We just got word of some new bikes from Charge for 2013. Above is their limited edition titanium CX frame. They’re using a process similar to 3d printing to create the dropouts. A laser carves the dropouts step-by-step from titanium powder and there’s no wasted materials with all excess dust collected and melted into different products. Constructing the dropouts in this way is not only ultramodern, but also cuts unnecessary weight. The frame itself will be made in traditional ways – for now – and though pictured above with a straight headtube, final products will have tapered headtubes.
Charge is only making 50 0f these frames, and they’ll run £2,000 in the 2013-14 season. On top of this, Charge has a new commuter bike titled the Grater and an addition to the Plug line. Click ‘more’ for info and a video of the titanium dropouts…
Updated: Charge just released a video documenting how they create the dropouts on the new CX frame.
The Grater is a new aluminum around-towner that’ll sell for an affordable £399.99. It gets a single ring chainring, flat bars, and mini v-brakes. Not pictured above, Charge also modified their Plug SS build with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub and will release it in 2013 as the Plug 3.
Check out the full coverage of the 2013 Charge Collection including Charge’s “Surface” clothing line over at Road.cc.