Genesis unveil Equilibrium Disc 2014

First glimpse at brand new Reynolds 631 disc-equipped road bike from Genesis

by David Arthur   August 15, 2013  

Genesis Bikes will officially launch the brand new Equilibrium Disc for 2014 in a couple of months, but this week they’ve given us a sneak peek at the new model. It combines a a Reynolds 631 frame and lugged fork with Hayes mechanical disc brakes, and will cost £1,499 for the complete bike.

The Equilibrium has been a firm road.cc favourite over the years, with the steel and titanium version both getting high ratings. More recently they introduced an 853 version which Dave was fortunate to get a first ride on and rode several Audaxes aboard. The new Disc model looks to retain the clean lines and handling of those bikes, with the obvious addition of disc brakes.

Disc brakes on road bikes is a topic of debate at the moment. Here’s Genesis brand manager Albert Steward with his thoughts:

“We believe road disc has a bagfull of potential in the marketplace and stands to make the biggest impact on the everyday commuter/leisure rider whose cycling centres a little more around the 'ride' aspects and a little less around the 'race'.

“Sure, there's every possibility of the UCI sanctioning them for professional road use in the not-too-distant future (and, like in the CX ranks, they'll probably see a lukewarm reception with the majority sticking to conventional calipers), but for now, I believe the weight penalty of discs will be enough to put off the more purist weight weenie club racers with the advantages of disc brakes more apparent and applicable to a much wider, more general group of riders.”

To match the frame, Genesis are speccing a Reynolds 631 lugged fork, partly for aesthetic reasons (it does look lovely) but also because there are currently very few carbon forks with disc mounts and non-tapered steerer tubes. A steel fork is a perfect partner for the frame in our opinion.

One thing's for sure, there’s a clear demand for disc brakes (Genesis wouldn’t be producing this bike if there wasn’t) and they look to have integrated the disc brakes into the frame neatly.

They've retained the same dimensions and geometry as the regular Equilibrium, save for adding 2mm to the chainstays to ensure a clean chainline for reliable shifting with the wider 135mm rear wheel spacing. The wider spacing of the rear wheel pushes the chain further out when in the smallest sprockets of the cassette, and if the chainstays are too short there is the potential for the chain to foul on the chainset or front mech when in certain gear combinations. This change also has the benefit of providing extra clearance so that 28mm tyres and full-length mudguards sit happily in the frame.

Genesis will offer the frameset (frame, fork, seat clamp) for £549.99 or as a complete bike for £1,499. The bike will features a Shimano 105 groupset with a 565 non-series Shimano chainset with compact 50/34 rings, with a 12-27 cassette out back. Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc brakes will provide the stopping power with 160mm rotors front and rear. Genesis tell us they could have saved a few grams by opting for 140mm rotors, but felt that customers would appreciated the extra power over the tiny weight saving.

The wheels comprise Shimano Deore hubs with 6-bolt disc rotor mounts laced to H Plus Son Archetype rims with double-butted stainless steel spokes. The finishing touch is a pair of 25mm Continental Grand Sport Race tyres. Full bike weight is a claimed 10.4kg(23.10lb). That's for a 56cm size.

Availability is scheduled for September. We’ll bring you more on this bike when we get up close and personal with it.

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Genesis just dont stop making lovely (and realistically affordable) bikes.
Love Struck

posted by Some Fella [772 posts]
15th August 2013 - 12:07

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And a nice set of wheels for a change too.

bobinski

posted by bobinski [120 posts]
15th August 2013 - 12:35

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Very nice indeed. Although I'm not sure how the Croix De Fer fits into the line up now.

posted by Andrewwd [22 posts]
15th August 2013 - 13:25

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"Very nice indeed. Although I'm not sure how the Croix De Fer fits into the line up now."

Got no bridleways in your neck of the woods?
[See what I did there?] Big Hug

posted by Hasis [36 posts]
15th August 2013 - 16:37

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Almost there now. Can I have it with 105 triple and Tektro Hydro calipers please? Hopefully it will be available as a frameset too. Devil Big Grin

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posted by bikeandy61 [391 posts]
15th August 2013 - 16:39

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2014 btw sorted.

posted by IanW1968 [177 posts]
15th August 2013 - 19:11

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I'll wait for the hydro-equipped version.

posted by Ham-planet [94 posts]
15th August 2013 - 19:26

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This is the future of bikes for everyday riders. Well done Genesis.

posted by wrevilo [48 posts]
15th August 2013 - 22:31

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Quote:
Hopefully it will be available as a frameset too.
a frameset price is listed in the article (but maybe wasn't when you read it)

currently riding a pro6 CX on road and dirt tracks as wanted the bad weather consistent stopping ability of discs but find the geometry a bit fatiguing on all day rides - great to see more choice - bit disappointing to see this bit

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To match the frame, Genesis are speccing a Reynolds 631 lugged fork, partly for aesthetic reasons (it does look lovely) but also because there are currently very few carbon forks with disc mounts and non-tapered steerer tubes. A steel fork is a perfect partner for the frame in our opinion
now I understand (sort of) the design issues but its a compromise and doesn't really fit with the "ride" aspects - give me a carbon fork for comfort any day

edit obviously a personal preference and would second the "well done" comment above a good spec at a good price for many

posted by antigee [156 posts]
16th August 2013 - 0:32

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Yeah, about that. I've ridden a Croix for almost two years now. Fork is lovely. Weighty but lovely. That's all it does really, adds weight. It's springy and comfy. I've sometimes thought about a carbon fork but then reject it every time I ride the Croix.

Have to say, really tempted here. My main bike is a Canyon CF with SRAM Red etc. I'm wavering on swapping it for this. But I'd be losing some performance, not much, but some.

Those wheels though. Great to see a manufacturer speccing such excellent wheels.

posted by bendertherobot [290 posts]
16th August 2013 - 8:32

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I think it's amazing - £1500 for a steel frame bike and disc brakes. That's winter & spring fun EVERY RIDE. I hope that's the paint job to, looks stealthy

posted by mrS0CK [2 posts]
16th August 2013 - 8:46

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Any chance of sticking some rack bolts on that?

posted by sfichele [101 posts]
16th August 2013 - 8:47

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Are mechanical discs actually any better than conventional brakes?

I think they've done well to get this package to just over 10kg. Possibly down to the wheels, which look really nice.

At 1500 quid this would need to be more than just a 'winter bike' for me..

posted by 700c [556 posts]
16th August 2013 - 9:03

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Not thrilled by the stealth bomber look. Prefer Genesis's bolder colourways elsewhere in the range.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1098 posts]
16th August 2013 - 21:56

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Wow that looks super slick.

posted by vinnn [39 posts]
17th August 2013 - 8:39

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700c wrote:
Are mechanical discs actually any better than conventional brakes?

I've had a disc equipped Kona Sutra for years and I'd take mechanical discs every time over rim brakes.

posted by robthehungrymonkey [41 posts]
20th August 2013 - 17:37

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