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.

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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.

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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.

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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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