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charge cooker 2 midi

timboellistimboellis Posts: 223
edited October 2016 in MTB buying advice
Whats the thoughts on a charge cooker 2 midi seen a good deal on this ?


  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    It'd have to be extremely heavily discounted to be worthwhile. No good in mud.
    Charge specialise in bikes for city hipsters.
  • Well £700, but point taken
  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,152
    I built a charge duster - 1x10 lightweight steel trailbike using allsecond hand ebay parts on the new £180 frame and am very happy with it.
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    There are much better bikes available for £700, the Cooker is poor value for money.
    I'd also avoid 27.5+ unless you live in Arizona. Big, fat tyres are not ideal for British conditions.
  • I don't agree with it not being for UK conditions....mine is great.
    I bought a discounted 2016 midi 2 a month ago for about £550 and i absolutely love it. Fast, bumpy, fun.
    I have upgraded a few things on it, tyres, bars and put a cheap dropper on it and i ride it everywhere now from trail centres to the Malverns.
    I like how basic it is, the deore gearing is good, the cheap tektro brakes have quite a nice feel and very good stopping power so no complaints about anything.
  • Just realised, mine is the Cooker 1, so fully rigid, not with front suspension like the 2.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Have you used it in muddy conditions yet? Those 3" tyres just drag badly in mud.
  • Yes, used it in thick mud, can't say it was any worse than my 2.3 minion set up on my trigger.
    Also they come with 2.8's, not that it makes a difference.
    Rocky, i think you need to have a go on mine....think it will change your mind on all the + size you don't like.
    All i am going to say is, the first bike i now grab is the £500 cooker over the £5000 trigger.
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    I've tried a Stumpjumper 27.5+ and a Trek hardtail.
    Didn't like either at all. I can see the appeal for beginners riding trail centres but both were horrible in mud and for my riding and my riding style, normal width tyres are better.
    The big tyres weren't as good on proper technical sections, they felt weird on big jumps (squirmed a lot on landings) and in mud they had neither the floaty advantage of full fat bike tyres or the ability to cut through like a traditional mud tyre.
    I also remember 3" tyres first time around and they sacked then.
  • Admittedly i don't get any air on mine so can't comment about jumps etc, but it is a bit hard to compare 27.5+ to 27.5 as my trigger has 140mm travel and the cooker has none.
    2 different bikes, 2 different riding experiences.
    I am not going to get into an argument about what is best, but from the time and miles i have spent on mine, I wouldn't not try it on what others who haven't tried one say.
    I ride everything that the guys i ride with do and they are all on 160-190mm bikes....
    Remember, it's down to personal preference.....
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