have changed and Scott has developed into a worldwide powerhouse in Bike, Wintersport, Motosport and Running. But the vision has always remained the same from the humble beginnings 50 years ago in Ed Scott’s one man ski tuning business: INNOVATION - TECHNOLOGY – DESIGN.

Solar Blocker lens technology

The new lens technologies that will unquestionable improve your mountain experience - the Solar Blocker Technology. The lens blocks most of the blue light to protect the eyes and is recommended for glacier Skiing and sunny days.

Opening of the new US Headquarter in Sun Valley, Idaho/USA


Genius bike generation 2 is born

Same name – new frame, revised geometry and new Equalizer2 shock with Oil Transfer System.

New Carbon Ski – the Crusair

The new Crusair is quickly becoming the benchmark ski for the freeride mountaineering market. The combination of carbon frame with sandwich wood air channels delivers an extremly lightweight, stable and reactive ski.

New Twin Loc suspension technology for bikes

The all new Twin Loc lever allows the rider to keep both hands on the handlebars while selecting the desired travel settings or fully locking the suspension. Riders can switch between, full travel, Traction mode, and now complete lock out of both fork and Equalizer 2 TC shock.

The all new Scott Scale MTB

Weighting less than 899 grams, the Scale is the lightest MTB carbon frame ever produced. World Champion Nino Schurter wins with the new Scale 899 the Overall MTB World Cup

Genius LT Bike redefines All – Mountain again

LT stands for Long travel, necessary in All Mountain situations where the descents are nasty but you plan to climb to the top. No problem when you have the lightest All Mountain Carbon frame with 185mm and the110mm of travel available and thanks to Twin Loc you can lock it out.

Scott offers an E-Bike line

In close collaboration with the electronic giant Bosch, Scott is the first company who offer a stylistically oriented and easy to operate E-Bike system.