2015 Bike Launch: Croix de Fer20

In 2014 the black Tiagra ‘Croix de Fer’ model was by some distance the most popular bike in the entire Genesis range. As a result this year we’ve given the Croix it’s own sub-category with bikes starting from $849 and going through to $2499 all bearing the Croix de Fer name. We’ll cover the rest of that line later but for now let’s take a look at the bike that replaces last year’s Croix de Fer – the 2015 Croix de Fer 20.

2015 sees the return of the popular, original, much requested white/black monotone paintjob and is $1199.99 up from $1149.99 as a result of some significant improvement in spec.

We’ve used a taller axle-to-crown fork for much improved tyre/mudguard clearance so fitting guards without pain is now much easier (it raises handlebar height a touch also). We’ve used a taller HeadTube (+15/20mm depending on frame size) for a more accessible/less agro riding position, +5mm BB drop added (65-70mm) for better stability and balance and more proportional reach/stack measurements across the size run.

Perhaps the biggest visible addition is the upgraded brakes. We’ve specced TRP Hy/Rd brakes* (with compression-less Jagwire KEB-SL cable outer) which combine cable actuation with hydraulic power to great effect and replace last years’ Hayes CX5 mechanicals. We’ve also upgraded the chainset to a Shimano non-series FC-R565 model which sheds over 100g vs. last years’ Tiagra model and loses the ‘dinner plate’ outer ring which was visually ‘more challenging’ for some.


We’ve used forward facing fork dropouts to eliminate disc brake wheel ejection and cleaned up the cable routing – the headtube cable stops help prevent cable rub and rear brake is now routed along the top of the downtube instead of competing with everything on top.

Elsewhere there’s:
• Shimano long cage Tiagra GS rear derailleur and wider range 11-32T cassette added (replacing last years’ 12-30T)
• Reynolds 725 frame with future-proofed internal Di2 capability – more versatile for custom-build options with the frameset or future upgrade potential. Headtube mounted cable stops aid camouflaging Di2 builds.
• Alex XD-Elite rims with Sapim Race D.B spokes
• Sealed Cartridge bearing FSA Orbit Equipe headset

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