Genesis Equilibrium Ti review

A bike to take all-weather epics comfortably in its stride

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £2,249.00 RRP | AUD $3,363.73 | USD $3,153.73

Our review

Confident and versatile all-rounder at a very good price
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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.

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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: 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: 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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Equilibrium Ti (14)
Brand Genesis Bikes

Weight (kg) 9.27
Weight (lb) 20.44
Seatpost Genesis 0.3 Road, 27.2mm
Shifters Shimano 10 ST5700 10-speed
Stem Genesis 0.3 Road, 31.8mm, +/-7, 12cm
Trail 5.8
Wheelset Shimano 105 hubs, Alex Race 18 rims, 32 double butted spokes f&r
Year 2014
Spoke Type 32 double butted spokes
Saddle Madison Prime
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27.5
Chainstays (cm) 41.5
Seat Tube (cm) 52
Standover Height (cm) 81
Top Tube (cm) 56.5
Wheelbase (cm) 102
Seat Angle 73
Rims Alex Race 18 rims
Available Sizes 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Fork Offset 5
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech2
Brakes Shimano BR -R451
Cassette Shimano CS4000 12-28
Chain Shimano CN4601
Cranks Shimano FC-R565 50/34 175mm
Fork Carbon/ alloy, 1½-11/8in steerer
Frame Material 3Al/2.5V double-butted titanium
Rear Wheel Weight 1830
Front Derailleur Shimano 105 (Band-on front)
Front Tyre Continental Grand Sport Race 25mm
Front Wheel Weight 1350
Handlebar Genesis 0.3 Road Compact 44cm
Head Angle 72
Headset Type M:Part Elite sealed cartridge bearing
Rear Tyre Continental Grand Sport Race 25mm
Frame size tested 56cm