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.
|Name||Name, 0, 10, Name, Duster Frame (09)|
|Brand||Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Charge Bikes|
|Weight (kg)||Weight (kg), 2, 0, Weight (kg), 2.32|
|Frame Material||Frame Material, 2, 0, Frame Material, Steel|
|Available Sizes||Available Sizes, 2, 0, Available Sizes, L M S|
|Available Colours||Available Colours, 2, 0, Available Colours, Black White|
|Seat Tube Angle||Seat Tube Angle, 2, 0, Seat Tube Angle, 73.5|
|Head Tube Angle||Head Tube Angle, 2, 0, Head Tube Angle, 71|