Garneau Gen­nix D1 Elite Di2

Up for any­thing

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - reviewed by Matthew Pioro

Up for any­thing

Iwish I could ride a bike as hard as Ge­of­froy Dus­sault, but I don’t think his com­pany, Garneau, would ap­pre­ci­ate that. “I was the kind of guy who broke a few bi­cy­cles when I was rac­ing,” said the Garneau pro­ject man­ager. “I have a ten­dency to push a lit­tle too hard on a bi­cy­cle. If it passes the Ge­of­froy test, that’s a big one.” The Ge­of­froy test for the Garneau Gen­nix D1 in­cluded 8,000 km in Que­bec, plus 4,000 more in Europe as Dus­sault took on the Transcon­ti­nen­tal Race this past sum­mer. The bike passed the test.

I first saw the D1 at this past year’s In­ter­bike. Garneau’s Gen­nix line al­ready had its pure race bike (Gen­nix R), aero road (Gen­nix A) and en­durance (Gen­nix E). The com­pany was miss­ing a road bike with disc brakes. While the ex­ist­ing lineup of Gen­nix bikes are built on pro­pri­etary frames, the Gen­nix D is based on a stock frame from a Garneau sup­plier. Still, Dus­sault and his col­league Alexan­dre Chicoine wanted changes to the stock frame. “This started as more of an en­durance disc plat­form,” he said. “We needed more stiff­ness and per­for­mance out of it. We didn’t want to just say it was com­fort­able. There was some lack of stiff­ness, so we got the bot­tom bracket and back stiff­ened by us­ing dif­fer­ent layups. We also re­worked the frame to have proper

“The bike winds up nicely. Then, you can cruise, on and on.”

clear­ance for 28c tires.” The Gen­nix D1’s ge­om­e­try is not too far off from the race-ori­ented R1. The new bike han­dles well. It’s not quick in the cor­ners, but it will stick the turn you set it on. It’s def­i­nitely more lively than many en­durance bikes. When you put power into the Shi­mano Ul­te­gra cranks (with 52/36-tooth rings), the Gen­nix D1 doesn’t get go­ing with a race-bike snap. With few pedal strokes, how­ever, it and the Eas­ton ea90 SL wheels wind up nicely. Then, you can cruise, on and on. While com­fort might not be a fo­cus of this bike, its ride is not harsh at all. The 27.2-mm-di­am­e­ter seat­post can of­fer a bit of flex depend­ing on how much of it is ex­posed. The 25c wide tires that came on my test bike not only of­fered a solid con­tact patch, but soaked up many bumps in the road. The 28c tires I put on later, were even bet­ter. The Shi­mano rs805 flat-mount hy­draulic disc-brake calipers man­aged my speed with pre­ci­sion, slow­ing me down quickly in the dry and wet. I’m def­i­nitely im­pressed with the Gen­nix D1. It’s a good-look­ing, if unas­sum­ing, ma­chine. But it im­pressed me on the roads (and dirt and grass), game for what­ever I threw at it. With that kind of at­ti­tude, you’ll al­ways have fun out on the bike.

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