Genesis CDA 30 review

The aluminium little brother of the Croix de Fer, the Genesis CDA comes with good mixed-terrain pedigree

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A true jack-of-all-trades, the Genesis CDA 30 offers a bomb-along ride that's reminiscent of a steel tourer. The 'Hellraiser' fork provides ample carrying capacity, but the brakes were slow to react and leave room for improvement.

Reasons to buy
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    Extremely comfortable

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Reasons to avoid
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    Brakes are awful

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The Genesis CDA is the aluminium version of the British brand’s steel Croix de Fer, the bike Vin Cox rode to the round-the-world record in 2020.

Genesis says it’s suited to commuting, utility, touring, road and gravel. “Beaten up B-roads, bridleways, byways and everything in between, the CDA will tackle it with a grin,” goes the description, and I’ll say from the off that it’s an accurate one.

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Genesis CDA specification
RRP£999Row 0 - Cell 2
FrameAluminiumRow 1 - Cell 2
ForkChromolyRow 2 - Cell 2
Shifters Shimano Tiagra, 10 speedRow 3 - Cell 2
CranksetShimano GRX 46/30Row 4 - Cell 2
DerailleursShimano GRXRow 5 - Cell 2
CassetteShimano CS-HG500-10 11-34TRow 6 - Cell 2
BrakesPromax Mechanical DiscRow 7 - Cell 2
WheelsShining DB-31 32HRow 8 - Cell 2
TyresWTB Riddler Comp 700 x 37cRow 9 - Cell 2
Bottom bracketShimano Hollowtech IIRow 10 - Cell 2
Weight10.85kgRow 11 - Cell 2

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