I must say that I was never really that keen on MTB, after going to Wales to give it a go for the first time I came home thinking it was rubbish. Though since moving to Devon I’ve had the opportunity to give it another try, Kye and Leo Forte invited me to join them at Haldon Trail Centre. I was a bit worried as they are both super fast very competent riders and I am a complete novice but i wasn’t going to miss the opportunity so i went along on a wet and muddy sunday morning. I don’t actually own a MTB bike yet, but the one of the many great things about my lovely fiancee is she is sponsored by Charge bikes so I borrowed Juliet’s Charge Duster and went out for a shred.
I instantly fell in love with MTB, it’s so much fun! I was a bit slower than the Forte’s and did eventually lose them as I was having loads of fun I failed to notice that they had turned off and I continued to bomb the trail with the hugest smile on my face. I got covered in mud, sweated like a pig, conquered both up and downhills, the trail got pretty sketchy at times with muddy wet roots and soggy potholes that we’re trying to send me over the bars but I cracked on and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Charge Duster is a lovely bike, it’s super responsive and great fun to ride. I came home really wanting either one of those or a Charge Blender, Kye and the guys from Charge told me I should get a Charge Cooker their new 29er. Honestly I wasn’t keen on the idea, I though it would be a bit soggy and wouldn’t handle as well as their 26″ models. I had already decided that 29er MTB was definitely not for me, though I had never tried one so how could I make this decision?
The lovely guys at Pro Cycle Center let me borrow a Charge Cooker to take to the trails and I can honestly say I’ve never been so pleased to admit I was wrong! It handles amazingly, you can chuck it about as much as you want, there are a few tight sections at the trail centre that I thought I might struggle with but the Cooker just flew round. The 29er wheels will happily roll over roots, rocks and all that sketchy stuff, you can power up hill a lot easier. Riding this for a few hours really boosted my confidence, I felt like I could tackle anything on this machine at any speed on any terrain, I cannot find a single fault with it. I am a 29er convert, I fell in love with everything about this bike and can’t wait to ride it some more.