2015 Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned: Now With Fox 36
Touting some of the lightest (if not the lightest) trail bikes on the market has its advantages, but tell me as much as you want about how Europeans ride their bikes and I’m still not buying in to overstretched forks. In putting the 2015 Fox 36 on the 170mm Genius LT, Scott has dispelled my concerns with a noodly front end – which lets me dig in to the goods without having to dance around a fork I just can’t get behind.
Beyond the fork update, the Genius LT has seen a number of refinements that help Scott keep the bike light as all hell yet improve the ride and performance. A new shock tune complements the damping change up front, while an updated carbon layup has the 2015 Genius LT 700 tuned tipping the scales below the weight of the model it replaces – even with the new fork. Scott claims 2450 grams for a medium frame with shock and 26.6 pounds for the complete bike.
Jumping on the LT I couldn’t help but notice just how light it feels for the amount of travel it boasts. Despite the relatively slack 66.3º head angle and Schwalbe Super Gravity tires, the front end of the Genius LT was downright snappy. Scott specs the small and medium frames with 50mm stems and the large with a 60, and the top tube lengths are long to complement. The LT rides high in its travel, but you will use all of the travel. While the fork is a major improvement, the Genius still rides “smaller” than its travel numbers would suggest, the counterpoint of a highly efficient pedaling long travel platform.
Scott’s TwinLoc remote suspension adjustment system is implemented here, giving an already light and decent-pedaling platform a major advantage on the ups. The Fox-made Nude shock is stickered “CTCD” with the usual Trail mode replaced with Traction Control. One click of the button puts you into TC mode with 110mm of rear travel, while another click all but locks out the suspension front and rear. I really appreciate this feature on the rear end, but giving up Fox’s excellent RC2 damping cartridge in the fork is a (fixable) loss in my opinion.
As expected, the top shelf Genius LT 700 Tuned model is spec’d with a finely curated selection of parts, from the 6″ drop 31.6 Reverb to XTR brakes to a X01 1×11 drivetrain. Complementing the major components is a finishing kit from Scott’s house brand, Syncros, with a new wheelset, upper chain guide, and a 760mm wide, 35mm clamp bar/stem combo. But enough of that. Let’s look at some photos.
The 2015 Genius LT gets the burly fork its 170mm of rear travel deserves and as a result steps beyond the underforked Genius models of the past. At $7999 USD the Tuned model isn’t cheap, but with a number of refinements the 2015 bike presents a better value than last year’s model, and it’s definitely one of the lightest box-stock 170mm bikes you’ll find. Have a look at the range of Genius 700, 900, and LT models HERE.
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