Genesis Volant 20 (2014) £499.99 reduced from £899.99 @ Winstanleys Bikes
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Genesis Volant 20 (2014) £499.99 reduced from £899.99 @ Winstanleys Bikes

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Found 9th Oct 2014
I actually bought this at £599.99 from UK Bike Depot last month and have enjoyed riding it quite an awful lot. Worth the £899.99 imo but at £499.99 it;s a steal.

It uses the Shimano Tiagra groupset with a carbon front fork with a retro looking frame. Full spec here:
genesisbikes.co.uk/bik…-20

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I bought the Genesis Equilibrium 10 from this company and it's fabulous. The company aren't the fastest to send things out, but the bike's perfect and a doddle to build up.

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shbunning

I bought the Genesis Equilibrium 10 from this company and it's fabulous. … I bought the Genesis Equilibrium 10 from this company and it's fabulous. The company aren't the fastest to send things out, but the bike's perfect and a doddle to build up.



I wanted the equilibrium 10 but couldn't afford it - you lucky sod!

I really wanted a steel framed bike. I'm very pleased with my consolation prize though. I had never heard of Genesis but when I read they used Reynolds frames for their steel bikes I became interested (even though I ended up with aluminium )

Interestingly and considering I had never heard of them Genesis won best bike brand 2014 in this years Bike Biz awards.
bikebiz.com/new…907

Certainly looks a nice price, full tiagra and light

21lbs 1oz considered light nowadays ?

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It's not as light as carbon models but it;s most certainly very light for an alu framed road bike - achieved by using 6061 and 6069 aluminium tubes instead of just 6061 which is typically the case.

Looks nice but they're heavy.

Too heavy compared to a Giant defy equivalent etc

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If you're willing to pay hundreds or thousands more to obtain a small drop in weight is up to you. However the rider weight is a far more important factor. The truth is that the difference between weights should be bike+rider weight less bike2+rider weight. The incremental weight differences are usually not important unless you're an elite athlete.

There are a number of good articles on this particular issue and I don;t think elite athletes will be looking at the £499.99 market personally so here;s one decent article for those interested in the subject.
usatriathlon.org/abo…spx

Also the Giant Defy 2 (Alu frame, Tiagra groupset at £799.99 rrp currently £679 on sale right now if anyone is interested) weighs 19.5lbs to 22.5 lbs depending on frame size.
Edited by: "Toastplex" 9th Oct 2014

I paid the same last month for a bike over 1kg lighter and full 105 group.

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Cool. Can you still get it? :P

Great bikes. I got a lucky find on ebay as a temp bike and now keeping it. I would recommend.

absolute Bargain!! will keep its value too as Genesis are VERY highly regarded.

Lovely looking bikes in the flesh, has that x factor that makes you proud to own it and ride it more...

Fionashaw123

I paid the same last month for a bike over 1kg lighter and full 105 group.


What bike did you buy and where from?

Brilliant bikes...

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winchman

Lovely looking bikes in the flesh, has that x factor that makes you proud … Lovely looking bikes in the flesh, has that x factor that makes you proud to own it and ride it more...


I couldn't agree more. Unlike contemporary branded bikes, they don;t have that look that will immediately age and look strange. A classic shape with an appeal that will stand the test of time, well put together with a good balance.

I have to admit that I have fallen in love with my bike and can only hope others will feel the same way too.

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Fionashaw123

I paid the same last month for a bike over 1kg lighter and full 105 … I paid the same last month for a bike over 1kg lighter and full 105 group.

Fionashaw123

BeOne Alpe D'Huzes - Special £599.95 @ Merlin CyclesBeOne Alpe D'Huzes - … BeOne Alpe D'Huzes - Special £599.95 @ Merlin CyclesBeOne Alpe D'Huzes - Special £599.95 @ Merlin CyclesGET DEAL Fionashaw123Fionashaw123found 1 month, 1 week ago / expired 6 days, 21 hours agoI know this deal might (won't) be for everyone but if you try and buy the parts on their own you wouldn't be able to spec a bike near it for the money.Have been looking for a road bike for the last 6 weeks after seeing the Felt and the CP50 on here.Looked at the felt and thought this was more than worth the extra money for the full 105 spec.Don't vote on it being a push bike for £600.00, vote on the saving ;)Mine gets delivered today



The answer is below:

Source: hotukdeals.com/dea…917
...and it's 599 not 499 so is not the same price - it;s 20% more. I love Merlin Cycles though and did actually consider BeOne and bigged the bike up on my facebook page.

For those interested, and willing to pay an extra £100, I think it's a cracking deal still (50cm and 53cm frames still available).
merlincycles.com/beo…f23

I personally went for the genesis as it felt special (and still does).
Edited by: "Toastplex" 9th Oct 2014

Judosteffer

absolute Bargain!! will keep its value too as Genesis are VERY highly … absolute Bargain!! will keep its value too as Genesis are VERY highly regarded.


Many might argue otherwise since Peter Gabriel left. I quite liked Phil though.

Fionashaw123

I paid the same last month for a bike over 1kg lighter and full 105 group.



Right.

Toastplex

The answer is below:Source: … The answer is below:Source: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/beone-alpe-d-huzes-special-599-95-merlin-cycles-1990917...and it's 599 not 499 so is not the same price - it;s 20% more. I love Merlin Cycles though and did actually consider BeOne and bigged the bike up on my facebook page.For those interested, and willing to pay an extra £100, I think it's a cracking deal still (50cm and 53cm frames still available).http://www.merlincycles.com/beone-alpe-dhuzes-road-bike-71775.html?source=aw&awc=3361_1412887413_6dc5fb758f255797be95f877d5315f23I personally went for the genesis as it felt special (and still does).



