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    Scott genius 730

    Hey I am looking to buy this bike what are your thoughts?

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    I personally don't care for propriety suspension parts. That is my thought.

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    the shock is a firmer tune and oriented more for xc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephanmoll View Post
    Hey I am looking to buy this bike what are your thoughts?
    Dirt did a review on the Genius 720 a few months ago and their opinion of it was... well it wasn't flattering.

    They didn't like the geometry (too steep, too much rider weight forward as opposed to sitting in the middle of the bike).
    They didn't like the suspension (too soft at the front, too firm at the back even in 'open').
    Also it was nearly 32lb (against a claimed 28), so not even lightweight either.

    The 730 is the same geometry and suspension, just with heavier parts, so it won't be a lightweight bike!

    Dirt are pretty honest about the bikes they review, but even for them it seemed to get a proper slating. If you can get a demo ride on one then go for it, it might be a lovely bike, but I wouldn't buy one blind (or any bike for that matter).

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    If this bike peaks your interest, get a jekyll. . .

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    Thanks allot goin to see other options then...... any sugestions

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    I like it (w/ caveats)

    I craigslist purchased a 2013 Genius 730 medium. 5'11" 31"inseam. A lot of upgrades from seller already installed (price most likely total of upgrades retail vs. bike-depreciation+upgrades), and it makes me think the Genius is a much better frame than stock bike that's gotten so many poor reviews w/ rebranded DT Swiss shock and long stem (hence the rear feel & being too far over the bars downhill).

    Mine is great for climbs on "T" of CTD rear over technical roots & rocks, great w/ switchback climbs / steep climbs at 120mm Talas setting. Great on SF Bay / Marin / Santa Cruz descents at speed over rock gardens and off-camber roots. Both fork and rear shock upgrade seem to keep me planted throughout descents (after a couple hours watching / reading Fox's resources & tinkering w/ sag / air pressure / rebound). And of course the dropper post helps keep me from feeling too far forward as I can drop my butt / shift center of gravity.

    Overall I'm really stoked, but can totally see how I'd be disappointed w/ stock equipment.

    • Fox 34 Factory Kashima w/ Talas (150mm-120mm)
    • Fox Float CTD Boost Valve Kashima (no remote lockout, but not needed w/ CTD switch)
    • Raceface Bash Guard 32T (now a double vs. triple)
    • Rockshox Reverb Stealth Post (31.6)
    • Thomson Seatpost Clamp (34.9)
    • Spank Spike Race Bearclaw Stem - 50mm
    • Spank Spike 777FR Bearclaw Bar
    • Spank Spike Pedals (now XT spd's, to be replaced w/ HT T1 blue)
    • Vans ODI Grips (now switched to
    • Shimano RT-86 XT 6 Bolt ICE Rotors 180mm (x2)
    • Shimano XT CS-M771 11-36 Cassette 10 Speed
    • Spank Oozy Trail 295BeadBite Wheelet, Stan's tubeless setup
    • Front - Maxxis High Roller II 3C/Exo/TR 27.5x2.3
    • Rear - Specialized Purgatory GRID 2Bliss 27.5/2.3

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