Scott E-Genius 710 review

Radical geometry but control and clearance issues

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £5,899.00 RRP

Our review

Impressive motor and aggro geometry, but flexy fork and constant pedal strikes let it down
Buy if, You want a quieter ride with stable, controlled power
Pros: Quiet, user-friendly motor and sorted remote control rear suspension; progressive, super-slack and long mainframe geometry
Cons: Needs a stiffer fork for confident control of 22kg of runaway train; bottom bracket height too low for pedal clearance with supplied tyres
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Product Specifications

Product

Name E-Genius 710
Brand Scott

Available Sizes S M L XL
Seatpost Fox Transfer 150mm dropper
Wheelbase (in) 48.1
Top Tube (in) 25.2
Standover Height (in) 29.9
Chainstays (in) 17.6
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.5
Wheelset Syncros X-30S rims on Formula hubs
Weight (kg) 22.59
Trail 9.74
Stem Syncros FL1.5, 60mm
Shifters Shimano XT SL-M8000-I
Seat Angle 74
Brakes Shimano Deore XT M8000, 203mm rotors
Saddle Syncros XM2.0CPC Nack
Rear Tyre Maxxis Maxx Speed EXO 27.5x2.8in
Rear Shock Fox Nude EVOL with TwinLoc remote
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT RD-M8000
Head Angle 67
Handlebar Syncros FL1.5, 760mm
Front Tyre Maxxis Rekon+ 3C Maxx Terra EXO 27.5x2.8in
Frame Material Aluminium
Fork Fox 34 Float FIT4 Performance Elite with TwinLoc remote, 150mm (5.9in) travel
Cranks Shimano STEPS FC-E8050 34T
Frame size tested L