Trail Testing: Scott Genius 710

The latest addition to the Wrecking Crew’s test fleet is the Scott Genius 710. The “710” refers to the 27.5-inch wheelsize. The Genius features an HMF carbon front triangle with geometry designed from the ground up for the new wheel size.

Scott’s TwinLoc system features a three position, Lock-Trail-Descend” damper on both the Fox Talas fork and DT Swiss Nude2 shock which are simultaneously controlled by a handlebar mounted lever. The open position allows full travel, front and rear. One click switches the rear shock to Traction mode, while the fork remains fully active. Click again and rear shock and fork lock at the same time. While we have been critical of Fox’s CTD handlebar remote system, the TwinLoc lever is a much lower profile design.

The 710 is the second tier offering from Scott and features trusty Shimano XT components. The Shadow Plus rear derailleur keeps the chain from clanging against the aluminum rear triangle.

The direct post mount brake position on the chainstay handles braking forces exerted on the rear triangle more effectively and saves weight. It also keeps the bike looking clean with the brakes tucked neatly away.

Scott’s IDS-SL dropout system allows for either 142x12mm, 135x12mm or 135x5mm rear axle configurations. The Genius 710 comes stock with a 142x12mm through axle for improved stiffness.

As much as we love dropper posts, the clutter that many of them cause on our bikes can be a bummer. Thankfully, Scott took care of that issue by giving the Genius a cable port for the Rockshox Reverb Stealth Post, which fixes the hydraulic actuation line to the bottom of the post.. This means that there is no annoying loop of slack cable housing created when the seat is lowered.

Carbon, meet aluminum. The aluminum rear triangle is very cleanly designed and continues the smooth lines created by the carbon front triangle but at less cost.

The wrecking crew strives to put as many miles as possible on each test bike before we write a full review. Watch for the full write-up on this bike in the coming pages of Mountain Bike Action.