Released November 3
Full / 150mm rear, 150mm front
The all-new Genius is the ultimate trail bike. Smart suspension, smarter features, and the smartest design lead to an unbelievable trail bike that just can’t get enough, no matter whether you’re conquering high alpine trails or shredding single tracks with your buddies. The Genius, any trail, any time.
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|Weight||34.8 lbs||34.8 lbs||34.2 lbs||32.6 lbs||32.6 lbs||31.7 lbs||31.1 lbs||31.7 lbs||29.3 lbs||28.2 lbs|
|Fork||Marzocchi Bomber Z2||RockShox Lyrik||Fox Rhythm Float 36||Fox Rhythm Float 36||Fox Rhythm Float 36||Öhlins RXF36||Fox Performance Elite Float 36||Fox Performance Elite Float 36||Fox Factory Float 36||Fox Factory Float 36|
|Groupset||NX Eagle, SX Eagle||NX Eagle, SX Eagle||XT, Deore||XT, Deore||XT, Deore||GX Eagle AXS||GX Eagle AXS||GX Eagle AXS||X01 Eagle AXS, GX Eagle AXS||XX1 Eagle AXS, SRAM|
|Drivetrain||1 × 12||1 × 12||1 × 12||1 × 12||1 × 12||1 × 12 Electronic||1 × 12 Electronic||1 × 12 Electronic||1 × 12 Electronic||1 × 12 Electronic|
|Travel||150mm rear, 150mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front||150mm rear, 160mm front|
Based on build material and quality level of the frame, fork, wheelset, groupset, suspension system, and more. Learn more →
|Top Tube Length||567||599||628||656|
|Seat Tube Length||380||410||440||470|
|Seat Tube Angle||76.8||77.1||77.2||77.4|
|Head Tube Length||90||100||120||135|
|Head Tube Angle||65.1||65.1||65.1||65.1|
🐐 Measurements listed in millimeters and degrees
Tom MarvinNov 3, 2022
A stable pedalling bike that'll get you up the hills efficiently, before happily barrelling down the other side, in an aggressive, yet playful manner.
Fast and efficient uphill
Poppy and engaging back down
Stiff frame/wheel/cockpit compromises hand comfort
Rear brake lacks oomph
Tyler BenedictNov 3, 2022
A longer, lower, slacker frame improved looks & handling, but it's the new rear shocks that deliver versatile ride characteristics.
Felix RauchNov 3, 2022
We put the brand new 2023 SCOTT Genius ST Tuned to the test, offering 160/150 mm travel, and featuring the new FOX FLOAT X Nude shock.
Clean looking and highly integrated frame
Excellent added features like the TyreWiz and the tools hidden in the axle
TracLoc remote isn’t the most intuitive to use
Flimsy tire casings that don’t live up to the bike’s potential
Paul BurwellNov 3, 2022
It’s been five years since Scott launched a new Genius. That feels like like a lifetime, and not only in development terms compared to the current best trail bikes on the market, so what has Scott got up its sleeve (or in this case, seat tube) with the crafty new Genius? Need to know 29in wheel trail bike with 160/150mm of front and rear travel Integrated Suspension Technology with the rear shock mounted inside the frame ST version has three suspension modes: Climb, Ramp Control and Descend. Fox 36 Factory fork with Grip2 damper is NOT connected to the handlebar remote Full carbon chassis, carbon crankset, carbon wheelset and carbon one-piece handlebar. Adjustable head angle using a rotating Acros headset cup Full Syncros cable integration Bold new World Before we get into the details on the new Genius, let’s back up a bit. Scott became the majority shareholder in Bold Cycles back in 2019, as it had a unique frame design with an internal shock and some neat geometry adjustments. Bold is still running as an independent brand and came out with the new Linkin Trail last year, but Scott has spent over two years adapted the technology to suit its specific needs, the new 150mm travel Genius the fruit of those labours. There are some obvious practical benefits to hiding the shock inside the frame, but from a purely aesthetic point of view it makes the bike look incredibly clean. Apart from a little loop of brake hose and remote cable at the handlebar of the Genius ST 900 Tuned, there’s nothing to spoil that sleek silhouette. Other companies have dabbled with internal or partly hidden shocks but the rear shock on the Genius is fully housed inside the frame. To access the shock adjusters and air valve, you press on a little button on the shock door and it pops open. Even this little bit of technology is cool – it’s actually borrowed from NASCAR where it’s used to hold the bodywork on. Everything you need to make suspension adjustments – the air valve, rebound and compression dials – are just behind this door. You add air to the shock in the conventional manner but because you can’t see the O-ring, Scott has built an external sag indicator into the link, just behind the seat tube. The link is forged 7075 aluminium and features a splined axle design, almost like a BB spindle that allows Scott to run bigger bearings, which improves durability. The little sag indicator, which functions like the O-ring, is really neat too. Enclosing the shock means it’s protected from the elements, so the seals are going to last longer and even jet washing the bike doesn’t have the same consequences. Scott did hint at running rear shocks without seals for improved suspension feel, but currently it’s erring on the side of caution. We suspect that may be a feature on the next bike to get an internal shock though, and you don’t have to …Continue reading »
Lightweight, precise and incredibly clean. Independent fork adjustment on ST version
The price. The bar and stem are slightly unforgiving
Marco TonioloNov 3, 2022
Today Scott is releasing their new Genius, an All Mountain rig with 29-inch wheels and 160 / 150mm of travel at the front and rear respectively. The thing that immediately catches the eye is the frame with the hidden shock absorber, along the lines of the Spark. Read on for a deeper dive… Geometry The bike on test is in size M. I am 179cm tall and I find myself straddling the M and L. In this case the 460mm reach was sufficient for a nice central position which, assisted by a saddle angle of 77.1° and a 440mm chain
The new Genius applies our patented Integrated Suspension Technology. Not only does this make for a fantastic looking bike, but it also allows us to improve the bikes suspension performance. Primarily, we can engineer frames with a lower center gravity, resulting in better handling, and a more stable, confidence inspiring ride for the end user. Additionally, the frame’s construction is stiffer around the BB, which reduces unnecessary movements laterally to the direction of the shock’s travel. It goes without saying that the shock is also protected from debris and the elements, two of the main enemies when it comes to shock performance.
