We just received the Scott Genius 720 trail bike in for testing. This is the 650b/27.5 version of the Genius and the bike has been completely re-designed from previous years. The frame is Scott's IMP carbon and the downtube on this thing is massive! The bottom bracket is pretty beefy too. The Genius features 150mm of travel and the 720 models features a Fox 34 Talas 650b Evolution fork paired with a Scott/DT Swiss Nude2 air shock.

Other spec highlights include a Shimano XT/SLX groupset, SLX brakes, Syncros controls (stem, handlebar, grips, seatpost, saddle), Syncros TR 2.5 650b/27.5 wheelset and Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650b tires. We are also pleased that the Genius 720 comes with pedals, even if they aren't the top of the line ones from Shimano.

We will be doing an in-depth write-up on the Genius 720 and comparing it to other 650b/27.5 bikes, but for now, here are a few pix.

For more info: www.scott-sports.com

This is just one of many 650b/27.5 bikes for our Round Up. The complete list of bike we're testing is available here: