Scott Genius 940 review
- Price: $3,799
- Gear: 1 x 12
- Frame material: Aluminum
- Tires: 29″
What We Like About It: The all-new Genius, features a patented integrated suspension system, making your off-road rides easier and more exhilarating.
What we don’t like about it: Some riders noticed a relatively large diameter of the inner tubes during the ride, which can cause creaking sounds when tackling harsh terrains.
The aesthetics of this bike are undeniably impressive. Wrapped around the internally housed X-Fusion NUDE 5 rear shock, it not only presents a sleek overall appearance but also builds high expectations for its suspension performance.
Moreover, the combination of Shimano Disc Brakes and SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed transmission instills confidence in me as I gear up to face challenges.
Next, we delve into the riding experience, key features, components, specifications, and alternative versions of the Scott Genius 940 in this analysis. In the latter half of this article, we also compare it with several other top bicycle models. If you’re interested in more bicycle reviews, feel free to follow us.
Situated in southeastern Utah, Moab National Park is a haven for many cycling enthusiasts to hone their skills and take on more challenging routes. The terrain here is diverse, offering an array of cycling paths that include gravel roads and even some sections with red rock and desert terrain. These varying road conditions might pose a challenge, especially for beginners. But I was quite confident; after all, I am an experienced rider!
Arriving at Moab, Utah, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to conquer the Slickrock Bike Trail. Although I completed the entire ascent, it was no easy feat.
Initially, with ample strength and Scott Genius 940’s Maxxis Dissector tires with 60tpi, I managed to ascend a considerable distance. However, as I progressed, I sensed that the tire pressure might have been a bit too high.
Just as I was about to remind Eve about the tire pressure issue, his tire burst. This compelled me to halt and assist him in repairing his bike. Simultaneously, I decided to lower the Genius 940’s tire pressure to 40tpi. This turned out to be a wise move.
As the incline grew steeper during the climb and unexpectedly, the Slickrock Bike Trail proved to be quite smooth, I realized that I was in for a tougher challenge. The smooth surface made it difficult to maintain forward momentum on the upward slope, which could be hazardous. At this point, I opted to lock the front fork to minimize energy loss due to rebound. Eventually, I powered through the final stretch of the climb.
Is that all?
I must admit that the performance of the Scott Genius 940 left me satisfied. Whether it was the 1×12 transmission or the enhanced traction provided by the Maxxis Dissector tires, both played significant roles during this ascent.
Yet, the Genius 940 didn’t disappoint during the downhill section either. Though not visible, the pivotal X-Fusion NUDE 5 RLX comes into play while in descent mode, optimizing suspension performance to the fullest. When you unmistakably feel the effects of its suspension, you can’t help but praise its effectiveness. It’s worth noting that the X-Fusion NUDE 5 RLX rear shock is internally housed, contributing to a lower center of gravity. From an engineering standpoint, a lower center of gravity equals enhanced stability and better control. Additionally, when faced with obstacles like jumps or tree roots, it effectively reduces the risk of overturning.
Moreover, the Shimano MT501 brakes left me with a positive impression. On routes with varying terrain conditions like this, the braking force remained consistent, and the operation was smooth, devoid of any sluggishness. Also, due to the reputation of the Shimano brand, I have great confidence in its durability.
In sum, the performance of the bike throughout this period of riding tests left me content. Of course, it’s not without its imperfections, considering the price point, alternatives like Santa Cruz and Yeti are also noteworthy options. If you’re eager for more, stay tuned; we’ll be bringing you more riding tests in the future.
The frame of the Scott Genius 940 is made of aluminum, and its overall weight falls within an acceptable range for me. Aluminum frames manage to strike a balance between strength and relatively lightweight. Additionally, opting for an aluminum frame can save costs, which can then be invested in upgrading its essential components. Indeed, the Scott Genius 940 does just that. It opts for the SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed rear derailleur, and Shimano MT501 brake system. Moreover, its suspension system choices are the Marzocchi Z2 Air Rail and X-Fusion NUDE 5 RLX. This allows it to tackle a wider range of possibilities.
