Love the bike…..

loath the colour.

Having ridden the Genesis for a few weeks now I have to say that I am really impressed with it. The sizing is spot on for me, plenty of reach(which I like) and not too much standover. Build quality is what you would expect given the reputation Genesis have for good QC.

It rides singletrack really well: very nimble, responsive without being twitchy. Loaded it is still a fun bike to ride, but exhibits non of the flex that I was concerned might be a problem for such a light bike. All in all I think Genesis did a great job with the angles etc, I struggled with the low stack height, which given the fact that it is a race bike is to be expected, but that was solved with a 10deg rise stem. Only other issue for me is the lack of full run braze ons for the rear mech cable. Granted as a race bike it is likely to be ridden for a few hours, washed and put back in the shed, but still, even a few hours round here can be an ordeal for an open cable run, especially under the BB shell…..really.

It has had many day rides, a few overnighters too, the component choice has worked out well for the most part, though I could do with a little more range than the 1×6 currently offers. I am toying with a 27/34 Duo set up with the Middleburns, the lower ring as a manual “bail out” option given that the bike won’t take a front mech. Currently it is 32×32-18 on a short XT cassette. On the odd occasion I have had to walk, mainly on long steepish climbs rather than the short sharp ones, and I often spin out and have to just roll along. No real issue for the most part, especially as the Hope hubs run so well.

So no real issues so far with the bike, and a whole raft of new camping stuff to strap to it. More in the next post, plus a few actual trip reports.

A few pics of the story so far.

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERABurma road ride, short overnighter at the bothy in Glen Dulnain

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Braemar overnighter via Glenfeshie, Glen Builg and Braes of Brown back to Glenmore.

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Glen Einich day ride. Windswept and always interesting.

I am trying to decide wether to keep the frame next season once the custom build is ordered etc, if so I shall get the cable runs sorted, and maybe get some cage mounts put on the forks, oh and a slightly less attention seeking colour job!!!!

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