Charge Skewer review

Charge Skewer
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A very interesting first bike with lines that you’re either going to love or hate. The Charge Skewer offers a titanium ride with minimal flex, making it a great all-rounder.

Reasons to buy
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    Classic looks

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    Good damping qualities

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    Minimal flex

Reasons to avoid
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    Top tube a bit too high

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    Gear adjuster on the head tube is in conflict with the front brake adjuster

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It’s been a while since a bike arrived in the CW office that drew the sort of attention gained by the Charge Skewer — a good start.

Started four years ago by Hotwheels in Poole, Dorset, Charge’s aim was to create a small number of niche bikes in either titanium or steel — definitely no carbon. The plan is to produce uncomplicated, stylish designs. The bikes are drawn up in the UK with feedback from British riders and made in Taiwan in collaboration with Tange tubes. It therefore won’t be a surprise to learn that Charge uses either Tange Prestige steel or Ultimate titanium.

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