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Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:10 pm
by BigStu2
Tossing up between these two, Anyone ridden these and any ideas on the weight of the charge.
Thanks

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:12 pm
by RockmonkeySC
I have ridden a Cooker. Great ride but crap spec for the price

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 14:11 pm
by RockmonkeySC
This has got me thinking a 29er rigid singlespeed would be ideal for my commute.
This Cannondale looks like pretty good value http://www.evanscycles.com/products/can ... e-ec042867

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 14:13 pm
by The Rookie
Mechanical discs for £600??????

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 14:43 pm
by RockmonkeySC
I would rather have mechanical discs than bargain basement hydraulics.

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 15:17 pm
by The Rookie
375's are not that good.....Something like Auriga Comps would be better!

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 15:21 pm
by RockmonkeySC
To be honest, they will go straight on ebay and I will fit a set of Deores and change the tyres for something like Racing Ralphs which should be a good city/off road compromise.

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 18:46 pm
by supersonic
Still way overpriced in my opinion. Don't know how they get away with it - don't have to fit a sus fork or geared drivetrain, hence saving money, yet you still get the parts off a £300 bike.

For £600 I would build one myself, or buy a quality hardtail and sell the sus fork and drivetrain, replacing it with a carbon fork and SS kit.

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:00 pm
by RockmonkeySC
supersonic wrote:Still way overpriced in my opinion. Don't know how they get away with it - don't have to fit a sus fork or geared drivetrain, hence saving money, yet you still get the parts off a £300 bike.

For £600 I would build one myself, or buy a quality hardtail and sell the sus fork and drivetrain, replacing it with a carbon fork and SS kit.


What would you recommend for a budget rigid single speed 29er custom build?
I quite like the idea of the Charge Cooker frame but at £350 it isn't cheap though it is made from quality steel.

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:13 pm
by supersonic
The frame looks to be quite heavy going on the weight of full builds - I'd be getting a standard alu frame and fitting an SS kit to it. or the OnOne Scandal. Then adding an Exotic Carbon fork and finishing kit, Merlin sale wheels, cheap hydros and tyres of your choice.

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:19 pm
by RockmonkeySC
I will add up some parts prices. My inner idiot keeps telling me to get one of these though and it's getting harder to ignore the stupidity.
http://www.tweekscycles.com/Product.do? ... tAodo2cAeg

Re: Kona unit 29er or Charge Cooker SS

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 19:23 pm
by supersonic
I'd probably actually by that myself haha!