Moreover, internal cable routing ensures that vital cables remain shielded from natural elements, enhancing their longevity. This setup also reduces the likelihood of cables inadvertently snagging on obstacles during off-road rides in the wilderness.
However, due to the placement of the rear shock within the frame, the number of bottle cage mounts is relatively limited. This is something I find forgivable.
Additionally, its Syncros Duncan Dropper Post, crafted from high-strength aluminum, promises durability even in extreme natural conditions. When needed, a simple button press allows quick adjustments to your desired position.
Through riding tests on various terrains, we’ve gained a preliminary understanding of the power transmission system, wheelset, and more of the Scott Genius 940. It truly stands as a high-quality full-suspension endurance race bike.
However, the Scott Genius offers more than just this option, which prompted us to conduct further investigation.
Scott Genius 910
The Genius 910 belongs to the mid-to-high-end tier of this series, priced at a $3800 premium. But with a higher price tag comes good reason – its main frame is constructed from carbon fiber HMF material. It pays attention to even finer details, with nearly all components upgraded. For instance, it uses a 1×12 Electronic drivetrain, and the front suspension travel is extended by 10mm, featuring a more advanced FOX NUDE 5T EVOL fork. If you’re eager to learn more, feel free to shoot us an email.
Thanks to these high-end configurations, the Scott Genius 910 can accompany you in tackling even more challenging trails.
In conclusion, if you seek a more high-end trail experience and have a budget to match, the Scott Genius 910 is certainly worth a try.
What do we like about it?
- Crisp and efficient 1×12 SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain
- Powerful and durable Shimano MT501 hydraulic brakes
- Responsive Syncros Duncan Dropper Post
- Syncros Hixon Cockpit addressing cable integration issues
- Rear shock is hidden within the frame for a cleaner appearance, improved handling, and stability
What don’t we like about it?
- Limited choice of frame colors (can consider custom repainting to your preferred color)
- What is the head angle of this bike?
The head angle is 65.1°.
- What type of this bike?
It’s a full-suspension endurance mountain bike.
- What size options are available for this bike?
|5’2″ – 5’8″
|5’6″ – 5’11”
|5’10” – 6’3″
|6’1″ – 6’7″
|Genius Alloy 6061 Integrated Suspension Technology Virtual 4 Link kinematic / Adjustable head angle Syncros Cable Integration System BB92 / UDH Interface / 12x148mm with 55mm ChainlineBB Standard: BB86/BB92, Press FitHanger Standard: UDH
|Marzocchi Z2 Air Rail 3-Modes / 15x110mm QR axle / tapered steerer 44mm offset / Reb. Adj. / Lockout / 150mm travel
|X-Fusion NUDE 5 RLX Trunnion SCOTT custom w. travel / geo adj. 3 modes: Lockout-Traction Control-Descend Reb. Adj. Travel 150-100-Lockout / T185X55mm
|SRAM DUB PF 92 MTB Wide / shell 41x92mm
|Syncros – Acros Angle adjust & Cable Routing HS System +-0.6° head angle adjustment ZS56/28.6 – ZS56/40 MTB
|Syncros AM 2.0 Syncros Cable Integration System 4° rise / 6061 Alloy / 31.8mm / 1 1/8″
|Syncros Hixon 2.0 Alloy 6061 D.B. 12mm Rise / back sweep 8° / 780mm Syncros Endurance lock-on grips
|Syncros Tofino 2.5 Regular
|Syncros Duncan Dropper Post 31.6mm / S size 130mm / M size 150mm / L & XLsize 170mm
|SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed
|SRAM SX Eagle DUB 55mm CL / 32T
|SRAM SX Eagle Trigger
|SRAM SX-PG1210 / 11-50 T
|SRAM CN SX Eagle
|Shimano MT501 Disc
|Syncros X-30S / 32H / 30mm / Sleeve Joint
|Stainless Black 15G / 1.8mm
|Formula CL-811 / 15x110mm
|Formula CL-148S / 12x148mm
|Maxxis Dissector / 60TPI Foldable Tubeless Ready / EXO
|Shimano SM-RT30 CL / 203/F and 180/R
|Canyon Spectral 5
|MAXXIS Minion DHR II 27.5″ × 2.4”
|1 × 12
|SRAM Guide T hydraulic disc
|Trek Slash 9.7
|Bontrager XR5 Team Issue29x2.50”
|1 × 12
|Shimano M6100 hydraulic disc
|Cannondale Jekyll 2
|Maxxis Assegai, 29×2.5″29×2.4″
|1 × 12
|Shimano M6120 hydraulic disc
Scott Genius 940 vs Canyon Spectral 5
Both feature aluminum frames, but the Canyon Spectral 5 manages to be 2.6 lbs lighter than the Genius 940. Additionally, the Canyon Spectral 5 employs 27.5″ wheels, which offer greater agility compared to the 29″ wheels of the Canyon Spectral 5. However, the Scott Genius 940 tends to be slightly faster in terms of speed.
