First Look: Scott E-Genius Shimano Electric Bikes 2018
By Martin Brown |
It's been a big year for Scott and their 150mm travel electric mountain bikes. In 2018 Scott push the boundaries & completely revise the E-Genius eBikes, now with Shimano Steps. The last E-Genius mountain bikes went down a storm, in particular, the 700 TUNED which initially was a complete sellout. That 150mm travel and all round trail agility and geometry set the benchmark as the perfect all-rounder for most trail riders. Be it from Enduro to All mountain riding the E-Genius was a one bike do-it-all machine. Now for 2018, Scott has completely pushed the boat out with new frames, fully integrated, all mountain bikes built on the renowned Shimano Steps eMTB specific drive system.
What's new for E-Genius in 2018?
The E-Genius range is assisted by Shimano Steps E8000 motors, offering a maximum power output of 70Nm and 250W. To meet the eMTB specific needs, a 504Wh battery is equipped. Shimano Steps comes with a compact and ergonomic display well as the shift switch system on the handlebars. It provides all the relevant data, with full connectivity with Shimano Di2 components and is compatible with the new upcoming Shimano E-Tube app.
Integration has been one of the main objectives for the design team of the new E-Genius. Scott’s Engineering Department has been working on specific engine covers to provide a quality finish. Offering full protection of both the drive unit & the battery regardless of riding conditions. The new E-Genius benefits from the success of its non-motorized bikes in terms of technology and optimization. Thanks to the compact Shimano Steps E8000 system, engineers managed to stay aligned to the Genius kinematics to deliver the best performance to push on every section of the trail.
2018 E-Genius model overview
The new Shimano Steps equipped Scott E-Genius range is split down into three key models for 2018. All built on the same frame and drive system, it's the components that change.
Scott E-Genius 700 TUNED 2018
The top spec model offering full Kashima coated factory series Fox suspension front & rear. Combined with top notch components & fully integrated Shimano Di2 electronic shifting.
The 710 is the mid spec model in the 2018 range offering full a Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, along with Fox suspension. Finished with decent components & a Fox dropper post.Price: £5,899 | Learn more & pre order here → E-Genius 710 2018
Scott E-Genius 720 Plus 2018
The Genius 720 is the base spec bike, offered up with a Recon fork up front & a custom spec X-Fusion rear shock. Gearing comes from Sram's new NX drivetrain & brakes from Shimano.Price: £4,399 | Learn more & pre order here → E-Genius 720 2018
What do we think?
The new E-Genius range will certainly be popular based on previous experience with this range. We particularly like the limited edition model: E-Genius 700 TUNED. Primarily because of its looks, that silky smooth Kashima coated suspension and the fact that all the gearing is completely integrated Shimano Di2. Which will, of course, work seamlessly alongside the Shimano Steps system. All in all a great range finished in the all popular 150mm travel series. Something we feel was missing from the range and particularly equipped with the E8000 specific eBike system. A great attention to detail has been made at the design stage, not only to the integration but to small features like the bottle cage mount. Sounds silly, but it's uncommon to see on a eMTB, where the battery normally mounts!
When can I get one?
We are taking pre-orders right now, with delivery as early as December for those lucky enough to have a reservation. Typically the 700 Tuned will sell out fast based on previous experience, with the other two models trailing. To see the full details and pre order yours click here → Scott 2018 Electric Bikes.
About Martin Brown
Martin has been in the electric bike industry for over 10 years & has helped it grow from the start. Promoting eBikes across the UK at events & offering the very best advice, tech articles, blogs & videos. In particular Martin is a major player for progressing the use of eMTB's, today owner of e-bikeshop.co.uk - The UK's largest eBike supplier specialising in Bosch & Yamaha, good quality European eBikes.