Back in mid-spring a Genesis dropped a few early season road & gravel updates. Now the full 2020 range is out, and the UK’s “original adventure brand” has given their Fugio adventure gravel bike a lightweight Reynolds upgrade. Plus, their ever popular gravel Croix de Fer gets a GRX update, the Tarn trail hardtail gets more aggressive, and killer new paint colors & classic fades all around!
2020 Genesis Fugio adventure gravel bike, now in Reynolds 725 steel
While the early 2020 releases focused a lot on the road, Genesis tends to shine taking steel bikes off tarmac. Their 650b road plus Fugio adventure gravel bike is a solid standout. Only introduced two summers ago, the highly versatile mixed-surface bike gets a lighter weight, smoother riding upgrade with a move to a more premium steel tubeset. Now the top Fugio in the range is being made from Reynolds 725 steel tubing, butted & heat-treated for thinner tube walls that shed a few grams and make for a more lively classic steel feel.
The £2700 Fugio 30 also gets a new full carbon tapered steerer fork to shed even more weight (down to 10.98kg complete), plus a new complete Shimano GRX 810 1x drivetrain, a 50mm travel dropper post, tubeless-ready wheels & 650x47mm WTB Venture tires.
Oh, and it now comes in that pretty sunrise orange to yellow fade!
2020 Genesis Fugio Reynolds 725 steel adventure gravel frameset
If you just want to build up the new Reynolds 725 steel frame & new full carbon fork on your own, it is also available as a £900 frameset too. The frame is the same as in the top-spec bike, except with an equally nice night sky blue to white fade – available in five stock sizes (XS-XL).
The 3500g frame kit (including frame, fork, headset, seat collar & both axles) uses a 27.2mm seatpost, 68mm threaded BB, a 28.6mm band clamp front mech hanger (if you go 2x), 12mm thru-axles, flat mount disc brakes, and external downtube cable routing (plus internal Di2 routing). The frameset will clear up to a 650b x 60mm or 700c x 40mm tire, and includes braze-ons for full coverage fenders (front & rear), a rear rack, and three sets of water bottle bosses.
2020 Genesis Fugio standard Mjölnir steel adventure gravel bike
In Genesis’ own standard double butted Mjölnir chromoly steel, you can still get the more affordable, lower spec Fugio. The £2000 Fugio 20 uses a chromoly frame with the same features AND the new full carbon fork, plus a SRAM Apex 1×11 group.
And of course, it gets a pretty new light to dark blue fade.
2020 Genesis Croix de Fer classic Reynolds 725 steel gravel bike
The Croix de Fer is a classic in the Genesis adventure bike lineup. For 2020, not much is really changed about the ever-popular CdF 30 in Reynolds 725 steel, except that it gets a more gravel ready spec with the move to a new clutched Shimano GRX rear derailleur paired to the otherwise complete road compact double 105 hydraulic groupset.
The £2000 Croix de Fer 30 sticks with a painted-to-match unicrown chromoly fork (not the new CGR1 CdF carbon fork) and weighs in at 11.04kg complete, covered in a simple tow-tone green paint scheme.
2020 Genesis Tarn steel trail hardtail mountain bike
Lastly for the 2020 updates, Genesis says they’re ‘redefined’ their steel with a move to more meaty tires, and a longer travel fork. The Mjölnir chromoly Tarn first debuted as a 27.5 hardtail, then it grew with a 29er option with 2.25″ tires or 27.5+ and 2.8″ tires. Now it grows one step further with 29×2.6″ tires – with a new max tire size of 29×2.8″ or 27.5×3.0″ for the updated frame with what looks to be strategic chainstay crimping, and keeping the same 432mm chainstay length.
The only complete build for the new year, the £2200 Tarn 20 also gets and extra 10mm of fork travel, up now to 130mm to take on even more technical trails, and a new Shimano SLX 1×12 drivetrain.
2020 Genesis Tarn steel trail hardtail mountain bike frame
If you are looking to build your own steel trail hardtail, the updated Tarn is available on its own as a £500 frame with the increased tire clearance. Th frame features a 31.6mm post with stealth dropper routing, a threaded BB, Boost spacing, and a threaded bottom bracket.
All of the new 2020 bikes are available to order from your local Genesis dealer now.