Six highlights from the Genesis model year 2017 road bike range
Genesis expand carbon line-up for 2017 with the introduction of the Zero Disc and Vapour CCX
Genesis Bikes have doubled the number of carbon fibre bikes in the range for 2017, introducing the Zero Disc and an all-new carbon cyclo-cross bike dubbed the Vapour.
It wasn't long ago that Genesis focused purely on metal bikes, working predominantly with steel, but that changed with the launch of the Zero in 2014. The Datum adventure bike followed in 2015 and now the British brand counts four carbon frames in the line-up for 2017.
The Zero Disc is, as you'd imagine, a disc-equipped version of the Zero raced by the Madison-Genesis team. Genesis haven't just slapped disc brakes on it, however - it's a completely new frame. We'll come on to that in just a minute. The Vapour, meanwhile, is Genesis' all-new carbon cyclo-cross weapon.
Let's take a look at closer look at both the Zero Disc and the Vapour, along with a bunch of other highlighs from the 2017 Genesis road range.
Genesis Zero Disc
When the Madison-Genesis team was founded, the squad exclusively rode the steel Genesis Volare. However, keen to give their riders a lighter, more comfortable frame for stage races, Genesis developed the Zero, which launched ahead of the 2014 Tour of Britain. That frame was updated in 2015 and now, by and large, the entire team uses it week-in, week-out.
Now the Zero is available with disc brakes. Genesis have re-engineered the chassis to cope with the additional strain put on the frame by disc brakes and they've also tweaked the geometry in a bid to retain the lively handling of the original Zero. The chainstays have been lengthened to 410mm across all sizes in order to accommodate disc brakes, but the stack and reach have been reduced and the wheelbase kept compact.
Otherwise, the frame is made from a blend of 30/40T carbon fibre, with a tapered head tube (1-1/2" to 1-1/8"), internal cable routing and a 27.2mm seatpost, just like the original Zero.
Four bikes make up the range, opening with the Zero Disc Z.1 with Shimano Tiagra for £2,199.99 and topping out with the Zero Disc Z.i Di2 with Shimano Ultegra Di2 for £3,299.99. Check out the range below. You can also get the frameset, in light grey or team colours, for £1,799.99. Of course, the team won't be able to race this just yet, but that may change in 2017 if the UCI relaxes its disc brake ban.
Genesis Zero Disc Z.1 (Shimano Tiagra) - £2,199.99
Genesis Zero Disc Z.2 (Shimano 105) - £2,399.99
Genesis Zero Disc Z.3 (Shimano Ultegra) - £2,899.99
Genesis Zero Disc Z.i Di2 (Shimano Ultegra Di2) - £3,299.99
Genesis Zero Disc frameset - £1,799.99
Another new bike from Genesis for 2017 is the Vapour CCX (that stands for Carbon CX). Genesis have long flirted with the rough stuff, not only through their range of mountain bikes but with a line-up of do-it-all adventure bikes like the Croix de Fer and, more recently, the Datum. They've never had a dedicated carbon cyclo-cross bike, though, and that's where the Vapour comes in.
The Vapour CCX is made from a mix of 'durable' 24/30T carbon fibre, just like the Datum (which we'll come on to), and is said to share the same ride characteristics as Genesis' carbon adventure bike.
The geometry is geared more towards cyclo-cross racing, however, with a higher bottom bracket for more clearance, and increased trail to ensure greater stability over rough terrain.
You've got the choice of three bikes, with Shimano Tiagra for £2,099.99, Shimano 105 for £2,299.99 and Shimano Ultegra for £2,799.99, plus the frameset for £1,599.99.
Otherwise, Genesis have also revised the Vapour CX, now based around an updated double-butted alloy tubeset. If you want one of these then there's a Shimano Sora build for £899.99 and a Shimano Tiagra-equipped machine for £999.99.
Genesis Vapour Carbon CX10 (Shimano Tiagra) - £2,099.99
Genesis Vapour Carbon CX20 (Shimano 105) - £2,299.99
Genesis Vapour Carbon CX 30 (Shimano Ultegra) - £2,799.99
Genesis Vapour Carbon CX frameset - £1,599.99
Genesis Vapour CX10 - £899.99
Genesis Vapour CX20 - £999.99
We've mentioned the Datum a couple of times already, so let's take a proper look. If you're not familiar, the Datum was introduced in 2015 as a machine which summed up the Genesis spirit of adventure, but in carbon fibre. It proved a big hit for Genesis and that meant it was pretty hard to get hold of one.
