Genesis Day 01 Alfine 8 '13
- Unique Alfine hub gear / Avid BB disc brake-equipped / drop-bar / cross bike-style commuter/hybrid bike.
- Features Shimano Virsa STI Dual Control levers for drop handlebars and Alfine 8-speed hub gears.
- The Reynolds 520 frame is matched with a butted CrMo fork to deliver a comfortable engaging ride.
Genesis Day 01 Alfine
The Genesis Day 01 Alfine is a unique Alfine hub gear / Avid BB disc brake-equipped / drop-bar / cross bike-style commuter/hybrid bike.
Genesis bikes are the creation of Shimano’s UK importer, Madison, so they usually have first dibs on the latest Shimano innovations. The Day 01 is one of the few production bikes that matches Shimano’s most advanced disc brake-compatible Alfine 8-speed hub with Shimano Virsa STI Dual Control levers for drop handlebars. (Alfine levers were previously exclusively made for flat bars.)
Add Avid's super-reliable BB5 ball-bearing-actuated mechanical disc brakes to a bike that's already equipped with low-maintenance enclosed hub gears and versatile 700x35 Continental Cyclo-Cross tyres and you have one unique, versatile, all-weather bicycle.
Cross bikes are inspired by cyclo-cross - a century-old sport pioneered by road riders who fitted wider, more knobbly tyres (but not as wide or knobbly as a mountain bike’s) to their road bikes so they could race cross-country in winter.
Built with sufficient clearance to fit full mudguards and a rack, a cross bike can be the perfect year-round bicycle if you’re looking for a fast, engaging drop-bar road bike that can happily cope with a light snowy road ride or a muddy off-road excursion.
As with any type of bike, cross bikes are defined by their tyres, which are generally 700x35 and mildly knobbly. Any of these bikes could comfortably take a smoother, slimmer tyre, down to 700x25. The bike is then transformed into a fast touring/commuting or even an entry-level racing/triathlon bike.
|FRAME||Reynolds 520 Steel|
|FORK||Double Butted Cro-Mo unicrown (w/ mudguard eyelet low rider bosses)|
|SHIFTERS||Virsa VRS-8 8spd|
|CHAINSET||Driveline TK-13 40T 3/32"|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Cartridge Type 68x110mm|
|FREEWHEEL||Alfine 20T Sprocket|
|HUBS||KT Ind. 6-Bolt Disc/Shimano Alfine SG-S501 8sp CL Disc|
|RIMS||Alex G2000 Disc|
|SPOKES||Stainless Black w/ brass nipples|
|TYRES||Conti Cyclocross Race 35c (wire bead)|
|BRAKES||Avid BB5 Mechanical Road (160mm rotors)|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Virsa VRS-8 8spd|
|Weight||12.76kg / 28.12lbs|
This weight is based upon a 56cm sized example of this bike. We weighed the complete bike as you would receive it, complete with pedals and EN / BS-approved reflectors and bell.
4 / 5
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|Great commuting bike. The alfine hub works really well, it's smooth quiet and I love being able to change gear whilst stationary at traffic lights. The gear range and shifters are ideal for a standard commute too. The disc brakes are excellent in the rain and give you confidence in the wet weather. The lack of maintenance required with the hub really is a bonus and the bike does look stunning. The down side of the bike is the difficulty of removing the rear wheel due to the alfine hub and it takes practice plus trial and error. The stock tyres are a bit flimsy and I upgraded to more robust commuting tyres. The mudguard clearance is tight but a standard set can be fitted with a little bending of the mud guards metal rods. Overall I'm very pleased with this bike and I would recommend it to those who want to try an alfine hub and especially the Genesis Day 01.|