Without a doubt is a really nice looking bike and is very well put together and detailed, but in the shop I visited, they had the Holdsworth on one wall and on the wall next to it was the Raleigh Team TI replica, which is several hundred pounds cheaper, so while I like what Falcon Cycles have done, I think they over estimated the swell of retro nostalgia, which is sort of born out by the fact that they have dropped the price from £2,500 to £1,700 on their web site.
The Holdsworth is in a different league to Raleigh's retro team replica, which in places looks a bit cheap & nasty. The Holdsworth could probably hold its own as an actual race bike at amateur level, though I suspect that at an original RRP of £2500, going to a specialist UK frame builder and specifying something near-identical in Reynolds 725 (decent tubeset, think Columbus SLX New without the spiral-butting) would have worked out cheaper. The prototype Holdsworth replica was actually 853 with a Columbus fork, but the final version clearly had its production budget slimmed down hence the 725 frame/Aprebic fork combo.
The Genesis Equilibrium isn't an out and out race bike but as you say, probably delivers more for the price point. I'm still eagerly awaiting the Genesis 953 Volare (Dean Downing had a good day at the office on his during Tuesday evening's round of the Tour Series) being made available to Joe Public....not that I can afford one!
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