2014 Genesis Equilibrium Disc brake steel road bike

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..

2014 Genesis Equilibrium Disc brake steel road bike

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.

2014 Genesis Equilibrium Disc brake steel road bike

They kept things simple with an outboard brake mount, but it meant losing the mounts for fenders. Spacing is 135mm.

2014 Genesis Equilibrium Disc brake steel road bike

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.


  1. From the picture of the rear disc brake it appears that there is a fender mount. Perhaps it was rack mounts that they had to eliminate…

  2. Nce bike. It would be nicer for these smaller companies to take a risk that the bigger companies are about to take. And that is thru axles, front and rear, on this road bike.

  3. IIRC all previous Equilibriums have had mudguard (‘fender’) mounts, and as chris b points out, it appears this one does too. It has always seemed strange to me that a bike like this (a real-life all-rounder, not intended as a ‘racer’, and potentially a great commuter) does not have rack mounts. Perhaps Genesis could explain their thinking? It would be very high on my wish-list if it did…..

  4. I really don’t think this kind of disc equipped bike needs through axles. I’m with you on through axles for disc brake equipped race bikes but on a bike with skinny steel tubes i don’t see it as an advantage in terms of stiffness. Maybe from a security point of view it makes sense but i’ve never had a problem with the wheel moving under heavy braking on my loaded up Salsa Vaya.

  5. Oh come on, put the rear caliper on the inside of the rear triangle. Looks better and you can still use normal pannier racks and you don’t have to bend your mudguard stays.

  6. Thanks for the comments guys (and thanks for posting Tyler). Why no inboard disc mount? Well, we wanted to keep standard road bike proportions and this meant 415mm chainstays. Combine an inboard disc mount with short chain stays (vs. CX frame proportions) and a 135mm spaced back end and you’re looking at some serious heel clearance issues. Yes, it means some tinkering to get the mudguard stays to clear the disc calipers but we rather not sacrifice anything whereby the ride of the bike is concerned. – in this instance the mudguards lost out.

  7. Sheldon’s Fender nuts or Jandd disc rack adapters would solve any rack-based problem I’ve ever run into concerning disc brakes. A major advantage to a seatstay mounted brake is that you can get at the caliper and cable bolts easily. When they’re in the rear triangle, it can be a tight fit to get a 5mm in there.

What do you think?