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You don’t have to be a Genius… Redux

Posted by Brett S Kennedy on Tuesday December 4 2012

…to work out that 650b is here and not just a furphy anymore. Today we received our Scott Genius 720 test bike and threw it together for a car park spin. “Geez, it feels efficient!” said Caleb before realising he’d locked out the front and rear suspension via the Twinloc lever. I thought it did indeed feel snappy, but who can really tell from a 50 metre burst on tar? We’re looking forward to giving it a burl on the dirt for sure.

What we do know is that it looks just like a 26″ bike until you read the 650b label on the Nobby Nic tyres.

The Twinloc lever controls the front and rear suspension through three modes; Full 150mm travel both ends in Open mode, firming the rear shock and keeping the fork active in Traction mode, and locking out both the shock and fork in Lockout mode. The SLX brakes (and shifters) are no-frills but work damn well when compared to their lighter, more expensive siblings.

There’s routing for a RockShox Reverb Stealth post, or if you have a standard externally-routed dropper you can run the cable through the frame and under the BB to keep things a bit tidier.

There’s ISCG05 tabs for your favourite chainguide, but we’re not sure what the red thing is.  We’re also  a bit baffled as to why there’s a triple crankset on a bike like this. The cables pop out here too (and obviously need a trim).

Nice post mounting for the rear brake is nestled between the stays to keep things stiff and light. The rear triangle is aluminium and comes with a Syntace/DT 142×12 through-axle.

Plenty of carbon around the BB92 shell to keep things extra stiff.

A tapered head tube and internal cable routing to tidy up the mass of cables somewhat. Syncros (now owned by Scott) supply the bars, stem and seatpost.

The DT Nude2 air shock is all new, and big beefy sealed bearings keep the linkage stout and slop-free.

An XT Shadow Plus derailleur keeps the chain bounce down out back. The rims are Syncros-labelled DT Swiss, hubs are DT too.

So Rod’s made a few tweaks to the Genuis and he brought it by the office for us to check out… 

From a distance it may look like the same bike. But the Genius 720 has had a bit of a make over.

 

The triple chain ring is gone, replaced with an XT two ring setup, and with that the long cage rear mech has disappeared and morphed into a medium cage. Rods custom designed RAM chain guide is doing a stella job holding the the chain in place.

Dropper Post… need we say more…

And it wouldn’t be a trail bike with out a nice short stem and a Easton Havoc bar…

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  1. An XT Shadow Plus derailleur keeps the chain bounce down out back.
  2. The DT Nude air shock is all new, and big beefy sealed bearings keep the linkage stout and slop-free.
  3. A tapered head tube and internal cable routing to tidy up the mass of cables somewhat.
  • genius bike tester

    turns out the bike has a 135mm QR wheel. you can change the drop out chips to 142 x 12mm

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      oh, and the red thing is the bolt-on iscg plate that has extensions to prevent chain dropping on to bb shell

  • genius bike tester

    i thought this bike might generate some interest here??? is everyone in shock still over being told their 26″ bikes are obsolete? I can tell you that bigger wheels roll better and bb is lower than wheel axles so wagon wheeled bikes are smoother and corner better. But you cant get 29er wheels to go long travel very well, so here is 650b. this particular bike plows through the rough like a hovercraft and the shock can be set up soft or firm, due to lack of bottom-out and crisper action in the 100mm travel mode. very stiff and stable, hugs the ground beautifully,def not a nimble popping lightweight. A great enduro race bike, begs to be ridden HARD.