53cm isn't available.

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rev65

53cm isn't available.



Yes, true. A good deal if you're Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy or Dopey then

Edited by: "Toastplex" 10th Oct 2014

hahaha agreed im vertically challenged at 5ft7

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I tell my partner who is the same height that she's not short so I'd be in trouble if I agreed with you.

Banned

Fionashaw123

I paid the same last month for a bike over 1kg lighter and full 105 group.



Yeah? Well I payed less for a bike 10 years ago than I do today, so nah!

Hot! The BeOne bike is cheap because the company that make them went bust I believe so warranty/repairs may be an issue if you need it...

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philcharman

Hot! The BeOne bike is cheap because the company that make them went bust … Hot! The BeOne bike is cheap because the company that make them went bust I believe so warranty/repairs may be an issue if you need it...


It's a shame if they have gone bust.

Think Beone were saved before going bust : beone-bikes.nl/

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That's good news. When researching for a new bike they were right up there in the end with Genesis and Reynolds (Frame but Merlin build).
Edited by: "Toastplex" 10th Oct 2014

I can't dance, I can't talk, the only thing about me is my bike in the park.

http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/79/285x214/165309_1.jpg

did I not read in the original post for the beone that the frame geometry is such that you need to go at least one size down? Somebody at 5ft 7 was saying the 50cm was huge for them? I would normally be looking for a 53cm frame but the Geneis jump from 50 to 54.

Any ideas about size for someone who is 178cm? I know you can look at charts etc but with road bikes I'm a little confused on getting the right size. Normally 19 inch is fine for a mountain bike for me but with all this geometry its getting confusing. I am guessing 54cm for a road bike would be about right. Anyone know if I'm correct.

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I'm 6ft 2 (187cm) and used the Evans guide which seemed to be spot on for me with a 60cm frame.
images.evanscycles.com/pro…pdf

Love this bike. And it turns out Winstanley Bikes are in cyclescheme, so there's potential for more savings to be had...
Pity I just got a defy 3. Would have gone for this.

paul3261

Any ideas about size for someone who is 178cm? I know you can look at … Any ideas about size for someone who is 178cm? I know you can look at charts etc but with road bikes I'm a little confused on getting the right size. Normally 19 inch is fine for a mountain bike for me but with all this geometry its getting confusing. I am guessing 54cm for a road bike would be about right. Anyone know if I'm correct.



It can be confusing. Best just focus on the top tube length. As Genesis use pretty standard stuff, a 54cm would be fine.

Toastplex

If you're willing to pay hundreds or thousands more to obtain a small … If you're willing to pay hundreds or thousands more to obtain a small drop in weight is up to you. However the rider weight is a far more important factor. The truth is that the difference between weights should be bike+rider weight less bike2+rider weight. The incremental weight differences are usually not important unless you're an elite athlete.There are a number of good articles on this particular issue and I don;t think elite athletes will be looking at the £499.99 market personally so here;s one decent article for those interested in the subject.http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/multisport-lab/articles/bike-weight-102113.aspxAlso the Giant Defy 2 (Alu frame, Tiagra groupset at £799.99 rrp currently £679 on sale right now if anyone is interested) weighs 19.5lbs to 22.5 lbs depending on frame size.



interesting article, but I'm now depressed that my new bike won't really make me go faster. :'(

Some advice from those who know a little more about road bikes than me would be great. Genesis do the Volant 00 which is coming through at £360. As a newcomer to road bikes would this be a good starter bike? Any real point paying £140 more for the Volant 20?.
I'm not after a really cheap bike but want something decent and from what I can see the Volant 00 seems a good choice. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Genesis are changing the numbering for the 2015 range. Previously it was Volant 00, 10 and 20. Now there's switching the numbering to 10, 20 and 30.

The Volant 00 (2014) at £360 is a bargain. At around that price point also consider this:
merlincycles.com/mer…tml

Similar spec but saving another £60 which can be used get a pair of puncture resistant tyres (Schwalbe Durano or COntinental Gatorskins for instance).

Personally though I love the paintjob on the black/Blue/orage Volant 00 - it copies the Volare/Madison Genesis racing bike which is lovely. BTW the Madison Genesis store has sale on official gear right now.
madisongenesis.co.uk/shop
Edited by: "Toastplex" 11th Oct 2014

Toastplex

Genesis are changing the numbering for the 2015 range. Previously it was … Genesis are changing the numbering for the 2015 range. Previously it was Volant 00, 10 and 20. Now there's switching the numbering to 10, 20 and 30.The Volant 00 (2014) at £360 is a bargain. At around that price point also consider this:http://www.merlincycles.com/merlin-performance-road-pr7-bike-73113.htmlSimilar spec but saving another £60 which can be used get a pair of puncture resistant tyres (Schwalbe Durano or COntinental Gatorskins for instance).Personally though I love the paintjob on the black/Blue/orage Volant 00 - it copies the Volare/Madison Genesis racing bike which is lovely. BTW the Madison Genesis store has sale on official gear right now.http://www.madisongenesis.co.uk/shop



The Merlin is probably the best road bike at that price right now.
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