Scott Launches New En­duro Bike

The Ran­som is res­ur­rected for the ris­ing dis­ci­pline

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Matthew Pioro

The Ran­som is res­ur­rected for the ris­ing dis­ci­pline

At Euro­bike this past July, there was a closed room at the back of Scott’s large booth that I wasn’t sup­posed to go into. It was for sale reps, not me­dia. But I’m a trust­wor­thy guy. Also, my con­tact at Scott Canada vouched for me. We went through the door. Inside, I saw the new Scott Ran­som.

When Scott re-launched its 150-mm-travel Ge­nius in late spring 2018, the com­pany stressed it wasn’t turn­ing the fa­mil­iar model into an en­duro bike even though it lacked a ma­chine for those rid­ers ped­alling up climbs and hav­ing their de­scents timed. Also, it dropped the Ge­nius LT, a 170-mm-travel ver­sion of the trail/ all-moun­tain bike. At the end of Au­gust, more than a year af­ter the Ge­nius re­vamp, Scott an­nounced, of­fi­cially, its new 170-mm en­duro/all-moun­tain rig with a name not seen in the com­pany’s lineup for a few years.

Scott says i ts top-end Ran­som, the 900/700 Tuned ($11,000), has the strong­est car­bon-fi­bre frame it has ever pro­duced. De­sign­ers en­sured the Ran­som has max­i­mum rigid­ity from the head tube along the down tube through the bot­tom bracket and the chain­stays to the rear axle. The main pivot at the bot­tom bracket is quite beefy: 63.1 mm wide. In com­par­i­son, the Ge­nius is 54.6 mm at that spot. Since the Ran­som will only be spec’d with 1-by groupsets, any space that might have been needed for a front de­railleur was used to eke out more width and stiff­ness in the bot­tom bracket. The Ran­som 910 ($8,000) has an al­loy swing arm, while the 920/720 ($5,600) and 930 ($4,400) have full alu­minum frames. Fol­low­ing the cues of the 2017 Scott Spark and re­cent Ge­nius, the Ran­som gets a trun­nion-mount shock. The com­po­nent, with its wide mount at the bot­tom, po­si­tions most of its mass close to the bot­tom bracket. This shock, the Fox Nude TR Evol, has a Ramp Ad­just lever. You can use it to choose your pre­ferred type of com­pres­sion. If you’re rid­ing a trail with a lot of small bumps or mov­ing through a tech­ni­cal sec­tion, you might pre­fer com­pres­sion that is lin­ear, re­quir­ing the same amount of ef­fort to com­press the shock through­out the stroke. If you are fac­ing big­ger hits, you might want a more pro­gres­sive com­pres­sion, one that re­quires more ef­fort to com­press the shock near the end of its stroke, which can keep you from bot­tom­ing out. The com­pres­sion ad­just­ment pairs with the sus­pen­sion’s De­scend mode. If you are fa­mil­iar with Scott tech­nol­ogy, you’ll rec­og­nize this mode as part of the Twin­loc sus­pen­sion sys­tem. De­scend mode al­lows you to use all the bike’s travel and ben­e­fit from i ts slack head-tube an­gle. Hit a switch and you get Trac­tion Con­trol mode with less sag and a firmer sus­pen­sion. Also in this mode, you get a steeper seat-tube an­gle, a change in ge­om­e­try that will help with the climbs. The third set­ting is full lock­out. This edi­tion of Twin­loc has an im­proved lever throw so i t’s eas­ier than be­fore to click into Lock­out mode. Trac­tion Con­trol and Lock­out modes aren’t the only fea­tures on the Ran­som for help­ing you to get up­hill. Scott wanted to en­sure the bike climbed well, so it worked to keep weight off of the top tube and seat­stays. The com­pany says the frame, shock and hard­ware weigh in at 2,650 g. As with the Ge­nius, the Ran­som won’t hold you to one wheel size. A flip chip in the link­age al­lows you to set up the bike for 27.5" or 29" wheels. With the smaller wheel size, you can run tires as wide as 2.8". The 29" hoops can take 2.6"-wide treads. Fi­nally, the Ran­som fea­tures the Hixon i C in­te­grated bar and stem by Scott house­brand Syn­cros. This sys­tem first ap­peared in 2017 with a 760-mm-wide bar and 50-mm vir­tual stem length. Now the Hixon also comes in a 800-mm width. There’s also a 40-mm vir­tual stem length avail­able. The bar’s rise is 20 mm for a slightly higher po­si­tion. Af­ter two and a half months, it’s nice to be able to write about the Ran­som. The bike will be out from be­hind closed doors and in front of Cana­di­ans in Septem­ber.

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