2013 Cube Stereo 29er and 650b!

The 2013 Cube Stereo features a completely new frame design, and for the the first time, will be available in either 29″ or 650b wheel options!

These bikes are agile but fast rolling thanks to newly designed geometry and kinematics, which keeps the suspension neutral whilst pedalling or climbing to reduce ‘pedal bob’.The Super High performance Composite frame is super light without any compromise in stiffness or performance. Even the paint is super light!

Stereo Super HPC 140 SLT

“The full monty. Only the best and most lightweight parts are used for the job. The benchmark in this bike category.”

The Stereo Super HPC 140 SLT delivers 140mm of rear wheel travel through Cube’s all new efficient trail control suspension system. The Super HPC frame is made with twin mold technology and features Cube’s Agile Ride Geometry (ARG) to keep the lively handling feel of 26” bikes.

SPECS:

- Extra light Formula R1 Racing disc brake with titanium hardware
- Sram XX components and Race Face Next SL carbon fibre crank with titanium axle
- Cube custom wheels with TUNE Prince & Princess hubs, DT Swiss Supercomp spokes, Reynolds AM carbon fibre rims
- Fox 34 Float CTD 29 air fork, lockout, trail mode and adjustable rebound, QR15 thru axle, tapered steerer, Kashima coated
- Fox Float CTD Adjust BoostValve damper, lockout, trail mode and adjustable rebound, CUBE custom setup
- Syntace F109 stem and Vector carbon fibre handlebar, extremely light and ergonomic combination
 

 

Stereo Super HPC 160 SLT

“The ultimate bike in 650B. The ‘top of the line we don’t know how to improve anything’ model. Exclusive and super light.”

The Stereo Super HPC 160SLT features the same efficient trail control suspension system as the 140SLT, but comes with 160mm of rear travel and 650b wheels.

 SPECS:

- Extra light Formula R1 Racing disc brake with titanium hardware
- Sram XX transmission and Race Face Next SL carbon fibre crank with titanium axle
- Cube custom wheels with TUNE Prince and Princess hubs, DT Swiss Supercomp spokes, Reynolds AM Carbon rims
- Fox 34 Talas CTD 650B air fork, lockout function, adjustable rebound, tapered steerer, QR15 thru axle, 160-120mm travel
- Fox Float CTD Adjust BoostValve damper, lockout function, trail mode and adjustable rebound, Kashima coated, CUBE custom setup
- Rotors: front 180mm / rear 180mm
- Syntace F109 stem and Vector carbon fibre handlebar, extremely light and ergonomic combination
- Schwalbe Nobby Nic Kevlar tyres, especially light with low rolling resistance and optimum traction

 

Interview with Michael Prell, R&D Department, Cube

A new topic for 2013 is the wheel size 650B. What was Cube’s approach to this?

650B literally bings a whole new dimension to mountain biking. The advantages of both 26″ and 29″ wheel sizes are combined: higher speed and better rolling over bumps while delivering more travel and still showing an agile geometry. CUBE developed a mountain bike concept for the slightly bigger wheels and more than 140mm of travel with the character of a perfect trail bike: welcome to our Stereo SHPC 160.

The modern balanced geometry creates a centralized riding position on the bike. This produces high agility and great downhill features when riding trails. Climbing is made easier because there is no front wheel lifting due to the steep steering angle and the lowered BB. For super steep climbs you can still lower the FOX 34 TALAS 650B from 160 to 120 mm.

The new kinematic features are a plus besides the advantages we got through the frame geometry. We achieved a small nearly constant working leverage. Combined with our pivot positions at the rear the damping works very sensitive and does not compromise pedaling. On uphills the suspension is stable without bobbing. There is no sag while climbing even when rolling through a depression. On downhills the suspension sets new standards absorbing everything from small rocks to gnarly roots while staying stable because of the well calculated kinematics. Another favorable point: The low weight. With a frame weight around 1.800 grams the Stereo sets a benchmark while showing extraordinary stiffness and uphill riding characteristics of a XC bike. The field of use is nearly unlimited – you could go crossing the alps or ride a marathon – and even win it.

What are the developments of Cube for 29ers?

29ers are state of the art. We added a trail bike with 140mm to our range of 29ers, the Stereo SHPC 140. This is the maximum combination of big wheel size without compromising the performance because of the seat stay length or pedaling efficiency. The Stereo SHPC 140 rides uphill like an AMS 130 and downhill like an AMS 150, if not better.

How could you achieve this?

We revamped the geometry. A steep seating angle and a flat seat angle combined with a low BB deliver great riding properties. Take perfect kinematics and the superb traction of 29ers and you get unprecedent features on up- and downhills. Being super lightweight with optimized STW numbers and DINPlus testing to prove it you can fly up hills. Even on steep parts you won’t have to lower the fork because of the balanced geometry. The kinematics keep the suspension stable without sagging.

On the downhills you will feel safe like never before and conquer new terrain. No other bike delivers the feel of safety and smooth rolling like our Stereo SHPC 140. You can choose any line because the big wheels just keep rolling. With the riding position IN the bicycle your mountain biking will be lifted to a new level. The Stereo SHPC 140 can do it all. Trails, epic rides, marathons or crossing the alps.


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