More and more bike brands are beginning to grow their bike ranges to include models specifically designed for women, and Genesis has joined in with their 2017 range.
The in-house brand from British distributor Madison, Genesis are not a giant of the bike world. They don’t set out to maximize production and offer the very best spec at the cheapest price – but they do pride themselves on building excellent frames with the best materials for the job. I’ve actually yet to try one, to assess the ride quality – but taking one for a whirl is now pretty high on my to do list.
In terms of fitting, Madison have done away with traditional 51s and 52s – their bikes run from XS to L and they say they work on a ‘stack and reach based system’. In other words they encourage customers to focus on choosing a bike with the best stack and reach measurement to meet their needs – then using stems, seatposts, handlebars etcetera to find the optimum fit. Essentially discouraging people from buying bikes with overly long or short top tubes that cause them to require silly stems and offensive offsets.
Genesis believe their bikes allow adjustability to the degree that they don’t need to gender their frames – instead their new women’s bikes have been fitted with narrower handlebars, shorter stems (perhaps the traditional reach doesn’t suit the average woman with a traditional stem?), women’s saddles, and shorter cranks – so “the days of buying a bike and throwing these parts in the bin are over.” All but the disc models are available in an XXS size, too.
Fitting a Female Body to a Unisex Bike
The women’s range includes four complete bikes, and three frames:
- Zero Disc Women’s Frameset – £1,799.99
- Zeal Women’s Carbon Road – £1,399.99 with Shimano Tiagra
- Zeal Women’s Carbon Road Frameset – £1,199.99
- Delta 20 Women’s Sportive Bike with Shimano Tiagra – £849.99
- Delta 10 Women’s Sportive Bike with Shimano Claris – £649.99
- Datum Women’s Adventure Bike with Shimano Tiagra – £1,899.99
- Datum Women’s Adventure Bike Frameset – £1,499.99
Here’s a look at each of the bikes in the range…