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Genesis Tour de Fer 30 review

A modern spin on the classic touring rig

Our rating 
5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0
GBP £2,100.00 RRP
Pack shot of the Genesis Tour de Fer 30 road bike

Our review

High-quality, fully equipped tourer for all your big cycling adventures
Pros: Mileage; mood; value
Cons: The colour purple may not be to everyone’s taste
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Genesis has had adventure as a core focus since its 2006 beginnings, and the Tour de Fer has been a stalwart of its range for much of that time.

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Gravel riding has grown exponentially since Genesis arguably introduced the first gravel bike – the wildly popular Croix de Fer – but more traditional long-range tourers remain popular.

The Tour de Fer aims to capture the essence of packing up and heading for the wilderness in a stripped-back yet absolutely feature-loaded package.

A Reynolds 725 steel frame – strong, dependable and relatively light – is at the heart of the bike.

The frame features a threaded bottom bracket shell, mudguard eyelets, front and rear rack mounts, three sets of bottle cage bosses and provision to carry three spare spokes, which are included in the package.

The Genesis Tour de Fer 30 bike is fitted with own branded bar and stem
The own-brand handlebar has a 16-degree flare.
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The fork is made from chromoly steel and has a straight 1 1/8in steerer, and both the frame and fork have quick-release dropouts rather than thru-axles.

Shimano fits out much of the Tour de Fer’s spec. The shifters and drivetrain are the Japanese powerhouse’s workhorse Tiagra offerings: a triple chainset has the low gears to winch a fully loaded machine up the steepest inclines; a 10-speed cassette offers low maintenance, consistent shifting even when you haven’t had a chance to clean it on tour as much as you would at home, and smallish jumps between gears.

The brakes are TRP’s cable operated Spyres – they’re not as powerful as a hydraulic setup, but braking is consistent and sufficiently powerful.

TRP Spyre-C mechanical disc are fitted to the Genesis Tour de Fer 30 road bike
Cable disc brakes are consistent and easy to fettle out in the wilds.
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The external headset is a simple removable ball-and-race type, which is easy to clean and regrease without an extensive collection of tools.

The Tour de Fer rolls on solid-to-a-fault equipment – Sun Ringlé Rhyno Lite rims that used to be found on mountain bikes, wrapped in dependable Schwalbe Marathon tyres. The Marathon range is synonymous with continent-crossing durability and incredible puncture resistance.

Strong, plain-gauge spokes are laced to Shimano FH-M6000 rear and DH-UR700-3D front hubs. Yes, you decoded that correctly, there really is a dynamo hub. It powers Busch + Müller’s IQ-X front light and Secula rear light.

Regular finishing kit is Genesis branded: a 27.2mm in-line seatpost, 100mm stem, saddle and a 16-degree flared bar that measures 42cm at the hoods.

Extra equipment from Genesis includes the full-length mudguards and two of the supplied bottle cages – the third is a Monkii Cage from Free Parable.

The Genesis Tour de Fer 30 is equipped with three bottle cages
The bike is specced with three bottle cages.
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It’s a brilliant adjustable cage that has been used to carry a bottle of wine, a small Thermos and a container of meths for the burner packed elsewhere.

The front rack is a Tubus Tara low-rider style while the rear is an AtranVelo Tour 365 with a sprung clip and a 27kg capacity.

Genesis Tour de Fer 30 geometry

XSSMLXL
Seat angle (degrees)73.573.5737372.5
Head angle (degrees)7171717171
Seat tube (mm)450480510530570
Top tube (mm)533547578604636
Head tube (mm)125140160180200
Fork offset (mm)5555555555
Bottom bracket drop (mm)7575757575
Wheelbase (mm)10411056108311091136
Standover (mm)758778799807843
Stack (mm)566580599618637
Reach (mm)365375395415435

Genesis Tour de Fer 30 ride impressions

From the first pedal turn, there’s a stability and a purpose about this bike that the 15.6kg overall weight helps supply.

It doesn’t feel heavy though, it’s nimble and handles extremely well. Not once did it feel twitchy or unpredictable regardless of how much or little weight was hanging off it.

The gearing is intended to allow steady climbing and rapid yet controlled descending – you don’t want to be engaging banzai mode when you’ve got kit for two weeks strapped around you.

Brake lever and shifter on the Genesis Tour de Fer 30 bike
Tiagra offers 30 speeds and a wide range of gears.
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I never felt the momentum getting away from me, and the TRP brakes were consistent throughout testing.

The brake choice or the basic headset may seem odd, but every last component on this bike is pitched at long-term high mileage and ease of servicing.

Spare brake cables are easier to carry than bleed kits for hydraulic systems, and to service the headset you only need an Allen key to remove the stem.

The steel frameset is chosen for much the same reason. Should the worst happen, you have a chance that a welding shop anywhere in the world might be able to get it running again. Try that with aluminium, titanium or carbon…

This bike won’t carry you to records on your local Strava segments, but it will be there for your more considered rides and is built to go the distance.

The Genesis Tour de Fer 30 road bike has both front and rear racks
Front and rear racks make it ready for touring.
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While not as capable off-road as the best gravel bikes, canal towpaths and smooth forest trails are well within the Tour de Fer’s capability.

If you have a longing for week-long continental tours or even packing your life up and heading off around the world, this could well be the bike for you.

Equally, if you’re looking to reduce car use, four panniers will allow you to carry the week’s work clothes, gym kit, lunch and your laptop comfortably.

The dynamo lights provide year-round, charge-free lighting and you can even add supplementary power banks or USB chargers.

The Tour de Fer comes with front and rear dynamo lighting.
The Tour de Fer comes with front and rear dynamo lighting.
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Genesis Tour de Fer 30 bottom line

Genesis’s Tour de Fer 30 is a prime example of how touring bikes are a utilitarian dream.

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At a sniff the wrong side of two grand, it’s still great value and it’s a bike that brings massive potential for exploration and future fun-filled riding.

Product Specifications

Product

Price GBP £2100.00
Weight 15.6kg (S)

Features

Features Lights: B&M dynamo front and rear lights
Bottle cages: Three (2 x Genesis, 1 x Monkii Cage from Free Parable)
Handlebar X-Race Pro bar
Tyres Schwalbe Marathon 700 x 35c
Stem Genesis 31.8mm alloy
Shifter Shimano Tiagra
Seatpost Genesis alloy
Saddle Genesis
Rear derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Front derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Available sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Frame Reynolds 725 steel
Fork Genesis full chromoly
Cranks Shimano 50-39-30
Cassette Shimano 11-32
Brakes TRP Spyre-C mechanical disc
Bottom bracket Shimano BB-ES300
Wheels Sun Ringlé Rhyno Lite rims