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Charge Duster frame review

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£350

Charge Duster Frame

BikeRadar verdict

70.0 out of 5 stars

"A modern take on an old-skool steel classic, complete with cross-country angles and smoothly compliant Tange tubing"

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 11.00am By

Nobody has done a better job of establishing a super-cool brand image recently than Radstock-based Charge Bikes, and the bikes themselves are quality performance pieces.

The Duster is their chromoly trail hardtail, based around high-spec double-butted Tange Prestige tubing – a brand that old-skool mountain bikers will know and love.

The geometry, with a 71° head and 73.5° seat angle, is classic too, and the reinforced head tube means you can stick in a longer fork to add some stability if you want. Either way you’re getting a well-balanced and eager bike that’ll eat up the trail miles.

A skinny 27.2mm seatpost and the natural twang of the Tange tubing gives the Duster a sting-saving skip and hop feel when you rattle through the rocky stuff.

While it’s not cheap, at under 5lb it’s reasonably light, and the next generation frames will use a lighter and more lively feeling double-butted rear end. The graphics can be complemented with Charge’s ever-growing accessory collection.

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Specification

Name:
Duster Frame (09)
Brand:
Charge Bikes
Price:
£350

Weight (kg):
2.32
Frame Material:
Steel
Available Sizes:
L M S
Available Colours:
Black White
Seat Tube Angle:
73.5
Head Tube Angle:
71

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