EUROBIKE 2015: Charge Plug

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The Charge Plug was a very user-friendly and elegant fixed gear commuter-type bike. Steel frame. Bullhorn bars. Etc. It was just nice and simple. And it was successful for UK-based Charge.
In an effort to streamline its product line, and capitalize on the success of that original bike, the Plug bike has become the Plug line. Six variations of the Plug now exist. That original, simple fixed gear…in steel…remains, now carrying the Plug ‘0’ name.
The rest of the Plug line are bikes built for all types of road. Fatter tyres, strong wheelsets, and fender and rack mounts enable a lot of adaptability in these bikes. These aluminum rigs also feature more proper all-road geometry. And gears. Plug versions 2 through 5 all have shifty bits!
As you can imagine, the price of the bike directly correlates (mostly) with the level of component spec. The Plug 1 is an aluminum fixed gear/singlespeed, and is priced at £499.99/$799.99. A Carbon fiber disc fork and a Carbon disc fork and a Shimano Claris 2×8 groupset feature nicely on the £649.99/$999.99 Plug 2. We photographed the Plug 3, and it has Shimano Tiagra 2×10 groupset for £849.99/$1399.99. The Plug 4 runs Shimano 105 2×11 for £949.99 / $1,549.99, while the titanium 5 sits at the top of the pile with SRAM Rival 1×11 for £2,499.99 / $3,999.99.

Charge Plug
The subtle graphics on the Plug have always been just so damned cool.

Charge Plug
Replaceable rear mech hanger and nice rack and fender mounts.

Charge Plug
A 6061 series butted aluminium frame and integrated headset.

Charge Plug
Slightly flared drops on the bars for more comfortable riding on all sorts of surfaces.


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