The Genesis Flyer is a great winter bike or no-nonsense commuter and Genesis have sensibly concentrated the spend on the excellent frame and fork, with unexceptional but solid wheels and finishing kit that'll last for ages. Overall it's fun to ride as a training bike and with mudguard and rack mounts it's versatile enough to carry a load too. For £600 it's a great addition to your stable and it'll get plenty of use.
Genesis Bikes has issued a recall for the steel fork used on its 2015 Croix de Fer 10 and 20 bikes, and the Tour de Fer frameset. Forks will be replaced free of charge.
Genesis says: “We have identified that the steel forks on the following three models do not meet our stringent standards for long term durability.”
For 2015, the steel-framed Genesis Volare is available in five different builds offering a wide selection of tubeset and component choices. The Volare 40 marries a Reynolds 853 frame to a Campagnolo Athena groupset – a classic combination if ever there was one. The frame uses the same geometry as the Volare 953 Team Edition which we've tested previously and found to be excellent, honed over the past three years with input from the British pro team Madison-Genesis.
Every year is a big year for technology in road cycling with manufacturers competing for as big a slice of the market as they can get, and 2014 has been particularly busy thanks to innovation from bike brands, advances in computer design and, most importantly, the introduction of disc brakes. In fact, five of our top 10 tech stories of the year are disc-related, some more than others.
We kick off our countdown with something entirely different, though.
Harrison Ford, currently in the UK filming Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, has been snapped in London taking his Genesis Croix de Fer bike for a spin.
The 72-year-old is back on set at Pinewood Studios reprising the role of Han Solo after sustaining broken bones in his foot in June.
Genesis has today launched its first carbon fibre bikes in the Zero range. The British brand says that the Zero has been over 18 months in development and will make its race debut with the Madison Genesis team in this year’s Tour of Britain.
The Zero range features six models, all of them using the same frame.