Interbike 2015 – Scott Plus Bikes

by Brian Mullin on November 4, 2015

The Genius 700 Tuned Plus was my show favorite for bikes this year and the distinctive qualities of the 27.5+ tires and wide rims along with Scott’s frameset design and geometry make it a stand out.

Genius 700 Tuned Plus

The Genius 700 Tuned Plus is a 27.5+ bike with 140mm of travel in front and 130mm of travel in the rear, and the front triangle is full carbon while the rear is made from aluminum. It can accommodate up to 3-inch sized tires in the rear and comes kitted with the top of the line components including an SRAM X01 drivetrain and Shimano XTR brakes.


It was spec’d with Nobby Nic 27.5″ x 2.8″ tires and the wide Syncros TR1.5 Plus carbon rims (45mm outer/40mm inner) that utilize Boost hubs in the front and rear. For suspension purposes, it uses the Fox 34 FIT4 Factory fork and the FOX Nude rear shock that have been Plus tuned, and they can be controlled by the TwinLoc lever on the handlebars, allowing for on-the-fly platform adjustments. The bike gets a slack 67.5° head angle (Genius Plus)and has a two position adjustment chip that alters the BB height.

Ride Impressions

After about 100 yards on the trails at Bootleg Canyon at the Outdoor Demo, the Genius 700 Tuned Plus felt like it was an old friend and I felt totally in tune with the bike. The 140mm/130mm of travel and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.8-inch wide tires seemed perfect for the rough and rugged trails at Bootleg, providing plenty of traction and control and ride plushness. I was flying off small ledges getting some fun air, and I was seeking the gnarliest and most technical lines everywhere possible. Besides the excellent ride quality, the bike had decent slow speed steering, which was surprising for a bike with such fat tires.

The FOX’s suspension working in synergy with the dynamics and geometry of the bike and the increased footprint of the plus sized tires and wide carbon rims provided amazing amounts of traction, braking, and cornering. I didn’t do a whole lot of climbing with the bike, but I purposely took it up a long nasty loose hill, and the plus tires and the bike suspension system gave tractor like traction galore. There are a couple of technical sections on one of the trails at Bootleg that I have done over the years, where most bikes fail miserably, and this bike easily nailed them like they weren’t even there, offering inspiring amounts of control. The bike felt stable, balanced, nimble and in control anywhere I took it, from smooth trails to chunder nightmares and everything in between.

Conclusions

The Genius 700 Tuned Plus was my show favorite this year and the distinctive qualities of the 27.5+ tires and wide rims along with Scott’s frameset design and geometry make it stand out. I loved this Plus sized bike, and I’ll get to the point and just call it stunning.

MSRP: $7,999

Genius LT Plus

I next rode the Genius LT Plus which is the longer travel (LT) version of the Genius lineup. Although the increased suspension did soften some of the bigger terrain obstacles, I found the bike just felt confusing and a handful to manage on the trails. I can’t pinpoint the reasons, but it might be too much suspension for the design or tires, but the vagueness made it a tough bike to enjoy as much as the star child Genius 700 Tuned Plus.

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