Genesis’s Equilibrium bikes are aimed at all-weather, year-round riders. The Titanium model heads the range, swapping the chromoly steel of the cheaper models for double-butted 3Al/2.5V titanium.
The tubing in the main triangle is significantly oversized for stiffness, while flattened seatstays contribute to comfort. Genesis has opted for an ‘X44’ straight 44mm-diameter head tube, with reinforced ends. By using a semi-integrated top bearing and traditional external bottom bearing, the head tube takes a tapered steerer. Since we last reviewed the Equilibrium Ti, some of the tubing’s been subtly slimmed down, and the switch has been made to a 27.2 seatpost to introduce a touch more comfort.
Highs: Well thought out design, well executed and confidence-inspiring
Lows: Geometry perhaps too laid-back for some, could be lighter
Buy if: You want a good value Ti bike and don’t mind a few component upgrades down the line
Designed in the UK as a year-round bike, the Equilibrium has mudguard eyes front and rear, with deep-drop brake callipers that leave plenty of clearance around widish treads and full ’guards. In some ways it’s a pity Genesis didn’t include rack mounts as well – there’s enough frame stiffness to take a bit of weight and the geometry would lend itself well to a bit of super-light touring.
Significantly oversized tubing creates a stiff frame: significantly oversized tubing creates a stiff frame Robert Smith
Significantly oversized tubing creates a stiff frame
Transmission is all from Shimano, mostly from the mid-range 105 group with the exception of the ‘non-series’ 565 compact crank. 105 gives smooth, reliable performance although the shift of Dura-Ace and Ultegra to 11-speed means the current version is starting to show its age a little. Some would argue that the typical titanium bike purchaser is looking for something a little further up the tree than 105, but at the asking price it’s not going to happen. There’s always the frame-only option for those with their own ideas about what parts to fit.
The Genesis has a significantly more relaxed character than some of its peers. That’s down to two factors – geometry and weight. While the Equilibrium’s riding position hovers somewhere between full race and sit-up-looking-at-the-view sportive, the front end geometry is tooled for confident stability rather than rapid direction changes. It’s a sensible decision for a bike designed for big mileages – when you’re tired from a long day in the saddle, you don’t want the kind of lightning-fast handling that demands constant attention.
The equilibrium ti comes into its own during long days in the saddle: the equilibrium ti comes into its own during long days in the saddle Robert Smith
The Equilibrium Ti comes into its own during long days in the saddle
The Equilibrium carries a little heft too, but it’s competitively priced – and the bulk of the extra weight is in the components. The wheels are a perfectly good combination of Shimano hubs and Alex rims, but while sturdy and serviceable – they should be easy to mend if you damage them running into a pothole – they’re not that light, especially when shod with wire-bead 25mm rubber.
Overall there’s a lot to like about the Equilibrium Ti. The frame’s well thought out and constructed, it’s versatile and the full bike package is good value.