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Teaser Issue #016 | Review: The Scott Genius 710

Efficient, versatile and fun; they’re the culmination of these terms. Even once you think they’re at their limit in terms of capabilities; they’ve got more in reserve. So why are they still overshadowed by enduro bikes? We’re talking trail bikes, the true workhorses of the mountain bike world. Whether it’s for a quick blast after work or back-to-back hard days crossing the Alps, the spectrum for these bikes is huge and that’s exactly why they’re often to go-to bike for people looking for the perfect all-rounder. We took eight of the most exciting trail bikes for 2015 to France and put them through their paces under the beating hot sun. While you’ve got to wait until issue #016 of ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine for the results, here’s a sneak preview of our trip, the tests and the first impressions of the Scott Genius 710.

The reserves of the suspension and possibility to adjust the geometry enable an aggressive riding style.
The relatively long travel and possibility to adjust the geometry enable an aggressive riding style.
Beschriftung
Due to its perfectly shaped and proportioned frame and the sophisticated TwinLoc lever the Genius lives up to its name.

While the Scott Genius 710 markets itself as aggressive and addictive, the sight of the sweeping frame with the understated TwinLoc lever reassures us. Specced with a 2×10 XT drivetrain and Syncros components, it’s solid, proven and hasn’t added too much weight to the rig, which at just 12.5kg, places mid-range in our test troupe. But it’s the frame which deserves your attention: the FOX Nude CTCD shock and FOX 32 CTD forks are easily fine-tuned with one lever to suit the terrain with the handlebar mounted TwinLoc. Full travel front and rear, then one click sets in Traction mode as your rear travel is reduced. One more click, and both front and rear shock are locked out. Show us a bike that can rival this efficiency. But, if it’s so good at climbing, how’s it going to perform on the descent? After all, you’ve got 150mm front and rear at your disposal. Find out in issue #016

Scott’s own TwinLoc lever system works flawlessly, adjusting both the FOX 32 CTD forks and ...
Scott’s own TwinLoc lever system works flawlessly, adjusting both the FOX 32 CTD forks and …
… the FOX Nude CTCD shock with three different levels. The lever couldn’t look much more at home on the bike. With the FlipChip you can also alter the head tube angle by 0.5° and the bottom bracket height by 7mm.
… the FOX Nude CTCD shock with three different levels. The lever couldn’t look much more at home on the bike. With the FlipChip you can also alter the head tube angle by 0.5° and the bottom bracket height by 7mm.
Disc brake subtly positioned. We like!
Disc brake subtly positioned. We like!

Price: 4.299 € | Weight: 12,50 kg | Wheel size: 27,5” | Frame size: M | Travel f/r: 150/150 mm | Toptube effective: 599–598 mm | Wheelbase: 1.154–1.153 mm | Head angle: 67,9–68,4° | Seat angle: 74,0–74,5° | Reach: 428–433 mm | Stack: 589–594 mm

For more information visit www.scott-sports.com

The Test

These are exactly the sorts of bikes we’ve tested in this group test. And just like the previous group test, we chose not to order specific bikes from the manufacturers. Instead, we gave them the test criteria and left the decision up to them.
“In this group test we want get to grips with the real workhorses of the riding world. The bike should be as versatile as possible, guaranteeing a fun ride on virtually any type of trail, whether it’s the post-work blast or a multi-day Alpine ride,” was the message given in the briefing.

Die Bikes sind bereit für den Test.
The Bikes ready for testing.

For the travel, we settled on between 120 and 150 mm, and we opted for a price range of
€ 3,500–4,500. To improve their bike’s performance, companies had the freedom to alter the spec – this was restricted to small(ish) details that any dealer could adjust for the customer before they buy the bike. This included, but wasn’t limited to: the cockpit, the wheels and the option of a dropper seatpost.

The Bikes:

Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2 | Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX | CUBE Stereo 140 Super HPC Race | GIANT Trance Advanced 1 | Scott Genius 710 | Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon | Rose Root Miller 3 | Rotwild R.Q1 FS

As we mentioned earlier, we’d chosen bikes that were all-rounders, ones that would be regularly confronted with diverse terrain on which it would have to continuously prove its worth. These eight candidates accompanied us to Provence, France. It wasn’t just long rides on the agenda either – we’d also scouted out a secret spot with some pretty demanding jumps. This is where their limits would be pushed. But, it should be mentioned that not every bike is primed for such tasks – if in doubt, check the manufacturer’s authorisation.

Over the coming weeks we’ll introduce you in more detail to the individual bikes on our website. However, the results will only be revealed in issue #016 of ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine. Until then, have fun reading the current issue. As always, it’s available digitally at no cost for tablets, iPhones and on our online viewer.

Words: Christoph Bayer, Andreas Maschke Photos: Christoph Bayer