For 2016, Scott Sports is diving head first into Plus bikes with their introduction of not only full suspension bikes (Genius) but Plus sized hardtails (Scale) too. These 27.5″ Plus bikes are not fat bikes although at first glance they may appear to be. Check out some of the details inside on these new bikes along with some videos.
Plus bikes are designed to help give mountain bike riders more traction on the trails they already love and we were quite impressed with the capability of these Plus bikes. The Plus bikes feature a bigger 2.8″ tire and when paired with a wide rim (40mm in Scott’s case) the traction and contact patch were very impressive to experience along with improved snake bite protection. These tires don’t have the same bouncy feel that fat bikes offer although there is some muted connection that helps it traverse rough terrain quite well.
Word on the street is that Maxxis and others will be offering quite a few plus bike sized tires as well shortly to accompany the Schwalbe and other offerings already available.
According to Schwalbe, there is only a 1% increase in rolling resistance (2.8 Nobby Nic vs 2.35 Nobby Nic) which should quell many skeptics who may be concerend when it comes to Plus bikes. During our time on the Plus bikes, we had them set between 12-15PSI.
The Scott Plus bikes roll impressively well and it was easy to forget it was a plus bike at times with the speeds it could carry. Where things really shined was in the traction and confidence on challenging terrain. Riders will thoroughly enjoy these benefits regardless if they’re a beginner rider or an advanced rider. We’ll have more riding thoughts and additional details on the Plus size bikes for you as well but wanted to first give you a proper first introduction to the models available.
The Boost148 rear wheel spacing and Boost110 fork also give another benefit to these Plus bikes as riders can run 29″ wheels on these frames which make these bikes even more versatile.
With the new Plus size, there is a new dimension emerging. Tire width has been underrated for too long. We are confident that the 27.5 Plus addition to the existing wheel size geometry standards will make its way into the mountain biker’s vision. The long established 29” and the younger 27.5” geometries are well positioned in the MTB market. While 29ers are best for fast rides, keeping momentum and rollover, 27.5” wheels are well known for their nimble, agile handling and acceleration. With 4.8” wide tires, adventurers explore new grounds riding Fat bikes. 27.5“Plus offers an entirely new riding experience and will extend the scope of traction and control to the majority of mountain bikes without making any significant compromises.
Thanks to the new Boost standard, Mountain Biking will not only see bikes with stiffer wheels (and therefore better handling), but also with the grip enhanced, wider 2.8-3.0” tires and respective geometries. The 27.5“Plus experience opens up an entirely new horizon: traction and rollover has never been better. Our 27.5“Plus bikes enable more fun and aggressive handling for skilled riders but also more forgiveness for rookies due to an unmatched level of control. Nasty trail sections and obstacles are easier to tame. Searching for maximum flow? Go for Plus and find an entirely new riding experience. Additionally, the new plus-size compatible models can still be ridden with conventional tires. The compatibility of 27.5“Plus with 29”/2.3” tires is just another huge benefit. We believe that riding at any level can become easier and more intense. We have no doubt that 27.5“Plus is here to stay- the benefits are immense. – Scott Sports
Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus
Scott Genius 700 Tuned Plus
The two bikes in the Genius Plus range are the Genius LT Plus and the Genius Plus. Both of these are available in the USA even though the LT initially wasn’t slated to be.
Genius LT Plus – 160mm of travel front and rear
Genius Plus – 140mm of travel in front and 130mm in the rear
The Long Travel (LT) model offers a robust component spec (tires, FOX 36, etc) in addition to giving riders 160mm of travel compared to the standard Genius Plus offering (FOX 34). Both models include an upper guide and can run a single or dual ring setup in front. On the LT, There is an integrated lower guide on to help manage the chain and an adhesive protector under the bottom bracket.
Scott also outfitted these bikes with their TwinLoc suspension lever. It’s a nifty lever that allows riders to navigate between three distinct suspension settings. The TwinLoc lever mounts to the left side and can work with the integrated Scott grip or standalone.
Scott worked closely with FOX to tune the fork and shock to work well on their bike range. The firm mode provides a secure lock-out to maximize the amount of power you can get to the ground and the descend mode is open and allows the suspension to soak up the hits. Since the lever connects to both the FOX Nude shock as well as the fork, both front and rear are adjusted simultaneously. All three positions are easy to navigate through without skipping a beat or setting accidentally. There are additional cables to provide this functionality. The FOX Nude DPS rear shock with EVOL air canister work well and help both Genius models perform impressively well.
Both Genius Plus models offer carbon front triangles and aluminum rear triangles. The LT has some nice internal routing for the front triangle and the standard Genius Plus has its cables routed down the downtube (as you can see in the picture above). Weight wise, these bikes are quite light and Scott claims 12.7kg(27.99lbs) for the Genius LT Plus and 12.3kg(27.11lbs) for the Genius Plus.
For the Plus hardtail crowd, Scott has two models (Scale 710 Plus and Scale 720 Plus) featuring 120mm of travel. These bikes have the same Plus sized tires and wheels in a hardtail package.
Genius 700 Tuned Plus $ 7,999.99
Genius 710 Plus $ 4,999.99
Genius 720 Plus $ 3,999.99
Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus $ 7,999.99
Genius LT 710 Plus $ 5,299.99
Genius LT 720 Plus $ 4,199.99
Scale 710 Plus $ 2,599.99
Scale 720 Plus $ 1,699.99