Scott’s $6,500 Genius 10

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For those of you who have a hard time choosing between buying a new bike or a new vehicle, the decision just got a little worse. Or did it get better? Scott designed a mountain bike that costs as much as a used car — $6,500! — but seems so much better. The Genius 10, designed to handle everything from super D to multi-day stage races, incorporates Scott’s carbon technology to make it “super light and super stiff.”

Scott Genius 10

Riders have the choice of 150 or 95 millimeters of travel, or full lock-out on the front and rear suspension (accessed via a handlebar-mounted lever). The bike weighs 26 pounds. With a Shimano and SRAM drivetrain, Fox thru-axle front fork and Scott rear, and a frame comprised almost entirely of carbon fiber, it’s hard not to love the looks of the Genius — even if the price tag puts it way out of range for most riders. The Genius 10 will be available next month for $6,500.

—Ryan Dionne

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.