Genesis: anyone ride?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Goldie, 13 May 2010.

  1. Goldie

    Goldie Über Member

    A few weeks ago, when I was thinking about road bikes, I found myself looking at a couple of Genesis bikes in Harry Hall's. I don't know if I exctly like them, but I keep going back for a look. Anyone own one or ridden one? Are they any cop?
     
  2. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    They're a re-brand of Ridgeback.

    They seem heavy and some of the parts are relatively low end for the money. However, I have to say i love mine and they seem very well screwed together.
     
  3. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    Well the Croix De Fer felt like a very nice bike & would be my choice for a disc braked CX bike.

    RB, they can't all be a re-brand because ridgeback don't produce frames in the materials & the geom of some of their bikes others could be close though.
     
  4. jimheaney57

    jimheaney57 New Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    I had a quick test ride on the Genesis Equilibrium. It felt lovely.
     
  5. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    Perhaps re-brand isn't the right word. A division of the same company?

    My Ridgeback bike came with Genesis logod parts on it new. Some of the Genesis and Ridgeback frames were exactly the same bar the colouring.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Goldie

    Goldie Über Member

  7. JonoB

    JonoB Über Member

    Location:
    West Lothian
  8. MajorMantra

    MajorMantra Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    I have two Genesis bikes, a fixed gear Flyer (2007) and a SS iO (2009, just bought) and I also used to own a Ridgeback. I guess you could say I'm a fan. :biggrin:

    Both of the Genesis bikes have Reynolds 520 frames and are very pretty to look at. Kit-wise they are middling but in general the Genesis range come with decent bits, if nothing very flash. You might do better on a pound by pound basis with a Boardman or something but the Genesis bikes have a pleasing non-nonsense 'sortedness' to them, if I can invent a word.
     
  9. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    May well be, it'd also explain why most Genesis dealers I found are also Ridgeback dealers (though a ridgeback dealer doesn't mean a Gensis dealer). After a quick gander at their sites I noticed that some of the bikes did look very similar where as Genesis have others that aren't in the same ball park geom. wise.
     
  10. djb1971

    djb1971 Guru

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    Far Far Away
  11. MajorMantra

    MajorMantra Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Genesis started out as a line of bikes in the Ridgeback range and was then split off into a sort of 'boutique' brand.

    I had a "Ridgeback Genesis Day 01" from about '06 when they were still one brand. Just to confuse matters there's now a Genesis Day One which is a totally different bike. :smile:
     
  12. GrasB

    GrasB Veteran

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    & that explains all... thanks MajorMantra :becool:

    I just know I liked the Croix De Fer :smile:
     
  13. threshold

    threshold Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    My Aether is both the first new and road bike I've ever had, so, coming off a much modified MTB hack, it would be bound to feel like a Ferrari compared to a Lada.
    However, it does handle brilliantly, accelerates like a cat thats just sat in battery acid, seems quite robust to the vagaries of roads that appear to be clones of a wartime Iraqui airfield, and despite being a compact, manages to get me up some difficult climbs ( 18% in very short stretches) much against my aged legs' complaints.
    All in all, the best fitness/fun/transport purchase I've ever made!
     
  14. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    That is not the impression I got of the Croix De Fer, it is relativity light (for steel) and the drive train is Shimano 105!
     
  15. kyuss

    kyuss Veteran

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    I've never seen or heard or this model before. That's beautiful. It's a shame you can only buy the frame on its own without forks or I'd sell my Kinesis KiC2 for one of those in a heartbeat.
     
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