2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Scott Contessa Genius 700

A versatile, value-packed ride that female or male riders can rock on a wide range of terrain

This bike impressed all the testers with its sensible component choice, lightweight, stealth matte-black carbon frame and variable suspension, making it practical for XC races or all-mountain rides. At the 3:30 mark in the video below, our testers address the one significant change that Scott made across the Genius platform this year that served the Contessa 700 extremely well.

SCOTT CONTESSA GENIUS 700
Price: $5,250
Contact: scott-sports.com
Direct Links: https://www.scott-sports.com/global/en/products/234191/scott-contessa-genius-700-bike/;jsessionid=45B56A4E1594EFE3CE6D56A9209ECB54

Final Take: A lightweight, versatile 6-inch-travel bike that could satisfy your all-mountain appetite for years.

Scott Contessa Genius 700

Scott Contessa Genius 700

The Contessa Genius 700 stood out as a superb bike among all the testers who rode it, female and male. It’s technically the women’s-specific version of the Genius 710, but the only real difference is the suspension is tuned for lighter riders and the seat angle is quite a bit slacker—68.4 degrees in the high bottom-bracket setting versus 74.5 degrees for the men’s version. Its stealth matte-black frame means guys who prefer the fit of the Contessa don’t have slink around praying no one sees them pedaling a chick’s bike.

Scott made two major changes to its 2014 line, and both of them stand out here. First, it has hugely committed to 27.5-inch wheels, and secondly, it smartly partnered with Fox Shox for its front fork and Nude rear shock. The TwinLoc remote-lockout suspension is highly versatile. In Lock mode, the rear suspension closes, while the front fork stays active, turning it into a quick-climbing machine. In Traction Control, both front and rear are set at 100 millimeters for mellower rides. Another click fully opens the suspension to 150 millimeters, creating an all-mountain superstar. One more bit of adaptability comes from the shock-mount chip in the linkage. By flipping the chip to low, the bottom bracket drops by 6 millimeters and the 68.4-degree headtube angle and seat angle slacken by half a degree.

The carbon-fiber frame is hung with a reliable XT 10-speed drivetrain, XT brakes with 180-millimeter front and rear rotors, internally routed RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, full Syncros cockpit and 2.25 tubeless-ready Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires, for an impressive 27.7-pound weight on size medium.

One tester noted that a bike this capable is befitting of a beefier Fox 34 fork. It would also be nice to see a Contessa version of the premium Genius models. –NICOLE FORMOSA

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