Last week, Deer Valley hosted a media-only event with several manufacturers showing off their 2011 bike lines. An afternoon visit to the crew at Scott Bicycles yielded a glimpse into the 2011 model year with an afternoon spent riding the replacement for the current Scott Ransom, the new Genius LT.
With 185mm travel, a IMP carbon fiber front triangle and an aluminum rear triangle mated up with the new Scott Equalizer 3 shock, the new Genius LT is a versatile big hit trailbike that still has the ability to be pedaled uphill. Thanks to Twinloc and it’s light 28 lb. package, the LT can be a do-it-all bike for those who revel in the down.
On Deer Valley’s downhill terrain, the Genius LT really felt comfortable. Rolling from turn-to-turn, the bike felt like an extension of my body and the suspension was extremely supple and consistent through its travel. A flick of the Twinloc drops the rear travel and enables quick, efficient climbs or extended flat sections. I really dig the Twinloc system… it’s kind of like having a 3rd shifter to change the bike on-the-fly. Face it, most shocks and forks have lockouts or travel adjustments but you rarely use them. With Twinloc it’s a simple as pushing a button, so you actually use it.
I was able to rail down rolling and fast singletrack as well as snake my way through some of the tight, twisty and technical trails features at Deer Valley. All conditions were met with a stable-feeling bike that could take a crapload of abuse.
The LT package is clean looking and is rounded out by the 2011 SRAM X0 30-speed drivetrain. In my couple of hours in the saddle, the X0 grouppo provided some of the smoothest shifting I’ve ever experienced. I’m looking forward to riding more bikes with X0 3×10 and 2×10 drivetrains in the future.
2011 Scott Genius LT Features:
- IMP carbon fiber front triangle with aluminum rear
- RockShox Lyrik RLR (2-step 180/140mm)
- Scott Equalizer 3 shock with built-in sag indicator providing 185mm travel
- Tapered head tube
- SRAM X0 drivetrain (30×10)
- Weight: 28 lb range
- MSRP: $6799
Specs on the LT are forthcoming, but you can watch the following video from Scott Montgomery explaining a bit more about the Genius LT:
More Info: Visit Scott-Sports.com
Sick bike! Costs almost as much as my car.
Yes, Scott’s goodies do not come on the cheap. But, they are sweet machines.
So when’s this baby actually going to be available at dealers? :/
Jonathan… My guess is it should be available in the next month, if not sooner. Give your local Scott dealer a shout and have them get you an ETA. This is a great one-bike quiver for those who like to charge downhill.
Wow. Thanks for such a fast reply Jason! Problem here is that I’m in Hong Kong and the sole dealer here said the LT range should all arrive in mid-November (they are double checking for me).
Then looking online on UK & German based retailers, they are saying mid-Oct for the LT 30, mid-Nov for the LT 40, mid-Dec for the LT 10 and Feb(!!) for the LT 20.
If the whole range is indeed arriving in the USA for mid-Oct… I’ve not managed to find a Scott dealer that would ship outside the USA. If you do know one, could you point me in their direction? Email would be fine if you don’t want to be spamming/plugging on your own website. 🙂
Sorry Jon… I was guessing on availability dates. Sounds like what you’ve found is probably more realistic (unfortunately). I’d guess no USA dealers would ship overseas as most are limited to USA-only sales. Sorry.
Heh, thanks none-the-less Jason… I shall keep badgering my local Scott sole dealer & distributor! 🙂
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