- Genesis Vagabond – anyone got one?
Cupra, I’ve found the magazine if you still want it.
It’s been down the back of the workbench in the garage, but as long as you’re okay with mouse piss it’s yours.
Don’t lick your finger to turn the pages, okay?
Alternatively, I’m prepared to read it out over the phone.Posted 2 years ago
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Rusty Spanner what do you mean there won’t be anymore?? These look like a salsa fargo at £500 less, £350 for the frameset is a bargain! I have an ECR else I would get one already! But I really want a 650b+ bike after riding one, doubt they’d fit in this though! 🙁Posted 2 years agoscudMember
These guys were selling Singular Gryphon frames for £399.
I’ve a triple on front of my 6 year old Fargo, 9 speed with 11-25 cassette, gives large range but without the large jumps in rear ratios as i use it to commute on road.
Fargo is a fantastic bike, so adaptable, funny how Genesis are dropping Vagabond and Singular are dropping the Gryphon (despite trying to sell you the Swift as being drop bar compatible)?Posted 2 years ago
Finally got first short demo ride in today. Immediate impressions: v comfortable/natural/planted/confidence inspiring. Quicker off the block than I anticipated, ie not as hefty as envisaged, feels almost flickable. It rides exactly as it looks – a nice steel MTB with drops. Never had so much fun hopping a drop-bar bike off kerbs. Brake levers are nice, flattish, good modulation and the cabled Spyres not at all grabby. Haven’t noticed toe-overlap as yet but only did a few miles up surfaced path. Will be hitting some challenging bridleways and rocky trails over the weekend, weather permitting. The Vagabond instantly feels like it wants to go fast and dirty all day long on all-terrain. I like it. Will see how the honeymoon period continues….may load it up if I have the time to see how it handles some camping gear although it feels plenty stiff with my 16st bearing down hard on it. Did someone say it’s being discontinued? Grrr … may well be wanting one…and it’s the same colour as my first ‘proper’ bike (a custom-built Carlton Cyclone circa 1982). Dusty eyes…jumpers for goalposts. Look fwd to playing more on this. A classy, eager little Frankenbike.
Posted 1 year ago
Day 2 demo:
I want this bike.
It just makes me grin and it makes me want to keep going.
All I changed was the nasty stock arse-axe for my Spesh BG saddle – and so Friday night’s short,curious delight became Sunday morning’s ‘don’t want to ever go home’ revelation.
In answer to OP – ‘what do you use it for?’ I would happily use it for everything I do. I don’t race, I use bikes for exploring/adventure, touring, camping, utility, work (photography/painting), social rides and going solo/dickingabout on long or short singletrack trails just for the hell of it.
The only niggles I can find are small and not incurable, ie gearing is sub-par for long road tours – spinning out on long downhills. Also the gusseting at the headtube seems to be a moisture trap (see pic). Lastly I don’t favour indexed bar-end shifters – but I can live with them or change them.
This is the kind of bike I’ve been attempting to cobble together for years. It just fits everything that I do. Solid but not a lead weight, forgiving but not noodly, pretty but not poncey, stable but not boring. Haven’t had a chance to load it up but I would love the chance to disappear for months on end with a Vagabond, camera and bivvy kit. I bloody love it.
Posted 1 year ago
The wait is killing me.
Anyone else bought one of these yet? I (finally) found a short review online. Oddly enough from the same place I demoed/ordered one. Best bike-purchase experience I’ve ever had, and top blokes to boot. Could have written the very same review myself as it echoes my story/first impressions almost to the letter:Posted 1 year ago
I’ve had one of these for about a month now. Let’s get the bad out of the way first. I found the brake lever hoods quite uncomfortable, they seem to be very narrow compared to others that I have used. However, this is a matter of personal preference. I’ve since swapped these for TRP RRL levers, which are much better. Then there’s the TRP Spyre-C disc brakes. In the dry they provide well-modulated and progressive braking without trying to launch you over the bars at the touch of the lever. Today I went out for a 3 hour ride on fire tracks. It rained very heavily and it was obvious that the discs/pads were getting a lot of grit, etc. on them. After about an hour of this the brake levers were almost back to the handlebars with almost no braking. I had adjusted the cable tension earlier in the ride, so either the pads were wearing out very quickly or there is another issue. The only other disc brakes that I had an identical problem with were a set of Formula hydraulics. This does not instill confidence, especially if doing fully-loaded off-road tour.Posted 1 year ago
On to the good. The frame is excellent. It is a joy to ride and accelerates well despite its weight. The high front end makes it a pleasure riding on the drops without adopting a foetal position. It tracks well both on and off road. The WTB Nano tyres are an excellent non-touring choice. They roll and accelerate well. Grip is good on all surfaces except for thick mud. It is easy to fit racks. I have fitted a Tubus Logo on the rear. It will take the 700c version as well as the 29″ version. The gears work smoothly and the range of gearing will suit most applications. It is rare for me to have to use the small chainring, even when carrying a load.
