90% decided on new bike - any alternatives i should be looking at?

by bigshape   August 6, 2014  

after a couple of months of research i'm 90% sold on the idea of the 2015 genesis equilibrium disc 20.

it seems to offer everything on my wish list;
steel frame
carbon forks
hydraulic disks
28mm tyre clearance

the one other bike i quite like the look of is the cotic escapade, but i don't think it's 'race' enough - not that i'm likely to be doing any racing...but i do like to go fast.

are there any other bikes i should be looking at?

cheers!

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I reckon the Genesis will be 'ace'. I have an Equilibrium 20 (non-disc) and have been very happy with my choice. Clearance for mudguards is very handy for the winter and they don't slow you down.

Shades

posted by Shades [197 posts]
6th August 2014 - 15:36

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I've been tossing a coin between the Equilibrium 20 and a Spa Steel Audax as a winter/short touring bike. Am I right in thinking there aren't any mounts for a pannier rack on the Genesis?

posted by bamilton wackad... [44 posts]
6th August 2014 - 15:42

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bamilton wackademical wrote:
I've been tossing a coin between the Equilibrium 20 and a Spa Steel Audax as a winter/short touring bike. Am I right in thinking there aren't any mounts for a pannier rack on the Genesis?

Technically yes you are correct, but it's super easy to get a seat post collar adapter that lets you mount a rack using the adapter and the lower mudguard mount. This works every bit as well as dedicated upper rack mounts. I know a few equilibriums kitted with racks this way.

posted by giobox [284 posts]
6th August 2014 - 16:03

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i think the equilibrium has guard and rack mounts for 2015

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posted by bigshape [32 posts]
6th August 2014 - 16:14

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Nice! Cheers.

posted by bamilton wackad... [44 posts]
6th August 2014 - 16:28

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would the equilibrium be ok for light off road, i.e. gravel tracks, towpaths, the occasional bridleway?

i ride mainly road, but sometimes i get a bit bored on my commute and go off on a bit of an explore...

that's probably the only thing that keeps the croix de fer in the back of my mind.

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posted by bigshape [32 posts]
7th August 2014 - 9:31

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My preferences are a bit different (got a thread here as well) but take a look at the
Whyte Suffolk.

posted by gr3g0ree [41 posts]
8th August 2014 - 11:56

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gr3g0ree wrote:
My preferences are a bit different (got a thread here as well) but take a look at the
Whyte Suffolk.

thanks, i did consider the whyte suffolk (along with various other ali framed options from kinesis, BMC, etc.)

but... I really want a steel frame!

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posted by bigshape [32 posts]
8th August 2014 - 12:20

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I ride an Equilibrium, and whilst it will cope with light off-road, it doesn't do it especially well. It is designed as a road bike, after all. With mudguards you can't really use tyres wider than 25mm (you can just get 28mm tyres in but it's a tight squeeze), and even for light off-road you really need wider tyres. If you want something more off-road friendly you will lose speed and road performance, unfortunately no bike does everything. I use mine as more as a summer bike, commuting along dark potholed single-track lanes in the winter I generally use a hybrid.

posted by Rod Marton [4 posts]
8th August 2014 - 14:32

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cheers Rod.

light off road is all i'm after - i realise it's not a cross bike.
i've got 25mm rubino pro's on my road bike (a 'ratty '08 allez) and have used that along gravel and towpaths which it seems to handle ok - albeit not at top speed!

i think i want to keep the road performance as a preference over off road so i can keep up on group road rides, hence looking at the equilibrium rather than the croix de fer.

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posted by bigshape [32 posts]
8th August 2014 - 14:52

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I love my Kinesis T2 - Its aluminium though so might not float your boat, but i think they do a disc friendly alternative.

posted by Scoob_84 [202 posts]
8th August 2014 - 15:20

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You should be fine with the Equilibrium then, the handling is pretty much spot on so it will be at least as good as the Allez on gravel.

posted by Rod Marton [4 posts]
10th August 2014 - 11:41

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CX bikes perform just as well on the road if you fit road tyres.

However, if the Genesis floats your boat then that's what really matters.

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posted by Simon E [1965 posts]
10th August 2014 - 12:14

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Simon E wrote:
CX bikes perform just as well on the road if you fit road tyres.

However, if the Genesis floats your boat then that's what really matters.

The chainset is too small as well, a 46 as your biggest!

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posted by glynr36 [402 posts]
10th August 2014 - 12:16

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