Scott Launch New Contessa Genius

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Scott have launched their new Contessa Genius Range for of three bikes for 2018. Contessa bikes are women-specific, with no differences in frame geometry from a non-Contessa (Nontessa?), but different specs, shock tune and contact points. They write:

“What makes it different to the regular Genius, are the different touchpoints, which have been adapted to match female riders’ needs:

Grips : smaller diameter and different foam (softer, nicer feeling for the hands)
Women’s saddle : special shape, curvature and padding for added support and comfort
Shorter stem : 40mm on Contessa Genius S/M, 50mm for L
Narrower handlebar : 740mm
FOX Contessa Custom Tune (Shock) : Light compression Tune
Smaller chainring on 1-by : 30T”

UK pricing is as follows:
Contessa Genius 710 – £4,899.00
Bike Contessa Genius 720 – £3,899.00
Bike Contessa Genius 730 – £2,499.00

Below, you can see many pictures below along with some spec details.

Scott Contessa Genius 2018
The 2018 Scott Contessa Genius. The geometry is the same as the non-Contessa version, but the finishing kit is selected for smaller, lighter riders.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
More manufacturers seem to be moving to molded, integrated mud guards, though this one isn’t by Fox – it’s by Syncros.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
The 710 spec (£4,899) gets an X01 Eagle drivetrain.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
A Fox NUDE EVOL with custom tune handles bounce duties.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
Dropper remote, plus remote fork lockout for the Fox 34 fork.
Scott Contessa Genius
The 720 spec (£3,899) comes with Sram GX Eagle, and the frameset in black with pink accents. And skinwalls.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
The 730 spec (£2,499) is the entry level spec, with a double up front plus a mixture of ten speed SLX and Deore components.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
(click here to enlarge) Frame Geometry is the same as a non-Contessa Scott bike.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
The frames are the same at the non-Contessa Genius, but have different build kit.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
The handlebars are narrower, at 740mm.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
The shock has a custom tune for lighter riders.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
The stems are slightly shorter too, with 40mm or 50mm depending on bike size.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
Contessa versions have women specific saddles too.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
30t chainrings instead of 32t.
Scott Contessa Genius 2018
Finally, slightly narrower diameter grips.

Scott Contessa Genius 2018
“Hail [insert deity of your choice]!”
“About Contessa Bikes: For over 25 years, SCOTT has been designing and developing bikes specifically for women, so that any rider can get a bike which is ready to rumble from the get-go. Most of SCOTT’s Contessa bikes share the same geometries and technologies than the other SCOTT models, except that every detail has been carefully tested and thoughtfully chosen to fit women best, from suspension tuning to optimized touchpoints.

“About Contessa Team: SCOTT Contessa is a lifestyle focused women’s team which has a long tradition that dates back to 2004. We are a community of mountain bike enthusiasts who share the same passion: cycling in all its forms, being in the outdoors as much as we can plus having good times on our bikes. Some of us love to race, but the majority just lives the dream exploring new trails and new mountains. For over 10 years, we want to share our experiences with the growing number of ladies on bikes, in bike festivals, women’s camps or just out in the woods.”

You can find out more on the Scott website.

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