Genesis Equilibrium Disc Ti review

All-seasons stalwart gets the Ti treatment

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £2,850.00 RRP | AUD $5,696.00

Our review

A decent all-rounder, but neither the spec nor the ride will set your hair alight
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Genesis bikes need little introduction. Their cheerfully capable and incurably British designs are ubiquitous on UK city streets, and they have a presence in virtually every sector of the cycling landscape.

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  • Highs: Versatility for all weathers and all types of riding; nice looks
  • Lows: Average ride quality and more corners cut on the spec than we’d like
  • Buy If: You want a bike for all seasons and you aren’t hung up on marginal gains

The Equilibrium first appeared as a budget steel machine which, with keen pricing and provision for mudguards, became a popular second string to the bow of riders seeking a steed for less clement weather. Since its release, innumerable variations have been added to the line-up to suit a range of budgets, with various tubesets and component specs on offer.

The Disc Ti on test here is the most expensive of the lot. As the name implies, this one is titanium, of the ever-popular 3Al/2.5V variety. (That’s an alloy with three percent aluminium and 2.5 percent vanadium, for the metallurgy geeks out there.) Like its stablemates, it offers generous clearances and a complete set of rack and mudguard mounts, right down to a useful downwards-facing boss on the seat stay bridge.

The rear brake caliper is mounted outside the rear triangle, which will get in the way of some guards, but it shouldn’t present any great obstacle. Further adding to the versatility, the frame has cable ports for electronic groupsets.

A significant slope to the top tube aside, the Equilibrium is quite a traditional looking frame. Its chainstays pinch inwards for extra tyre clearance and then bulge out again for stiffness, but by and large it’s a design composed of straight lines, right down to the un-tapered alloy fork steerer that mates with a conventional external headset. Some tasteful graphics do mark it out from the herd a little though, and with hydraulic disc brakes, there’s no mistaking that this is a modern machine.

Genesis has outfitted the Equilibrium with the latest Shimano RS685 levers, which combine the slick mechanical shifting of its 11-speed groupsets with one-finger braking on disc rotors. The hoods have slightly more of a hump than standard STIs, but they’re far more elegant than the lumpy first generation of hydraulic levers. Chain-shoving comes courtesy of 105 derailleurs, while the chainset is a rather plain (and somewhat cheap looking) FSA Gossamer that finds a home in a spanner-friendly threaded bottom bracket.

Wheels can make or break a bike aesthetically, and we think the Mavic Aksium One Discs look great with their distinctive angular rim profile. In weight terms they are very much at the entry level end of the spectrum, but we’re not convinced that’s hugely important on a bike like this – it’s no live wire.

The Equilibrium is a perfectly acceptable place to sit, but a sense of urgency is absent. The bike feels quite at home cruising along and smelling the flowers, but aggressive out-of-the-saddle efforts on the climbs are not hugely rewarding. There’s enough flex through the cranks and through the frame itself to dampen your enthusiasm, and this lack of rigidity doesn’t translate into the ultra-smooth ride you might expect either – it’s only averagely comfortable, something that’s not helped by a stock saddle that feels cheap and unsupportive, mounted to a basic alloy seatpost.

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Genesis pitches the Equilibrium with the line “this is probably your ideal road bike” and on paper, it’s not hard to see why. Its versatile spec makes everything from commuting, to training, to all-weather touring a possibility. We’re just didn’t find its ride quality very engaging, and in a highly competitive market we’d like to have seen fewer savings made on the build list.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Equilibrium Disc Ti (15)
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Genesis Bikes

Available Sizes Available Sizes, 2, 0, Available Sizes, 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Bottom Bracket Bottom Bracket, 2, 0, Bottom Bracket, FSA BB-6200/Di2 MegaExo
Brakes Brakes, 2, 0, Brakes, Shimano BR-RS785 with IceTech
Cassette Cassette, 2, 0, Cassette, Shimano CS-5800, 11-28t
Chain Chain, 2, 0, Chain, KMC X11
Cranks Cranks, 2, 0, Cranks, FSA Gossamer, 52- 36t, 172.5mm
Fork Fork, 2, 0, Fork, Carbon Road Disc, alloy steerer
Fork Offset Fork Offset, 2, 0, Fork Offset, 4.5
Frame Material Frame Material, 2, 0, Frame Material, 3AL/2.5V titanium, double butted
Front Derailleur Front Derailleur, 2, 0, Front Derailleur, Shimano 105 RD-5800
Front Tyre Front Tyre, 2, 0, Front Tyre, Continental Grand Sport Race, 25mm
Front Wheel Weight Front Wheel Weight, 2, 0, Front Wheel Weight, 1540
Handlebar Handlebar, 2, 0, Handlebar, Genesis Road Compact, 420mm
Head Angle Head Angle, 2, 0, Head Angle, 72
Headset Type Headset Type, 2, 0, Headset Type, FSA Orbit Equipe sealed cartridge
Rear Derailleur Rear Derailleur, 2, 0, Rear Derailleur, Shimano 105 RD-5800
Rear Tyre Rear Tyre, 2, 0, Rear Tyre, Continental Grand Sport Race, 25mm
Rear Wheel Weight Rear Wheel Weight, 2, 0, Rear Wheel Weight, 1980
Saddle Saddle, 2, 0, Saddle, Genesis Road
Seat Angle Seat Angle, 2, 0, Seat Angle, 74
Seatpost Seatpost, 2, 0, Seatpost, Genesis, 27.2mm
Shifters Shifters, 2, 0, Shifters, Shimano ST-RS685
Stem Stem, 2, 0, Stem, Genesis Road, 110mm
Trail Trail, 2, 0, Trail, 6.3
Weight (kg) Weight (kg), 2, 0, Weight (kg), 9.78
Wheelset Wheelset, 2, 0, Wheelset, Mavic Askium One Disc
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) Bottom Bracket Height (cm), 2, 0, Bottom Bracket Height (cm), 26.5
Chainstays (cm) Chainstays (cm), 2, 0, Chainstays (cm), 41.5
Seat Tube (cm) Seat Tube (cm), 2, 0, Seat Tube (cm), 51.5
Standover Height (cm) Standover Height (cm), 2, 0, Standover Height (cm), 78
Top Tube (cm) Top Tube (cm), 2, 0, Top Tube (cm), 55
Wheelbase (cm) Wheelbase (cm), 2, 0, Wheelbase (cm), 100
Frame size tested Frame size tested, 2, 0, Frame size tested, 54cm