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Customer reviews for Charge Mixer 2013 Hybrid Bike

Charge Mixer 2013 Hybrid Bike

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3 out of 3(100%)reviewers recommend this product.
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Customer reviews for Charge Mixer 2013 Hybrid Bike
Review 1 for Charge Mixer 2013 Hybrid Bike
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4 / 5
4 / 5
BigAl53
Country:United Kingdom
Age:55-65
Style:Leisure riding
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

A good commuter/leisure bike with a retro look.

PostedMay 18, 2013
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good quality, Comfortable, Looks great, retro frame on a modern bike
Cons: Heavy
The bike is well made and is easy to ride. The gears are excellent and change without jerkiness at all. They allow for fast cycling and steep hills without a lot of effort. The brakes work well; much better than the rim brakes on my previous bike. The addition of a multi-tool was welcome.
The bike is also silent when riding. the Charge saddle is very comfortable and will not be upgraded. The black frame paintwork is excellent and gives the bike an almost retro look, which is counteracted by the modern hub gears and the disk brakes.
On the downside, I was surprised by the blue spoked wheels. They do look a bit weird and take some getting used to. The mudguards are metal and mark very easiy. At some point, these will be altered to plastic ones. This may help to take off some of the weight. The bike does appear to be quite heavy, but this is not really noticed when riding.
I am happy with this purchase and would recommend it to others as a commuter/leisure bike.
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Review 2 for Charge Mixer 2013 Hybrid Bike
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4 / 5
4 / 5
matthew99
Country:United Kingdom
Age:45-54
Style:Commuting
Experience:Expert
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Excellent robust commuter bike, a little heavy!

PostedApril 25, 2013
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Comfortable, hub gears, disc brakes
Cons: Heavy
Bought this bike 2 years ago now and still running it about 100 miles per week. An excellent all rounder, I fitted mudguards (now standard) and a rack. The shimano alfine gear system is fantastic, I would find it very difficult to go back to exposed derailleur now. 8 gears is more than enough, bikes with 21+ gears are ridiculous. And the hub shifter always works spot on. Its so light to use, shifts with just a gentle finger touch even when waiting at lights. With derailleur you always have to plan ahead for traffic lights and shift down for a quick getaway. Plus it's not exposed to the weather so all that grit and grime doesn't bother it at all.
The disc brakes are also excellent, very strong and sensitive. Must use organic brake pads, I bought a pair of sintered metal type to replace but they are horrible noisy and grinding. These were my first disc brakes so I was nervous about complications when they wore out but I was pleasantly surprised, its only a 10 minute job to change them, quicker and easier in fact than fitting standard rubber rim brake blocks with toe-ing in requirement etc etc.
The only drawback with this bike is that the rear end is heavy with that in-hub changer (plus my mudguards and rack of course) and a steel frame. I go through the Woolwich foot tunnel twice a day and the lifts have been broken for 3 years now so its about 120 steps down and up at each end carrying the bike. Hard work! But I still prefer the Charge to my alternate which is a lightweight Cannondale hybrid.
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Review 3 for Charge Mixer 2013 Hybrid Bike
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4 / 5
4 / 5
JPRY
Country:Norway
Age:25-34
Style:Commuting
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Appears tough and dependable

PostedDecember 22, 2012
Yes, I recommend this product.
I bought this bike for commuting. I cycle about 15-20km per day (dependent on route), entirely on roads. Living as I do in Scandinavia, my bike is often exposed to low temperatures, snow, sleet, rain, salt, grit and endless freeze-thaw cycles. Therefore, I wanted a bike which was tough and dependable, but also reasonably fast!
The features that appealed to me were:
*Hub gears, which are low-maintenance and (I hope) more resistant to salt, grit and freezing
*Gear and brake cables entirely sheathed in plastic (because it often rains then freezes overnight here)
*Disc brakes (again, hopefully low maintenance and longer-lived)
*Wheel size that allows reasonable speed, but also allows me to cycle in snow. The wheels allow studded tyres.
*No suspension (which I believe is more trouble than it's worth)
After a week’s cycling in particularly nasty winter weather, I am very satisfied with the bike’s performance thus far. If I must find disadvantages, I would say:
*The gears can “slip” very slightly when I exert a lot of force on the pedals in low gear. But that would happen on most bikes, I imagine.
*A slightly “harder” top gear would be nice. At top speed, my legs are going round pretty fast, and I think I could get an extra 5kph out of it with a slightly better gear!
However, these are minor niggles.
Therefore, I am very happy with the bike so far. Only time will tell if it’s as low-maintenance and reliable as I hope, but early signs are encouraging.
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Posted February 15, 2013
I had an older model.....2009 I think....until it was nicked a week or so ago, and I definitely agree on the gearing, but apart from that, and handle bar grips that have a tendency to work their way off the bars...it's been an excellent bike for getting from A to B in Manchester. Slightly freaked by the mudguards on the latest model though....doesn't look quite so street!
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