Genesis Croix de Fer

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Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby snipsnap » Mon Jan 21, 2013 20:56 pm

Hi all,

Close to pulling the trigger on one of these as a general work horse / commuter bike to give my Sensa Romagna a break from the rigors of a winter commuting.
Also, hoping to up the commuting miles from 15 a day to a full return journey of 45 miles. Therefore after something a bit more relaxed and suitable than the out and out race machine that is the Romagna.

The genesis seems to fit the bill perfectly; steel frame to soak up road buzz, discs for poor weather, clearance for full guards and I love the look of it.

Anyone got one and offer up any views. I'd be picking one up on the cycle to work scheme so wouldn't be paying the full 1150 RRP in the long run.

Thanks!

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby Wobblehead » Mon Jan 21, 2013 21:02 pm

Got a Vapour disc and it's great as a winter hack. Comfy as anything and takes all the crappy winter roads in the dales can throw at it

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby ugo.santalucia » Mon Jan 21, 2013 21:02 pm

I have as one for three years.have changed most components... Basically I only have the frame of the original bike. No drawbacks, except it is a heavy bike... For commuting, it works brilliantly and it does a lot more. I suggest you fit 28-32 mm road or touring tyress, as the CX tyres are incredibly slow on the Tarmac. A simple upgrade that goes a long way

Have a look

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby PeteMadoc » Mon Jan 21, 2013 23:17 pm

Lovely bike that's perfect for your requirements. Pull that trigger!

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby mikenetic » Tue Jan 22, 2013 16:50 pm

I agree with Pete - great all rounder.

Get a pair of Conti 4 Seasons in a 28mm on there and you'll still have a nice plushy ride but it'll roll along as happy as Larry.

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby snipsnap » Tue Jan 22, 2013 17:36 pm

Thanks for the views guys. I'm pretty sold on this.

will see if the bike shop will swap the tyres for the 4 seasons, have those on the Romagna also.

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby bendertherobot » Tue Jan 22, 2013 17:47 pm

I love mine. But, here it is, it's not actually that well equipped IMO. And not all that well priced.

You can get the F&F for about £325 ish, Tiagra is about £350. So that means they're asking quite a lot for the wheels, BB7's (these are less than a ton) and finishing kit.

To an extent they're asking full retail for what it might cost you to put it together. More or less.

So, I was wondering what an LBS could do in terms of putting all the components together on cycle to work?

So, £325 F&F.
Apex Groupset £389 or so.
BB7's about £90?
Finishing kit? Less than £100.

So that takes you to £900 or so with your own choice.

Then I'd dip into my own pocket for wheels and ask Ugo to build some.

You'd get a bike which was better and lighter than the original.

Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely bike.
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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby bjl » Tue Jan 22, 2013 19:14 pm

Interested in building one of these, where can you get frame for £325, best I've seen is £375.

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby bendertherobot » Tue Jan 22, 2013 19:28 pm

My blog: www.roubaixcycling.cc (kit reviews and other musings)

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby ugo.santalucia » Tue Jan 22, 2013 19:53 pm

When I bought it three years ago was pretty much the only cross bike with disc brakes... now there are a number of them and I think some offer better value for money... Planet X Kaffenback above all

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby snipsnap » Tue Jan 22, 2013 21:13 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:When I bought it three years ago was pretty much the only cross bike with disc brakes... now there are a number of them and I think some offer better value for money... Planet X Kaffenback above all


Wow, these do look good but out of stock in my size (large). Worth waiting for?

I was attracted to the Genesis due to the quality of the frame, but the overall spec and inclusion of SRAM force on this is impressive for the cost.

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby snipsnap » Tue Jan 22, 2013 22:21 pm

bendertherobot wrote:
So that takes you to £900 or so with your own choice.

Then I'd dip into my own pocket for wheels and ask Ugo to build some.

You'd get a bike which was better and lighter than the original.

Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely bike.


Thanks @bendertherobot, I get what you're saying here. The bike is on offer though currently below the grand c2w limit, so I'm be good to go right away. I could always look at throwing some better wheels on there a bit further down the line.

The advice on here has got me thinking though, I appreciate that there may be better offers out there for the cash, but at the sub 1000 c2w limit, and being seemingly a perfect fit and such a good looking bike, it's currently satisfying head and heart.

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby snipsnap » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:44 am

trigger pulled!

Shop (Cycle Gear, Halifax) will be fitting 28 road tyres (not specified type but I've requested decent p******e protection) so what guards you lot using?

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby zx6man » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:55 am

SKS on mine, fit perfect right and don't look bad either, would post a pic but never able to....

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby zx6man » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:03 am

Image

It worked :-)

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby mikenetic » Fri Jan 25, 2013 17:32 pm

SKS on mine too. They're the bestest :D

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby snipsnap » Fri Jan 25, 2013 17:46 pm

Chromoplastics?

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby bendertherobot » Fri Jan 25, 2013 19:03 pm

Enjoy!

Now get Ugo to build you some wheels!
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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby snipsnap » Fri Jan 25, 2013 19:14 pm

bendertherobot wrote:Enjoy!

Now get Ugo to build you some wheels!


Thanks!

All in good time!!!

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Re: Genesis Croix de Fer

Postby rjprey » Sat Jan 26, 2013 15:55 pm

Coincidentally, here's a croix de fer sporting some ugo wheels - hope pro 2 evo hubs with mavic op cds! for touring and waking up the neighbours!..

Single Speed for the winter, will be nice to get some fast tyres on them once the days get a bit longer, plus more time to think about what crankset I want.

tis my only road bike but glad I built it myself because the stock build isn't all that good value imo..

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and I don't like the bar tape either, natural cork my ass - more like beige.


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