Charge Duster frame review

Cool and compliant

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £350.00 RRP | USD $578.27
Charge Duster Frame

Our review

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

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Duster Frame (09)
Brand Charge Bikes

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