2015 Genesis Volare 10 Road Bike Pro Black reduced from £1000 - £499.99 @ Swinnerton Cycles
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2015 Genesis Volare 10 Road Bike Pro Black reduced from £1000 - £499.99 @ Swinnerton Cycles

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Found 26th Jun 2015
My view:

A good bike at £1000, looks like very good value for £500.

Not one for those who just want to compare paper specifications, but for those looking for something not-so-mainstream. I've never owned a Genesis but the brand and the steel frames are very alluring.

Bikeradar's view:

Reviewing it at £1000, Bikeradar said: "A steel bike is a heart-not-head choice for many of us, and the Genesis isn't a screaming bargain. The reality is though, we like it. It puts a smile on our faces when we ride it, and amongst a horde of largely undifferentiated alloy frames at this price point, it's appealingly different."

bikeradar.com/roa…61/

Swinnerton's view:

2015 Genesis Volare 10 Completley re-designed for 2015

Borrowing heavily from race-winning team Volare and sharing the very same race-orientated geometry, the Volare 10 utilises our new ‘Mjölnir’ seamless, double-butted chromoly tubeset and Shimano Tiagra 10sp drivetrain to deliver a bike oozing bang-for-your-buck but without the usual sacrifice to performance.

The frame is the star of the show here, thanks to the OOS downtube and OS toptube we’re able to utilise thinner walled tubing, 0.8/0.5/0.8 to be precise (usually the reserve of frames built from more premium steels), without compromising frame strength or integrity. This enables us utilise the added stiffness the larger diameter offer whilst helping to offset the weight gain usually associated with the move to bigger tubes. The result is a superbly riding frame that belies the pricetag; astonishingly responsive with a good balance of stiffness and comfort with that ever-present ‘connected’ feel of steel.

The unmistakably composed ride of steel in our most accessible race bike yet.

Frame : Genesis Mjölnir Seamless DB Cromoly w/ Ø44mm oversize headtube
Fork : ADK Carbon Road Race w/ 1.5" - 1-1/8" Tapered Alloy Steerer
Headset : FSA Orbit ITA-A Sealed Cartridge
Shifters : Shimano Tiagra ST-4600
Rear derailleur : Shimano Tiagra RD-4601
Front derailleur : Shimano Tiagra FD-4600
Chainset : FSA Omega Megaexo, 50/34T
Bottom Bracket : FSA BB-6200/Di2 MegaExo, 68mm
Chain : KMC X10
Cassette / Freewheel : Shimano CS-4600, 12-28T, 10sp
Wheelset : Fulcrum Racing Sport CX
Tyres : Continental Grand Sport Race, 700x25c
Brakes : Shimano Tiagra BR-4600
Brake Levers : w/ Shimano Tiagra ST-4600
Handlebars : Genesis Road Compact (125mm Drop x 70mm Reach)
Grips / Tape : Genesis Microfiber Anti-Slip w/ VexGel
Stem : Genesis Road, 31.8mm x +/-7°
Saddle : Genesis Road Race
Seatpost : Genesis, 27.2 x 350mm
Pedals : VP-383S w/ Toeclip
Weight : 9.84kg (56cm w/o pedals)

OOS
- rodman

33 Comments

decent bike but the new Giant bikes will be released soon and you will pick up the defy 0 2015 for a few hundred more than this which is an outstanding bike.

For this price you can normally get a steel frame with sora/claris or a tiagra with an alu frame. I posted a couple of months ago a Saracen Tenet 3 for £450 with an alu frame and tiagra gear, but this Genesis is very definitely a step up, nice.
This alu framed bike posted on hukd is a good alternative, although personally i like the Genesis:
evanscycles.com/pro…299?
Edited by: "winchman" 26th Jun 2015

Original Poster

matthew1888

decent bike but the new Giant bikes will be released soon and you will … decent bike but the new Giant bikes will be released soon and you will pick up the defy 0 2015 for a few hundred more than this which is an outstanding bike.



If the Giant comes down in price like you anticipate that might make the Giant comparable to the Pinnacle Roadbike deal that's getting heat. Both fantastic specs on paper.

This bike is a slightly different kettle of fish - IMO it would hold slightly more cache out on the road for being steel and a Genesis.

It also has a very good set of wheels.

Don't get me wrong - I've got two bikes and they're of the "good-on-paper" variety. I do however often find myself looking enviously at stuff that's a bit more esoteric.
Edited by: "Garnett" 26th Jun 2015

I was looking at the Genesis equilibrium but am very tempted by this...

I prefer bikes that actually look racy and fast. Like Scott's and Giant which paint them that way....

This Giant Flourish is best of breed road racer :

http://images.swinnertoncycles.co.uk/images/products/zoom/1378457512-31406900.jpg

matthew1888

decent bike but the new Giant bikes will be released soon and you will … decent bike but the new Giant bikes will be released soon and you will pick up the defy 0 2015 for a few hundred more than this which is an outstanding bike.


The 2014 Defy 0 is still going for £900, you might get a Defy 2 for £600/650 in a couple of months, but I think the Genesis is nicer, has better wheels and cheaper.
wiggle.co.uk/eas…15/ One of the few alternatives but comes with a steel fork making it heavier than the Genesis.



Edited by: "winchman" 26th Jun 2015

Although I'm using a 43 year old Harry Quinn if buying would go for alloy at least, at the £1000 original price thought 105 at least but maybe its because of steel frame.

Check Planet X RT-58 with 11 spds SRAM Rival 22. Received mine last week and weight only 8.3 kg (XS size) without pedal at 499.

