Charge Cooker Maxi Fat Bike - 2014The fat bike is quickly earning the attention and accolades of bike riders worldwide. As the venerable and veritable monster truck of mountain bikes, the 2014 Charge Cooker Maxi lays down a serious trail footprint with its 4-inch wide Vee Rubber tires and 10-speed SRAM and FSA drivetrain.
So, why a fat bike? Why indeed -- the fat bike benefits may surprise you. A fat bike is just 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 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 cool. Just wait until you see your fellow riders faces when you ride the local trails. They always laugh, then they smile, and then they want one. Then it's your turn to smile and laugh because you already have one.
- Tange seamless double butted chromoly frame is super durable and resists vibration for a smooth ride
- Fat bike specific Weinmann HL-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
- VeeRubber Vee8 26x4" tires are fat and wide, but offer a low profile to keep you moving at speed
Charge Cooker Maxi Fat Bike - 2014
- bottom bracket:
- FSA MegaExo
- Pro Max Decipher 160mm rotors
- SRAM PG 1030 11-36t
- YBN S10CR
- FSA Comet, 36/22T
- Tange chromoly rigid
- Tange seamless double butted chromoly
- front derailleur:
- SRAM X5 HDM
- Charge Griddle lock-on
- Shield Plus flat top riser, 15° sweep
- FSA TH-857
- Pro Max Decipher
- MTB alloy
- rear derailleur:
- SRAM X5 HDM
- rear shock:
- Charge Spoon
- Shield Lite, 15mm layback
- SRAM X5 10/s
- Shield Plus MTB, 31.8mm
- VeeRubber Vee8 26x4"
- Weinmann HL-80 rims Shield disc hubs, 14G stainless spokes