Based in Canada, Chromag has built their own all-terrain hardtail with the extreme conditions of the Canadian mountainside in mind. They have designed the Chromag Wideangle to be as rough and rugged as the Canadian mountains and a perfect match for them. The frame is built by hand and is large and strong. Surprisingly light despite its size, this bike sets out to break the rules – it is built as strong as possible with an emphasis on the quality of the ride.
The tubeset that Chromag uses is custom-made and helps to improve the looks of the bike while still making it possible to make tweaks to the performance. Where things start to become different is in the use of their custom Yokel. This is installed at the intersection of the chainstay and bottom bracket and allows them to improve tire clearance and add a longer drivetrain. At the same time, this also allows them to shorten the chainstays.
The geometry is designed to handle the toughest trails, and this is one really good-looking bike. It’s a far cry from the hardtail your folks would have used. Now, most of those older models would have really only been good when it came to climbing and not breaking your neck when going down a trail.
This is very different. It was built with the trails in British Columbia in mind. The design was tested and fine-tuned so that it could handle all aspects of trail riding – whether that means hurtling down the side of a mountain, climbing up a really steep path or making it through dense forest undergrowth.
The makers understand the need for comfort during even the most technical of trails and so this bike has been designed to dissipate a lot of the juddering you would normally encounter. You won’t feel like your teeth are chattering so much they’ll fall out with this bike. The Shimano disc brakes are the perfect complement to this bike, allowing you to stop dead as and when needed. The design walks a perfect balance between performance and cost-effectiveness. This bike offers similar results to some of the more high-level offerings out there but is significantly kinder to your wallet as well.
Last, but by no means least, we finish off with the tires. These are wheels that have been wrapped in thick rubber and designed to allow traction in the most difficult places. The cockpit has been designed to give you the ultimate in control and to be as durable as possible.
Overall, this is a bike that does what others in its class simply cannot – it looks great, handles great and is extremely suited for various trails and surfaces. All of this and it won’t break the bank either.
• Tube set frame handles, custom-made by Chromag with 148 mm as well as Yokels.
• The drivetrain is the SRAM GX 1 x 11 model and was chosen because it was reliable and very durable.
• The wheelset is nice and wide, without tubes, a durable and dependable hoop set.