The Genesis Datum could be a gravel bike to some, in the same way it could be a fast, comfy road bike to others… It has built a dedicated following with a whole range of riders, from multi-terrain riders looking for a bike that is capable of tackling rough dirt tracks but is still fast and light, through endurance road riders looking to smooth out energy sapping potholed UK roads, right through to the pro racers of Madison-Genesis, who choose the Datum for mudguard equipped winter training.
The Datum is a large-tyred road disc bike that’ll comfortably sit mile-after-mile on tarmac, but, should the tarmac come to an end, it won’t mean turning back or the premature end of the ride. It’s not necessarily about out-and-out overall speed (although it is undoubtedly a quick bike), but more fun, adventure, exploration and pneumatically-suspended comfort. The Genesis Datum is all about enjoying yourself, across a variety of terrain, both paved and unpaved, be it fast or leisurely.
The way a bicycle rides and feels is much to do with the frame and how it’s constructed. In the same way that each steel variant has its certain characteristics, the same can be said of carbon.
Take the highest modulus 40T carbon. It’s incredibly stiff but being high modulus it’s also brittle if used incorrectly. Genesis use it in areas of their pure race frames, which can utilise this stiffness but also take advantage of its light weight.
24T and 30T grades make up the bulk of Genesis carbon frames, including the Datum. These two grades offer a high level of strength but also durability not found in 40T. These grades are commonly used in the head tube area of frames like the Datum, where strength and durability are key requirements to improve resilience against impact. As with all materials, it’s not just about the quality of the raw product, but the way in which the jigsaw is put together.
The Datum is available as a range of full bikes, or as a frame-only option for endless build possibilities.