Genesis Croix de Fer 30 - first look

Shimano hydraulic discs and 105 11-speed for £1,749

Earlier this year news emerged that Shimano had produced a shift lever that could combine hydraulic disc braking with mechanical shifting – and at the same time Shimano bumped its 105 groupset up to 11 cogs.

All of a sudden two technologies that had previously been reserved for big spenders were coming down to a more realistic price point.

Back then we asked whether manufacturers would be able to mix and match original equipment component choices to provide 105 hydraulic-equipped road bikes. The answer is now clear – and the 2015 Croix de Fer 30 from Genesis is a perfect example of this.

At £1,749 this model sits one place below the flagship bike in the versatile and popular Croix de Fer range. The Reynolds 725 chromoly steel frameset is a proven item, and this year it's paired to a new fork – a carbon cyclocross component with increased tyre/guard clearance. The transmission consists mostly of components from Shimano's 11-speed 5800 groupset, with a non-series RS500 chainset being a notable exception.

 (L) The new carbon fork has more clearance for guards (R) Shimano's RS685 shifters are still a rarity among production bikes

Shimano's RS785 hydraulic discs take care of stopping – 160mm rotors and heat dissipating ICE Technologies brake pads come as standard.The wheelset makes use of 23mm wide disc-specific Alex rims and sealed Formula hubs. Genesis has stuck with the 35c Continental Cyclocross Speed tyres used across the range last year.

So, whether its for use as a rugged commuter, a tourer or a general adventure machine the Croix de Fer 30 is undoubtedly well equipped for the cash. We don't think they'll be hanging around.

The Croix de Fer 30 will be landing in shops for September. It will be available in one colour option and in 50-60cm frame sizes.

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