Genesis Rapide RC Disc 3

Turns out the Rapide sub-brand from Genesis/Madison bikes was short-lived; it's no longer around, with all social media and website presence gone in the blink of any eye.

Shame, as the folks over at Stereo did a great job on the branding.

As a result I got an amazing deal on this frame on a cycling forum. For a carbon fibre, disc-based frameset for the price I did, it was daylight robbery. And quickly became my next project. I sold my trusty Felt Z-95 (clocking 11k+ km) and focused on getting the various parts for this, what is my first ever carbon fibre bike.

TL;DR: Carbon fibre is plastic and over-rated, at least based on my experience so far. I also went through some serious ulnar nerve pain that seems to have been solved by swapping out the 90mm Bontrager stem with a parts bin 100mm job.

The other major blocker in parts was the wheelset. Thankfully since upgrading to Mason x Hunts on my Ribble, I had the Mavic All Roads left over, with the added bonus that they're as interchangeable as Hope for axle sizes and standards.

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  • frame

    54cm Rapide RC Disc 3, Carbon Fibre, QR 135mm

  • fork

    Rapide carbon fibre, 15mm bolt-thru


  • wheels

    Mavic AllRoad disc (Centrelock)

  • tyres

    Schwalbe One 700x30c, non-tubeless Vittoria 23c

  • rotors

    Shimano RT-76 Centrelock 160mm


  • shifters

    Shimano RT-505 STIs

  • rear mech

    Shimano R7000 11-speed

  • front mech

    Shimano R7000 braze-on

  • crank

    Shimano 5800 2x 175mm

  • bottom bracket

    Shimano Ultegra 6800 68/73

  • cassette

    Shimano R7000 11-28

  • chain

    SRAM PC 1130


  • saddle

    Prologo Kappa RS

  • seatpost

    Bontrager Race 27.2

  • handlebar

    Pro One 42cm

  • grips or bartape

    Fizik Yellow

  • stem

    Giant 100mm

  • headset

    FSA sealed

  • brake set

    Shimano Ultegra RS-805 flat mount

  • pedals

    Shimano M-520, white

Weight (approx)

  • 54cm - 9.5 kg / 21 lbs

Misc notes

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