Same price at Tredz and they have all the sizes, seriously considering it.

autumnfresh

Check Planet X RT-58 with 11 spds SRAM Rival 22. Received mine last week … Check Planet X RT-58 with 11 spds SRAM Rival 22. Received mine last week and weight only 8.3 kg (XS size) without pedal at 499.



Hi, I see this at £650 - or am I looking in the wrong place?

tckay

Hi, I see this at £650 - or am I looking in the wrong place?



You're looking in the right place, but the price has gone up. Planet X have dropped the price of this bike to £499 a couple of times recently and I think it's just a matter of checking their site every so often to see if they do so again.

Great bike for the price. I would buy one but the Mrs would kill me!

Looks like a very good deal for an interesting and well specced bike.

Incidentally, here is the link for the Tredz deal in all sizes mentioned by J-O_S-H
Tredz deal all sizes available

Edited by: "wantsomepls" 2nd Jul 2015

I bought one in the end, waiting for delivery.

Hi Just wondered if anyone can explain why to choose a steel frame as opposed to aluminium?
Steel weighs more and rusts but is stronger and no doubt heavier. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Comfort, retro styling, durability, just "because"...

If it was your first bike, I would try and get most bang for buck on an alloy frame, if you had a stable of bikes, it may be a nice choice.

frank331 at this weight/price steel will probably be more comfortable then alloy because of greater rigidity and vibration damping, for the same reaon it may provide a more positive ride. Steel doesn't have to be heavy (though cheap steel bikes usually are). If you check the weight of this bike you'll see it's very comparable, possibly lighter, than most alloy bikes at this sort of price point.

Out of stock now, just got the last one, thanks OP.

wantsomepls

Looks like a very good deal for an interesting and well specced bike. … Looks like a very good deal for an interesting and well specced bike. Incidentally, here is the link for the Tredz deal in all sizes mentioned by J-O_S-HTredz deal all sizes available


Still showing as in stock here.

Got mine through today, not got anything to compare it to but very happy. Got it for 494 in the end because a £5 off voucher pops up on tredz site.

Tredz also gave me some free (though not great) Pedals (Tredz lists it as not coming with pedals) and some tools (allen key / screwdriver multi tool and a spanner) in a little sports bag. Free delivery by TNT, took only a few days total. My brother ordered his new one from Planet X but has to wait a week for it to even be built.
Edited by: "J-O_S-H" 2nd Jul 2015

Be nice to know your thoughts, I'm sure it will be very nice.

Mine should be here Tues/Wed (Northern Ireland so slightly longer than normal) but I will try and post my thoughts on it. Looks a lovely bike anyway.

Thanks to OP, just what I was looking for for my first real road bike since my teens. Compared to the Claris or Sora-equipped stuff I had been looking at this seems well spec'ed and I love the Genesis philosophy. The bikes I've seen and tried from them have been really well thought out and refreshingly anti-fashion/non-bling. This Volare looks the business though.

Ordered from Tredz, got the £5 off too (seems to pop up on a subsequent visit if you've checked before and perhaps added stuff to basket but not checked out). Hopefully it'll be here in time for the Chiltern Cycling Festival this weekend.

I'm off to buy some decent pedals/shoes and a 'Real Men Ride Steel' t-shirt
Edited by: "juux" 6th Jul 2015

Does the frame have mudguard mounts? Google is drawing a blank...

No, no mudguard mounts when you see it up close. Not really a touring/commuting bike.http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/img/bikes/xl/volare-10.jpg

I got some decent pedals for mine yesterday. The only thing i'm not sure on is the seat, may get replaced.

Received mine this morning

Looks ace, easy to set up although the stem is weirdly set up right at the top of the tube, no spacer. I reset the handlebars, set the saddle height to roughly where it needs to be, stuck on a pair of M520s and went for a quick spin through the village.

I've little to compare it to (my main bike has been a hardtail MTB) but it feels good from the get go, surprisingly compliant over the rutted tracks Bucks County Council dares to calls roads and the way it builds speed is impressive. I guess that's what I should expect from a significantly lighter bike and, crucially, much lighter wheels/tyres.

Tredz chuck in a bag containing pair of throwaway pedals with clips (seriously, who's ever going to use them?), some lube, a reasonable little multitool and an actually fairly decent spanner for the pedals.

FSA crank arms don't look as bad as they do in photos but there's no doubt a decent looking chainset would improve things enormously.

Matte finish looks amazing but it's easy to see how it might pick up shine etc. from rubbing on things in the car or racks etc. as there are already a few light scruffs on the forks from where the cardboard protection rubbed on them during transit. Probably just the normal paranoia from getting a new shiny thing though, they're hardly noticeable from more than a few feet away. I recall feeling the same about the last bike I bought and now I hardly even see its patina of minor scratches and scruffs.

Edited by: "juux" 9th Jul 2015

tckay

Hi, I see this at £650 - or am I looking in the wrong place?



The planet-x pro-carbon with SRAM apex is still a good buy for £799.

Another 10% off at tredz using "save10" so now £449.

Enough to make me order...

EDIT: seems like the code was only valid for monday

Edited by: "hotrod2" 14th Jul 2015

Dagnabbit! Cannot let my wife see this!

Edit: Bike picked up more than a few admiring looks at the Chiltern Cycling Festival yesterday, not bad considering the array of really impressive machinery there.
Edited by: "juux" 13th Jul 2015

This is so gutting I'm about to buy a new bike but didn't expect the option to get something steel. I have a few vintage steel bikes but wanted a fast commuter. This ticked loads of boxes but Genesis don't even make bikes in my size!!

Surely I could just stretch one a bit?!?
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