Last year’s version of the SCOTT Genius was a great success and the bike is still extremely popular. With its aggressive geometry and great climbing characteristics it has already managed to take the win in one of our previous trail-bike comparison test. For the new season SCOTT revised and optimized the Genius-concept even further and gifted it with a new especially-developed NUDE TR shock and an improved spec.

The SCOTT Genius is back for the new season. And not just with an elegant black finish but also with a revised spec and innovative rear shock.

Don’t worry SCOTT doesn’t rely on a PullShock this time around. At first glance the new NUDE TR shock looks a bit like the FOX NUDE with twin-loc adjustment that we know from the previous Genius version. The revised shock features an enlarged air chamber for a more sensitive response and an external adjustment knob which allows you to change the rear-end progression without opening the shock — this way you can quickly and efficiently adjust the bike to your liking and adapt it to different riding scenarios.

New for 2019: the FOX NUDE TR shock with compression setting
By turning the adjustment knob you can reduce the volume of the air chamber and increase the shock’s progression
The NUDE TR shock can be found exclusively on SCOTT bikes

Alongside the new shock SCOTT has also revised the Twin-Loc lever. Now it’s even slimmer and more ergonomic than the previous version and is ribbed for more grip.

The new Twin-Loc lever is now slimmer and more ergonomic

If you ride fast you want to make sure you can stop quickly. However the SRAM Guide / 180 mm-rotor combo used on the previous version of the Genius was pushed to its limits a little too easily by the fast nature of the bike . That’s why SCOTT decided to gift the newest version of the Genius with a powerful four-piston Shimano XT brake for the new season.

New 4-pots Shimano XT-brakes provide powerful deceleration
Just like last year the Genius comes with elegant spacers…
… and a flip-chip to change the geometry settings

All spec options and prices will be disclosed at EUROBIKE.

More info will be available soon at scott-sports.com.

Words & Photos: Christoph Bayer

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Christoph Bayer

Christoph loves to be kept on his toes – both on the bike and in his role for ENDURO. He’s known as the guy in charge of the bi-monthly magazine and masquerades as both its editor and photographer. You’ll usually find him tearing up the mountains on his bike, soaking up the flow or tackling technical, narrow trails.