ENDURO Long Term Test 2015 | The Scott Genius 900 tuned
Light, lighter, ultra-light: the Scott Genius 900 tuned (size M) weighs an incredible 11.1kg – with 130mm travel and 29” wheels! So of course we want to know whether so much carbon fibre and weight reduction is also reliable and durable in the long term. Our Communications Manager Manne is the lucky one who has the pleasure of putting the Scott through its paces for a whole season.
Styled down to the last sticker the Scott Genius 900 tuned captivates with its clear lines and subtly styled, wonderfully integrated rocker arm. The spec is the very best available
Syncros carbon parts, wheels with DT Swiss made hubs and Syncros TR1.0 carbon rims, XTR Race brakes and SRAM XX1 drivetrain keep the weight low and offer highest performance. Yet thanks to the Reverb Stealth and own brand chain guide combined with the 130 mm FOX Factory suspension the Scott should be absolutely trail worthy without any limitations.
Of course so much genius all at once comes at a significant price. The suggested retail price for the Scott is 7.299 Euros.
“My wish-list: a light, fast bike, ideally with 29” wheels and a 1×11 transmission, in order to cover the route into the office (26 km each way) as quickly and efficiently as possible. But still trail compatible enough to have fun during 2-3 hour rides with my friends at the weekend. OK and a hot appearance wouldn’t be a disadvantage.” Manne describes his best case scenario.
The only thing that can be said: check-list completely fulfilled.
The clever thing about the Scott is without doubt the TwinLoc Lever system combined with the FOX Nude CTCD shock. Using it the FOX 32 CTD fork and shock can be controlled from the handlebars with three levels. In the first level both are open downhill mode. The second level puts the fork in the Trail-mode and the shock in Traction Control-mode which reduces suspension travel to 90mm and has a separate damping circuit. The last level is a normal lockout. It doesn’t get any more efficient.
“The term tuning means literally fine adjustment and refers in the closer sense to the fine adjustments of a motor, the aerodynamics of bodywork or the suspension in order to increase performance. The addition “tuned” for my long term test bike this year, the Scott Genius Tuned 900 might be fitting – but does the term also fit me? A quick look at my personal data reveals a small disparity between height and weight. In this sense the Scott Genius Tuned 900 should provide me with an incentive to ride more and put my body through some fine tuning. Let’s get on with it!”
Born: 1957 | Biking since: 1988 | Height: 177 cm | Weight: 86 kg | Job: Communications Manager
Words: Andreas Maschke | Photos: Klaus Kneist