The SCOTT Genius eRide 900 Tuned is the Volkswagen of eMTBs in this group test. It’s reliable, perfectly functional and an excellent choice for a board range of riders. But is it a bike capable of arousing excitement and passion?

For more information on the group test head to: The best eMTB you can buy

Scott Genius eRide 900 Tuned | 23.71 kg | € 6,999

The SCOTT Genius eRide 900 Tuned rolls on large 29″ wheels and is powered by a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor. The motor is fed by an integrated 504 Wh battery which can be removed from the oversized down tube for charging. As with all of the Swiss brand’s full-suspension models, the bike features Scott’s unique TwinLoc technology, . A lever on the handlebars lets you lock-out the 150 mm FOX 36 Factory suspension fork, as well as reduce the travel on the rear shock in three settings.

The Genius eRide has no real weaknesses, but it doesn’t ignite us with passion either

The two TwinLoc cables combined with the Shimano XT four-piston brakes’ hoses, the motor remote cable, the cable of the FOX Transfer dropper post and the SRAM GX / X01 Eagle shifter cable make for quite a cluttered nest of a cockpit. It takes a while to figure out which lever to use when. But apart from the narrow 740 mm handlebar, SCOTT clearly did their homework when speccing the € 6,999 Genius eRide.

Scott Genius eRide 900 Tuned in Detail

Fork FOX 36 Factory FIT4 150 mm
Rear shock FOX Nude TR EVOL 150 mm
Motor/Battery Shimano STEPS E8000/integriert 500 Wh
Drivetrain SRAM X01/GX Eagle
Brakes Shimano XT 4 piston 200/200 mm
Seat post FOX Factory Transfer 150 mm
Stem Syncros FL1.5 55 mm
Handlebar Syncros FL1.0 740 mm
Wheels DT Swiss H1825 SPLINE CL
Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary/Hans Dampf 29×2.6″

The 504 Wh battery is integrated into the massive down tube. Regarding looks, we expect better in 2019!
TwinLoc technology is one of SCOTT’s unique selling points. It is a useful feature on their mountain bikes, but superfluous on an eMTB.
The rear suspension is firm and progressive. That’s fun on flowing trails, but it’s a little too harsh in demanding terrain.

Geometry of the Scott Genius eRide 900 Tuned

Size S M L XL
Seat tube 410 mm 440 mm 490 mm 540 mm
Top tube 586 mm 606 mm 636 mm 666 mm
Head tube 120 mm 125 mm 135 mm 145 mm
Head angle 64.8° 64.8° 65.1° 65.1°
Seat angle 75.0° 75.0° 74.5° 75.5°
Chainstay 462 mm 462 mm 462 mm 462 mm
BB Height 342 mm 342 mm 342 mm 342 mm
Wheelsbase 1,216 mm 1,237 mm 1,259 mm 1,291 mm
Reach 419 mm 437 mm 459 mm 486 mm
Stack 624 mm 629 mm 640 mm 649 mm

Scott Genius eRide 900 Tuned in Review

Helmet POC Tectal | Jersey POC Essential Enduro Tee | Shorts Giro Havoc Short | Backpack Vaude eBracket 28

The riding position on the Genius eRide is comfortable and balanced from the get-go. As the rider, you feel nicely integrated between the large 29 “wheels. Going uphill, the assistance of the Shimano motor is as powerful as usual. As with other Shimano driven eMTBs, we preferred the adaptive Trail mode on the Genius, which adjusts the support level according to your own effort. Reaching for the TwinLoc lever is only worth doing in two cases: either to lock out the rear suspension on very monotonous asphalt climbs or on very technical ascents, where the reduced travel of traction mode gives you a little more ground clearance. We rode the bike in the open mode most of the time. Descending, the Genius feels extremely balanced and composed.

Tuning tip: mount a wider handlebar

The bike makes it easy for the rider to sufficiently weight both wheels when cornering resulting in predictable steering. However, it is not as agile and lively as the best bikes in the test field. The tuning of the suspension is progressive, so it isn’t the most comfortable, but therefore the Genius performs well on flat, flowing trails. On really hard hits, we would have liked it to be a little more forgiving. When things get really fast and rough, the Genius eRide demands a courageous riding style and lots of input from the rider, though it always remains predictable.

Riding Characteristics



  1. sluggish
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. stable


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Riding fun

  1. boring
  2. lively

Motor feeling

  1. digital
  2. natural

Motor power

  1. weak
  2. strong

Value for money

  1. poor
  2. top

Technical Data

Size: S M L XL
Weight: 23.71 kg
Perm. total weight: 128 kg
Max. payload (rider/equipment): 104 kg
Motor torque: 70 Nm
Battery Capacity: 504 Wh
Travel (f/r): 150/150 mm
Wheel Size: 29"
Price: € 6,999

Rider type

Touring Rider 1
Trail rider 2
Extreme rider 3


The SCOTT Genius eRide 900 Tuned has no real weaknesses, but there is nothing to make it stand out either. It is a rock solid eMTB with a lot of versatility, able to convince our test riders with its composed handling and very high-end spec.


  • composed, predictable handling
  • very high-quality spec
  • versatility


  • overcrowded cockpit with too many levers
  • handlebars too narrow
  • suspension not forgiving enough in demanding terrain

For more information head to:

For more information on the group test head to: The best eMTB you can buy

All Bikes in Test

Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0 | Focus JAM² 9.8 DRIFTERGHOST HYBRIDE SL AMR X S 7.7+ LCGiant Trance E+ 0 Pro | Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.0 FLYON | Husqvarna HC 9.0 | Intense TazerLapierre eZesty AM LTD Ultimate | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 900E | Mondraker Level RRScott Genius eRIDE 900 TUNED | Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSRThömus Lightrider E1 | Trek Powerfly LT 9.9

This article is from E-MOUNTAINBIKE issue #016

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Words: Photos: Trev Worsey