I’d been toying with the idea of a new cross/gravel/gnarmac/whatever bike for a few years. I have a Singular Peregrine which is rather heavy, a bit ponderous, but virtually bomb-proof. However I’ve never felt comfortable on it for longer distances, so I needed something to replace or augment it.
After much deliberation I ended up with a Genesis Croix de Fer 30 which fortunately looks much nicer in the flesh than it does in the catalogue and on the website.
It’s got a full Shimano 105 drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, and mostly Genesis own-brand parts.
I’ve already replaced the Genesis seatpost with a more suitable 3T one, and while doing that changed the saddle to a Fabric Scoop because it was already on the seatpost. It needed a 10mm shorter stem, and the original tyres have been replaced with 38mm Schwalbe G-Ones which are a bit grippier than the original Clement X’Plor USH, and slightly lighter despite the increase in size.
It’ll probably gain a rack later in the year for a spot of credit-card touring.