The Zero: First Carbon Bike from UK Steel Specialists Genesis
Known in the UK Continental peloton for riding the high quality steel bikes Genesis has built a reputation on, in a couple of weeks the Madison Genesis Team will be racing the upcoming Tour of Britain on the newly announced carbon Zero. The new bike, a first in carbon from Genesis, has been designed to excel in stage races at the pro level, where weight and aero improvements can have a real impact on incremental racing gains. The bike, available now, sits aside Genesis’ top level Volare 953 in the team quiver to be selected depending on race conditions.
Find out more with a team video feature, pricing, spec, and availability after the break..
Designed as a multi-day race bike, the Zero has a custom bladed fork that flows into a large Kamm-tail downtube to optimize aerodynamics and uses sizable headtube and bottom bracket junctions to maintain stiffness. But with their pedigree in comfortable riding steel bikes, Genesis stuck with a 27.2 post and incorporated ‘pencil thin’ seat stays. Prioritizing durability over maximum weight loss, the still respectable sub-1kg frame includes internal Di2-compatible routing, a 1 1/2” tapered full carbon fork, and uses BB86.
The new Zero frameset carries over through a six model range from the basic low end Shimano Tiagra spec’ed Zero.1 at £1300 up to the top end Dura Ace Zero Team at £4500. It’s nice to see that the same frame is used throughout the range, making ride quality available even at the lowest buy-in, while looking like a good platform for future component upgrades. Even better still, the Zero comes with a lifetime original owner warranty on the frameset.
The top and bottom Team edition and Zero.1 are available now from Genesis dealers, with the full range available at the end of August.
Also of note, we’ve been in good talks with Genesis recently and are looking forward to having some of their road and mountain bikes in hand over the fall for some long-term tests to see how they ride. So stay tuned.