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    ^ It will be like a new bike, big difference. your going to be happy.

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    This is my first fat bike, just bought the charge cooker maxi last week. Very spontaneous purchase, I've always wanted to ride in the winter but wasn't willing to trust skinnier tyres...I know, wimp. Anyway, got a great deal on the bike fitted with studded tyres and I'm lovin' it! The thought of using a trainer in the basement was just too depressing.

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    Welcome to the fat bike riding permagrin wearing forum. Prepare for the new normal.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawigirl View Post
    This is my first fat bike, just bought the charge cooker maxi last week. Very spontaneous purchase, I've always wanted to ride in the winter but wasn't willing to trust skinnier tyres...I know, wimp. Anyway, got a great deal on the bike fitted with studded tyres and I'm lovin' it! The thought of using a trainer in the basement was just too depressing.

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    Four ride done since I got the bike last week. Amazing how fun it is! With the Surly Nate tires, I had so much fun tonight in tight singletracks, going down hills that are technical even in summer. I was impressed to rail and slide in the corners but to be able to keep control. Man that was fun....way more than expected! Love the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoo View Post
    Welcome to the fat bike riding permagrin wearing forum. Prepare for the new normal.

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    Thanks! I have always enjoyed snow as I like to ski, yet this opens up a new level of winter fun for me.
    It's snowing here again right now:-)

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    I've sold a couple of these Charge Fat bikes and everybody loves them. Not one bit of buyers remorse. Highly recommend this bike. It has Quality Parts, Frame and Fork, and Ride characteristics. The Price is amazing too. It almost seems under valued for the quality and spec your receive. Highly recommend. If your Interested in buying one I can get you set up. They still have decent inventory levels on these. Seems their not marketing them as strong as they should. Send me a PM or call Wyckoff Cycle, Wyckoff, NJ 201-891-5500

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    Couple of questions (some are general as I'm a snowbike noob):

    What is the biggest tire these fit? I'm told the 4"'ers are good all around tires and will be fine, heard that the charge can fit something bigger up front probably but it may not be needed? I'm in Green Bay, WI and do get snow but not sure I need to have one of the crazy floatation bikes. I'm also 6'4 and 210 so does the tire size make a difference more for me than an average rider?

    Second, the tires that come with the bike would be good for any summer use and maybe some people's snow use, right?

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    6'6" and 235lbs here, I ride 3.8" Nates for now and have no issues. I've rented or ridden bikes with 4.8" tires and would say they only give a benefit on wet beaches and less consolidated snow.

    The pressures that work for other people won't work for you-- run slightly higher since us big guys get more contact patch than little people at any given pressure.

    I'd also not use the vee rubber v8s. Get Nates or Knards or something a little less scary in terms if self-steer.

    Have fun!

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    I'm running Bud and Lou 4.8" on my Cooker Maxi. I shifted both silver spacers over to the drive side and ditched the FD and the larger chain ring. Got approx. 3-4mm clearance when in the largets cog on the rear.

    Don't think it would work with wider than stock rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechickencow View Post
    Couple of questions (some are general as I'm a snowbike noob):

    What is the biggest tire these fit? I'm told the 4"'ers are good all around tires and will be fine, heard that the charge can fit something bigger up front probably but it may not be needed? I'm in Green Bay, WI and do get snow but not sure I need to have one of the crazy floatation bikes. I'm also 6'4 and 210 so does the tire size make a difference more for me than an average rider?

    Second, the tires that come with the bike would be good for any summer use and maybe some people's snow use, right?
    the tires work admirably well for most any condition. dirt 8-9 psi, snow 5-7 psi, icy snow 3-4 psi. I ride quite a bit of road to get to my trails and home the the v8's roll really well. been loving the charge since buying it 5 weeks ago. needs no upgrades.

    rog

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    charge cooker maxi

    Thanks for the awesome comments guys.

    Should I demo a snow bike before buying or just jump in head first?

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    I say jump in! At any rate, that's what I did and have no regrets. I also have the Cooker Maxi and put on the Dillinger studded tyres. I have been on packed snow, loose snow, snow and ice and plain ice....it's all good. So much better than a trainer in the basement by a LONG shot.

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    I'm considering buying this bike. Anyone know if it can run a 29er wheel set?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderzy View Post
    I'm considering buying this bike. Anyone know if it can run a 29er wheel set?
    It should what is the overall height of a 4.7 bud?

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    I don't think you can, the Maxi has an offset rear end. Doubtful you would be able to dish a standard 29er rim that much. The fatties you see running 29's are symmetrical.

    Quote Originally Posted by thunderzy View Post
    I'm considering buying this bike. Anyone know if it can run a 29er wheel set?

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    man i couldn't imagine ruining my charge with skinny 29er tires. talk about taking a capable vehicle and making it much less capable.......

    rog

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    Not sure where you are located but american cyclesport in castle rock co has a big sale on them. check it out.

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    Does anyone know the rear offset size of the Cooker Maxi?
    13.5mm? 21.5mm? 28mm?

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    Pretty sure 28

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    My guess is 17.5.

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamJay View Post
    Does anyone know the rear offset size of the Cooker Maxi?
    13.5mm? 21.5mm? 28mm?

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    can someone confirm the rear offset? same as a pugs? 17.5?

    tried to contact charge. no luck

    rog

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmarketrog View Post
    can someone confirm the rear offset? same as a pugs? 17.5?

    tried to contact charge. no luck

    rog
    How would one measure that?
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyJo1 View Post
    How would one measure that?
    charge got back to me. same offset as a pugs. sweet!

    the brilliant bike will get a bit more brilliant with new marge lite wheels. quiver killers

    rog

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmarketrog View Post
    charge got back to me. same offset as a pugs. sweet!

    the brilliant bike will get a bit more brilliant with new marge lite wheels. quiver killers

    rog
    What is the offset just in case?
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    17.5mm. yay!

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