Genesis Croix de Fer 30 – first look

Shimano hydraulic discs and 105 11-speed for £1,749

Earlier this year news emerged that Shimano had produced a shift lever that could combine hydraulic disc braking with mechanical shifting – and at the same time Shimano bumped its 105 groupset up to 11 cogs.

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All of a sudden two technologies that had previously been reserved for big spenders were coming down to a more realistic price point.

Back then we asked whether manufacturers would be able to mix and match original equipment component choices to provide 105 hydraulic-equipped road bikes. The answer is now clear – and the 2015 Croix de Fer 30 from Genesis is a perfect example of this.

At £1,749 this model sits one place below the flagship bike in the versatile and popular Croix de Fer range. The Reynolds 725 chromoly steel frameset is a proven item, and this year it’s paired to a new fork – a carbon cyclocross component with increased tyre/guard clearance. The transmission consists mostly of components from Shimano’s 11-speed 5800 groupset, with a non-series RS500 chainset being a notable exception.

(L) the new carbon fork has more clearance for guards (r) shimano’s rs685 shifters are still a rarity amongst production bikes:
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 (L) The new carbon fork has more clearance for guards (R) Shimano’s RS685 shifters are still a rarity among production bikes

Shimano’s RS785 hydraulic discs take care of stopping – 160mm rotors and heat dissipating ICE Technologies brake pads come as standard.The wheelset makes use of 23mm wide disc-specific Alex rims and sealed Formula hubs. Genesis has stuck with the 35c Continental Cyclocross Speed tyres used across the range last year.

So, whether its for use as a rugged commuter, a tourer or a general adventure machine the Croix de Fer 30 is undoubtedly well equipped for the cash. We don’t think they’ll be hanging around.

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The Croix de Fer 30 will be landing in shops for September. It will be available in one colour option and in 50-60cm frame sizes.

The 2015 genesis croix de fer 30 packs shimano hydraulic discs and 105 11-speed gearing for £1,750:
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