Scott Genius 30

Scott Genius 30 Review

The Scott Genius 30 sits in the middle of the Genius range, two models are more expensive – the Genius 10 & 20 – plus two cheaper models, the Genius 30 & 40.

The Genius 10 has a carbon frame for lightness and strength, and its adaptable full suspension setup means that there is no challenge too big to overcome. Sometimes trail bikes which offer 150mm of travel can be a little heavy and unwieldy, but the Genius 30 proves that this need not be the case. Weight is 12.3kg, slightly heavier than the Genius 10 but 0.6kg lighter than the Genius 50.

The Genius Carbon frame benefits from IMP4 technology, which is something Scott has developed to deliver stiffness and strength without compromising the light weight of the material. There are plenty of more affordable trail bikes with alloy frames, but taking the next step and getting a full carbon option is well worth it if you have the cash and want to get that extra boost to your performance. Price wise, the Genius 30 will set you back £3,400.

The Scott Genius 30 brings back intelligent rear shock technology but builds on the success of last year’s model for 2012 with the Equalizer 2. This has a trio of internal chambers that react dynamically as force is exerted upon them, transitioning smoothly between available travel in an instant and taking the jarring rumble out of the experience which might otherwise plague you on a lesser bike.

At the front the Fox 32 Talas fork joins the rear shock in providing plenty of compensation for the tricky terrain that you will certainly be traversing while aboard the bike. The bespoke TwistLoc technology lets you switch between three different travel settings, from full travel at 150mm through to a 95mm traction mode and then on to full lockout. You even get a sag metre to help indicate how the inner workings are aiding and abetting you out in the wilds.

The Scott Genius 30 is not only suitably equipped in the suspension department as it has a gaggle of good component groupsets to compliment its drivetrain and breaking. Firstly SRAM X7 (front) and X9 (rear) derailleurs make up the gearing while the Avid Elixir 7 disk brakes give you 180mm rotors at the front and rear. You can be confident that your gear changes will occur quickly and smoothly every time you hit the lever, while the brakes should hold you on a tight line and help you meet your targets.

DT Swiss XR25 rims are paired with Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO tyres which feature a Kevlar bead structure to help prevent punctures while also being ready for a tubeless setup. These help you get the traction that you need while not putting too much extra weight onto the bike, which might otherwise have taken the Scott Genius 30 down a notch or two in expert opinions.

The bold black and green which adorns the carbon frame of the Genius 30 rounds off what is an excellent mountain bike designed for dedicated trail riders. It is perfectly at home in competitive settings and is priced to reflect the quality of the performance that it can help to pull out of fast improving riders.

Model: Scott Genius 30
4 / 5 stars
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