When carrying a load in the rear panniers I hardly notice the extra weight and the bike remains well-balanced and handles perfectly.
For the price it is an excellent bike, a real pleasure to ride and I would rank it as probably the best bike that I have owned. It is fun to ride, comfortable and versatile. I might even sell all of my other bikes…
Great write-up rob, thanks for sharing. Any pics loaded? To echo yr experience with brakes – yesterday after only the fourth decent descent (dry, road) of the day the front brake lever was nudging against the bars. I (again) had to wind in the inside pad approx 1.5mm – 2mm having done same only three short rides ago. Looks set to be expensive unless can spec pads that don’t wear as if made from hard cheese!
Back to the bike as a whole – I Love It. Have gone from forcing self to get out on the old mtb, to now finding any excuse or none to rag the Vagabond about for an hour or so daily, more on weekends. Climbs like a champ, even catching me out. The Nanos deliver surprising traction in a variety of situations wet or dry. Just as my instinct instructs me to dismount/bail on a steep/muddy/rooty or dusty climb – an extra squirt of torque shows me that the bike is easily going up there if I just learn to trust it. Beautiful. Vagabond (from standing) gets up to speed surprisingly quickly. Feels balanced and inspiring. Every day brings big bikey grins for three weeks now. Great initial impressions. Honeymoon period is drawing to a close and the only gripe really is the brake pads. My lady-hands suit the lever hoods well so no probs there except for them (hands) feeling weak as a kitten after now daily riding on drops/the hoods for the first time since 1989. Haven’t fitted luggage as yet but plan to soon enough when I can be arsed to find and spec the correct Freeload rack fittings.
Spider-senses tell me that should be a little worried about what those shifters might do to top-tube if I stack. May try flipping the stem (higher) to see if that helps. But I love the posture exactly as it is, the medium fits my 5’10 frame 31 inseam like a glove. Pics:Posted 1 year ago
correct Freeload rack fittings
Gah. First real compatibility issue. I splashed out on two (Sport deck and Tour deck) pre-Thule ‘Freeload’ racks and have for a few yrs succesfully used them without issue on all my bikes so planned to use them on the Vagabond. They do not fit in such a way that either deck is remotely is horizontal. Neither front forks or rear stays. Not at all.
Bolx. 160 quid! Plus the touring extras put it over 200…
Anyone want some Freeloads? Looks like going the Tubus route…Posted 1 year ago
Im not knowledgeable re yr rims but here are some clearance pics I took to show how a Nano 2.1 sits on the stock Alex Volar 2.1 rim (medium frame)
re front mech on the 2×10 setup – the arm is not a problem but the mech/bracket behind the seat-tube sits just 4-5mm from the nobblies and they aren’t big nobblies :|. I’m sure there is a clear answer out there re 2.25s but tyre profiles baffle me as some 2.1s look a 1/3 narrower than others. These Nanos seem ballooon-ish for 2.1s, I like them a lot they fit the bill and are well-specced IME for a wide-variety of riding/surfaces, also providing decent shock absorption
I can just squeeze a finger between the chainstays and tyre wall. Just.Posted 1 year ago
By my (in the field) impromptu measurements with only the tools to hand – chainstay width at the widest point of my tyres is approx 70mm. So the purpose of chainstay clearance a max tyre width of 60mm depending on knobblies?Posted 1 year ago
Best thing to do is find a demo and try yr wheel/tyre combo on for size? Yr welcome to try mine if in the SW. Tho it would appear to be designed for 2.1 (optimal) – lucky for me these seem perfect for the terrain, although for road tours am finding it difficult to choose a narrower 90% tarmac/winter/full-mudguard tyre set
Well today i have sold my Vaya, now I’m one step closer to pull the trigger on this frameset.