Both the Canyon Spectral 5 and Scott Genius 940 share the same front fork travel. Yet, whether it’s Canyon’s Rock Shox Pike Select or Scott’s Marzocchi Z2 Air Rail, both options are durable and dependable. If your focus frequently involves tackling rugged and challenging terrains, I’d suggest giving the Canyon Spectral 5 a shot.
Of course, if speed is more of what you’re after, the Scott Genius 940 is worth a try.
Scott Genius 940 vs Trek Slash 9.7
sTrek and Scott are both well-established brands, so these two bikes can both be solid choices. However, the Trek Slash 9.7 comes at a price that’s $1200 higher than the Scott Genius 940. Yet, the Shimano XT M8100 drivetrain on the Slash 9.7 is a top-tier drivetrain component, whereas the Genius 940 uses the entry-level SRAM NX Eagle from the SRAM Eagle series.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Scott Genius 940 is lacking. Its performance during actual rides has also satisfied me. However, when compared to the XT M8100, I do hold the Shimano XT M8100 on the Trek Slash 9.7 in higher regard.
Moreover, the Trek Slash 9.7 is equipped with Shimano M6100 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes. These brakes offer better braking performance, making them a superior choice for riders who enjoy off-road descents.
However, in terms of control, the Shimano M6100 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes might not offer the same level of control as the Shimano MT501 brakes on the Scott Genius 940, especially in wet or slippery conditions or when more precise control is needed. So, if you prioritize control, the Scott Genius 940 is worth a try.
Scott Genius 940 vs Cannondale Jekyll 2
In terms of price, the Cannondale Jekyll 2 is nearly $800 more expensive than the Scott Genius 940. However, the higher price is justified as the Cannondale Jekyll 2 features a carbon fiber frame. During actual riding, it’s quite noticeable that the Cannondale Jekyll 2 offers more agile control.
Furthermore, the Cannondale Jekyll 2 is equipped with a RockShox Zeb Select fork with a longer travel distance (170mm) compared to the Marzocchi Z2 Air Rail fork on the Scott Genius 940 (150mm). If I were to tackle technical or heavy-duty all-mountain rides, I would opt for the Cannondale Jekyll 2. Of course, for moderate off-road riding, I would be more inclined to use the Scott Genius 940.
Regarding brakes, the Scott Genius 940 employs the Shimano MT501, a dual-piston system. However, the Cannondale Jekyll 2 uses the Shimano M6120 with a four-piston system. Performance-wise, the Shimano M6120 is undoubtedly more powerful, but in terms of maintenance, the Shimano MT501 is easier to manage.
So, if you’re on a limited budget and prefer relatively simpler post-ride maintenance, among these two bikes, I’d recommend the Scott Genius 940.
If you have no such concerns, you’re welcome to give the Cannondale Jekyll 2 a try.
The above is our comprehensive review of the Scott Genius 940. It’s an excellent full-suspension endurance mountain bike. Considering all factors, we’ve assigned it a high score of 4.85. If you’re looking for more bicycle information, feel free to check out our other reviews.
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