The Genius has been a longstanding staple in our range of mountain bikes for many years now. Having always been the result of a focus on innovation, technology and design, the Genius has evolved over the years in order to be able to tame anything that comes its way. With the latest iteration of our all mountain trail bike, one concept formed the backbone of the development process. What comes down, must go up. This has always been the premise of the genius, it truly is the perfect mtb for every trail it encounters. Steep rooty climbs? no problem. Fast, flowy single track? Yes please. 2000m long descents in the alps? Music to our ears. With the genius, no matter the trail, no matter the conditions, no matter the rider, it is always the right tool for the job.
With the new Genius, we wanted to make sure that versatility was still achieved. Unlike much of the competition, the new Genius can switch from 27.5" to 29" wheels with nothing more than the flip of a chip. No need to change the fork, all you need to do is flip a shock mount chip, change your wheels and off you go. The flip chip allows us to maintain a similar BB height when switching from one wheel size to the other which is key to keeping handling similar for both wheel sizes. With 27.5" wheels, you can run either 2.5", 2.6" or 2.8" tires. For the 29er, anywhere from 2.4"-2.6" is good to go. The Genius has always been a bike for everyone. Now, more so than ever this rings true. One frame, a multitude of options.
Imagine having the perfect bike waiting for you at the beginning of every section of trail. Our all new Genius was developed as a system with this concept in mind. A SCOTT-exclusive TwinLoc Suspension System allowed us to create a bike that climbs effortlessly and efficiently, yet slays on the way down.
With TwinLoc, a rider can effectively control the complete frame, fork, and shock as a system. Why does this matter? A bike with 150mm of suspension travel, correctly set up, has more sag than a bike with 130mm. It’s that extra travel that makes it more fun to ride and more capable on the descents, but the greater sag has an oversized effect on the bike’s geometry and climbing performance. That’s where TwinLoc matters. TwinLoc helps manage the sag effect in several ways. Whereas most systems only increase low-speed compression in an effort to gain pedaling efficiency, TwinLoc allows us to not only change compression damping, but also to change the spring curve, dynamically altering the geometry of the bike.
In Descend mode, all the available air chambers in the shock are utilised to give the maximum 150mm of plush and active suspension travel for full descending capability.
In Traction Control Mode, one of the air chambers is closed off to reduce the air volume and subsequently stiffen the spring. The damping is automatically adjusted and the bikes turns into a 110mm travel efficiency machine, increasing responsiveness. The bike then dynamically rides higher which results in a more efficient geometry, perfect for steep technical climbs and pumping flatter, less technical terrain. Damping adjustment alone cannot achieve this.
The TwinLoc Suspension System also features a front and rear lockout for ultimate pedalling efficiency on smooth terrain, such as fire road climbs or road transitions to the trail head.
These unique settings optimize climbing geometry, even on longer travel bikes. We can eliminate the “long travel effect” that can rob your pedaling efficiency, but we’re not robbing you of the full-fun, 150mm travel when you point it downhill. With TwinLoc, our 150mm-travel Genius trail bike climbs as well as a bike with less travel and descends as well as one with more. From a race setting, to a lunch ride, to an after work trail shred, being able to switch from mode to mode depending on a trails profile at the push of a lever is paramount to riding faster and having a damned good time.
Our suspension kinematic brings perfect balance and control to the Genius platform. Using our virtual four link design, we have honed our suspension feel, pedaling and braking response to work with maximum efficiency and in harmony with our TwinLoc Suspension System. Our kinematic suspension curve gives supple small bump sensitivity and therefore exceptional traction characteristics, perfect support in the mid-stroke and a controlled deep stroke for predictable and comfortable bottom outs. Specific pivot placements ensures efficient pedaling that drives the bike forwards like a startled greyhound and neutral braking that strikes a perfect balance between rider comfort and control, chassis stability and rear wheel traction. From the XC racer, to the downhill enthusiast, the new Genius kinematic brings improvements and advantages in all areas and gives a solid fundamental basis for a bike for all riders and all conditions.