Scott has a history of innovation. The company dates back to 1958, when Ed Scott, a talented engineer and ski racer living in Sun Valley, Idaho, revolutionized skiing by inventing the first aluminium ski pole. In 1970, it diversified into the motocross market with the world’s first ever motocross-specific goggle, and the first Scott mountain bike arrived in 1986.
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 at the 1989 Tour de France as he beat Laurent Fignon by nearly a minute in the final time trial to claim the yellow jersey by just eight seconds. Scott has also been at the forefront of developments in mountain bike suspension, introducing the Unishock suspension fork in 1991, and its first full-suspension mountain bikes a year later.
Scott first entered into professional sponsorship of road racing in 2000, and, just two years later, Patrice Halgand of the Scott-sponsored team Jean Delatour won the tenth stage of the Tour de France. Scott currently supplies the Australian team Orica-GreenEDGE with its equipment.
Among other Scott innovations was the Genius, a revolutionary full-suspension mountain bike used by Thomas Frischknecht as he swept to victory in the marathon event at the 2003 World Championships in Lugano, Switzerland. Nine years later, Nino Schurter won the MTB World Cup riding a Scott Scale weighing less than 899 grams, at the time the lightest MTB carbon frame ever produced.