Genesis are bringing out an anniversary edition of their Equilibrium, updated with Reynolds 853 steel as opposed to the 725 and 520 used in previous models. The frame and fork will shortly be available for £749.99.
When we recently tested the Reynolds 725 Genesis Equilibrium 20, we found that the classic looks hid a modern performance bike at home cracking out the miles. The steel gave it a lively, springy ride, ideal over rough surfaces at speed. Reynolds 853 steel is air-hardened, and its strength allows thinner wall thicknesses to be used in the tubing, resulting in a lighter frame.
The Equilibrium is designed for all-day riding, so comes with relatively relaxed geometry and a range of fittings to aid comfort. There’s plenty of room for wider tyres to be run alongside full length mudguards, and a reasonably tall head tube brings the front end up a bit. In keeping with the frame construction, Genesis have built the fork from 853, instead of the carbon that adorns the standard Equilibriums.
This Anniversary Edition has a spec that befits the nature of the frame, with a groupset that’s largely Shimano Ultegra apart from the brake callipers and a 105 cassette. Finishing kit has been sourced from Shimano’s PRO brand, with a 440mm wide aluminium bar and a 120mm stem and seatpost. A San Marco Regale saddle with suede finish completes the list.
The bike rolls on DT Swiss 350 hubs surrounded by H Plus Son Archetype rims in a sublime off-grey colour. To finish things off, Genesis have fitted 25mm Continental Grand Prix GT tyres and SKS mudguards.
For the anniversary edition, genesis have dropped the usual equilibrium carbon fork in favour of this reynolds 853 steel version:Simon Greenacre/Future Publishing
Genesis have dropped the usual carbon fork in favour of this Reynolds 853 version
Look out for the steel bikes test later in the year in Cycling Plus, where the Genesis Equilibrium Anniversary Edition will get a full review. For more information see www.genesisbikes.co.uk.