We had a teaser, now here’s a full look at the 2011 Scott Genius LT Carbon.Â Where Scott’s original Genius switches from 90mm to 150mm of travel, the LT (Long Travel) jumps from 110mm to 185mm via a handlebar mounted switch.
The travel changes via Scott’s Dual Air Equalizer rear shock (made by DT Swiss), which uses two air chambers. When both air chambers are open, the bike uses the full 185mm of travel. Flip the switch and one of the chambers closes, limiting the amount of total compression, effectively limiting the travel to 110mm. Rider weights with recommended positive and negative air pressures are printed on the non-drive side of the shock, making set up easy.
Lots more to see, right after the break…
On the drive side, there’s an easy to read sag meter and travel marker so you can see if you’re using the full travel. Air is automatically balanced between the two chambers for both positive and negative, but each chamber has its own rebound dial. The bar-mounted TwinLoc lever, when hooked up to a compatible fork, will change travel on both the fork and the shock, and lock both out when pushed all the way.
Adding to the bike’s flexibility is a flippable High/Low upper shock mount that changes the head angle and bottom bracket offset.
The triangular rocker arm has a cross brace on the lower section and full-width metal cylinder through the rear link. Front triangle is hi-mod carbon fiber, the rear triangle and rocker arm are aluminum (on this model “10” anyway, not sure if they’ll have full carbon versions, too).
The bottom bracket uses press-fit, standard diameter bearings. What this means from SRAM fans is their new-ish Press Fit GXP. The front derailleur attaches via a direct mount bracket that fits over the lower link pivot. An ISCG mount surrounds the bottom bracket.
The downtube takes full advantage of the press-fit BB design, coming in as wide as possible. Hoses and cables run along the top and bottom of the downtube.
Out back, the brakes are mounted inside the rear triangle, a rare sight…especially on full suspension bikes with pivots near the rear axle.Â The original Genius mounts the brake on the top of the seatstay.Â It says postmount 180, but judging by the spacers, you could probably run a smaller rotor if desired.
The rear pivot is sandwiched by the seatstay.
Up front, the top and down tubes meet up early and form a large head tube area designed around a tapered steerer.Â On this bike (which was photographed at the SRAM press camp), it was outfitted with an adjustable travel Lyrik fork.
It may or may not come with the high tech yellow reflectors.