Genesis Altitude£350.00

We liked the way the first-generation Genesis bikes rode, and now they have been tweaked even closer to our ideal trail bike tastes for ’08

BikeRadar score4/5

We liked the way the first-generation Genesis bikes rode, and now they have been tweaked even closer to our ideal trail bike tastes for ’08.

At just over 2kg, the Altitude is certainly a lightweight XC-styled rig, but it has been reshaped slightly so it still rides well with a short stem and the ‘new normal’ 130mm travel forks.

The throat gusset has also been lengthened to add a mounting point for the gear stops, and the open end has been sealed with solder to stop rusting without adding a structural stress. It’s the only 853 frame here where the maker has felt a throat gusset is needed at all, though.

Old-school cable routing under the down tube is a better long-term, low-maintenance rig than normal top tube routing, while twin bottle cage bosses, Crud Catcher guard mounts and a brace tube for the rear brake add useful practicality.

Despite the frame’s £350 price tag, the hose mounts are the cheaper bent-steel kind and the headbadge is a sticker. Plus, while finishing is generally good, the metallic silver paint is unforgiving of the weld wobbles and blemishes that are there.

Ultimately, though, we’ve loved every Altitude we’ve hit the trails on, and the latest tweaks put it bang up to date with technical riding and equipment trends.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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