Scott Genius 50 Review
If you are looking for a good, lightweight trail bike which is versatile enough to cope with a variety of terrains and conditions, you can’t go far wrong with the Scott Genius 50. The 2012 model has got some upgraded shocks and a better balanced ride than its predecessors, whilst still retaining the Genius 50 bike’s abilities and comfort we have come to expect from the Scott Genius range. This is the entry level bike in this range and is complimented by the more expensive Genius 10, 20, 30 & 40 bikes.
One of the biggest things for me with the Genius 50 is the 150mm travel on the front forks, larger than most trail bikes, but still with lightweight agility to rival that of most 120mm travel bikes. Another is the Equalizer 2 rear shock which puts most other bikes in its shadow. Instead of the usual push shock which we have come to expect, the Genius rear shock is built upon three separate chambers, two separate air filled spring chambers and a further oil damper chamber which the shaft pulls through. Because the action of these chambers is controlled from the handlebar via the Traction Control lever it is possible to adjust the ride and response to perfectly suit the terrain I am faced with. Cleverly, the TwinLoc lever also locks out the front fork when closed, for a super hard ride, perfect for those long and difficult climbs.
What this in effect gives me, is some sort of schizophrenic super bike. With the ability to change its personality to suit the environment, I find this bike is perfect for any nature trail ride as well as being lightweight enough at 12.9kg to keep up with any competitor in a high speed trial. I’ve used it for a couple of marathons and find that the ride comfort is superb, due in part to the AP Isolated Axial Pivot which lets me adjust the seat post into any number of positions, without adding any extra weight.
The frame is another big highlight of the Genius 50 for me. As we have come to expect of all Scott bikes, the frame is made from heavily hydroformed mainframe shapes and fashioned from Genius Alloy for a super lightweight and durable product. The Genius 10, 20 & 30 bikes are carbon frames whereas the 40 & 50 bikes are Alloy frames. Fans of Scott will notice little has changed in the past few years in terms of the Genius 50 frame and that’s only because Scott did such a good job of the frame design in the first place, there is little reason to change it.
Scott Genius 50 Specifications 2012
Of course the Scott Genius 50 comes with all manner of top quality fittings, from Shimano to Schwalbe. Front derailleur is the Shimano SLX FD-M660-10E DM and the rear derailleur is the Shimano XT RD-M780 SGS Shadow, with Shimano Deore SL-M591-10 Rapidfire shifters.
The Genius 50 sits on Alex XC-55 rims and Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres. This is the only bike in the 2012 Genius series to not use DT Swiss rims so it seems a strange choice but more on that in a moment.
Some riders may wish to customise their ride to suit themselves, with different tyres or slightly wider handlebars, but I have found I quickly got used to the more narrow hand position and actually this is a more comfortable long distance ride position for me. As with all Scott’s bikes, the finishing touches are what really make the bike. From the perfectly positioned bottle cage to the full outer cabling which is secured under well bolted down clamps, its these little touches which make Scott one of the top the manufacturers for me.
Why Scott Genius 50 Bike?
As we’ve mentioned, the Genius 50 is the entry level bike in the 2012 Genius range. The Genius 60 was the previous entry level bike but that was from the 2011 range. However, if it’s a cheap Genius 60 you’re looking for, Evans Cycles have it for £200 off the RRP at £1,799.99 at the moment. Click Here for more info on the Genius 60.
Anyway, back to the Genius 50. It’s priced at £2,299.99 which makes it £500 more than the 2011 Genius 60 but cheaper than any of the 2012 bikes. The top three bikes in the range are all carbon frames, and as such, demand higher prices; £3,499 to £5,000 in fact. However, the Genius 40 is built from an alloy frame, just like the 50. But the 40 is priced at £2,900, that’s £600 more than the Genius 50. So here’s the case for buying the 50 rather than the more expensive 40.
The Scott Genius 50 has the same front forks as the 40, the same frame and the same Equalizer 2 rear shock. Both use Shimano SLX front derailleurs and Shimano XT rear derailleurs. One bike uses DT Swiss rims and the other Alec but both use Scwalbe Nobby Nic tyres. Both have 30 gears, use Shimano shifters and Avid Elixir brakes. Spot the difference yet? No, me neither.
Okay, I cheated a little at the end there. The Genius 50 uses Shimano Deore SL shifters whereas the Genius 40 uses Shimano SLX Rapidfires. Whilst both use Avid brakes, the 50 uses Avid Elixir 3 brakes and the 40 uses the 5S carbon brakes. But is that slight difference worth an extra £600 to you? Hey, it’s your money, I was just saying! Bottom line, I’d love to own any of the Genius range but if I had to buy one, I’d save myself £600 and go for the Genius 50 over the 40.