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2013 Charge Grater Road BikeThe Grater is a new edition to the urban line-up from the United Kingdom's Charge Bikes. It's simple yet stylish design is realized using a lightweight aluminum frame and cromoly fork. The aluminum is easier to shape during manufacturing, removes unnecessary weight and consequently results in better handling and acceleration. Cromoly has long been used in forks for its durability, lack of flex and road vibration dampening properties.
While race bikes are scrutinized for their ability to deliver a rider to the line quickly, no matter the personal sacrifice of convenience or comfort to reach a destination, urban bikes are designed around efficiency and enjoying the journey, whether around town, your neighborhood, or commuting to work or school. The Grater is comfortable to be sure, featuring the award-winning Charge Scoop saddle, a Shield Urban riser handlebar for an upright and confident riding position and Plunger grips. However, the 8-speed Shimano drivetrain and 38-tooth Truvativ crankset supply ample gearing options without adding the unnecessary weight from the seldom used gears of a triple or double crank set. Stripping the drive train and design down to only include what you need, and not what you may never use, is why Charge urban bikes are so popular.
The Grater rolls on double wall rims which reduce the impact of wear and increase overall wheel longevity. 700x32 Charge Coaster tires have a low profile for less pavement friction and the wider footprint gives you increased comfort and handling. BX-1 v-brakes are easily adjusted and provide all of the stopping power you need.
The 2013 Charge Grater road bike excels in staying true to the urban design and not trying to be everything to everyone. High quality components, comfort and efficiency are the hallmarks of great urban bikes and the Grater delivers on all three aspects.
- Designed to be simple, reliable and stylish
- Lightweight 6061 aluminum frame and cromoly fork
- A wide-ratio cassette provides ample gearing
- Durable double wall rims outfitted with coaster tires
2013 Charge Grater Road Bike
- bottom bracket:
- FSA sealed, square taper
- Promax TX-115C V-Type
- SRAM PG-830, 11/32T
- YBN SB C
- Truvativ E400, 38T
- CroMo V-Type
- 6061 Aluminum, Alloy PG tubing
- front derailleur:
- Charge Plunger MTB
- Shield Urban low riser, 680mm width
- Tange Seike
- Promax BL-46
- Wellgo Alloy Trekking
- rack mounts:
- rear derailleur:
- Shimano Altus, 8-speed
- Charge Scoop
- Shield 2-bolt
- Shimano Altus M310, rear only
- Shield, 31.8mm
- Charge Coaster, 700x32
- Charge Urban 700c, Formula Hubs