The range of road bikes on offer from Genesis has grown considerably this year. As well as lots of incremental updates to pre-existing lines, there’s the introduction of some snazzy new models and a larger women’s range.
The new Genesis Equilibrium 30. Zesty, made of metal and lust-worthyJack Luke / Immediate Media
For 2017, you can no longer buy an Equilibrium in its high zoot stainless Reynolds 931 form, with all models in the line up moving to 725.
Although Genesis has dropped the higher end tubing from the line up, it has added an Ultegra disc model to the range with the Equilibrium 30 and it looks so cool.The seriously zesty green, red and black paint-job stands out in a world of monochrome mediocrity. Topped off with those delicious Clement Strada skinwall tyres, this bike looks really quite special.
The Equilibrium 30 keeps the same carbon fork with an alloy steerer as the previous generation and features the Fulcrum Racing Sport DB wheels seen throughout the rest of the road range from Genesis.
With a full Ultegra, hydro disc groupset and the ability to fit proper full-cover mudguards, the Equilibrium 30 looks set to be an ideal year-round, mile munching machine.
2017 Genesis Zeal
The Genesis Zeal, an all new women’s specific road bike for 2017Jack Luke / Immediate Media
The Zeal is a completely new bike for 2017. This women’s specific carbon endurance machine looks set to go head-to-head with similarly minded bikes, like the Trek Silque and the Cannondale Synapse.
For £1,400 you get a lovely looking carbon frameset with full internal cable routing, a Tiagra 10-speed groupset and women’s specific finishing kit. Although the Alexrims/Joytech wheels are a bit of an OEM special, they’re comparable with what you’ll find on other bikes in this price range.
Like most of the range from Genesis, the Zeal is also available as a frameset should you want to build up your own.
On closer inspection of the frame we were delighted to see that a threaded bottom bracket shell has been utilised, mechanics rejoice. This gets a big thumbs up from us in the practicality category.
Sweet, sweet thready goodnessJack Luke / Immediate Media
2017 Genesis Croix de Fer 10
The Cycle to Work sweetheart, the Croix de Fer, gets updated for 2017Oli Woodman / Immediate Media
The Cycle to Work sweetheart, the Croix de Fer has also seen updates throughout the whole range for 2017.
Of particular note is the new Croix de Fer 10, which moves away from the Acera/Sora mix drivetrain of last year and moves to the updated Sora groupset. With its concealed shifter cables and sleek, four arm crankset, the Croix de Fer is a much better looking bike for 2017.
With 35mm Kenda Flintridge tyres, bags of clearance for mudguards or wider rubber and geometry numbers that make for a lively yet comfortable ride, the Croix de Fer looks set to be another popular choice as it enters its 11th year of production.
2017 Zero Disc Z.2
The updated Zero Z.2 got us buzzingOli Woodman / Immediate Media
We were also quite taken by the look of the updated Zero Disc range, with the £2,399.99 Z.2 standing out from the bunch.
With the lively yellow highlighting contrasting against the rich, gloss black of the frame, this bike willbe a real head turner.
Small logos, bright colours, we likeOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Whilst the Zero is definitely a bike with a racing pedigree, Genesis has utilised a mix of “high-modulus, unidirectional carbon” to take the sting out of the roughest roads, which should make it suitable for longer days in the saddle too.
There is also clearance for wider tyres, which should help to eliminate any remaining road buzz.
2017 Genesis Datum
The range topping Datum Limited features a full Ultegra Di2 groupset and comes in at £3,199.99Jack Luke / Immediate Media
Genesis’ range topping Datum also gets a refresh for 2017. Find out about the changes and have a nose at these all-road beauties in our separate story 2017 Genesis Datum range overview.
2017 Genesis road range availability
All of the new bikes from Genesis are due to be available by the end of September from your local dealer.