Setting sag and checking travel use is easier than ever before with the new Genius. An external indicator on the link allows the end user to easily set
Accessing the integrated shock is just a button away. The downtube door that is featured on all Genius models is super simple to remove - just push the button, pop off the cover and shock access is granted. The opening is quite large, making things like cable routing much easier. Additionally, removing the shock is a piece of cake. A window on the seattube gives direct access to the shockbolt.
This 29” wheel size specific frame features 150mm of rear suspension paired with a 160mm fork. The new Genius platform has been tailored to the demands of the modern trail bike. We’ve applied an intelligent application of slacker, longer and lower with an even more capable geometry than its predecessor. We wanted a Genius that continued to excel going up the hill, while having all the tools necessary for an even better time down to the valley floor. As is the case with many of our mountain bikes, head angle is adjustable. The bike comes with headset cups that allow you to choose between a 64 or 65 degree head angle. Carbon models are also shipped with an additional, standard 64.5 degree headset cups. With this bike’s predecessor, we already had a solid suspension platform to work with. Changes to shocks and the amount of capability expected in this category has led to an increase in progression and optimization of the kinematic.We also applied some principles from our award-winning Ransom platform. What we end up with is a classic Genius vibe perfect for all day epic’s and add to that a solid pinch of party for when the trail points downward.
We’ve applied our stiffness and lightweight zone principle to the Genius. Through strategic reinforcement of certain areas in the stiffness zone, we can really maximize weight savings elsewhere. SCOTT MTB’s have always focused on stiffness to weight ratios – we want bikes that are strong but that won’t weigh you down when you’re out in the mountains. For the new Genius, this would be no different. Our goal was to have a similar framekit weight to the previous bike, but with added integration and improved frame characteristics – something we’ve achieved to great effect. Frame and hardware weigh in at only 2295g while providing a bike that can handle the riding that big mountains throw at it.
The Genius features a 55mm chainline. Through this, we can really optimize tire clearance while not sacrificing rear end stiffness. Furthermore the all-new Genius is available in full carbon, carbon/alloy hybrids, or full alloy models. All bikes in the range benefit from the same levels of integration, the updated geometry, and incredible suspension performance.
We’re introducing the Genius in two different formats, Genius 900 and Genius Super Trail, or “ST.” Our all-new Genius 900 platform takes a tradition of versatile trail bikes and delivers a package that is ideal for any trail, any time, while the ST is tailored to more aggressive riding. While both of these bikes run the same frame layout, they have very unique characters. At the heart of both layouts is our NUDE shock platform, which has been a preeminent feature of the Genius family for over a decade. You’ll find the NUDE 5T shock on the Genius 900, and a brand-new addition to the NUDE Family on the Genius ST – the Float X NUDE from FOX. With this shock, we apply our unique in-house technologies to a platform that suites even more aggressive riding.
In terms of geometry, the main difference between both platforms is the head angle. Genius 900 comes stock with a 65-degree head angle, while the Genius ST comes in with a slacker 64 degree head angle. Now of course, with our angle adjust headset that is available on both models, you can play around with this to see what suits you best. Each version has a different approach with regards to spec, ultimately resulting in two different characters on the trail.
Both the Genius 900 and Genius ST Platforms feature our NUDE Suspension technology. However, they apply that technology in different ways.
The Genius features a Hixon Cockpit from Syncros which has undergone a redesign with refined ergonomics for both backsweep and upsweep, two options for rise depending on frame size (15mm and 25mm) and two stem lengths. Multiple options exist for computer mounts, lights, etc. with the possibility to mount on the stem cap but also out the front of the bar using two threaded inserts. All cables flow neatly under the bar and into the headset leading to clean, clutter free cockpit. Speaking of headset, swapping head angle is easy. Just take off your cockpit, remove headset cups, rotate them each 180 degrees, and reassemble. No need to cut any cables or bleed any brakes. Cable integration is not exclusive to the one-piece cockpits though. Syncros also has a series of stems and bars to match allowing for the same great cable integration but with the ability to run a higher rise bar for example.