Charge has dug out a considerable share of the saddle market with their all-conquering Spoon, a perch recently described in the RCUK Forum as consistently the most “arse friendly” of any of its competitors.
In a bid to excavate a further share of the market, the Frome-based firm has unveiled its new Scoop perch.
Readers of our trailriding sister site, Bike Magic, were treated to an early glimpse of the Scoop, when designer Ash Clark, showed our colleagues a prototype. The finished version, sent to RCUK Towers by Charge’s UK distributor, CSG, looks largely unchanged. The tail rises in a more Aliantesque curve, perhaps.
The Scoop is available in eight rather natty colour combinations with either titanium or chromoly rails. Charge do not claim a weight on their website for the chromoly- railed Scoop we’ll be testing, but they do list the Ti railed incarnation at 245 grams.
We were a little surprised when our scales recorded a weight of 257 grams for our chromoly-railed test sample: just 12 grams heavier than its more exotically equipped (and expensive) sister model.
A flexible plastic base is topped with lightweight foam mid layer and waterproof microfibre cover. We measured the Scoop at 280mm long and 144mm wide. The shape is not dissimilar to Fizik’s aforementioned Aliante, a personal favourite, so we are looking forward to putting the miles on this one.
The Charge Scoop costs £39.99 with chromoly rails. The Ti-railed sister model costs £59.99.
Check back soon for a full review.