Genesis has begun the slow reveal for their 2014 lineup, led out by the new Reynolds 631 steel Equilibrium Disc road bike.
The 631 tubes for frame and fork are cold drawn from billet, then air hardened after welding, yielding a very lightweight, strong and compliant frame. Given the Equilibrium’s popularity for general pavement riding and not so much racing, it seems the perfect match..
The lugged fork carries a very classic look befitting the bike, but uses fresh tubing profiles. Legs are an ovalized 24mm x 17.2mm, helping it stand up to the disc’s braking forces.
They kept things simple with an outboard brake mount, but it meant losing the mounts for fenders. Spacing is 135mm.
H Plus Son Archetype rims (23mm width, 17.2mm internal) are laced to Shimano Deore M756 6-bolt hubs with double butted stainless steel spokes. They’re anodized after machining (they’re not a disc specific rim), so they’ll be nice and black and mate up nicely with the Continental Grand Sport Race 25c tires.
The complete bike will retail for £1,499 and come with Shimano 105-based drivetrain, FC-565 non-series compact chainset, 12-27 cassette, and Hayes CX Expert mechanical disc brakes. A frameset will be available for £549.