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Charge Cooker Maxi 2 Fat Bike - 2015The Charge Cooker Maxi 2 Fat Bike lays down a serious trail footprint with its 4-inch wide Vee Rubber tires, Tange chromoly steel frame and 10-speed SRAM and FSA drivetrain. Rugged and versatile, the Charge Cooker Maxi 2 Fat Bike is ready for any adventure.
The Cooker series is tough enough to withstand the most adverse environments, whether a technical mountain trail or pot-holed street. Charge carefully selected the best frame materials and components to ensure that they deliver you the best singletrack ride. The Cooker Maxi 2 features a flawless Tange Prestige chromoly frame and fork. Tange steel is custom drawn and has a titanium-like feel: lively, comfortable and forgiving thanks to its road vibration dampening properties. Prestige is formed using Tange's 90 years of experience in manufacturing steel tubes. It has a high level of strength, responsiveness and stiffness.
But, why a fat bike? Why indeed -- if you haven't heard about fat bikes, or have but don't know about the real advantages are of having one beneath you on the trail, then read on. A fat bike is certainly that; it's fat. With the added width and girth you'll immediately feel more stable. That stability translates into trail confidence. After all, you won't have a great time if the front end feels twitchy or squirrely. Once you get going, you'll notice something else: it's easier to get off the ground. It's like pumping your legs on a giant bike trampoline and landing on a big, soft cushy pillow. You won't get great height, mind you. You'll just pogo along if and when you choose like you've been getting off the ground since you were born. Surprisingly, the Cooker Maxi climbs very well. You might not think that more weight would translate into better climbing efficiency, but with such a large front wheel footprint, thanks to a lower tire pressure and 4" wide tires, the Cooker Maxi effortlessly claws up a hill without having to move around the saddle. It helps that Charge decided on a more forgiving FSA 36/22 chain ring configuration as well. That lower pressure is a thing of wonder. Try cornering or riding a berm on the Cooker Maxi and you'll stick to it like white on rice. Additionally, the fat bike really made a name for itself where other bikes perform poorly: the snow and sand. That stability and wide footprint will make anything from sand dunes to billowy snow easy to navigate.
Finally, fat bikes are just plain fun. Whether you are looking for a legit trail bike, or something versatile enough to handle the sand, snow and and tough trails, choose a fat bike and reap the benefits of today's latest innovations in MTB'ing.
- A flawless Tange chromoly frame and its chromoly steel fork resists vibration for a smooth ride
- Fat bike specific Shield 80 rims and Shield disc hubs will roll over just about anything. Watch your toes.
- SRAM X5 10-Speed drivetrain and FSA Comet 36/22 provides a solid fat bike gear ratio
- Vee Rubber H-Billie 4" tires are fat and wide, but offer a low profile to keep you moving at speed
Charge Cooker Maxi 2 Fat Bike - 2015
- bottom bracket:
- FSA MegaExo
- Tektro HDC-330, hydraulic disc with 180/160mm rotors
- SRAM PG 1030 11-36t
- YBN S10CR
- FSA Comet, 36/22t
- Tange cro-mo rigid
- Tange Infinity double butted cro-mo
- front derailleur:
- SRAM X5 HDM
- Charge Griddle lock-on
- Shield Plus flat top riser, 15° sweep
- FSA TH-857
- MTB alloy
- rear derailleur:
- SRAM X5 HDM
- rear shock:
- Charge Spoon
- Shield Lite, 15mm layback
- SRAM X5 10/s
- Shield Plus MTB, 31.8mm
- Vee Rubber H-Billie, 72tpi, wire bead, 26x4.25
- Charge shield fat rims Shield disc hubs (135mm F, 170mm R), SPOKES/ 14G stainless