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.

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