Genesis Equilibrium 20 road bike review

Genesis Equilibrium 20 road bike, Real steel at a realistic price - £1,299.99

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Tackling the rough, battle-scarred roads of the South-East, there’s a springiness to the Reynolds 725-tubed frame that damps the bumps without dampening the rider’s efforts. The feel of steel is still present and correct. While the styling is retro, the handling is thoroughly modern. Neutral best describes the Equilibrium’s characteristics, with the steering fast enough for fun on steep, switchback descents but with none of the twitchiness you might expect from a race bike. As a bike for all seasons, there are few to match the Genesis.

Reasons to buy
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    The feel of steel

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    Retro styling

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    Modern handling

Reasons to avoid
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    Heavy wheels

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    Cheap saddle

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With the exception of the titanium flagship, the Ti, Genesis’s Equilibrium range are all steel. For the Equilibrium 20, Genesis and Reynolds have done a great job in keeping the weight under 21lb, not bad for a rugged all-rounder.


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