Preview: Scott Bike’s 650b Genius 700 and 29er Genius 900

Scott launches 29er and 650b (27.5) Genius bikes, and ditches the 26-inch wheel size for this model.

By Ryan LaBar

For its 10th birthday, the Scott Genius received not only a complete frame and suspension redesign, but also a complete wheel-size change. Scott will now offer the Genius in 650b (27.5-inch) and 29-inch wheel sizes–only the Genius LT will have 26-inch wheels.

Aside from the original concept of the Genius–having two bikes in one by changing the suspension’s travel and damping settings–Scott has changed everything about the bike (however, according to Scott, the Genius LT will remain unchanged). The pull-shock has been replaced with the more-common push-style rear shock its linkage and frame have been beefed up (while loosing some weight) and the bikes as a whole gain an aesthetic similar to the new Scott Spark series.

The Scott Genius 700 (650b/27.5)’s travel is adjustable from 150 to 100 to 0 millimeters with the flip of a thumb.

The Scott Genius 900 has less travel at 130 millimeters, that can be lowered to 90 and 0 millimeters.

The redesigned Geniuses feature internal cable routing for a clean look.

All the pivots have been beefed up for improved stiffness. The massive bottom-bracket area helps with fame stiffness and power transfer.

As far as the numbers go, both bikes are pretty neutral for the trail/light all-mountain category:

The Genius 700 series (650b), in its low setting, sports a 67.7-degree head angle, a 73.8-degree seat angle (effective), a 13.6-inch-high bottom bracket and 17.3-inch chainstays.

The Genius 900 series (29er), in its low setting, is equipped with 69-degree head angle, a 74-degree seat angle (effective), a 13.2-inch-high bottom bracket and 17.7-inch chainstays.

Bike magazine has had the chance to ride these bikes on the buff and fast singletrack of Sun Valley, Idaho. Check back for more photos and our first impressions on these bikes on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.