Genesis Day One Disc review

Singlespeed cyclocross-style bike

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£699.99 RRP
Genesis Day One Disc

Our review

Tough, simple and fantastic fun if you don't mind a one gear setup
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So the Genesis Day One Disc isn’t a lightweight crosser, it only has one gear and hefty disc brakes. What it does have, however, is character in spades. 

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Swing a leg over and it has the urgency of a Jack Russell at a foxhole. No sooner had we got off the tarmac than we wanted to hunt out challenging trails, pop off lips, get a little air, bunny-hop tree roots and generally misbehave. 

It has a spinnable on-road/usable off-road 42/18 gear, powerful disc brakes and a frame with a relaxed head angle, big ground clearance and a compliant, comfortable fork. 

You could use it as a comfy pootler for the urban jungle, capable of tackling kerbs, steps and potholes. But we think that misses the point. Its slack angles, big clearance and great tyres mean this one-speed rocket is a blast to throw around. If you want to hone your skills, go exploring off the beaten track or just act like a big kid, we guarantee this bike will put a smile on your face. 

And it has a practical side. Its tidily finished frame has a reinforced head tube and rear triangle, and it has fittings for rack, mudguards, bottle cages and hub gear cabling. The tough wheels use bolt-on axles for extra urban security. 

And while sound design, quality kit and great value are all valid purchasing reasons, our tester’s buying this one because it’s a riot to ride!

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This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Day One Disc (13)
Brand Genesis Bikes

Available Sizes 52 54 56 58 60 52 54 56 60 52 54 56 56 52 54 56 60 52 54 56 60 52 54 56 60 52 54 56 52 54 56 56 54 56 54 56 56 52 54 56 60 52 54 56 60 52 54 56 60 52 54 56 60 56 60 56 60 54 56 54 56 54 56 54 56 56
Headset Type TH-857 1 1/8in
Weight (lb) 23.4
Weight (kg) 10.6
Stem Genesis 3D Forged OS/31.8mm
Seatpost Genesis AL-6061 27.2x300mm
Saddle Genesis/Velo VL-1200 Road CrMo Rail
Rims XD-Lite Disc 32H
Rear Tyre Continental
Rear Hub KT-SY1F / KT-MX7R 6-Bolt Disc
Handlebar AL-6061 DB Compact Drop OS/31.8mm
Bottom Bracket TH Industries BB-7420ST Cartridge 68x110mm
Grips/Tape Microfibre Shockproof Tape
Front Tyre Continental
Front Hub KT-SY1F / KT-MX7R 6-Bolt Disc
Frame Material Reynolds 520 Steel
Fork 1 1/8in DB Cro-Mo unicrown (w/ mudguard eyelet)
Cranks Driveline TK-13 42T 3/32in
Chain K810 3/32in
Cassette Shimano SF-MX30 18T
Brakes BB7 Mechanical Road (160mm rotors)
Brake Levers Tektro RL-340