On Test:  Scott USA Bikes Times Three!- by Grannygear

We are in the beginnings of a bevy of test bikes from Scott USA, three in all, that we think will be a good sampling of what they have to offer for 2014.   There have been some refinements from the 2013 models, most notably in the replacement of the much-unloved DT Swiss rear shock with a Fox model while still retaining the Twin Loc/dual travel mode.

spark

First up is a 2014 Scott Spark 910 29″er FS.  With 100mm of full travel F/R and a overall look of an endurance/XC/fast trail bike, the Spark looks to be a good foil to something like a Specialized Epic, a bike I have a few runs on.  From the Scott USA website:

The SCOTT Spark 910 boasts a super light HMF Carbon Fiber mainframe with an Alloy swingarm. Equipped with a custom FOX Nude shock, and our Patented TwinLoc technology, in combination with Traction Control, allowing for three travel/geometry settings to always optimize your ride. It’s the perfect partner for marathons, stage races, and all day fun.

Frame: SCOTT Spark 900 Series 29″ HMF Carbon
Fork: FOX 32 Float Factory CTD Air, 100mm
Shock: FOX Nude / SCOTT Custom/ 3 modes Climb – Traction Control – Descend
Group set: Shimano XT
Brakes: Shimano XT Disc
Parts: Syncros FL1.5/XR1.5
Wheels: Syncros XR2.0 29″

genius

The next bike to check out will be a 2014 Scott Genius 910.  We are keeping the component level even across the board so we can keep differences to a minimum.  The Genius, with its 130mm of full F/R travel, also has the Twin Loc feature that reduces rear travel to increase efficiency when you are climbing, etc.  My expectations are that this may be a bike that merges XC DNA and AM DNA and blends it into a fast pedaling longer travel FS bike.  We shall see.  From the Scott USA website:

The SCOTT Genius 910 boasts a super light HMF Carbon Fiber frame. The series comes fully equipped with a custom FOX Nude shock, a FOX 32 Float fork and our Patented TwinLoc technology, in combination with Traction Control, allowing for three travel/geometry settings to always optimize your ride. This bike can handle any trail, any time.

Frame: SCOTT Genius 900 Series 29″ HMF Carbon
Fork: Fox 32 Float Factory CTD, 130mm
Shock: FOX Nude / SCOTT Custom/ 3 modes Climb – Traction Control – Descend
Group set: Shimano XT
Brakes: Shimano XT Disc
Parts: Syncros FL1.5/TR1.5
Wheels: Syncros TR2.0 29″

questionmarkNext up will be a bit of a twist.  Once we have ridden both of these 29″ers, we will ask Scott USA for one of these models in a 27.5″ wheel size and do a direct ride comparison between the two.  It will have the same component spec so that will be same-same.  Only the wheels will vary.  Now we love 29″ers here but above all we love bikes.  So we are curious how this will play out and we would like to know what you would want to see compared, the Spark or the Genius.  What would you do?  And, what do you think will happen as a result?

I have my thoughts on the matter, but I have been wrong before!  Look for this process to begin soon and hit the comments button and speak your mind.

Note: Scott USA will be providing the items for this test/review at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches. We are not being bribed nor paid for this review. We will strive to be honest with our thoughts and opinions throughout.