Urban Cyclist - - Bike Test -

We love bikes that have been as well thought out as the Ge­n­e­sis Sky­line. It’s a bike that’s clearly borne from a group of de­sign­ers get­ting fed up of their bums be­com­ing sat­u­rated in the rain, suf­fer­ing sore necks from long stems and drop bars, and rid­ing sketchily on skinny tyres over bad road sur­faces.

As it’s a com­mut­ing thor­ough­bred, let’s talk thieves – more specif­i­cally the Sky­line’s abil­ity to de­ter them. The black alu­minium frame and fork is un­der­stated and so blends ef­fort­lessly into bike racks at work or the lo­cal sta­tion, and noth­ing about it shouts ‘steal me’. That said, it might be a good idea to swap the QR levers to some­thing more se­cure if you’re lock­ing it up out­side.

While this isn’t go­ing to win you any KOM’s on your lo­cal cy­cle path, you’re not go­ing to re­quire Ly­cra and a pointy aero hel­met to reach work, ei­ther. Jeans and train­ers (or your reg­u­lar work gear…) are the kit of choice for a far more re­laxed ride into the of­fice.

The head-up rid­ing po­si­tion, stim­u­lated by the short stem, flat bar and ergo grips, lends it­self to com­fort over speed, while help­ing you to keep an eye out for er­ratic cars and buses. For those last-minute mo­ments, when a care­less driver cuts you up, the moun­tain­bike-style disc brakes are spot on, while the 35c semi-slick tyres are grippy enough without sac­ri­fic­ing too much speed. As for the 3x9 gear­ing set-up, you might ar­gue that it’s a lit­tle dated, al­beit the wide range of gears should send you up all but the steep­est of in­ner-city hills.

Rolling into spring, the evenings are grow­ing lighter, but you’ll still need lights for a lit­tle longer yet and the in­cluded dy­namo set-up en­sures that the Sky­line will keep you safe all year round. Mind you, its rel­a­tively bulky set-up means that if you’re reg­u­lar com­mute is over, say, five miles, we’d prob­a­bly look else­where, pri­mar­ily be­cause there are other bikes out there that are more ef­fi­cient and faster. Still, it’s a great pack­age for skip­ping the bus.

Words: Jonny Ashelford Pho­tog­ra­phy: Jesse Wild

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