Over the last few weeks I‘ve been thinking lot about doing more adventure cycling. Given that my main bike is a Cannondale SuperSix EVO, I started looking for a bike that was more suited to the ‘go anywhere‘ role I wanted. I wanted a bike that I could commute on, complete with panniers and full length mudguards. I also wanted a bike that I could truly take off the beaten track, with large tyre clearance and disk brakes.
After much deliberation, I made my decision. The 2016 Genesis CdA 20. This bike truly embraces the ‘go anywhere‘ mantra. Light enough to keep up on the Sunday club runs, but sturdy enough to tackle the most challenging single-track with ease. A generous clearance for up to 40C tyres makes cyclocross just a tyre-change away. Where this bike really comes into it‘s own though is it‘s unconventional gearing. A low-profile Acera mountain bike rear derailleur allows for a massively ranged 11-34 rear cassette. I‘m convinced this bike could climb a brick wall if it had to, but despite this, the wide range allows me comfortably to sit at 20mph on roads. The only downside to this range is that it keeps me at 9 speed capability. Continental Sport Contact SL II 32C slick tyres allow for a smooth ride on road while being robust enough for single track.
Overall I‘m very impressed with this bike and I look forward to many great adventures on it.