Scott Genius 10

Scott Genius 10 Review

The 2012 Scott Genius 10 is a mountain bike with a full suspension setup and trail-ready geometry. It manages to make travel manipulation simple thanks to its fully adjustable shocks and its carbon frame is one of the lightest and stiffest around, delivering great power transferral when it is required on the climbs.

The Genius 10 is at the top of its particular range and so you would not be surprised to hear that it is being touted as one of the lightest trail bikes, and one that features SRAM X0 kit throughout. This is mostly as a result of its carbon frame which makes use of IMP4 technology in order to cut the weight down to 11.5kg, making this the lightest of the Genius series (the heaviest being the Genius 50 at 12.9kg). However light this bike may be, it still retains lateral stiffness and strength that will serve you well on punishing courses. Carbon dropouts and a carbon swing arm help to further shave off the grams and this attention to detail helps it to stand head and shoulders above many other bikes.

The Equalizer 2 is the rear shock which Scott has been using on the Genius range for the last couple of years, but for 2012 it is as refined and forgiving as it has ever been. The trio of chambers deliver the smoothest transitioning around, but this is just one of the benefits made available by this shock. Perhaps the most important is the 3 modes available for determining the travel, which combined with the Fox 32 Talas FIT RL fork can let you choose full lockout, medium 95mm traction or full 150mm travel. The TwinLoc lever which is mounted on the handlebar lets you flick from one to the other while you are pounding along trails and it helps to make the trials and tribulations you face that little bit more manageable.

The weight-saving efforts do not stop at the frame, because the Scott Genius 10 features the full SRAM X0 gearset on the drivetrain which is one of the lightest options on the market. In fact, it’s second only to the SRAM XX series seen on the top of the range bikes. Like the carbon elements, the SRAM X0 kit does not require that you compromise performance in order to make less of an impact on the scales, so expect smooth, consistent shifting each and every time. The same can be said about the Avid Elixir 9RS Carbon disc brakes with 180mm rotors at the front and rear. It further demonstrates how no expense has been spared to get this bike up to class-leading condition.

DT Swiss XR15 rims and Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO tyres with Kevlar beading and Pacestar compound mean that the Scott Genius 10 has strong, light footing wherever you take it. The all-black design of the frame carries over to the rims and only some minor gold detailing on shocks and downtube break up what is otherwise a businesslike bike. As a bike that is intended to be the pinnacle of its range, the Genius 10 certainly delivers and if you think about it from this point of view it is actually easy to justify its price point as relatively affordable. For hardcore trail hounds it could be a rock steady, reliable companion for many many years.

Model: Scott Genius 10
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