Genesis High Latitude SS 2013 Mountain Bike Frame. High Latitude is an all new model for 2013, a front suspended 29er based on the Latitude which has been an important and much loved part of Genesis's range for several years. The Singlespeed frame features horizontal dropouts and a slotted disc mount. A horizontal/track end style drop out is still our preferred method of wheel tension, it's just the most utilitarian design, with the most weight saving and the least amount to go wrong. Just grab the rear wheel, pull it backwards, tighten the axle bolts, position your brake calliper and you're away. The frame also includes hub gear cable guides meaning it's compatible with Alfine and Rohloff gear systems.
In many ways we were slow to commit to the 29er market, but we were simply taking our time, letting the hype settle down and judging the big wheel phenomenon for ourselves based, first and foremost, on ride quality. Of course geometry is king and wheel size is only one part of the equation - it has to be combined with good geometry for the bike to realise its' full potential. The Fortitude rigid 29er taught us a lot about geometry and this bike is logical progression for us in the big-wheel category. A relatively slack 69 degree head angle combined with a low bottom bracket height and short 435mm chainstays means that the bike handles best when ridden fast, inspiring confidence and urging you to push harder.