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The new Scott Ransom continues the ‘hidden shock’ vibe but this time adds another linkage into the mix. It’s two louder.
Following on from the excellent Scott Genius ST being awarded our Best Mountain BIke Of The Year award in 2023, we’re looking forward to getting a new Ransom in for a damn good thrashing.
Scott Sports press release in full:
THE ALL-NEW RANSOM
Introducing the ALL-NEW Ransom, SCOTT’s new generation Enduro Bike for gravity pilots meant to Make Mountains Move.
Introducing the ALL-NEW Ransom, a modern Enduro rig for racers and park specialists alike! Enduro race machine, park rat, all-mountain adventure phenom – the all-new Ransom is here. Engineered for maximum downhill performance and an all-time confidence inspiring ride, the Ransom’s killer geometry is paired with a supernatural suspension kinematic resulting in a bike that doesn’t take “No” for an answer.
Developed in close cooperation with SCOTT’s World Cup Enduro race pilots and world-class freeriders, the all-new Ransom features SCOTT’s patented integrated suspension technology (IST) in unison with the all-new 6 link kinematic which provides for an incredible riding experience.
INTEGRATED SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY | 6‑BAR LINKAGE
Suspension characteristics were the key driver in the development of the all-new Ransom as we looked to maximize the bike’s potential. At the core of the all-new Ransom sits a 6-bar linkage paired to our integrated suspension system, which provides us with the freedom to further refine suspension characteristics. With the Ransom’s suspension layout, you get a great pedaling platform, incredible grip when braking and fantastic support when giving it the beans.
All suspension design is a game of balances. Traditionally there are trade-offs to be made between Leverage Ratio, Anti Squat and Anti Rise and how these affect the frame structure and frame layout itself.
The 6-bar allows us to choose exactly how the suspension performs, providing us greater control to tune each parameter independently from each other resulting in fewer compromises and a better control of balance. By looking at the bike as a system, this flexibility allows us to engineer this sweet spot between suspension performance, efficient load transfer and an optimized frame layout.
Shock Access – Accessing the integrated shock is just a button away. The downtube cover that is featured on all Ransom models provides access and protection in the same way. The cover is easily removable – just push the button, pop off the cover and shock access is granted. The opening is spacious, making cable routing and everything maintenance-related much easier.
Developed for demanding gravity use, the Ransom’s frame layout features meticulously engineered structural strength. Being able to spread load transfer in each frame element evenly provides the Ransom with its natural strength and delivers a well-balanced riding feel.
We’ve dialed in the new Ransom’s geometry, combining various aspects for a confidence-inspiring ride in the roughest and fastest DH sections, but without compromising the bike’s agility and precision when needed in tight corners and on technical terrain.
Featuring 29” wheels as standard, the Ransom can be ridden with a 27.5” rear wheel setup. Easily customized by using a simple flip chip, the bike is ready for 27.5” wheels in the rear depending on each rider’s preference.
As is the case with many of our mountain bikes, head tube angle is adjustable. Choosing between a steeper and slacker setup allows for adapting to personal preference, terrain and riding style.
Fully integrated into the down tube is the Syncros Matchbox Kit, which contains a spare tube, tire levers, a chain tool and a multi-tool. This very clean and functional solution is easy to pull out and stow again, ensuring you always have the necessary items in case of a trail-side mechanical.
THE RANSOM PRODUCT RANGE
The Ransom will come with 5 different models featuring the Ransom 900 RC (Racing Concept) in HMX carbon as well as a range of Ransom hybrid models (HMF Carbon Mainframe/Alloy rear triangle) including a dedicated Contessa version.
Discover the full 2024 Ransom collection at SCOTT-sports.com. All specs and pricing are provisional and might vary according to currency. Please reach out to your local SCOTT contact for further information. The 2024 Ransom collection will be available at local SCOTT dealers from Summer 2024.