An adventure bike with elegance
Like its big brother, the Genesis Fugio 30, the Fugio 20 is the kind of bike that makes you want to put down the remote control, stuff some snacks in your pocket, and find out exactly what's over the other side of those hills.
The first thing that catches your eye is Fugio's elegant mix of traditional and modern aesthetics. It's no show pony, however. Its stylish good looks (check out those gold and silver accents!) belie the fact that this is a versatile and durable bicycle.
The chromoly steel frame has two advantages -- a smooth ride, and a frame that will last forever. The Fugio 20 also boasts a carbon fork to keep things light, and Anything Cage mounts to keep things practical. Even if you don't use the fork mounts, you can still have panniers on the rear plus a bag on the top tube, too, courtesy of the multiple mounting points.
The 1X set up gives a wide spread of gears to keep you moving on the climbs. Want to go Di2? The frame's compatible, so away you go. The 650b wheels (though you can run 700s if you wish) mean chunky tyres, thus more float and cushioning. The Ventures aren't speed-sapping bulgy creatures, though -- you'll still get speed, but also squish.
With geometry that eats up trails, the Fugio 20 is tough enough to tackle multi-day trips but it also begs to have an afternoon out on the trails before you have to get back to work/chores/interminable Zoom meetings. External cabling means that it's simple to service and repair, no matter where you happen to be.
All up, the Genesis Fugio 20 is easy on the climbs, easy to maintain, and extremely easy on the eye.
After buying a brand new bike from overseas, I was very disappointed with the brakes. I took it to my LBS and was told to throw the brakes away and put some others on it. I took it to BMCR, who gave them a quick bleed and adjustment. They went from Formula Frigged to Formula Frigging Awesome. Best…Charles Hatcher