While in Germany one tends to think of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins when they hear the name Genesis, the English brand Genesis Bikes is well known in their home country and has recently won the Madison Genesis team rider Connor Swift caused a sensation at the British Road Championships. We in the cap have always been more excited about the bikes than the band and were delighted to be invited to present the 2019 models at the Genesis Sportline Show. And brought a camera...
There was plenty to see at the launch of the 2019 collection in Milton Keynes, north of London. Some models that were already in the range in 2018, alongside brand new wheels that will be launched in the next few months. A great result of our visit to England is that Genesis Bikes are sending us a small selection of what's new for September 23rd to the "Rund um die Kö" race in Düsseldorf, where we will be showing alongside the latest Zero SL models, which we as first on the European mainland, will also have a built-up Volare 931 in stainless steel and hi-end construction plus an original bike from the Madison Genesis Pro Team on site.
The most popular Genesis model in Germany is this Croix de Fer , a jack of all trades that was created ten years ago from a crosser that was equipped with a wide variety of soldered parts, eyelets and a geometry suitable for long-distance journeys and was already circumnavigating the world after a year. Today, the bike can be seen as a pioneer of the gravel scene and has been continuously improved in detail over the years. In addition to the differently equipped steel versions made of Reynolds 725, there is a stylish one Titanium edition with carbon fork and a new Reynolds 835 frameset in late fall.
But apart from the Croix de Fer, which is a classic on the net thanks to countless strands with individual structures, especially in the bikepacking and gravel scene, Genesis Bikes can convince with many sporty bike models that creatively serve the most diverse requirements. For example this Fugio , a 650B do-it-all with wide tires that cuts a fine figure on forest highways. Or that Equilibrium , a Reynolds steel endurance racer available with carbon fork in rim brake and disc versions. As is well known, this is what comes as a team vehicle in the cap date used, a disc carbon racer for all occasions, which allows tire widths of more than 35mm and, thanks to clever geo, convinces with sporty genes on gravel as well as on bare asphalt. The crosser called Vapor , which is already available as the first 2019 model in both aluminum and carbon versions, with a frame that, thanks to the slightly relaxed seating position and smooth wheel arch, makes both off-road use and longer tours possible.
When Genesis reach for the top shelf, you can talk about bikes like the pro-grade carbon bolide zero and the Zero SL for Weight Watchers or the race-proven steel racers volars in Reynolds 853 and 931, each classically equipped with rim brakes or modern with disc. Light, stable, versatile, plus a very good price-performance ratio and an independent look make the British racers real alternatives to the usual suspects on the German market.
In addition to the Genesis hits, we were thrilled in Milton Keynes with the bikes from sister brand Saracen, which comes from the MTB world. A practice round with the LEVARG with aluminum frame and 650B tires was just as convincing as that Hack , a modern aluminum gravel racer that is available in different configurations. We will certainly be able to welcome a Saracen in the hat soon, let us surprise you.
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