I happen to be the proud new owner of a Williams Genesis road bike and wanted to pass on a short review to everyone.
I have always liked Williams. They are a direct to consumer company and they are big on R&D. Williams puts a huge amount of effort into CFD / Wind Tunnel testing for their products and competitors products. They do some of this through third parties also, so you can have a nice fuzzy feeling about the results. And, when you email them, occasionally you get a response from Keith Williams, which is pretty slick. All that considered, I was very excited when I heard they partnered with Aeros to start manufacturing bike frames.
The Genesis is their top of the line carbon road frame. It is an aero design, but will all modern bikes, it is quite light too. I put my bike on the scale 100% built up and it weighed in at 16.4 lbs. For those with a little more cash at hand, it would be easy to build this bike up closer to 15 lbs.
Speaking of, here is the build:
Frame/Fork/Seatpost: Williams (Aeros) Genesis
Gruppo: SRAM Force 22 (standard english BB)
Cockpit: Zipp Vuka Sprint (shallow) / Zipp Service Course SL 90mm Stem
Saddle: Williams Axiom SLC (white)
Wheelset: HED JET5
Pedals: Shimano Ultegra
To keep things brief, here is a summary of riding this bike for the past month:
This bike is amazingly stiff and nimble. I raced it in a local crit and it tore up the pavement, absolutely wonderful handling. I dragged it up some hills as well and while it felt great going up, the descent was something from a dream. My only critique, you really feel the road on this bike, and sometimes it is a bit jarring if you are on rough terrain. Regarding the aero-factor, who knows, it felt fast which is all that counts.
For the money, I honestly cannot think of a better bike. This bike feels like it cost over 5K but I built it up for just under $2,400 (with no wheels). Given how much I have enjoyed this frame (and the Williams saddle) I really want to get my hands on a set of their wheels as well.
Thanks to the Williams team for producing a great bike, check them out at http://www.williamsbikes.com/ .