Genesis Alptitude frame review£399.00

Lively Reynolds steel chassis

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This UK designed, Reynolds steel tubed technician from Genesis Bikes is fully tooled-up to join the radical riding arms race.

Reynolds 853 is one of the highest grade steels available. It hardens around the welds to increase strength where most steels weaken, creating a tough frame.

This is reinforced by open-backed gussets, a ringed head tube and a top tube/seat tube bridge. You also get ISCG, bottle and Crud Catcher mounts, and the slim, tapered ‘A-braced’ stays are heavier gauge for increased strength.

The Alptitude's weight is good for cross-country riding, it's enthusiastically sprung without being too whippy and it’s well priced for a Reynolds frame.

The 66.5-degree head angle is designed for confidence on steep, fast descents and is lower and shorter than that of Genesis’s Altitude frame to allow easier body movement.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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