Scott Genius 700 Review
Impacts that would knock other mountain bikes and their riders for six are easily absorbed by the 150mm of travel provided across the Scott Genius 700 range. Trail-based fun can be had in comfort, with components providing good performance whatever conditions you face.
Scott Genius 740
The Genius 740 makes use of a custom butted alloy frame, which is made all the more supple and durable thanks to the Fox 32 Float Evolution CTD fork up front and the equivalent rear shock at the back end of the bike. Fox’s CTD three mode damper is managed via the TwinLoc lever for instant gratification when you want to change up the amount of travel on offer.
For the drivetrain you get Shimano Deore XT and Deore kit, with BR-M615 disc brakes doing a good job on the wheelset, which consists of Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance tyres on Syncros XC rims and DT Swiss Champion Black spokes.
Scott Genius 730
The custom-butted alloy frame of the Genius 730 benefits from the presence of a Fox Nude shock with Scott’s own custom travel setting at the rear, complementing the Fox 32 Float Evolution CTD fork. The Ritchey Pro Minus tapered headset allows for extra stiffness while also making the bike handle better than it otherwise might.
The drivetrain is a Shimano SLX derailleur at the front and Deore XT at the rear for delivering smooth, fast operation, supported by SLX shifters. Weighing 12.8kg the aluminium framed 730 is lighter than the carbon framed 720 which weighs 12.95kg.
Scott Genius 720
The Genius Carbon frame of the 720 uses IMP technology and HMF weave for torsional strength and stiffness as well as that innate lightness that you would expect from this high-tech material.
The Fox suspension setup is still used for this model, with Shimano SLX BR-M675 disc brakes holding the fort at the front and rear. Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO tyres with PaceStar compound put the Genius 720 on a solid footing, maintaining traction in the slipperiest of scenarios.
|Scott Genius 720 Specifications 2014|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano SLX||Front Fork:||Fox 32 Float Evolution CTD 150mm travel|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano Deore XT||Rear Shock:||Fox Nude|
|Shifters:||Shimano SLX||Brakes:||Shimano SLX hydraulic disc|
|Gears:||10 speed||Rims:||Syncros XC|
|Chainring:||40/30/22||Tyres:||Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO|
Scott Genius 710
With a trio of travel and geometry settings available, the carbon-framed Genius 710 is ready for variable terrain and tough trails. A Shimano XT drivetrain and brakeset are used, with the RockShox Reverb Stealth seatpost offering an internal hydraulic remote system for compliance in the saddle as well as the frame.
Syncros TR2.0 rims, DT Swiss Aero Comp spokes and the reliable Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO tyres are appropriately chosen for this model.
Scott Genius 700 Premium
The Genius 700 Premium benefits from an HMX carbon frame, shaving more off the weight of the bike for additional performance. A Fox 32 Float Factory CTD FIT fork and Nude shock setup is enhanced thanks to the use of Kashima coating, with a Shimano XTR drivetrain and trail-tuned brakeset bringing this bike to the attention of serious riders.
Scott Genius 700 Tuned
The Genius 700 Tuned is new for 2014 and brings with it a full carbon frame with a carbon swingarm, Kashima coated Fox suspension and an SRAM XX1 dirvetrain, which even uses carbon for the shifting triggers.
A carbon seatpost, Syncros carbon rims and a carbon handlebar, also from Syncros, makes this a bike to keep an eye on if it is used by a rival in a competition.