SCOTT GE­NIUS

Australian Mountain Bike - - Fast Track -

Ge­nius by name and ge­nius by na­ture? Maybe, since this new 150mm rear travel bike can switch from 27.5” to 29” wheels with noth­ing more than a flip of a chip. There’s no awk­ward changes re­quired, just flip a shock mount chip, change your wheels and away you go.

Scott say the ethos be­hind the lat­est ver­sion of their all moun­tain trail bike is ‘What comes down, must go up’. That means it’s de­signed to tackle steep rooty climbs as much as fast, flowy sin­gle­track and huge moun­tain de­scents. The se­cret be­hind that is the tried and tested TwinLoc Sus­pen­sion Sys­tem which helps man­age sag by chang­ing com­pres­sion damp­ing, as well as the spring curve and re­bound damp­ing.

The light­weight frame (a touch over 2.1kg for a medium) can be specced in many dif­fer­ent ways, in­clud­ing a spe­cial or­der only 700 Ul­ti­mate edi­tion that comes with SRAM XX1 Ea­gle driv­e­train and FOX 34 fork (in­stead of the FOX 36 on the 700 and 900 Tuned mod­els).

Keep an eye out, as well, for the crazy one-piece Syn­chros Hixon iC han­dle­bar that weighs just 290g.

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