Just in: Genesis Croix de Fer

Steel 'cross/commuting rig

The Croix de Fer (Iron Cross) was a sell-out success when it was launched in 2008, and it's back for 2010 with new graphics and a chromoly rather than carbon fork.

This do-it-all cyclo-cross bike looks like it'll be as at home on the morning commute as in the rough stuff, with a revised Reynolds 725 frame, Shimano cable disc brakes, 35c Continental Speed King 'cross tyres and nine-speed Shimano Tiagra drivetrain.

The new frame has slimmer seatstays – which, added to the chromo fork, should help reduce road buzz and add comfort – and rack eyelets, and it's topped off with Genesis's new own-brand stem, bar, seatpost and saddle. The production bike will come with brown bar tape rather than white.

Distributors Madison say they've taken it along on cross-country rides and outpaced their mates on mountain bikes, so it'll be interesting to see what it can do. With a pricetag of £999.99 it sneaks inside the vital Cycle to Work price bracket. Look out for a review in Cycling Plus magazine soon.

Genesis croix de fer: genesis croix de fer
Genesis croix de fer: genesis croix de fer

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.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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