As many of you may have already noticed, it may seem I have a fetish for Genesis bikes!
I do ride my blue Genesis CdF to most places, it is my go to bike for most things, night rides, day rides, long rides, short rides, city rides, country rides, errand rides, even postie rides, on road rides, off road rides. It is a cyclocross bike, so I will never be able to really fit thin tyres on the stock Alexrim wheels it came with. But I can run down to 28mm which is pretty OK as I am not a super fast rider or like to power crank on all my rides. But if I wanted I could get a new set of wheels to over come that issue if I desired. Anyway, there are exceptions, I do ride my mountain bike (Scott Yecora) when doing some proper off road cycling, or whenever I feel the whim. Bit old school, hardtail front suspension bike, but it gives me the right level of fun without being too pretentious.
I built the Genesis Equilibrium Disc this year to try out the steel road bike. This is a fast and comfortable ride.
So why Genesis, well I obviously like them, particularly the Reynold steel, I find the flex in steel to give a very nice comfortable ride, but able to push fast when necessary. For sure a lighter bike in Aluminium or even carbon will seem superior, but modern steel is quite special. They can be super light if you go for 800 or 900 series, with stiffness close to carbon, if that is what you need. Can look as pretty as Titanium frames too.
Genesis seems to handle such material with ease, their designs are effortlessly balanced between retro and modern, making their bikes an affordable bridge between a very good looking dream bike with practicality and usability.
I have nothing against those amazing carbon bikes by some of the bigger or better known brands, but I have to admit that in my 40s I find alot of them too stiff for my back and bottom. Sure you can get some carbon bikes now with built in flex or even suspension, but my budget is painfully smashed if I consider those.
For someone like me, who likes to ride something comfortable, fast and relatively light, I find Steel to be a very good material and I also find Genesis gives me that with a certain British panache, subtle but noticeable…
BTW, Hans Solo rides a steel Genesis, small fact from a Galaxy far, far away….
What do you think, let us know in your comments below.