2017 Genesis Vapour 30 first look

Welcome reintroduction of 'cross classic from Genesis

Depending on who you speak to, #crossiscoming, is already here, or never actually went away. Whatever state of flux cyclocross racing happens to be in, Genesis is ready with the reintroduction of the British brand’s much loved Vapour.

Genesis sent us over the new Vapour 30 to see what's new for 2017
Genesis sent us over the new Vapour 30 to see what's new for 2017

Completely re-designed for 2017, the Vapour is a very modern, carbon 'cross bike with geometry that blurs the line between a traditional, sharp handling CX race bike and an all-road, adventure machine like the Datum.

Compared to the Datum, the numbers do err on the side of 'cross racing with a higher BB for increased ground clearance and a considerably slacker head angle and longer wheelbase, which make for a more stable ride when things get really choppy.

Simply put, if you like the idea of riding fast around a muddy circle for an hour of puke-threshold unpleasantness, then this is the bike from Genesis for you.

Despite the racing bias, singletrack excursions should still be enjoyable with generously wide handlebars across all sizes making for a controlled and stable ride (XS: 40cm / S>M: 42cm / L>X: 44cm) .

An 11-speed Ultegra groupset keeps things moving forward
An 11-speed Ultegra groupset keeps things moving forward

Solid contact points will be lost on a noodly frame, but the Vapour features bolt-thru axles at both ends as well as a tapered, full carbon fork up front for a stiff and confident ride.

We were also very pleased to see a full Ultegra hydro groupset, with proper 'cross specific chainrings up front; the 46-36 combo offers smooth and close shifts up front.

And although the 11-34 cassette should make mincemeat of all but the steepest of climbs, hardcore racers will likely swap for something with slightly less spread to get the gears a little closer spaced.

The super clean cable routing through the chainstay looks excellent
The super clean cable routing through the chainstay looks excellent

The Fulcrum Racing 5 DB wheels are also seen on other similarly priced bikes in the Genesis range and are shod with meaty, 33mm Challenge Grifo CL tyres. The tyres are a favourite for mixed conditions and perform well in all but the muckiest of weather.

We’re glad to see the return of a proper 'cross bike to the line up from Genesis and hope to see some Vapours out in the wild this upcoming season.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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