Genesis used to be known for its steel framed machines – indeed a couple of years ago the Madison-Genesis pro team were riding steel bikes. But it’s increasingly turning to carbon frames and its 2017 range includes a disc braked carbon race bike and its first ever carbon cyclocross bike.
The new Zero Disc Z.i Di2 race bike comes with Ultegra Di2 shifting and hydraulic braking and is priced at £3300. Mechanical Ultegra and hydraulics come in at £2900, while the 105 spec Zero Disc Z.2 comes in at £2400 and the Z.1 with Tiagra level hydraulics is £2200. It’s available as a frameset too, including a women’s version priced at £1800. It runs alongside the existing Zero rim braked range priced from £2300 to £1700.
The Datum is Genesis’s carbon adventure road bike. There are four models in the range, speced from Tiagra at £1900 right up to Ultegra Di2 at £3200. It has plenty of clearance and comes equipped with 32mm Clement Strada tyres, although Genesis says it will take up to 35mm and still have room for mudguards. There’s also a women’s version with Tiagra at £1900.
The new Vapour Carbon cyclocross bike takes many design cues from the Datum, but is adapted for cyclocross race use. So the head tube angle has been slackened to 72 degrees and there are longer chainstays and a raised bottom bracket. There are 12mm thru-axles front and rear and an asymmetric bottom bracket. With no bridge on the seatstays, there’s masses of clearance for 35mm tyres or wider.
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Top of the range is the Vapour Carbon CX30. Priced at £2800, this comes with Ultegra shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. Below this are a 105 mix and a Tiagra mix spec, the latter coming in at £2100. There’s also a frameset only option for £1600. Genesis also sells an alloy version of the Vapour. Priced at £1000 or £900, this comes with Tiagra or Sora respectively.
Prices of the Croix de Fer have decreased this year. The range-topping titanium model with Shimano 105 is priced at £3000 or £1800 for the frameset. Switch to steel and the Croix de Fer 30 with 105 is priced at £1500 with the range extending down to the Croix de Fer 10 with Sora at £900.
The Tour de Fer 20 comes with mudguards, front and rear racks and dynamo lighting and is priced at £1500. One was ridden the length of South America by Laura Bingham and survived being run over twice by trucks and welded back together.
There are more details on Genesis’s website.
Also new this year from Genesis is the Skyline hybrid bike. Coming in at £800, the top spec Skyline 30 has Acera 9-speed shifting with a triple chainset and hydraulic disc brakes. It also comes with a dynamo light set, mudguards and a Tubus rack.
The Skyline 20 has Sora shifting and a double chainring and is priced at £700, while the Skyline 10 has Acera with a single chainring for £600. All three specs have reflective graphics and disc brakes.
Sportline distributes Ridgeback bikes as well as Genesis. Ridgeback’s £1100 Flight 04 is one of the first bikes we’ve seen with Shimano’s Metrea urban groupset, which was announced a few months back. It looks neat, with its in-built guard on the chainset and silver-black finish. The Flight range gets a new aluminium frame and starts at £700. And there is an electric version too. Called the e-Flight it uses Shimano Steps and comes at £2500 for a mechanically shifted version and a £2800 bike with Di2 shifting.