This is the latest iteration of the British marque’s Flyer, and it’s enjoyed some useful tweaks. Genesis have swapped trackends for more practical, forward-facing drop-outs; it comes fitted with full-length mudguards (which we broke riding over cobbles) and the understated paint job now includes reflective graphics for added night-time safety. They’re all useful additions that reinforce the point of the bike: this is for no-nonsense riding where on-the-go practicality and low maintenance is a premium.
Genesis have wisely opted to stick with the original frame and fork combination. The double-butted chromoly frame, dubbed Mjölnir, is a traditional steel number. Yet this alloy doesn’t feel dead or lacking in feel. On the contrary, where the Temple’s a cruiser, the Sonnet a poser and the Viper a swift beast, the Flyer is responsive and nimble. The carbon/ alloy fork stands out in the test for helping dampen road vibration, too.
Much of the credit for the ride is down to the tried-and-tested geometry, which Genesis lifted from its very popular steel Equilibrium sportive bike. Yet while that may sound like it sits tall and upright, it still feels racy.
The flip-flop 42x17 (65.2 gear inch) is great around town for cresting hillocks and rises and pulling away from lights. It also rewards high cadence on open roads – especially when hunkered on the semi-compact drops – but riders on flatter terrain might need to budget for a slightly stiffer gears.
Genesis’ prime focus being the frameset means that it’s had to spend frugally in the build – there’s no big name components on show like on the Sonnet and Temple. But what there is has been selected for durability. The square taper-sealed bottom bracket will endure long months of winter abuse, as will the 32-spoke rims, steel spokes and Joytech hubs.
One let down is the braking, which feels a touch too spongy for our liking. There’s only so much that can be expected of long-drop brakes, however. The only other let down is a personal one: the own-brand Road Comfort saddle is anything but… but that’s an easy problem to rectify.