Posted by Miles Arbour
The previous Genesis Vagabond model that you may have spotted in our list of 29″ Drop-Bar Mountain Bikes had some promising features and some room for improvement. It was based around quick-release axles, a 2x drivetrain, and a light smattering of bosses that would leave most of us craving more. Genesis just announced their updated Vagabond, which addresses all of those issues and more, creating what looks like a well-rounded drop-bar monstercross bike that’s capable of some serious fun.
The Genesis Vagabond frame has been updated to Reynolds’ benchmark 725 Chromoly steel, the dropouts reworked to accept 12mm thru-axles, and the complete build is now based around a 1×11 SRAM Apex drivetrain. The frame still accepts both front and rear racks and fenders, but now has top tube mounts, two sets of triple mounts in the main triangle, as well as an additional set of bosses further up the downtube and triple pack mounts on the fork. The Vagabond maintains externally routed cables, a 27.2mm seatpost, and a threaded bottom bracket. Find the full build kit below.
- Frame Reynolds 725 Chromoly Steel
- Fork Reynolds 725 Chromoly Steel
- Bottom Bracket Sram GXP XR 73mm
- Headset PT-1770 EC34 Upper / EC34 Lower
- Levers Sram Apex 1 11-Speed
- Brakes Tektro Spyre-C Mechanical Disc
- Rear Derailleur Sram Apex 1, 11-Speed
- Cassette Sram PG1130 11-42T
- Crankset Sram Stylo, 36T
- Chain KMC X11
- Rims WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0
- Tires Kenda Saber Pro 29×2.1″, Tubeless Ready
- Spokes Steel 14g
- Handlebars Genesis Alloy 16° flare
- Stem Genesis Alloy
- Seatpost Genesis Alloy
- Saddle Genesis
The build outlined above starts at £1,699.99 (~$2,188 USD) and is also offered as a frameset for £699.99 (~$901 USD). The Genesis Vagabond is available in four sizes (small, medium, large, X-large) and will be available through local Genesis dealers in the UK and through GenesisBikes.co.uk online.