Genesis Equilibrium review

Steel road ride

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £999.99 RRP

Our review

The real steel deal and well worth considering at this price
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Thanks to brands like Boardman, Planet X and, until this year’s price increases, Focus, £1,000 full-carbon bikes are now a reality. Why, then, would you possibly want to part with £999.99 for a steel Genesis Equilibrium?


Well, you’ll stand out from the carbon crowd for sure – due both to your choice of frame material and the fact that this British-designed machine is one of the best looking sub–£1,000 bikes on the market. Buy it on a Cycle To Work scheme and you’ll be making a very reasonably priced style statement.

Ride & handling: Confidence inspiring and comfy road machine

When you’ve grown used to carbon or aluminium, riding the Equilibrium is a bit of a treat – like slipping out of your work shoes into your slippers. Most of all, it’s comfy.

But comfy doesn’t mean slow, dull or old fashioned. The Equilibrium more than holds its own against other bikes at this price. If you want to turn up the wick it’ll let you – it’s stiff in all the right places and positive and confident in the twisty stuff.

The Equilibrium was a popular test machine – everyone who rode it came back with a smile on their face. Maybe it’s simply because riding a steel bike is now more the exception than the norm. More likely, though, it’s because the Equilibrium is simply a rather good bike. 

Can steel still cut it in this age of carbon? The striking looking, stiff but comfortable, positive handling, confidence-inspiring Equilibrium certainly tips the balance in its favour.

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Paul Smith

Frame: Real steel feel and fantastic looks

Although we love the Equilibrium’s looks, beauty has to be more than skin deep to really impress us. And the Genesis boasts substance. The double-butted Reynolds 520 chromoly in the frame isn’t an especially light or fancy steel, but it works well. Elegant, slim seatstays help soak up bumps and buzz, as does the carbon-bladed fork (okay, there is some black stuff) and there’s a real steel feel.

Equipment: Dependable kit selection, but we weren’t fans of the brakes

 The Alex AT 400 rims laced to Shimano Tiagra hubs are dependable, if not especially exciting performers. Likewise the Continental UltraRace 25 rubber. Shimano’s 105 transmission guarantees miles of smooth, effortless shifting and feels right for the Equilibrium.

The eponymous brushed-effect 6061 seatpost and excellent shallow drop bar are pleasingly pretty and, along with the white saddle, stem and bar tape, help enhance the frame’s aesthetic elegance.


We’d suggest only the brakes for an early upgrade. The Tektro BR358s didn’t provide quite as much stopping oomph as we’d have liked. We’re also not massive fans of the ‘double-action’ quick-release. It’s kind-of-cool but if you’re being inattentive when you put your wheels on and only push it to the first position your stopping might be compromised.

Product Specifications


Name Equilibrium (10)
Brand Genesis Bikes

Available Colours Rare Metal
Headset Type Aluminium Aheadset
Brake Levers 105 STI levers
Stem 6061, 31.8mm
Shifters 105 STI, 10-speed
Seatpost 6061 27.2mm
Saddle Road, Cr-Mo rail
Rims AT400 32 hole
Rear Tyre Continental UltraRace Kevlar 25C
Rear Shock N/A
Rear Hub Tiagra Q/R
Rear Derailleur 105
Pedals PD-M505 clipless
Handlebar 6061 shallow drop
Available Sizes 52cm 52cm 52cm 54cm 54cm 56cm 56cm 58cm 58cm 58cm 60cm 60cm
Grips/Tape Ventilated microfibre
Front Tyre Continental UltraRace Kevlar 25C
Front Hub Tiagra Q/R
Front Derailleur 105 band
Frame Material Reynolds 520 double-butted Cr-Mo
Fork Carbon blades / aluminium steerer, with eyelets
Cranks FC-R600 compact 34 / 50T
Chain CN-5600
Cassette Shimano CS-5600 12-25 10-speed
Brakes 105
Bottom Bracket HTII external bearing
Spoke Type Stainless steel, black finish