Charge Bikes, founded as a consumer-direct brand by Gate Eight's Nick Larsen, has appointed Hot Wheels International as UK distributor. Hot Wheels will supply Charge bikes, frames and hardware to British bikeshops, with only the Charge t-shirts available on the Charge Bikes website.

Larsen’s Charge goes bike-shop only

The Charge Bikes range includes high-end steel and Ti hard-tail frames and complete bikes.

Charge uses Japanese Sanko and Reynolds 853 tubed steel frames. The Ti range is made from titanium sourced from Tange in Japan. Charge also has a small line-up of hardware including cranks, saddles and forks, with more to follow, said Larsen.

Larsen will continue to sell t-shirts via the Charge Bikes website, all bikes, frames and hardware will only be available from bike shops.

The pic above shows some of the dirt bowls from Larsen’s ‘Radstock Recreation Ground’, a semi-secret jump area.

"That is only a quarter of the area I am developing," said Larsen. "It is now three-quarters complete. There will be a big Charge Bikes day there next spring for a press launch.

"The whole point of this project was to build a place for mountain bike riders that was built for mountain bikes, not BMX. We took our inspiration from various things that have been built in the past and present, in old 70s skate parks and motocross racetracks, at great dirt jumps and fun four cross tracks. Professional bike track builder Rick Forte was called in to build the dirt bowls, which needed an expert’s touch as we knew drainage was always going to be a problem. Also the the earth moving required to make the bowls was phenomenal, so they needed to be right first time, Rick and his team did a great job. The bowls section you can see in the images is only a small part of the project, – just wait until you see the rest."

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