The Fugio is Genesis’ all-out gravel bike and this – the new 2021 Genesis Fugio 30 – has to be one of the best-looking bikes to launch this year.
Based around a full Shimano GRX groupset, the bike sits at the top of the Fugio range.
Let’s get something out of the way – the Genesis Fugio 30’s paint job is incredible.
How could you not fall in love with that paint? Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
Last year’s Fugio sported a similarly resplendent blue-fade paint job but we’ve been won over by this year’s colour scheme.
The eighties-ish-throwback pink to purple fade looks so good and we will always celebrate something this jazzy – it truly stands out in a world of boring and austere finishes.
725 is Reynolds’ third-tier steel tubeset. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
The Fugio is based on a Reynolds 725 tubeset, which is matched with a full carbon fork.
725 is Reynolds’ third-tier steel tubeset and is mandrel butted and heat-treated so that thinner walls can be used. This brings weight down and contributes to the zingy and spritely ride feel associated with high-end steel bikes.
The bike is built around a Shimano GRX groupset. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
The build for the top-end bike has also been updated for 2021, moving away from SRAM’s Apex groupset in favour of a full Shimano GRX build.
Set up in a 1x arrangement, an 11-42t cassette is paired with a 40t chainring, giving ample range for all but the very steepest luggage-laden climbs.
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The bike will play nicely with either 650b or 700c wheels, but in its stock spec, the bike ships with 47mm-wide WTB Venture gravel tyres in the smaller diameter.
Dropper posts are becoming increasingly popular on gravel bikes. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
In a similarly shred-friendly move, the bike is also fitted with a dropper seatpost.
Shimano’s GRX groupset includes a non-indexed left-hand lever option (ST-RX810-LA) that gives you the neatest-possible dropper post control on drop bars. This is used on the Fugio 30 and controls an X-Fusion Manic post, which offers 50mm of drop.
You could fit just about anything you want to the Fugio. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
The bike veritably bristles with mounting options, including front and rear pannier rack mounting options, triple-bolt Anything-style mounts on the fork, three water bottle mounts, and the now de-rigueur top-tube mount just behind the head tube.
Should you prefer to ride with a dry bum, the bike will also accommodate full-cover mudguards.
A forward-facing mount on the crown of the fork will also make mounting a dynamo light a breeze.
The Fugio 30 is the top-end bike in the range. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
As pictured, the bike will set you back £2,999.99. The more modestly priced Fugio 20 (£2,299.99) uses Genesis’ in-house Mjolnir steel tubeset for the frame and a cheaper overall build. The entry-level Fugio 10 (£1,599.99) gets a cheaper build again and also moves to an alloy frame.
Which of the three bikes would you opt for? Do you love or loathe that wild paint job? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
2021 Genesis Fugio 30 specs
Frameset: Genesis Fugio 30, Reynolds 725 tubing, full carbon fork
Groupset: Shimano GRX, 40t chainring, 11-42t cassette
Tyres: WTB Venture, 650 x 47mm
Handlebar: Genesis alloy gravel, 16-degree flare
Seatpost: X-Fusion Manic dropper seatpost
Stem: Genesis alloy
Wheelset: WTB i25 rims, Jalco hubs