First look: Genesis Abyss 2010

Hardcore hardtail trail bike

We showed you the highlights of UK-based Genesis's 2010 range earlier this year, but one model that slipped through the net was the new Abyss.

This is basically a more hardcore version of the company's entry-level Core hardtail, with a tougher, slacker (69° head angle rather than 71°) and lower slung frame, and a 140mm-travel RockShox Revelation SL fork up front.

Genesis describe it as "a bike to take trail centre rollercoasters, rides in wild places and play-spot sessions to new levels of fun".

There's only one model available, at £1,2499, and it eschews the current trend for swoopy hydroforming, instead sticking with shaped and extruded conventional tubes.

There's a ring-reinforced head tube up front to take the extra strain associated with the long-travel fork, plus plenty of beefy gussets and thicker walled tubing than on the Core.

The Abyss comes with a Race Face Ride AM double-ring chainset, but ISCG mounts mean you can switch to a single ring plus chain device setup if you're more of a downhiller than a climber.

Other spec highlights include Shimano SLX derailleurs and brakes, Maxxis High Roller 2.35 tyres and a smattering of own-brand kit.

Genesis abyss 2010: genesis abyss 2010

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
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  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
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  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
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