Genesis, the flat-bar road bike offshoot of Ridgeback mountain bikes, has announced its 2007 range. Highlights include two new drop-bar bikes, the fixed-wheel Flyer and Vapour cyclo-cross bike; flat-bar road bikes from £349.99 to £999; and, er, mountain bikes. We’ll skip lightly over them except to note that it’s refreshing to see Reynolds steel being used for mountain bike frames – the Altitude 2.0 and 1.0 are built from 853 and 725 tubing respectively.
On the road, the Reynolds 520-framed Flyer fixie has a 48/18 gear (72in) with a flip/flop rear hub so you can switch between fixed transmission and a freewheel. Spec includes a carbon fork, Sugino single-ring chainset and Shimano Sora brakes. The Flyer retails for £499.
In the popular cyclo-cross bike category, the Vapour is notable for its versatility: frame and fork have mudguard fittings so it can be used either for actual cyclo-cross races or as a practical winter commuter. The frame is triple butted 6066 aluminium and components include Shimano Tiagra brake/shift levers and 48/34 compact chainset. Price is £699.
For more information and a chance to win a Genesis, see www.genesisbikes.co.uk.