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Like previous versions of Scott Genius, this new model also featured a handlebar mounted switch that Scott calls Twin Loc. Cables run from the lever to Fox fork and shock. Flipping the switch halfway, as I did when the climbing began, closes one of two air chambers in the shock, reducing travel to 135mm, steepening the head angle by 0.5 degrees and raising the bottom bracket by 6mm. The 170mm downhill rig transformed into a nimble trail bike.
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Scott also unveiled, but I did not ride, a 27.5 inch production version of the Scale hardtail that Nino Schurter rode to a silver medal at the Olympic games in London last summer. Both bikes come in 27.5 inch and 29er versions, as does a shorter travel version of the Genius, which was introduced last summer. The new LT model, which I was now riding, is available only with 27.5 inch wheels.
.3 inches. To further stiffen the front then, the stem and handlebar uses a 35mm clamp diameter. The Twin Loc lever adds some cables to the front of the bike, but Scott designers did a nice job routing all the cables (rear brake, seat post, rear derailleur, and shock) inside the frame. It looks very clean. The bike comes in three versions, which range in price from $4,000 to $7,600.
With few significant obstacles on our chosen route, I left the Twin Loc lever in the half open position, and began down. Even with limited travel, the rear wheel flowed easily over the few roots and rocks I encountered. On Bermy we carved from one banked corner to the next. There, I slapped the lever into full travel. The turns were tight and steep in places and not once did I feel the bike wallow in the middle the Womens Converse White Dainty Mid Leather Trainers
This was our second day in Deer Valley, a resort near Park City, Utah. Already I had ridden a 27.5 inch wheel version of Scott redesigned Spark, a full suspension bike with 120mm of travel designed for marathon racing and fast paced trail riding. Like the Genius LT I was now riding, the Spark also featured a Twin Loc lever and Fox rear shock. On both bikes, the new shock felt like a significant improvement from the DT Swiss made model on previous versions. It has more supple damping, better mid stroke control and felt far less rampy, especially in the reduced travel mode.
Many considered details go into making such a pleasing ride. To start, the carbon frame is remarkably light, weighing 5.4 pounds with shock and hardware. The premium Tuned version I rode uses SRAM 1x11 drivetrain with an integrated guide that kept the chain in place. A nifty chip at the lower shock mount allows riders to increase the head angle by .5 degrees and raise the bottom bracket height by Converse Grey And Black
and Park City shrank below us. On a short vertiginous pitch, I pushed the lever all the way in, which simultaneously locked out the shock and fork, turning the Genius LT into an efficient hardtail. The fact that this high end version of the bikes weighs just over 27 pounds made the transformation even more dramatic.
We ascended again by lift and found steeper trails. Aspen Slalom, Freestyle, Fire Swamp and Thieves Forest. Corners were steeper, often laced with exposed roots and some jagged white rocks that stuck out like shark teeth. The Genius felt stiff and precise, and was easy to whip around sharp fall away turns. We took another run, and then another. Lunch was to be served at 12:00 but we kept riding, finally descending Devo, and rolling into the hotel an hour late, but with few regrets.
On the climb up Deer Crest, 30 minutes passed, then 45. We rose into fields of thick emerald sage, Converse Ladies Shoes Uk
way the previous Genius models sometimes would.
An hour after we began, we crested a ridge and descended to the Sterling Express Converse Shoes For Women Black lift, which we rode to Bald Mountain. We met friends and chose a route down driver to Bermy to Twist and Shout. Unlike Whistler, or Mountain Creek, or practically any other lift served mountain bike resort, the trails at Deer Valley are mostly smooth and they wrap around aspens like gladed ski runs. There are few rocks, lots of snappy berms and long sections where you can let off the brakes and swoop downhill.
The lift was closed, so we turned east into a rising sun and started our own climb up Deer Crest trail through groves of Aspens on rich chocolaty dirt made moist by rains the previous night. Never mind we were riding bikes with 170mm of travel designed to race down mountains like this one at speeds that would make skiers twitch.
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