£1199.99 › Is this the best look­ing Equi­lib­rium so far?

Cycling Plus - - ROAD TEST -

If you could dis­til the soul of Bri­tish road cy­cling into a sin­gle bike, what do you think it would look like? We’ve a hunch it would be some­thing like this.

The Ge­n­e­sis Equi­lib­rium has been with us for a few years now, avail­able in a huge range of dif­fer­ent builds – cheap, ex­pen­sive, disc, rim brake, ti­ta­nium – the list goes on. The es­sen­tial for­mula of a sim­ple, prac­ti­cal, metal bike hasn’t changed rad­i­cally, but this year’s Equi­lib­rium 20 kicks the retro styling up a notch with a very classy paintjob and some tidy silver com­po­nents. We par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ate the colour­matched fork, and the tan-wall Clé­ment tyres are the ic­ing on a de­li­ciously old-school cake. Un­der the skin it’s a fa­mil­iar story, with Reynolds mid-range 725 tub­ing of­fer­ing rea­son­able weight to an el­e­gant, un­der­stated frame. (725 is based on the ubiq­ui­tous 4130 chro­moly, pop­u­lar for its all-round qual­i­ties and rel­a­tive af­ford­abil­ity.)

Al­though the slightly sloped top­tube is ar­guably a modern touch, the Equi­lib­rium doesn’t make any pre­tence of be­ing re­motely cut­ting edge, with ca­bles fully on show, a threaded bot­tom bracket and a straight head-tube with ex­ter­nal head­set cups. We’ve no com­plaints, al­though drop­ping the fork out re­veals that the ‘semi-car­tridge’ bear­ings in the head­set are just bog stan­dard ball-in-cage units – slightly un­der­whelm­ing at this price. We’re pleased to note that the Equi­lib­rium’s rack and mud­guard mounts are present, as are the clear­ances needed for the lat­ter.

We don’t get sent many bikes built with the silver ver­sion of Shi­mano’s out­stand­ing mid-level 105 groupset, and we think that’s a shame be­cause it looks very hand­some, par­tic­u­larly on a bike as un­apolo­get­i­cally old school as this one. Ge­n­e­sis has gone all-in with the metal­lic theme; in

This year’s Equi­lib­rium 20 kicks the retro styling up a notch with a very classy paintjob

Be­low Joytech hubs keep the Jalco rims spin­ning Bot­tom Keep­ing with the all-metal­lic theme, the 105 levers come in silver

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