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Genius 700 SL reviewed by BkeRadar

16 October 2012

The SCOTT Genius 700 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 700 does feel like the inbetweener, and that’s a real compliment. The Genius 700 could be ‘the one’, perfectly combining some of the better rolling of a 29er with the aggression of a 26er.  (...)

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, but not quite as sharp as the 700. 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