In this video, Adrian Montgomery of Scott USA goes over three new 2010 bikes: the Scale 29er, the Voltage freeride full suspension, and the Genius 20:
Voltage freeride full suspension line
Besides taking pictures and video, I also had a chance to actually ride the Scott USA Genius 20 at the Bike Press Camp held recently in Sun Valley, Idaho. I only rode 1 run down from the top of the lower lift at River Run. The trail is all singletrack, very flowy with a lot of switchbacks. The dirt is mostly well groomed, with an occasional root and small rocks. There is nothing really steep or technical about this trail, so my ride impression is limited by the easy nature of the terrain. I did almost zero climbing on this bike.
The rear suspension design is very supple and allowed me to stay seated a lot more than on other bikes with less travel. This was a very good thing for me, as this ride was the last one after a full day of running around covering every manufacturer at the event, riding 22 miles on the road, and doing 1 previous run. If I had more time on this bike, I would have liked to have dialed in the front fork a bit more, to match the plush rear end, but both performed extremely well.
I did not have a chance to reallly tryout the dual lockout feature, other than tooling around the resort at low speed. It was very easy to reduce travel or fully lockout both shocks.
For the amount of travel that this bike has (150mm) and with such a supple rear end, this bike pedaled uphill suprisingly well (for the short climbs that I did do, mostly out of the saddle). I did not notice much bob while climbing in the middle ring, nor did I notice any stiffening of the rear suspension under braking.
I wanted to try more varied trail conditions, but I did not want to miss the last shuttle back to the resort after a long, full day of riding. Thus, I would have to wait another day to see how this bike performs in other conditions.
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