Scott completely redesigned its mountain bike line for 2018. The newest version of the Genius 920 blends a rowdy get-it-happening attitude on rough terrain with a ride that is efficient and precise on undulating singletrack, and especially sharp when climbing.
Changes to the frame include a vertical shock and the ability to accommodate both 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels. Tire clearance on the 150mm-travel frame is substantial: You can fit tires up to 29×2.6 inches or 27.5×2.8 inches. The 700-series and 900-series bikes use the same frame (700s come with 27.5+ wheels, while 900s get 29-inch hoops).
Scott sticks with a single, handlebar-mounted TwinLoc trigger, which adjusts the fork and shock simultaneously: When you toggle through the three TwinLoc positions, you’re not only changing the compression damping of the Fox Performance 34 fork, you’re also changing the air volume and compression damping settings of the shock. This allows the bike to ride higher in its travel in the middle and lock settings, which keeps the angles steeper and the bottom bracket higher.
It provides better midstroke support and makes the steering sharper, all by changing the ramp of the air spring. And it’s easy to use: When you crest a climb, a flick of the lever is all it takes to change the bike’s attitude—no more fumbling around at the shock or on the fork. My only complaint: The TwinLoc lever is easier to access than the control for the dropper post, which I use more frequently; the cockpit would be better if these controls were switchable.
At almost 30 pounds, the Genius 920 is no lightweight, though it does fall in line with other bikes in its travel and use range. And it rides lighter than its weight suggests. It pedals crisply, and thanks to its ability to rapidly change shock settings, behaves better than similar bikes on all-day rides and longer transitions. On rough ground, both ends of the suspension work well together.
In the wide-open set- ting, the bike gobbled up huge hits, while small-bump compliance was amazing in all settings. The wide tires span gaps and notches in rock gardens for really good traction and fewer sudden dismounts. The frame is stiff and responsive, reacting well to body English. I was able to thread through trees in tight sections with little wander and no awkward course corrections.
Redesigning a great bike doesn’t always improve the ride experience, but with the Genius 920, Scott delivers.