Why is my Genesis Fortitude SS so good?
Totally agree – I’ve got a couple of far pricier bikes but my Fortitude just seems to fit me perfectly and it zips along. Think it’s a goldilocks-porridge situation – it’s just right for me.
It’s in commuter guise for the summer with a 40T ring up front. I’m just about resisting the temptation to pop some lighter wheels on it.Posted 3 years ago
My first lap on one at BD was a bit of a chore, but the saddle was the wrong height, the brakes too close to the fat bit of the Ergons stopping me from one finger braking, tyres were a bit on the high pressure side, it was a size larger than my io and the bars would definitely not be choice. It was borrowed and I didnt have too much time so by the time STM picked me up to pace me round my last lap I was starting to get used to it as I couldn’t change anything.
Compared to my (broken) io it was faster in some bits, slower in others. It cruises whereas my io feels like it wants to be thrown around, the Fortitude is a much more sedate ride. The tyres wouldn’t give up (chunky monkey and smorg) no matter how hard I pushed. It was pretty unforgiving on the rough stuff though(guess my soft hands like sus forks). I was struggling to see on the grassy descents. It was fun, but not sure I would swap. Maybe when I am as old as DC…
Oh and my fastest lap at BigDog was on a borrowed 29er set up for someone else. Not sure I can argue against 29″ being wrong so much, but on that lap it was the first time I got a clear run at all the singletrack all day and the course was drying out.Posted 3 years ago
Darkcyan, I think the geometry on the Fortitude suits you for better than the Niner you had before. The slacker head angle, longer wheelbase and compliancy of the steel tubing seem to give you the ride you’re looking for. Bigger volume tyres make a huge difference too, allowing you to run lower pressures safely and reap the benefits. You look noticeably more confident as a rider when following you on the Fortitude compared with the Niner, and there’s no doubting you’re quicker on the Fortitude even from the first ride out.
As TimP said, it would probably be quicker and more controlled with suspension forks, but only really necessary if you were going to ride it outside SE England. The local trails are super smooth and fine on a rigid bike for the most part.
Forget the Niner and stick with the Fortitude on the evidence you’ve given here and the experience you had at BigDog. The only changes I’d make would be to swap to carbon bars and seatpost to dampen the trail chatter and drop some weight, and invest in some lighter wheels with decent width rims and you’ll have a bike for life I reckon. Genesis seem to have recognised this with the latest incarnation of the Fortitude specced with much wider rims and the option of running 29+ tyres.
TimP, I love it that your quickest lap at BigDog was on some borrowed wagon wheels 😉Posted 3 years agoguitarheroSubscriber
Yes, 2.4 Ardent on the front certainly works better than the stock X-King, and not massively heavier.Posted 3 years ago
The carbon fork was very light and compliant, but I think I just prefer the feel of the steel fork. Swapping between the two atm before deciding to sell the carbons, but pretty sure steel is the wayletmetalktomarkSubscriber
My only complaint with the bike is tyre clearance out back.
The 2.1 WTB on a Flow EX comes up pretty big but bigger would be better.
The Knard on the Dually is a great addition.
It’s my most ridden bike.
Looking forward to the Longitude frame when it’s released.
Mine:Posted 3 years ago
Letmetalktomark, I like your semi-fat Fortutude; I ran a Charge Cooker in a similar guise for a few months before going fully fat. A big rim with a 29+ tyre like the Knard on the front makes for a great ride in the woods 😀
Kuman, how do you find the Mary Bars? I’m interested to try some. I’d also agree with you that ESI Extra Chunky grips are fantastic with rigid forks.
Now sold the Cooker and bought a Surly Krampus but you’ll get the idea…
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