Similar Products Used: Cannondale Jekyll, Scalpel, Ellsworth Truth
Bike Setup: XTR 960 (uograded to 970 recently) all round, Ritchey WCS hbars, stem, seatpost
a Cross Country Rider
from Long Beach, Ca. USA
Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009
Strengths: Light, Quick, Great going up hill,Bike is front wieght bias front never lifts.
Weaknesses: Downhill is just ok, the heavy front sinks in sand. Need to keep your wiehgt back to unload the front.
Great bike,I purchased it off Ebay $1300 I got the frame, crank(being used on my wife's bike)Seat & post(post broke and been replaced)and headset. I ride mainly for the excersize and that's the uphill part of the. I don't bomb downhills or hit jumps.
The bike seating position is tall short and forward which is fine for me a friend of mine rode it and didn't like it.
The rear suspension feels strange at first, it's almost like a hardtail but you feel the ride is smooth.
Anyway I love the bike and reccomend as long as it's used for what it's designed for.
Bike Setup: Talas 140, Mavic slr's,FSA carbon exo, Hayes trail carbon brakes, xtr shift gear.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Jose, California
Date Reviewed: April 1, 2009
Strengths: Light and stiff. Easy flip switch for rear suspension control from 90mm to lockout.
Weaknesses: Tire clearance is good for 2.1" tires, no more. Though, it is proper size for its intended XC usage. Cable guide bolts get rusty. Derailleur hanger not replaceable.
This is a follow-up after 2 years of use. Still the best I can say. Proper usage is necessary. Pure XC, no jumping, no AM, no FR, and no DH. Make sure not to bang rear derailleur hanger to rocks. Or, keep your riding partner behind you at distance so they don't hit it from rear. I am still 200 lbs but the frame and shock holds good still after 2 years. If you can get one and you weigh less than me, it's heaven. BTW, this is the last generation Scott Genius with Horst link. New Genius is with higher leverage ratio and without Horst link in rear suspension. After 2 years, I still can't find one comparison across brands and all XC models. They don't make it anymore. Enjoy it...if you can nail one.
Strengths: Excellent geometry, light weight (24 lbs. w/tool kit & pump), extremely maneuverable, well balanced, handlebar switch for rear travel adjust, Terra Logic Fork
Weaknesses: Low pedal clearance, not sold in US, price
This bike is super light, gives quick acceleration, has excellent handling and maneuvering qualities with a downhill feel that is both solid and controlled. The Terra Logic fork and rear shock lockout combined with its light weight makes climbing feel easy. Bike geometry puts more weight forward allowing better traction and control. Rapid rise der & drivetrain respond quickly and decisively. I haven't, but a younger person may be able to reach the limits of this bike. If that's you, and you find one in good shape on ebay, get it!
Bike Setup: Fox F100 X Terra Logic, DT Swiss 4.1 wheels w/240s hubs, XTR drivetrain & dual shifters, Ritchey carbon headset, stem & seatpost, FSA Carbon cranks, Bontrager Revolt SuperX TR 2.1 (all but tires are original equipment)
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2008
Strengths: i was really disapointed with this
rubbish you very limited with what you can do on this heavy machine.slow its bad at climbing, cross country and even light trails it cant handle the pace people on cheaper bikes have rode faster than me.it is not very nice to look at its heavy and plastic.go for marin they are better. i rode of a small curb and had a hairline fracture on the carbon frame.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Jose, CA
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007
Strengths: Frame only. Carbon. Light, stiff, active and effective travel, travel adjustments.
Weaknesses: Expensive. Unavailable in U.S. My riding partner cared about the bike when I fell. Cable guide bolts get rusty.
Light and solid frame. I am 200 lbs, probably outside the sweetspot of this frame, but it makes me feel crusing and in control in trails. Complete bike everything is 23 lbs which makes uphill easier. Good geometry has front tire stick to ground. Stiff frame makes high-speed downhill confident. Excellent DT dual-barrel rear shock provides active and comfortable travel. Handlebar switch allows easy full, med, and lockout controls. Minor thing bothering is the cable guide bolts get rusty quickly. Should have used Ti or at least stainless bolt with this price. It's same thing with my Ranson Ltd.