GENESIS Flyer 2010, £599.99, www.genesisbikes.co.uk
The Flyer is the UK brand’s entry-level road bike and it's closer to singlespeed winter training/track bikes than trendy urban fixies, with drop bars and standard positioning of brake levers rather than messenger bars and centre brakes. The neatly-welded Reynolds 520 frame, finished in cool pastel blue livery that stands out from the crowd, gives a very comfortable, compliant ride.
Stopping's a doddle with the well-specced and responsive Tiagra brakes, while getting up to speed and away from the lights is just as easy with the 46x18T gear. The wheels are aero-section Alex rims on large-flange Formula 'flip-flop' track hubs, allowing you to choose between freewheel or fixed. The wheels are shod with the excellent Continental Ultra Race tyres, adding grip, durability and comfort.
I would have liked to see mudguard eyelets, but the frame doesn't have enough clearance, so retrofit clip-on guards might be an idea for the wetter months.
We return to the Flyer’s looks which Genesis have not skimped on. The hubs, rims and chain are white which complement classy finishing kit: a surprisingly comfortable own-brand saddle and ‘leather look’ padded bar tape. There's five sizes from 52-60cm.
PROS brakes, finishing kit, classy styling
CONS no mudguard bosses