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Company History

The Birth of SCOTT and the Revolution of Ski Poles
The sport of skiing was revolutionized with a technical innovation from Ed Scott, a talented engineer and ski racer living in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ed Scott's invention of the first tapered aluminum ski pole immediately replaced the sport's existing use of bamboo and steel. That revolutionary invention launched a new brand, SCOTT, and fundamentally positioned SCOTT as a technical product leader in the skiing market. Ed Scott's initial vision of technical innovation would serve as the cornerstone company philosophy as the brand matured and expanded to new markets.

Motocross Market Entry
In 1970, SCOTT entered the motocross goggle market with the first ever motocross specific goggle and later introduced motocross boots, grips and accessories.

Lightest Ski Boot and First Foam Ventilated Goggle
In 1971, SCOTT produced the world's lightest ski boot and introduced one of the first ski goggles utilizing foam ventilation.

European Headquarters
In 1978, SCOTT opened its European Headquarters in Fribourg, Switzerland, an hour away from the world-renowned ski resort of Verbier.

Most Sophisticated Ski Pole Factory and First Mountain Bike
In 1986, SCOTT opened the world's most sophisticated ski pole factory and became the global leader in ski pole production. That same year SCOTT introduced its first mountain bike.

First Aero Bar
In 1989, SCOTT introduced one of the most significant product innovations in the history of bicycling-the aerodynamic handlebar. The handlebar was strategically utilized by American Greg Lemond in his 1989 Tour de France win.

Unishock Suspension
In 1991, SCOTT entered into the production of mountain bike suspension with Unishock. Ruthie Mathes won the MTB World Championship using Unishocks that same year.

First Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes
In 1992, SCOTT shipped its first full-suspension mountain bikes and later introduced bicycle shoes and helmets.

In 1993, SCOTT introduced its first snowboard: The Range.

In 1994, a wintersport glove line was introduced.

Endorphin, the first carbon mountain bike
SCOTT introduces its first Carbone Mountain Bike. It is a Hardtail featuring many advantages of a fully suspended frame. Thanks to many victories in the World Cup and at the Olympic Games, as well as great coverage in the media, the bike and the name, Endorphin, became a true legend.

Three years later, in 1997, SCOTT introduced a technical wintersport apparel line.

By 1998, SCOTT was producing skis.

G-Zero: the Lightest Full-Suspension Bike Worldwide
SCOTT presents the lightest full-suspension mountain bike worldwide. The name "G-Zero" becomes a milestone in the development of the bike industry.

The Strike Brakes All Records
SCOTT breaks all records with the new carbon bike the "Strike" - the lightest full-suspension bike worldwide.

SCOTT signs living mountain bike legend Thomas Frischknecht. In the same year, SCOTT enters into professional sponsorship of road racing.

Ski Accessory Innovations
SCOTT rolled out a global launch of patented goggle innovations: the RAM Air ventilation system and the revolutionary Amplifier lens. Forty years after founding the brand with a new revolutionary ski pole, SCOTT recently released yet another ski pole innovation: the patent-pending, adjustable LeverLock ski pole strap system.

A New Record for Lightness
SCOTT presents the road-bike Team Issue with the lightest frame worldwide (lighter than 1 kg).

Victory at the Tour de France
Patrice Halgand of the professional road racing team Jean Delatour, sponsored by Scott wins, among other top rankings in road races, the 10th stage of the Tour de France. At this point, the road-bike sector becomes an important marketing axis for SCOTT.

Record for Lightness - One More Time!
SCOTT launches the CR1, the lightest frame on the market (895 gr). The CR1 is a carbon road bike using HMF technology which has already been used in the legendary Strike full-suspension mountain bike.

The Arrival of the Genius - 'A Revolutionary Mountain Bike'
In the same year SCOTT presents the Genius, a new concept of a full-suspension bike with a shock-adjustable into three different modes (lock-out mode, all-travel mode, and traction mode.) Pretty soon magazines were filled with reports on the new Genius. The success of the new SCOTT bike was topped by Thomas Frischknecht's victory in the marathon distance at the World Championships in Lugano, Italy. Frischi was riding a Genius MC.

Scott takes over Finnish companies Yoko and Reima
This opens new doors into the streetbike and snowmobile clothing markets.

Scott wins European Ski Award with the Biomex® helmet
SCOTT is proud to introduce a major innovation in the helmet market: the BIOMEX® helmet. Created in cooperation with Biomex® Protection, this helmet is a big step forward for head safety in wintersports. The Biomex features a Dual Band Roll Cage (rectangular shape), which reduces the swing weight and makes it even more comfortable to wear; this design also contributed to the CE 1088 and ASTM 2040 safety certifications.

The SCOTT OUTERWEAR line features GORE fabrics
For the first time in the history of SCOTT Ski and Snowboard apparel, SCOTT will use GORE fabrics, such as Gore-Tex XCR, Windstopper, and Gore Softshell, in many of its high-end outerwear jackets and pants.

Scott introduces the Ransom, the bike that redefines all-mountain biking.
Pushing the travel expectations for this category upward, the Ransom maintains a reasonable overall weight and features an intelligent, efficient suspension design. The Ransom is the definitive backcountry bike experience, with a frame weighing less than 7 lbs including the rear shock (3080 grams including shock) and offering up to 165 mm (6.5 inches) of travel.

Scott develops the lightest triathlon bike on the market
Utilizing Scott’s proprietary CR1 technology, our time trial experience at the ProTour level, and the input of professional triathletes Cameron Brown and Steve Larsen, our engineers have developed a state-of-the-art triathlon frame; the PLASMA. The frame is 980 grams (2.15 lbs.) light. Add the integrated aero seatpost at 300 grams (.66 lbs.) and the result is the world’s lightest aero carbon frame with triathlon-specific geometry.

Scott presents a running shoe collection
With more than 65 years of combined running footwear experience, our research and development lab in Portland, Oregon, has created a full line of high performance running shoes for both male and female athletes. It is our firm believe that Scott Running can significantly contribute to the running community across the globe.

790 grams frame weight - Complete bike below 6 kg
The new Addict is the lightest road frame available, 790 grams with integrated Seatpost (165 grams). By developing further upon our successful CR1 process, we’ve created a state of the art Integrated Molding Process (IMP™) and mated it with our Naked External Tubeset (NET™), which removes the cosmetic layer of carbon and shaves precious grams out of the entire frame. The Addict also features carbon dropouts, an integrated carbon seatpost, alloy replaceable hanger, and a carbon front derailleur mount. Developed with the feedback of our Pro-Tour Saunier Duval Prodir athletes, like Gilberto Simoni and Leonardo Piepoli. When combined with our new, slimmer carbon IMP™ fork that weighs 330 grams, our new Addict weighs an amazing 5.9 kg (size 54).

1790 gr - the lightest frame/shock combination in the world
By applying our revolutionary new Integrated Molding Process (IMP™) to our already proven CR1 technology and new Nude TC™ shock we’ve produced the lightest full suspension bike available. The Nude TC™ shock continues the legacy of our Genius™ design by offering three travel modes at your fingertips. All Travel mode provides 110 mm of travel and Traction mode offers 70 mm, and of course Lockout mode. The NudeTC™ was developed in cooperation with DT Swiss and features the innovative new Tracloc TC lever, which allows the rider to quickly change between travel modes on-the-fly. The Spark also features carbon dropouts, our new Naked External Tubeset (NET™) carbon finishing process, an integrated carbon seatpost and a replaceable derailleur hanger. Complete 2007 Spark LTD weight: 9.9 kg