Scott USA 2010 product launch

Scott Genius 20 at River Run - Sun Valley, Idaho

Scott Genius 20 at River Run - Sun Valley, Idaho

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:


Scale 29er

  • hydroformed aluminum frame
  • 69.5 degree head angle
  • MSRP approx. $1699

    Voltage freeride full suspension line

  • developed with slopestyle and freeriders
  • 140 to 180mm rear travel
  • forged and machined linkages
  • features interchangeable dropout system (quick release, thru 12, maxle)
  • ridden by Timo Pritzel and Lance McDermott

    Genius 20

  • lightweight carbon fiber all mountain bike 150mm travel
  • handelbar mounted twin lock system (full travel, 110 mm, or lockout) lockout front and rear at the same time
  • equilizer shock
  • lightest 150mm travel bike in its category

    Ride Impression:
    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.

    For more info, visit the Scott USA website:

  • 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 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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    • brandon!~ says:

      these new bikes are awsome! i think scott has went the right way earlier with thier r&d now they are producing bikes that i would buy! i hate to see iron horse go the way they are but in all actuality they are the premium all arounders! these new bikes give me a chance the not worry about that! i know pivot firebird and the elguapo have what i want but i think scott is where i want to be! i also want to see full on scott dealers in upstate ny near the adirondacks! lots of trails! lots of business! 5188666100 if any reps want to talk about a delaership up this way! i can see me and scot benefitiing from thee new rides!

    • Genius 20 is so hot right now!! When are these bad boys being released in OZ?

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