I think I’m going 1x with 38t front and 11-42 rear, I just have to figure out what rims/tyres I may get.
What is the rear spacing btw?
@spevPosted 1 year ago
i googled that kwikfit thing (never heard of it) and it made me laugh a lot 😀
Hey Malvern Rider,
Got my purple vagabond frameset, and although it looks cool just sat there in the living room, im starting to get bits together to build her up. Got a silver 29er wheelset on the way with Alfine 8 hub on the back and dynamo hub on the front, new FSA headset (cos its green!), some mechanical disc brakes and a jtek bar end shifter. Pending bits: possibly a sturmey archer crankset, silver seatpost & stem and a brooks B17 saddle. Now this is where i could do with your feeback/advice, im undecided on whether to go down the drop bar/far bar (dirtdrop) route or butterfly bars. Also thinking schwalbe big apple tyres (2.15) as although i might well go offroading its mainly for gravel track and road. I already have road bikes so want the ride to be a bit more upright and comfortable. Interested to know your thoughts on the riding position and whether drops is really the only viable solution for the frame.
Im from Malvern myself but now up in the Wirral so will keep an eye out for a roaming Vagabond next time im down visiting family 😯Posted 1 year ago
In addition to fitting a Tubus logo rear rack, I’ve also fitted Tubus Duo lowriders (best price Rutland Cycles). They took about 10 minutes to fit. I’ve changed the standard handlebars for On-One Midge bars. They raise the drops by about 1 1/2 inches, and are very comfortable, especially on the drops. The angle of the brake levers is easy to get used to and they provide a wider bar for better control off-road. They’re not cheap at just over £30, but I’ve found a company called Alpkit(.com) that do their own version (the Bomber) for just under £19.Posted 1 year ago
When it comes to replacing brake pads, Uberbike do four pairs of sintered pads for £22.99. I’ve fitted a pair on the front calipers and they work very well.
I’ve also fitted a pair of Schwalbe Big Apple tyres (2.0″, I think). Difficult to fit (have a supply of zip ties handy), but easy to remove. They’re good on tarmac, although surprisingly harsh at medium pressures. I’ve gone back to the original tyres for the moment as they’re good for commuting and most of my non-commuting rides are off-road.Posted 1 year ago
Right, sorry for the massive delay, work has been crazy busy,
here’s the rear with a Conti Speedking 29×2.0, 50mm at its widest on Halo 29er (23mm internal) rims
loads of room there
this is an Onza Ibex 2.4 (its huge) 58mm wide on the same rim
fits ok, bit tight down at the chainstays
the only other tyre I had to try was a Conti Mountain King 2.2 (56mm on the same rim) but its much smaller than the OnzaPosted 1 year ago
Thankyou spev, really helpful!!
Didn’t expect it could fit 2.4″ on 23mm rims (well, didn’t expect a 2.4″ on 23mm would be just 58mm)
In the meanwhile my size went sold out and I found a great deal on a Fargo2 second hand so…
but I will keep am eye on next year frame, it’s not hard to sell a Fargo… 😉
By the way: when Genesis is expected to show off 2017 vagabond?!?Posted 1 year agoaddy6402Subscriber
I’ve built mine up and have been commuting on it this week – 10/12 miles each way of road, towpath with a few singletrack diversions thrown in. It’s been great – a sturdy but nimble bike.
I’m pleased with the spec – TRP Hylex brakes, Alpkit flared drops, Arch EX/superstar wheels with 2.0 Big Apples and 2×10 gearing (38/24, 11-36) with dia-compe bar end friction shifters as I couldn’t get hold of the indexed Microshift ones…
Hoping to use it for a mix of commuting/touring when not riding fat/full suss/road.
Posted 1 year ago
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