Scott Genius 720 – 650b Round Up

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The all new Scott Genius 720 is a high-tech carbon bike and is definitely the most advanced bike in our comparison. When it comes to 650b, Scott has been doing plenty of R&D with their World Cup winning racers (on 650b) and their engineers. The technology of this bike is shown via various acronyms like:

  • HMFnet carbon fiber = High Modulus Fiber – Naked External Tubeset
  • IMP technology – Integrated Molding Process Technology
  • SCDS Carbon dropout = Scott Carbon Dropout System

What does this all mean? It means that Scott has invested a lot of time, money and work into creating a carbon fiber bike with features that will provide a strong, durable, efficient and versatile ride.

In this video, Francis tells us about the highlights and features of the Scott Genius 720.

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One of the main technical features of the Scott Genius 720 is Twin Loc. Twin Loc is patented by Scott and provides simultaneous control of rear shock travel and front fork travel with 3 modes. Twin Loc isn’t exclusive to the Genius line, but for the Genius rider (bigger travel, All Mountain style of riding) it really stands out. On this type of technology, the easier it is to use, the more you will use it. This is the same reason why dropper posts are so popular these days. With one click of the lever you can adjust the Fox 34 TALAS fork and DT Swiss Nude2 rear shock from ‘fully active’ mode to ‘pedal platform’ mode. One more click and you go to full lockout both front and rear. It creates for a bit more of a mess of cables out front (which is something we noted on the Norco Sight) but in this case, the usability far outweighs the crowded cable eyesore. Of course, if you add a dropper post (something that doesn’t come included on the Genius 720, but does come on the Genius 700 and 710) you will add another cable.

The rear suspension design is very clean, since the pivot is hidden in the frame. Scott calls this the forged Mono ‘U’ Link and this brings us to another key feature of this bike. The Scott Genius features adjustable geometry due to the adjustable shock mount chip. You can flip the chip to either the high or low position which raises or lowers the BB height (by 6mm) and also changes the head tube angle (by 0.4 degrees). The Scott Genius is the only trail bike on the market that offers this degree of adjustability. Now why someone would want to raise the BB height from 13.6 inches to 13.85 is beyond us unless they live in super rocky trails in the East Coast. We think this bike would have been better served with 13.3 to 13.55 inch adjustability.

The bottom bracket area of the frame is massive and is very stiff. The Genius uses a press fit BB 92 bottom bracket and is molded using their IMP technique. The power box area is shaped to handle the load from the main pivot and its high degree of lateral stiffness means that the power transfer is super efficient.

Moving along to the back of the bike, the rear brake caliper is mounted between the chainstay and seatstay, a technique used by a lot of hand builders creating very clean lines. This saves weight (by decreasing bulky brake caliper mounting hardware) and decreases the load that the brakes apply to the swingarm parts.

Also adding to the clean look of the Genius is the slick internal cable routing. Besides providing a more pleasing look, the cables are out of the way and will not scratch and damage your frame as they move. There’s so many frames out there that buckle and bow out when the suspension moves and it either gets in the way of your pedal stroke or rubs the frame and eats away at the carbon fiber. Scott’s goes in the down tube and exits neatly at the bb shell. There is also internal routing available if you add a dropper post that needs it.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Skidad says:

    Rocky Altitude and the new Banshee Spitfire also offer the same (or more) adjustability as the Scott. Ride 9 system on the Rocky and adjustable flip chips in the swingarm on the Banshee. Banshee also has 26″ or 650B dropouts to run it either way. Slack and low or steep and high. Win win!

    Yeah, I live in the North East and see nothing wrong at all with a 13.85″ BB height. Anything below a 13.5 and I’ll take a pass now (to bad about the Norco Sight’s 13.3″ height). Again with the new Altitude or Spitfire you can have it either way with their more adjustable setups than the Scott.

  • Gregg says:

    The Rocky Mountain and the Banshee were both on our list, however we did not receive those bikes in time for the side-by-side comparison. We are expecting the Banshee soon and we are still working on getting the Element.

  • Mark McGovern says:

    Just demoed today and HAMMERED 20 miles of flowing downhill, rocky rooted tight single track and really technical rock garden uphills. Bike was amazing.

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