WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Genius is designed to be a do-it-all bike. Both versions sport enough
travel to tackle some very technical
terrain, but still have the pedaling
efficiency and overall low weight to
get you to the top of the hill in record
time. Regardless of which wheel platform you choose, the Genius gives you
the option for everything from cross-country epics to technical and rock-strewn trails.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Both bikes sport aluminum construction from top to bottom. While Scott
offers carbon versions of both these
bikes, the aluminum versions keep the
cost down and allow for higher-end
Genius 730 Genius 930
The heart of the system: Scott’s Twinloc lever is a unique feature
that allows the rider to simultaneously and remotely control the
CTD functions on the shock and fork. It also makes for a pretty
Solid stoppers: Both Geniuses get a tried-and-true build kit with
Shimano components. The SLX brakes on both bikes proved to be
excellent performers that gave us no issues during our test. Nice.
component packages. The 730 and 930
are both built to maximize value while
delivering great trail performance.
Both bikes feature tapered head tubes,
12x142-millimeter dropouts, single-pivot suspension designs, and Scott’s
exclusive Twinloc suspension-damping
The Shimano component package
pulls the best tricks from Shimano’s bag
without breaking the bank. The XT
triple drivetrain came through with
solid, crisp and reliable shifts during
our testing, and the SLX brakes were
up to the task on any stop.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Moving out: Both Geniuses use air-sprung Fox suspension, which makes
setup a simple process. Just make sure
the Twinloc lever is set to the Descend
mode, and set the air pressure for
matched 25- to 30-percent sag front and
rear. The Twinloc lever keeps you from
adjusting the compression damping
independently, meaning if one of the
suspension components is off, there’s
no way to dial it in independently on
the fly. Making sure the suspension
is matched and balanced is key. Both
bikes have a relatively high standover
height, which could be tough for
Handling differences: Right off the