Genesis opinions please!
I’m looking at a Genesis Mantle 10 as my return to mountain biking, my previous (and current) being an old rigid steel framed Diamondback Topanga!
I can’t find any reviews on the Mantle 10 as it’s pretty new, Genesis seem to be a decent brand from other bike reviews I’ve read and the bike I tested felt good and looked lovely. I enjoyed the feel of the 29er wheels too.
Ultimately I’m asking whether the bike is a good buy?Posted 5 years agoBaldysquirtSubscriber
spec and geometry (and description) look bang on for trail riding. Lovely looking bikes. I’d stick with the stem as it is for now until you’ve ridden it for a while – I certainly wouldn’t think it would need longer – the top tube lengths are nice and generous.Posted 5 years agoseosamh77Subscriber
got a 2011 core 40, love it.
Although the back wheel did fail on mine when I was up a aviemore a few months after I bought it, completely cracked right around the diameter of the the rim, quite nasty actualy.
Had to buy on new back wheel from bothy bikes while I was up there to continue the trip.
No idea if that’s just a one off or not, but thought I’d mention.Posted 5 years agospacman78Member
I recently got my hands on an ex display genesis core 26.5 for a bargain price on eBay and I can honestly say it is the nicest bike a have ever owned, it handles beautifully and is a pure pleasure to ride!! You couldnt go wrong with one, the only thing I would say is that I haven’t tried the new mantles as they are 29ers?? But they will probably be brilliant!Posted 5 years agoheadpotdogMember
Got a Altitude 30 and have been really happy with it. Got rid of those terrible Continental Mountain King tyres, changed the bars to 750mm and will be swapping the stem to a shorter 55mm one, but if I’m being honest or didn’t need it. Has made it feel more gnarr though 8)
Seeing as no-one else has put a picture of theirs up, I’ll break the ice.Posted 5 years agokazafazaMember
Yes, I do love my Genesis bikes! I’ve had iO ID and older iO SS – definitelly worth considering as they’re all have quite relaxed geo and I’ve got a weak spot for steel! Still toying with the idea of building up a Croix de Fer and probably the Alpitude if it’s poss to convert to 650b.Posted 5 years agomatt1986Member
I have a core 30 and the frame has handled everything iv thrown at it without flinching iv even done some DH on it and I’m a big guy and its never failed. There frames are amazing. James Olsen who designed the core and others at genesis now designes for pinnacle for Evans and the iroko is the same geo as a core and is miles better speced for the money.Posted 5 years agopnewbery1966Member
I have had a mantle for about 3 weeks, and for the most part it is a great bike. The only issue I have had is that the stock tires are too wide for the frame, it has rubbed paint off the seat stays which pissed me off a bit (I am still waiting on Madison for touch up paint). I changed the tires to 2.0 racekings which seem fine for clearance.Posted 5 years agoPeterPoddyMember
My wife and I share an iO singlespeed. It’s OK.Posted 5 years ago
It looks nice, it’s reasonably well made, the handling is neutral.
But it’s heavy, and very, very sluggish uphill and the paint is falling off in big lumps. I’ve changed the very heavy OE tyres but it’s still lardy, and 1/2lb heavier than my ’93 Explosif which has heavier tyres and 24 gears.
We don’t ride it much and I can see it being the next bike to be got rid of. It’s just uninspiring.
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