Scott Genius 720 Photos and Preview


We just received the Scott Genius 720 trail bike in for testing. This is the 650b/27.5 version of the Genius and the bike has been completely re-designed from previous years. The frame is Scott’s IMP carbon and the downtube on this thing is massive! The bottom bracket is pretty beefy too. The Genius features 150mm of travel and the 720 models features a Fox 34 Talas 650b Evolution fork paired with a Scott/DT Swiss Nude2 air shock.

Other spec highlights include a Shimano XT/SLX groupset, SLX brakes, Syncros controls (stem, handlebar, grips, seatpost, saddle), Syncros TR 2.5 650b/27.5 wheelset and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650b tires. We are also pleased that the Genius 720 comes with pedals, even if they aren’t the top of the line ones from Shimano.

We will be doing an in-depth write-up on the Genius 720 and comparing it to other 650b/27.5 bikes, but for now, here are a few pix.

Scott Genius 720 Photos and Preview Gallery

Scott Genius 720


Scott Genius 720 27.5


Scott Genius chain guard

gotta protect that carbon from dropped chains!

Scott Genius downtube

view from below

Scott Genius right side


Scott Genius headtube

The Scott Genius features a tapered head tube for increased stiffness, safety, confidence, and control.

Scott Genius leftside


Scott Genius 720 Nude2 rear shock

Dual Air Spring is the system used by SCOTT to attain two unique spring curves for TwinLoc and LTD (Lock-Trail-Descend) equipped bikes. Either a single air chamber or a combination of the two chambers allows for two unique geometry and travel modes within TwinLoc.

Scott Genius stays

Innovation - Technology - Design

Scott Genius 720 technology

That's a lot of acronyms!

Tapered H.ead T.ube
I.ntegrated M.olding P.rocess Technology
HMFnet carbon fiber = H.igh M.odulus F.iber - N.aked E.xternal T.ubeset
SCDS Carbon dropout = S.cott C.arbon D.ropout S.ystem

Scott Genius toptube


Scott Genius top tube


Scott Genius twinloc

Scott's patented Twin Loc technology now offers simultaneous control of rear shock travel and fork lockout... it makes for a lot of cables up front, but the usability of this far outweighs the crowded cable eyesore.

Scott Genius 720 Schwalbe tires


Scott Genius Schwalbe Nobby Nic

Glad to see one of Mtbr's favorite brands making 650b tires. Looking forward to testing the Hans Dampf in 650b.

Scott Genius 720 Shimano PD-M520 pedals


Scott Genius 720 weight

just a hair over 29 and half pounds without pedals

Scott Genius 720 650b

For more info:

This is just one of many 650b/27.5 bikes for our Round Up. The complete list of bike we’re testing is available here:

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 for over 14 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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