Genesis Croix De Fer review

The fastest bike to get around the globe

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,099.99 RRP

Our review

Not the lightest, but smooth and confident for commuting or rough exploring
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The Genesis Croix de Fer manages to match its distinctive white livery with a luxurious feel, whether you’re riding on the road or off. Its high weight and smooth feel mean that it’s definitely about versatility rather than velocity, although it was a Croix de Fer that Vin Cox rode around the world on in 163 days, setting a new record in 2010.

  • Highs: The lovely smooth steel feel, relaxed handling and all-weather braking make for a true all-terrain all-rounder
  • Lows: The hefty weight and soft feel don’t reward extra effort, and the disc brakes aren’t that powerful. You don’t get front rack mounts for real touring, and you’ll need a disc-specific rear rack
  • Buy if: You want a bike that will tackle any routes that mix road and off-road and keep a smile on your face all the way

The Genesis’s frame is made from Reynolds 725 steel tubing, with cowled dropouts and extra under-down-tube splashguard mounts. It’s no lightweight but it offers a flexible and forgiving ride; the bike glides over surfaces that other cyclo-cross bikes bang and clatter across.

The fat 35mm Continental tyres add extra comfort and the relaxed handling increases the feeling of confidence, to the point where we were happy playing on mountain-bike-only routes. It makes even the grittiest railway trails feel like autobahn asphalt too, which immediately marks the Croix out as a proper mileage-friendly ride.

There’s noticeable flex on tarmac bends, but the bit of give and take – rather than just rattle and ricochet – means it feels more composed and controlled off-road than many other bikes in this category. The 32-spoke wheels with Shimano Deore mountain bike hubs will take a hammering without complaining too.

Disc brakes are a real advantage in dirty weather, although the Shimano cable discs found here don’t stop as sharply in the dry as the best cantilevers. The seatstay mount means you’ll need a disc-specific rear rack, and despite the bike’s otherwise obvious suitability to extended touring or exploring there are no fork mounts for a low rider rack.

Obvious frame flex – to the point of the front mech grinding when you put the hammer down – also discourages determined pedalling, and the weight (11.52kg) rules the Croix out for any sort of racing or competition.

The Reynolds steel frame sucks up a lot of money, which leaves the price high for a nine-speed Shimano Tiagra-equipped bike. Also, while the white bar and seatpost look slick, our sample already had a lot of cosmetic rust inside the top of the seat tube, so keep the insides greased if you buy one.

Genesis croix de fer: genesis croix de fer
Simon Lees

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.

Product Specifications


Name Croix de Fer (11)
Brand Genesis Bikes

Available Colours White
Headset Type Aheadset
Stem 6061 / 31.8 mm clamp
Seatpost 2014 27.2 mm
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Road Cr-Mo rail
Rear Wheel Weight 2250
Rear Tyre Continental Speed King 35C
Pedals N/A
Head Angle 71.5
Available Sizes 54 56 58 60 cm 54 56 58 54 56 52 56 54 56 58 54 56 58 54 56 58 54 56 54 56 58 56 58 54 56 58 54 56 58 52 56 54 56 58 54 56 58 54 56 58 54 56 58 56 58 56 58 54 56 58 54 56 52 52 54 56 58 60 cm 52 54 56 52 56
Handlebar 6061Shallow drop
Front Wheel Weight 1870
Front Tyre Continental Speed King 35C
Frame Weight 2376
Frame Material Reynolds 725
Fork Weight 880
Cranks Shimano Tiagra compact 50/34
Brakes Shimano Tiagra
Weight (kg) 11.52