I recently returned from Lenzerheide, Switzerland. This small Swiss village is nestled in the Alps a short distance from the Austrian and Italian borders and has an amazing number of mountain bike, ski and hiking trails. The natural beauty of the area is breathtaking. It also happens to be just up the valley from where Scott/Sram racer, Nino Schurter lives and grew up.
Nino is perhaps the best mountain bike racer in history, with Olympic and World Championships to his credit. It was the perfect location for Scott Bikes to unveil their 2018 line of bikes. As I expected, Scott’s engineers, designers and production workers once again raised the bar on mountain bike performance. Their new bikes are the lightest, fastest and best performing yet. And….most importantly, they are FUN!
At the top of the “fun chart” is the newly designed Scott Genius. The Genius is a trail bike that is light weight, super reactive, fun and has 150mm of travel in its front and rear suspension. A simple switch of a chip on the rear shock mount enables the Genius owner to change between a fast rolling 29 inch wheelset and a nimble, quick reacting 27.5 wheelset. It’s pretty cool.
The Genius continues to feature Scott’s exclusive twin lock suspension system which enables riders to switch from full lock out rigid mode to full soft suspension mode with the flip of a handle bar mounted lever. The new Genius sets a new standard for trail mountain bikes. Nino says, “The Genius is my new favorite bike”.
Scott also unveiled its newest Sparks and Spark racing concept bikes. The Spark is the lightest and fasted production bike on the planet and the bike Nino raced to his Olympic, World Cup and Cape Epic championships. It is also the bike that Jenny Rissveds road to her Olympic Gold Medal. She also won the 2017 Cape Epic on her Spark RC.
Known for their mountain bikes, it is sometimes forgotten that Scott makes a great line of super light road and triathlon bikes. The Orica-Scott team led by White Jersey winner Simon Yates rides the Scott Addict and the famous Paris-Roubaix race was won by Mathew Hayman riding a Scott Foil. Sebastian Kienle won the Ironman World Championships on Scott’s Plasma, a super aero triathlon/time trial bike. Simply put, Scott is a lot more than just mountain bikes.
It was great fun for me to be able to see all the new Scott bikes first hand in Lenzerheide and I am really proud that we will have them on the floor at MMC in the next few weeks. Stop by and check them out. Ride safe and have fun.
– Harry Johnson