Genesis bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice
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Genesis was founded in the UK back in 2006, but the first Genesis bike — The Day One — was actually produced under Ridgeback in 2001. It was so popular that it became a label in its own right five years later.
Since then, Genesis has gone from strength to strength, producing some of the UK’s best loved bikes for all occasions, and has been the bike supplier and title sponsor of the Madison Genesis road racing team since 2013.
Genesis produces bikes for all cycling disciplines, including road, mountain, cyclocross, gravel/adventure and commuting.
You’ll find a range of materials used in Genesis bikes, though the brand is well loved for its steel offerings.
Genesis 2019 road bikes
If you’re a roadie, Genesis has a few models for you to consider.
At the entry-level, the Delta is an aluminium frame and carbon fork road bike with endurance geometry that comes with rim brakes and provides a comfortable ride.
The Equilibrium and Equilibrium Disc are also endurance/sportive-focused bikes, and come with a steel frame and carbon fork. The steel makes for a super comfortable ride, while the carbon reduces some of the weight.
Next up is the endurance-focused Zeal, which is full carbon, so you can ride longer and faster with less effort.
Moving into the racier end of the spectrum, the Zero and Zero Disc are full-carbon road bikes with aggressive geometry. As the price increases, so does the level of tech, with Di2 included in the top-end model.
Finally, if you want to build your absolute dream machine, the Volare and Volare Disc framesets are available in both Reynolds 853 and 931 tubing options.
Genesis 2019 mountain bikes
The Genesis Tarn is a steel-framed short-travel hardtail with 120mm travel and 27.5in wheels, and is equipped with Maxxis Rekon tyres.
The Mantle is the brand’s XC and endurance bike, and is a full carbon 29er hardtail with 100mm travel.
Finally, for the bikepackers, the Longitude is a fully rigid, steel-framed mid-fat expedition adventure bike. It comes with 27.5in wheels but is also 29er compatible.
More Genesis 2019 bikes
Genesis has a lot of bikes in its ‘other’ category, so we’ve broken them down into Adventure, Cyclocross and Urban.
Adventure is probably the biggest category for Genesis, and a full array of mud-loving, gravel-crunching expedition machines are available.
The Croix de Fer is probably Genesis’ flagship bike, much loved by adventurers and commuters alike. It’s the ultimate all-round all-terrain machine, with a hardy steel frameset, disc brakes, relaxed geometry and mounts for all the additional fittings you might need. The Croix de Fer comes in three steel options (10, 20 and 30) as well as a titanium model.
The Genesis Datum is another versatile bike that could serve as a gravel-cruncher or mile-muncher, depending on the tyres you choose to run. There’s also a women’s-specific version of the Datum, as well as a frameset so you can build your own.
The Tour de Fer is a steel touring-specific bike with a longer, stable wheelbase, and comes complete with mudguards and racks. Higher-end models also feature dynamo lights.
Getting into the more monstrous of Genesis adventure bikes, there’s the Vagabond which is often described as a ‘monstercross’ or ‘frankenbike’ due to its fat 29er wheels, combined with the relaxed geometry of the steel frameset that makes it a great weekday commuter and weekend off-road explorer.
The biggest monster of them all though has to be the Fugio. With its steel frame and carbon fork, asymmetrical chainstays and 650b wheels with gargantuan 50c tyres, it’s perfect if you want a bike that will take you anywhere, but don’t want a mountain bike.
The Vapour is Genesis' CX race machine and there are three models available (10, 20 and 30). There’s the option of having a full carbon frame at the higher end of the spec too, or a more affordable version with an aluminium frame and carbon fork.
The CDA on the other hand is less race and more sportive, with relaxed endurance geometry and massive tyre clearance for knobblies so you can truly take it anywhere.
For commuters and city-dwellers, Genesis has several bikes to choose from.
The Day One — its inaugural bike from 2001 — is still going strong as a low maintenance singlespeed with disc brakes and mounts for mudguards.
The Flyer is a super versatile bike that could be set up as a fixie, or with a freewheel. It has the same tubing and geometry as the Equilibrium and comes equipped with custom XL mudguards. Use it as a commuter or a winter trainer.
If you’re in the market for a more porteur-style bike, the Brixton is where Croix de Fer meets cargo. Its 1x9 drivetrain keeps things simple, while the swept back riser bars give the rider a more upright position.
Finally, the Columbia Rd is a beautiful step-through with a low maintenance and practical 8-speed internal hubgear. Perfect for pootling around town, plus the twin top tube adds a touch of elegance.