Love Letters to Our Favorite Gear of 2015

Staff Pick: Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus

Gear is our job. It streams into and out of our offices in an endless tide of boxes and couriers; it gets photographed and catalogued and crammed underneath desks until we have time to test it. We quantify it as best we can, to share its essence: good and bad, peccadilloes and superlatives. We even pick the 100 best pieces of gear every year. But to close things out this year, we asked each staff member to single out their favorite piece of gear that was new to 2015. We hope you enjoy our little love notes to the gear that made the biggest impact on our lives this year.

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.

Wheel Size: 27.5+
Suspension Travel: 160mm Front / 160mm Rear
Frame Material: Carbon
Weight: 28 pounds (without pedals)