Photo by Tyler Frasca.
A great climber that’s itching to race
The Scott Genius is an excellent climber and makes a great race bike for not only enduro, but endurance XC events as well. The Genius 710 weighs in at 27.4 pounds, but on the trail, our riders said it felt like less.
“I was impressed at how easily this bike made it to the top,” said one test rider. “It’s not exceptionally light to pick up, but it climbed as if it were a pound lighter.”
The praise comes despite the Schwalbe Nobby Nic tire spec that many of our riders complained about both on this bike and others in the test. Tire performance, perhaps more than any other factor, are highly condition-dependent, and fortunately, are an easy upgrade/switch to make.
Photo by Tyler Frasca.
Switching to glide
On the descents, with the suspension set up properly and run fully-open, the Scott railed. On rolling, flowy singletrack the bike was very capable and “ate up every bump,” according to one of our testers.
On high-speed downhills, the Genius was, “confidence-inspiring and felt very stable.” Over square edged rocks at low- to mid-speed, however, the initial shock feel was still a bit sharp. The Genius likes to go fast and works best when running in the middle of its stroke and at full speed.
Shimano XT highlights parts mix
At $5799.99 the Scott Genius hits the same price point as many of the other bikes in our test. Despite a good chunk of the purchase price going towards its carbon frame and Nude shock setup, Scott was still able to deliver a good mid-to-high spec value level.
As we mentioned in our First Look, the Scott sports a Shimano XT 2×10 drivetrain, RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and a handlebar and stem combo from their accessory brand Syncros. Also Syncros branded—the 710’s tubeless-ready wheelset.
The aforementioned Scott/Fox Nude shock is complimented by a Fox 32 Float Factory CTD FIT Air fork that some riders found a bit flexy. Many thought a Fox 34 might help stabilize the front end.
Handling stopping duties is a pair of Shimano’s excellent XT hydraulic disc brakes with Ice-Tech rotors.
Photo by Tyler Frasca.
Black is the new black
Scott’s entire line of carbon mountain bikes feature the stealth black treatment—“murdered out” as the Angry Single Speeder likes to say. The 710 features a gloss-on-matte livery that looks sharp and matches the overall personality of this bike—high-tech and capable but not overly flashy or loud.
Who is this bike for?
If your definition of mountain biking includes enduro racing, all-day exploring, and endurance XC, the Scott Genius 710 might be just the ticket. This bike crushes the climbs and still has enough travel to handle the big stuff. Be warned, however, you need to be willing to put some time into set-up, as well as habituate yourself to the bike’s many controls—TwinLoc, the dropper post, shifting, and braking.
The Last Word
What you get with the Genius is a cutting-edge carbon frame, a flexible persona—thanks to TwinLoc and the bikes adjustable geometry. The extra attention you pay to suspension setup will be rewarded with a bike that climbs and descends faster, and with more control. If your local trails have many square edged hits that you hit at mid to low speed, this might not be your top pick. The Scott Genius 710 likes to go fast and hard, and will work best for the rider who does the same.
- Many options (carbon frame, super light carbon frame, alloy frame, womens specific, 27.5, 29)
- Excellent Climber
- TwinLoc puts both front and rear suspension adjustments at your fingertips
- Adjustable geometry(BB height)
- Stable ride
- Finicky setup
- Long wheelbase and chaintstays
- Not the plushest at square edge hits taken at low- to mid-speed
- Cable clutter
Price and trickle down versions
Genius 700 series:
Genius 710 as tested: $5799.99
Genius 700 Tuned (HMX carbon)
Genius 700 Premium (HMX carbon)
Genius 720 (HMF carbon)
Genius 730 6061 alloy
Genius 740 6061 ally
2014 Scott Genius Key Specs
- MSRP: $5799.99
- Weight: 27.40 lbs.(size medium)
- Wheel size: 27.5 inches
- Sizes: S, M, L, XL
- Color: black
- Frame Material: Genius Carbon / IMP technology / HMF
- Fork: Fox 32 Float Factory CTD FIT Air
- Rear Travel: 150mm
- Rear Shock: Scott/Fox NUDE custom rear shock
- Headset: Ritchey Pro Tapered (semi-integrated) 1.5” to 1-1/8”
- Handlebar: Syncros FL 1.5
- Stem: Syncros TR1.5
- Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth 125
- Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M785 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm front, 160mm rear
- Brake Levers: Shimano XT
- Shifters: Shimano XT
- Front Derailleur: Shimano XT direct mount
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Plus
- Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36T 10 speed cassette
- Crankset: Shimano XT 2×10 38/24
- Rims: Syncros TR 2.0 tubeless ready
- Hubs: Syncros TR2.0 15mm front/142×12 rear
- Spokes: DT Swiss Aero Comp
- Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic EVO 2.25
- ISCG Tabs: no
- Chainguide: no
- Bottom Bracket Type: BB92
- Head Tube Angle: BB low=67.9 degrees, BB high=68.4 degrees
- Seat Tube Angle: BB low=74.0 degrees, BB high=74.5 degrees
- Chainstay Length: 439mm
- Bottom Bracket Height: 344.9mm(low), 350.4mm(high)
For more information visit www.scott-sports.com
This story is part of Mtbr’s 2014 Enduro Compare-O. Check out our intro story here for all the ground rules and goings ons.