Scott Genius 50 review

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Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,999.00 RRP | USD $3,449.99

Our review

Some cost cuts, but the Genius has performance enhancing potential for smarter riders
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Scott’s original three-mode Genius has got the refresh it needed, but this distinctive all-rounder still splits ride opinion between lovers and leavers.


While it isn’t the smoothest bike around, the Genius 50 is a uniquely versatile and terrain-tuneable trail tamer that more efficiency-minded riders will love.

Ride & handling: Won’t click with everyone, but some will love it to bits

With 10mm less travel, the Genius 50’s geometry isn’t quite as sweet as the 150mm Genius bikes we’ve ridden. However much you juggle pressures to cope with different sizes/speeds of impact, it never feels as smooth through the whole range of riding loads either.

You could say the same about the own-brand multi-mode Equalizer 2 shock, too. With its high operating pressures and distinctive ‘pull shock’ action, it lacks the fine responsiveness and fluidity of rivals like the Fox Float.

In short, the Genius 50 doesn’t feel as controlled as a conventional 150mm bike. However, the way you can instantly engage three very different locked/ pert/fully open shock modes makes it a ferociously aggressive and terrain-tuneable climber.

The changes in geometry as you toggle the shock create exactly the right mood for making the most of each one – seriously slack for descending, trail tense for fast sections or cross-country steep for sprinting the smooth stuff. 

Add a good overall fit for most riders and you’ve got a bike that won’t click with everyone but some people will love to bits.

Scott’s sculpted alloy frame is pure tube-tweaking art: scott’s sculpted alloy frame is pure tube-tweaking art
Russel Burton

Frame: Sculpted alloy frame is pure tube-tweaking art

The new alloy Genius frame is a work of art. Despite its dimensions, super-thin tube walls keep the whole frame very light considering there’s 140mm of travel and 1lb of shock aboard.

Typically for Scott, detailing is also excellent, with fully sealed cable runs, a bottle position and generous mud clearance. However, it did suffer a massive dent on the down tube after a frenzied ride session, so it wouldn’t be our first choice for mentalists.

With its high operating pressures and distinctive ‘pull shock’ action, the genius lacks the fine responsiveness and fluidity of its competitors.: with its high operating pressures and distinctive ‘pull shock’ action, the genius lacks the fine responsiveness and fluidity of its competitors.
Russel Burton

Equipment: Kit performs well, but RockShox fork can’t match its Fox rivals

The exclusive shock isn’t a cheap path to follow, but the kit is actually okay in performance terms. Shimano Deore shifters and chainset do the job, as do Avid Juicy 3.5 brakes, and the 75mm stem/680mm bar Scott cockpit is spot-on in terms of control boosting dimensions. 


Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres are still light and fast enough to suit the bike well, and the SPD pedals are a nice touch too. Sadly, the RockShox Revelation fork does a noticeably less controlled job up front than the Fox competition though.

The revelation of the test is that fox beat rockshox for chaos control: the revelation of the test is that fox beat rockshox for chaos control
Russel Burton

Product Specifications


Name Genius 50 (09)
Brand Scott

Available Sizes L M S XL
Rims XC-44 Disc
Seat Tube (in) 17.7
Chainstays (in) 16.9
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.2
Spoke Type DT Swiss Champion Black
Brake Levers Juicy 3.5
Weight (lb) 28.8
Year 2009
Wheelset XC
Weight (kg) 13
Stem MC pro
Shifters SL-M530
Seatpost RC 03-60
Saddle Genius
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.25
Brakes Juicy 3.5
Rear Tyre Nobby Nic
Rear Shock Scott Equalizer 2 - 3 Modus Lockout- Traction-Full travel
Rear Hub FH-M525 Disc
Rear Derailleur XT Shadow
Pedals PD-M520
Handlebar Pilot 22 Comp
Front Tyre Size 26x2.25
Front Tyre Nobby Nic
Front Hub Scott Disc Comp
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Frame Material Scott Genius Alloy 6061 Custom Butted hydrofrom monocoque tubes with replaceable hanger 150mm travel
Fork Revelation 409 Dual Air 140mm (5.5 inches)
Cranks FC-M542
Cassette Shimano CS-HG61 11-32 T
Top Tube (in) 23