“Any trail, any time,” is the tagline on the Scott Genius line. The 900/700 HMX carbon-fiber version is the mostest of those traits. The Genius is light, with the 700 (aka 27.5, aka 650b) version weighing in at 2280g for the frame, and the 900 (aka 29er) coming in at 2280g, both in medium. The 29er version possesses 130mm of front-and-rear travel, while the 27.5 version has 150mm. The idea is this bike can do anything from racing to trail to enduro. If you’re find yourself leaning a bit toward enduro, the smaller wheels might be more to your liking. Otherwise, roll big with the 29ers.
The Genius’ smarts has to do with how the design gives you a bike that can ride like a long-travel cross-country bike, but still handle big hits and rough stuff. First the geometry mates an aggressive seat angle to short-ish chainstays and a slack head angle. The geometry can be tuned via the adjustable chip at the top of the suspension linkage. Raise or lower the bottom bracket by 7mm and move the head angle forward or back by .5 degrees. The wide BB92 bottom bracket allows for a massive carbon juncture, which contributes to lateral stiffness in two ways. First, the downtube can be super-wide, limiting flex there. Second, the chainstay pivot is also as wide as possible, limiting flex and wear there. Up front, the tapered 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” head tube provides lateral stiffness to limit the fork tracking itself.
In terms of control and manners, Scott mounts a TwinLoc lever to the bike, and pairs it with both the fork and the shock. The shock itself is a collaboration between Scott and Fox. The Nude DPS shock was designed to work with Scott suspension. Besides the valving, besides the Evol air sleeve which improves small-bump sensitivity and providing a more linear progression, the TwinLoc activates a three position damper which is: descend, traction-control, and lockout (or open, controlled, climbing). The fork is a Fox 34 Float, which, along with the FIT4 damper, also offers three on-the-fly adjusting modes. With the smart tuning and on-the-fly adjustments, the bike is ready to tackle anything you can point the bike over.
And when you want to go further, you’ve got the dropper post. Scott chose the popular Reverb Stealth from RockShox, which is also a great design, and fits nicely within Scott’s design philosophy.
The frame and bike come setup for thru-axles and 180mm rotors, though in both cases, thanks to design flexibility, like Scott’s IDS-SL interchangeable dropouts, you can switch from the standard 142x12mm to 135 thru-axles, or even quick-releases.
The Scott Genius 900/700 HMX Carbon is the ultimate one-bike quiver.