Love Letters to Our Favorite Gear of 2015
Staff Pick: Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus
Standing atop the summit at 9,570 feet, out of breath on account of being acclimatized to sea level (but also on account of being out of shape), my shoes clip into the pedals. Not knowing what to expect, I point the tires downhill and let the brakes go wide open. That moment on the Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus was a revelation in what enduro mountain bikes can be. Its oversized tires ate every rut and bump on Deer Valley’s Fire Swamp trail, normally reserved for full-on downhill bikes, nimbly finding the best line through every corner and offering unmatched grip thanks to the large contact patch. It ranks in the top five mountain bikes that I have ridden this year, and leads the charge in the new “plus” class of enduro bikes.