Scott frames come from the same Giant factory in Taiwan. Just a shame their warranty for frames is only 10 years.
If your buying a sub £500 bike. Dont buy anything other than voodoo or vitus. Get a vitus nucleus for £450. I really like the Scott genius but at this price there are so many compromises. Mechanical, flexy coil fork etc Outdated unstable geometry too. Seriously though, spend £1000 and you wont look back. Your bike will be able to do so much more and youll have so much more fun.
Giant are a real manufacturer. Trek, Scott and Btwin as well as halfords brands are pretty much brand slaps on far eastern bikes. Some are off the shelf designs and some might have geometry tweaks or styling variations but they are Chinese bikes basically to order. You yourself could order from the same factories if you could afford a minimum of about 500 bikes in one order and put your own brand on them. The only thing that varies much is final assembly, sometimes in China, sometimes in other far east countries and sometimes in Europe but the real manufacture of the bike is it's frame and components which is normally China. You won't go far wrong with a Voodoo bike although I'm not sure its designed by Voodoo in the US I think its just licensing of the brand as the US bikes are completely different. Some of the Halford's bikes are superb value especially when discounted. I have a soft spot for Giant though, its a real manufacturer who actually designs and manufactures their own bikes which is surprisingly rare nowadays, they are probably the best frame manufacturer in the world too.
is this a free sign up or?
British Cycling membership will get you another 10% off