Why this boring carbon fork will make your old bike great again

Plus 2019 highlights from Genesis and Saracen

It might not look like much, but this fork was one of the geekier delights at this year’s IceBike show, the annual gathering of all things Madison in Milton Keynes, UK.

Released by Genesis as an aftermarket option for the evergreen Croix de Fer, the CGR One fork is a bit of a unicorn thanks to its spec: full carbon construction, a straight steerer, disc brake mounts, thru-axle and a glorious excess of bosses to which one can bolt things.

Genesis CGR One fork specs

The fork is drilled for mudguards too
The fork is drilled for mudguards too

  • 24T carbon construction
  • 12mm thru-axle
  • Dynamo cable routing
  • Flat mount
  • Internal hose routing
  • All the bosses (including Anything Cage and mudguard mounts)
  • 40mm tyre clearance
  • 50mm offset
  • 1 1/8in straight steerer
  • Axle, fork expander plug and top cap included
  • RRP £349.99

Why is this significant?

The rubber grommet is covering up a hole for dynamo cable routing
The rubber grommet is covering up a hole for dynamo cable routing

For starters, Genesis stopped speccing the Croix de Fer with a carbon fork a number of years ago, so existing owners with steel forks now have the option to upgrade.

Perhaps more importantly, the new fork will work on any number of other bikes thanks to its very standard 1 1/8in straight steerer. And you could even fit it to frames with tapered head tubes with an adaptor.

There's a boss for everything here
There's a boss for everything here

So if you’re looking to add extra mounts to your bike up front, want to shed some weight, or just fancy some disc brake and thru-axle action, the CGR One could be the solution.

At £350 it’s not exactly cheap, but the price doesn’t seem all that unreasonable when you consider that there isn’t anything else quite like it on the market.

Those external bosses will accept Anything Cages if you like
Those external bosses will accept Anything Cages if you like

The main rival we can think of is the Rodeo Adventure Labs Spork, but that’s got a tapered steerer so it won’t work in older frames with skinny head tubes (it’ll fit 44mm ones with a specialist external headset, however).

Genesis and Saracen 2019 bikes

We’ve already covered the main highlights from Genesis and Saracen’s 2019 ranges, but the brands brought a handful of more recently updated models to the show.

Genesis Croix de Fer 10 FB

The Genesis Croix de Fer 10 FB looks perfect for upright commuting or touring
The Genesis Croix de Fer 10 FB looks perfect for upright commuting or touring

£999.99 gets you this rather tidy looking flat bar version of the Croix de Fer with Sora components.

Yep, they're flat!
Yep, they're flat!

Genesis Equilibrium

The retro vibe is strong here
The retro vibe is strong here

The Equilibrium range will now comprise just two models, one of which has rim brakes. This tasty retro-styled machine gets 105 R7000 shifting and has a Reynolds 725 chromoly frame with a carbon-legged fork.

It costs £1,399.99.

Genesis Equilibrium Disc

The Equilibrium is a cheerful road all-rounder
The Equilibrium is a cheerful road all-rounder

The disc model’s spec sheet listed 105 5800 components but the bike on display featured R7000 too, and comes in at £2,199.99.

We’ll amend this when we know which is the correct spec.

Saracen Levarg FB

At what point, you may ask, does a gravel bike become an XCer?
At what point, you may ask, does a gravel bike become an XCer?

This flat bar version of the Levarg gravel bike has a 1x10 Deore setup and costs a rather reasonable £899.99.

Saracen Myst Team 29

The Myst is a proper DH race bike
The Myst is a proper DH race bike

This delightfully lairy machine is the latest ride for the Madison Saracen Factory Race Team. Punters can’t buy this exact paintjob but they can have this near-identially specced bike for £5,799.99.

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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