Scott Sports has almost completely revamped their lineup of bikes for 2014. Most significant is the addition of optional 650b (27.5) wheels to almost all of their existing models. Scott is offering the Spark, Scale, Genius, and Genius LT in both 27.5 and 29 versions. 26 inch wheels are only found on Scott’s downhill and dirt jump frames, the Gambler and Voltage.
Scott is obviously positioning themselves as a “big wheel” bike company, but that doesn’t mean it’s all XC style 29ers. Take the new Genius LT for example: Scott’s new enduro bike blends 27.5″ wheels with a carbon frame featuring 170mm of travel. Following the success of 650b wheels across the board this summer, Scott has taken the wheel size and applied it in a way not many other companies have been able to accomplish. We’re starting to see long travel carbon 650b bikes more often, but none have drawn our attention like this one.
Scott has released a video of Brendan Fairclough and Nino Schurter putting the bike to the test. Although we might not all be pro riders, we can all enjoy this awesome combination. Easily one of the most versatile bikes available. For those who were a fan of the old Genius LT, this frame is now 400 grams lighter than the old frame. That’s right – bigger wheels, lighter bike. Go figure, I let the bike companies figure that one out…
Early ride reports have shown rave reviews of the new bike. As soon as we can get our hands on one we’ll give you a full low down on how it rides. In the meantime, check out the video, read up on this awesome bike, and wait patiently until you can get your hands on one!
What Scott says about the new Genius LT:
“The Genius LT 700 is SCOTT’s new Enduro Bike, designed for rough all mountain terrain and tuned for racing. Equipped with the new 27.5” wheel standard, these bikes have the benefit of better rollover and better traction compared to the old 26” version. TwinLoc allows for efficient pedaling, and thanks to its 170mm of travel, the LT offers the perfect mix of both 27.5 wheel size geometry and suspension to handle all kinds of technical descents.”