In the final instalment of our stories from the CSG launch, Barney takes a look at what’s hot to trot from hardtail-meisters Charge, clothing-meisters Sugoi and saddle-meisters (arse-meisters?) Fabric:
First up, then –
Well, first of all the Charge Cooker is now designed around 27.5+ wheels. The chaps at Charge tried all the 27.5+ combos available, and settled on a 2.8in WTB tyre and 40mm rim combo as the best combination of rolling resistance, cornering ability, comfort and aesthetics.
Cookers come in a variety of different flavours, from the singlespeed Cooker 0 through to the Ti Cooker 5. There’s new geometry; it’s still an XC leaning machine, but it’s longer and slacker, with shorter chainstays. The Cookers with suspension all come with Boost front ends, too.
This is Main Man Ash’s personal bike, so the spec. isn’t stock. It’s a pre-production model, but the frame is the same as the production bikes, and it looks ace:
Yup, it’s 1x – isn’t everything these days?
Here’s Ash chatting about it:
This very bike is in to test, folks – so look for it very soon in Fresh Goods Friday!
Prices for the Cookers range from £699.99 for the 0 all the way up to £2,999.99 for the 5.
More details here.
For 2016, CSG have let Sugoi focus on road gear, and brought Sombrio to the fore for their MTB collection. And there’s some tidy looking gear, too:
Duster and Rev
Twisted Fire Starters. £30
Vagabond Freeriding Shirt
The CSG lot were all wearing these. Stretch fabric, bike light loops and vented pits an’ that. Look suave while you shred. £70
Silhouette Freeride Shirt
More details from Sombrio
Some cool stuff from Fabric, as they advance from their established position as saddlers. A couple of things in particular caught our eye, in the more tool-y area of Fabric’s range:
For more details see Fabric’s website.