2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned

Does the Swiss Army knife of all-mountain bikes live up to its MacGyver-like promise?

With as many bells and whistles as the Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned comes equipped with, it’s no wonder our testers had such varied thoughts about this capable bike. But while its unbeatable array of high-end components had us in love at first sight, after spending considerable trail time on the bike, some testers questioned whether it was trying to be too many things at once. Check out this video to see it straight from the horses’ mouths:

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Final Take: This Black Beauty has enduro racing etched into almost every detail.

Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned

Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned

Every year during the Bible of Bike Tests, a handful of standout bikes will elicit subtle expressions of surprise, satisfaction and even muted excitement from testers who are supposed to keep poker faces after their test rides. The Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned was certainly one of those bikes.

Though some testers' initial reactions were more subdued than mine, by the time the rust-colored Sedona dust had settled after a long day on our trail/all-mountain course, the verdict was overwhelmingly favorable. Most of us were hard-pressed to find a significant flaw, and our roundtable discussions on the bike resembled a high-school gossip circle trying to poke holes in the talents of the kid voted "Most Likely to Succeed."

But there was little doubt about the Genius LT 700's prospects for success—especially in areas such as enduro racing, where everyone agreed the bike could achieve its true potential. While its shorter-travel sibling has already proved to be an incredibly capable trail bike that could moonlight as a whip for technical stage races, this longer-travel Genius has upped the descending ante without sacrificing much in the way of climbing prowess.

The geometry felt well balanced, which, along with its relative lightness, gave the bike a snappy, playful character that compelled me to charge technical climbs and descents with equal alacrity. We agreed the Genius LT 700 really came into its own with the FOX Nude CTCD shock wide open when tearing through chunky descents at high speed.

As one should expect of a $7,600 bike, the Genius LT 700's parts kit was superb. With a sensible SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Shimano XTR brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires with SnakeSkin sidewalls and 760-mil-wide Syncros bars with a 50-mil stem, the bike was a beauty straight out of the box. –BRICE MINNIGH