SCOTT Genius 720 PLUS . . . . . . . What’s it all about?
Words by Velo Bikes Ulverston
on 04/12/2015 12:15:37
On Saturday the 28th of November, I took the decision to take out our PLUS sized Genius 720 Demo bike that we have at our Grizedale store. With all the hype, confusion and misunderstanding of these bikes, I felt it was only right to see what it was all about in person. There is only sooooo much you can read about a bike, but none of it compares to actually getting out and riding it.
Firstly, our demo bikes are available to anyone who wishes to go and have a play on something new, we have Plus bikes, Fat bikes and Enduro/AM bikes from a range of brands. Its worth having a look, there may be something that will change your whole perspective on what it was you thought you wanted.
The Tyres aren't that big . . . . . . . . .
Back to the Genius . . . . . The 720 Plus is kitted out with some nice gear. The forever fun and playful genius is running 130mm of Fox travel paired with 140mm Fox 34 fork. There is a 3 stage lock out system for both shock and fork, available by the flick of a lever on the bars. Running a 2x10 Shimano setup, it gives plenty of versatility. finished off with a range of Syncross parts and an Xfusion Dropper.
A big Questionable part of the plus bikes has been tyre choice. The 720 comes equipped with Front: Nobby Nic EVO / 2.80x27.5, Rear: Rocket Ron EVO / 2.80x27.5 . . . . . . .I must point out that our bike Had a Rocket Ron on the front and rear.
Out for the adventure
Opinions time . . . .
I took the Genius for a spin around Grizedale, and apart from a little mechanical that couldn’t be helped, my first impressions were good. The ride is smooth and with little, if any, notice of resistance on the climbs.
The first issue i had with it was the 2x10 drivetrain. This is just me being grumpy and too used to my 1x11, so I’m not going to have a rant about it. The gears changed nicely and there is a perfect range of gears available.
All the components felt and worked as they should. The shock and fork lockout are a good feature, and the lever works brilliantly. My only gripe was the Dropper lever, which had little to no feel to it, but it worked fine and the post went up and down as it should.
“With more time in the saddle, the Plus Genius will become more and more fun every time you ride it.”
The main thing I noticed about the Genius, is how fun and playful the bike is. The larger tyres give a smooth ride that flows, giving you the urge to hop about as much as you can. It gives you a certain sense of enjoyment I haven't had from another bike. I’m not sure if this is down the the Plus sized tyres or the fact that it has shorter travel than what I’m used to. Either way I really enjoyed it.
The day before I took this out, Pat from our Grizedale shop had been out on it, so it only seemed fair to compare each others views. We seemed to be under the same impressions that the bike is truly fun to ride. We both believe that spending more time on the bike and having a fiddle with tyre pressure and tyre choice would help us better understand it. I found the with a higher tyre pressure the bike is smooth, fun and bouncy, which I suspect will be perfect for a flowy trail centre trail. But dropping the tyre pressure to find grip in the rough/sloppy stuff, wasn't overly helpful (maybe with the correct front tyre, this could change).
I believe, currently, these bikes are perfect for a beginner/intermediate rider, who is after a bit more security and fun with their rides. It’s a very forgiving bike, that doesn't take much effort to really enjoy. Like with all bikes, it’s the right bike for certain folk. If it takes your fancy, then I’d have no hesitation in telling you to buy one. With more time in the saddle, the Plus Genius will become more and more fun every time you ride it.
“If you like it, get out and enjoy it”
The ethos here is; try new things, if you like it, get out and enjoy it. It’s only bike riding at the end of the day.
Demo bikes are available at Grizedale, and upon request at our Ulverston store. Prices are £40 for half day or £50 for a full day. Through the winter months Grizedale is open from 9 – 430.
If you have any questions about what demo bikes we have on offer, give our Grizedale shop a call on 01229 860369.
Below are some more photos of my cold day out. Thanks for reading
Stuart @ Velo