GE­N­E­SIS FLYER

Urban Cyclist - - Bike Grouptest -

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.

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