Last year we got an early look at the latest lightweight SL iteration of Genesis’ still affordable carbon road race bike when Connor Swift was racing a prototype for his Madison Genesis Team. Well, he won the British championship on the new SL bike, and Genesis ended up custom painting one for him. Now Swift is back with a new fancy one-off paint job because of a new light Zero SL Disc he’ll be racing this season.
Genesis Zero SL Disc carbon road bike prototype for Swift
Connor Swift still has his custom painted rim brake Genesis Zero SL, but half a year later and it looks like the Genesis Zero Disc is getting the SL treatment as well. As Connor put it, “With Madison being the awesome company they are, I have the privilege of having a second custom national champs bike – with disc brakes!”
The new Zero SL Disc bike looks to be less of an evolution from the non-SL version (first introduced in 2016) than it was for the rim brake bikes. The overall shaping of the frame and fork looks unchanged for the most part, suggesting the updates are mostly in the layup, and possibly similar updates for more aggressive handling.
Genesis hasn’t actually shared much concrete info on the new SL version of the bike, so we can only really surmise that SL means super light. And that the new version of the carbon road bike will be lighter & stiffer than its predecessor.
What we can see is that it retains the semi-integrated fork & headset top cap designs, and looks to still have 12mm thru-axles, flat mount disc brakes, and a traditional external seatpost clamp.
“Obviously I could have gone for the same design as my original, however having Rob at Colourburn Studios remake the original wouldn’t be as fun… you can let him loose and come up with a fresh design that is just as cool and amazing as the first time round.
Having both of the custom bikes side-by-side will be mega and I love both designs! Huge thanks to Rob and everyone at Madison.
The bike features all the same little touches as the first time, but we have gone with a ‘snow camo’ champs effect with red and blue speckle in the paint. I can’t wait to see it in person!”
No official word on expected release or availability of the super light Genesis Zero SL Disc carbon road bike. Or of course any mention of pricing.