Scott E-Genius 710 review

Radical geometry but control and clearance issues

BikeRadar score3/5

Scott’s 2018 E-Genius bikes are state-of-the-art and come with neat, unique features. However, ground clearance and fork issues undermine the obvious potential of this electric version.

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The 500Wh battery in the 710 is encased in the down tube of its alloy frame. Switching to Shimano’s compact motor has allowed Scott to make the rear end 30mm shorter than last year, but it’s still long at 460mm.

Scott is pushing geometry norms with the E-Genius
Scott is pushing geometry norms with the E-Genius

The kinked top tube, short rocker link and unique Fox Nude shock with remote control ‘Lockout’, 100mm-travel ‘Traction Control’ and 150mm ‘Descend’ modes are the same as on the standard Genius, as are the slack 65-degree head angle, steep 75-degree seat angle and generous 465mm reach (large).

I measured the bottom bracket height as being 330mm (high/650b+ setting) — 10mm lower than stated on Scott’s website and very low for an e-bike.

The slack, long front-end, super-low bottom bracket and 22kg weight make the E-Genius very stable

The added weight of the motor and battery don't make this bike feel dead
The added weight of the motor and battery don't make this bike feel dead

Shimano XT gears and brakes match the Steps motor. The e-bike version of Fox’s 34 fork has a solid crown and thicker tube walls. Production bikes will have reinforced ‘Double Down’ Maxxis tyres, but the 30mm rims are slightly narrow for the 2.8in width and dent easily.

The e-bike gets a 10mm longer stem matched to a 760mm bar with internal routing for the Steps control cables.

Shimano's display is clear and easy to read
Shimano's display is clear and easy to read

Scott E-Genius 710 ride impressions

I'm a big fan of the Shimano motor in cadence/torque terms. It’s quiet and there’s no drag if you pedal past the 26kph limit. The slack, long front-end, super-low bottom bracket and 22kg weight make the E-Genius very stable and it planted through turns and rock gardens, and the rear suspension is supple and controlled, creating a proper steamroller. Power assist meant I rarely used the ‘Traction control’ and ‘Lockout’ modes.

Shimano's motor has quickly become a BikeRadar favourite
Shimano's motor has quickly become a BikeRadar favourite

Unfortunately, fork flex (it really needs a Fox 36) is unnerving when pushing hard through big terrain, and it deserves a wider bar and shorter stem to aim with authority. The low bottom bracket and long 175mm cranks meant I repeatedly smashed my pedals, which is irritating on an otherwise promising chassis.

I'd probably rather see Fox's 36 here, to get the most out of the chassis
I'd probably rather see Fox's 36 here, to get the most out of the chassis

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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