Our genre-defying, boundary-blurring bestseller returns for another year – evolved, refined and more capable than ever before. The original gravel bike, with the same ‘go-anywhere, do anything' attitude that’s been instilled since conception.
Whilst it’s nice to know what a particular bike is ‘for’, we feel applying a specific label to a bike as versatile as the Croix’ hamstrings it somewhat, pigeonholing it to one specific use, when, in reality the scope is much, much wider. As such, it’s a whole lot easier to list what it ‘can be’ rather than what ‘it is’… Want to mount front and rear racks to the CdF and use it as a lightweight tourer? No problem. Want to swap-in Schwalbe Marathon’s, fit ‘guards and use it as daily urban commuter? No problem? Want to leave it in stock guise and use it as a mixed terrain do-it-all? No problem; the Croix’ will admirably turn its hand to all.
Never has one bike been more worthy of the ‘one bike, many hats’ crown. Croix de Fer - supremely capable, infinitely adaptable.
Our new handlebar is the bastard love child between a modern compact drop bar and a traditional randonneur handlebar of old. The acclaimed flared drops (8deg) and backswept tops (6deg) of a traditional rando bar but without the old-school backbreaking drop and reach to give a wider, more natural drop bar position for and increased comfort and control (especially off-road). The ‘aero’ flattened tops might save a bit drag but, more importantly, provide a supremely comfy perch for your palms.
Generous clearances and eyelets for full-length mudguards and front & rear racks mean the 'Croix morphs quickly and effortlessly into an all-weather load carrier.
New Alex Draw 1.9P rims are considerably lighter (@ 450g) than the more mtb-focused rims used on CdF’s of old (-40g per rims vs. XD Elite MY15 model), featuring a suitably wide 19mm internal width to offer great support and profile to the 35c Clement rubber, tubeless-ready bead hook and offset spoke drilling for equal spoke tensions with disc hub flanges for balanced spoke tensions and a stronger wheel.
Why no matching Sora rear derailluer?! The simple reason is that the Acera unit (handily using the same cable-pull ratio) is rated to handle a bigger 34T max sprocket size. As such the CdF 10 now sports a wall-climbingly low 1:1 (34/34T) low gear, giving you a smaller climbing gear to help with laiden voyages into the unknown.
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Frame: Genesis Mjölnir Seamless Double-Butted Cromoly
Fork: Cr-Mo Unicrown Disc
Headset: FSA TH-857 Semi-Cartridge
Colour: Cosmic Copper
Weight: 11.07kg (56cm w/o pedals)
Shifters: Shimano Sora ST-3500
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera RD-T3000
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD-3500
Chainset: Shimano FC-R345, 50/34T
Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-ES300, 68x113mm
Chain: KMC X9
Freewheel: Shimano CS-HG300, 11-34T
Hubs: Formula 6-Bolt Disc / Joytech RCC 6-Bolt Disc
Rims: Alex Rims Draw 1.9P TCS, 32H
Spokes: 14G Stainless Silver DB w/ Brass Nipples
Tyres: Clement X'Plor USH, 700x35c
Brakes: TRP Spyre-C w/ 160mm Rotors & Jagwire KEB-SL Compresionless Outer
Brake Levers: w/ Shifters
Handlebars: Genesis RandoX Flared (D125/R70mm)
Stem: Genesis Road (+/-7
Grips: Genesis Cork Gel
Saddle: Genesis Road Comfort
Pedals: VP-363S w/ Toeclip
|1 - Horizontal Toptube Length (mm)||524||544||561||582||605|
|2 - Seat Angle (°)||74||73.5||73.5||73||72.5|
|3 - Headtube Length (mm)||115||135||155||175||195|
|4 - Head Angle (°)||71||71||71.5||71.5||72|
|5 - Seat Tube Length (C-T, mm)||470||500||530||550||580|
|6 - BB Drop (mm)||73||73||73||73||73|
|7 - Chanstay Length (mm)||430||430||430||430||430|
|8 - Fork Offset (mm)||50||50||50||50||50|
|9 - Trail (mm)||69||69||66||66||63|
|10 - Wheelbase Length (mm)||1007||1023||1035||1052||1063|
|11 - Standover (mm)||761||784||808||826||850|
|12 - Stack (mm)||553||572||593||612||633|
|13 - Reach (mm)||365||375||385||395||405|