But the Datum is back in bigger numbers for 2017, with updated specs and colours across the board. The frame itself remains unchanged and is made from a blend of 24 and 30T carbon fibre, with a geometry which is less aggressive than an all-out race bike and with stacks of tyre clearance. In fact, the Datum is specced with 32mm tyres as standard. It's the kind of disc-equipped bike designed to offer both road speed and the versatility to point it down a dirt track or previously uncharted bridleway.
Genesis will offer the Datum in four builds for 2017, starting with the Shimano Tiagra-equipped Datum 10 for £1,899.99 and rising to the Datum Limited with Shimano Ultegra Di2 for £3,199.99. All bikes have hydraulic disc brakes. Once again, there's also the option of putting together your own build, with the frameset priced at £1,499.99.
Genesis Datum 10 (Shimano Tiagra) - £1,899.99
Genesis Datum 20 (Shimano 105) - £2,099.99
Genesis Datum 30 (Shimano Ultegra) - £2,499.99
Genesis Datum Limited (Shimano Ultegra Di2) - £3,199.99
Genesis Datum frameset - £1,499.99
Genesis Croix de Fer
The Croix de Fer has been a long-time hit in the Genesis range, having first appeared a decade ago. It's a ruff'n'tuff adventure bike, with a steel frame (there's also a top-end titanium version), disc brakes, room for 40mm tyres, and mudguard and rack mounts. There's not much the Croix de Fer can't do.
The steel frame comes in two versions. The Croix de Fer 10 pictured here is made from Genesis' Mjölnir steel tubeset and wears Shimano Sora components for £899.99, whereas the Croix de Fer 20 and 30 are made from a Reynolds 725 tubeset and get Shimano Tiagra and Shimano 105 bits for £1,199.99 and £,1499.99 respectively. The 725 frameset is yours for £399.99.
If you want to step things up a notch, the Croix de Fer Titanium is made from 3AL-2.5V ti and is available as a frameset for £1,799.99 or in a Shimano 105 build for £2,999.99. Very nice it is, too.
The Equilibrium is another established favourite in the Genesis stable; a versatile, steel all-rounder popular with UK riders. It's available in disc and rim brake versions but, seeing as we've given disc brakes a lot of airtime here, we'll focus on the rim brake frame.
Like the Croix de Fer, Genesis do the Equilibrium in two grades of steel: the Equilibrium 10 is made from the more affordable Mjölnir tubeset and comes with Shimano Tiagra components, while the Equilibrium 20 is made from Reynolds 725 and wears Shimano 105 bits. Whatever option you choose, the Equilibrium has mudguard and rack mounts, making it as comfortable on the commute as it is on the winter club run. The 725 frame is also available on its own for £449.99.
Otherwise, if you want an Equilibrium Disc, check out the line-up below.
Genesis Equilibrium 10 (Shimano Tiagra) - £999.99
Genesis Equilibrium 20 (Shimano 105) - £1,199.99
Genesis 725 frameset - £449.99
Genesis Equilibrium Disc 10 (Shimano Tiagra) - £1,249.99
Genesis Equilibrium Disc 20 (Shimano 105) - £1,649.99
Genesis Equilibrium Disc 30 (Shimano Ultegra) £1,999.99
Genesis Equilibrium Disc 725 frameset - £549.99
Finally, as far as this round-up is concerned, the Delta is aimed at new cyclists looking for their first road bike, or anyone in the market for an affordable, alloy training bike.
The frame is made from a blend of double-butted 6066 and 6061 aluminium and Genesis say this mix has allowed them to ensure high levels of stiffness in some areas of the frame and compliance in others. Otherwise, you get a tapered carbon/alloy fork and eyelets to add full-length mudguards.
There are two builds in the range, with the Delta 10 specced with Shimano Claris for £649.99 and the Delta 20 coming with Shimano Tiagra for £849.99.
Genesis Delta 10 (Shimano Claris) - £649.99
Genesis Delta 20 (Shimano Tiagra) - £849.99
Website: Genesis Bikes