Charge Cooker 5 Mountain Bike Review

5.00 out of 5
By Greg Heil    on Mar 6, 2017

By Corey Maddocks    on Oct 22, 2014

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Charge Cooker 1
Charge Cooker 2
Charge Cooker 3
Charge Cooker 4
Charge Cooker Maxi

April 4, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Sram 2X10 is super quiet on the trail, Charge saddles are awesome, steel frame sold me. Got a mortgage, car payments etc?, this wont break the bank. Figured things like the fork or wheels would be 1st to go but they're surprisingly performing solidly so I am still waiting for them to fail.

Cons: Pedals suck, first thing to go. Maxxis Aspen is OK on the back. I put a 2.3 Geax on the front. Really no cons - best 9 bills I've ever spent on a "budget" bike. This things an agile, 5 thumbs up carving beast.

Recommendation: Buy it, ride it, build it up as things break and ride some more. The geo was almost spot on for what I like, so with a couple alterations namely just a bar with more rear sweep I was done.

January 7, 2015
Model/Year: 2015 Charge Cooker 4 (Performance Bicycle Exclusive)

Pros: First off, I do not have the regular Charge Cooker 4. I purchased a special edition made for Performance Bicycle, which is the Cooker 4 frame with upgraded components. The price was also insanely low to get the brand's name out there ($850 compared to $1400).

This is my first 29er an it took a little getting used to after my Sports Authority 26". With the combination of my 29" wheels and the RockShox 30 Gold fork, I can roll over almost anything. The Shimano components also were a plus and I had no issues shifting or braking. Also, the Charge Spoon seat is incredibly comfortable! I could barely feel the bumps from the trail.

Cons: The pedals are so-so, but usable.

Recommendation: Awesome bike! I needed a small frame, instead of my normal medium, so they run a little larger.