Cube 2016 Products at Eurobike
Cube always have a huge stand at Eurobike, with bikes in every category it is sometimes tough for them to display every model, it’s also tricky at times to get near the stand as it is literally swamped with visitors. We swung by at the end of the day and managed to weave in between the bodies to get few shots. Highlights on the stand include the reintroduced DH bike, an undated Stereo range with carbon and aluminium options and a new fat bike in the form of the Nutrail.
The Stereo benefits from new construction techniques to create lighter frames, there is a bit of tech involved in how they achieve this, so bare with us. First up they are using a new carbon weave, which features wider rectangular strands as opposed to the traditional round ones. This creates a checkerboard effect. However this isn’t just there for show, this new layup uses less resin to bond the strands and weave together, which in turn creates a lighter stronger bike. There are two versions of this layup, a C-68 version which uses 68% carbon to resin and a C-62 version that uses 62% carbon to resin.
Some frames are manufactured with ratios as low as 40% to give you an idea of where Cube are coming from with this. There is also an aluminium version of the frame which shaves 400 grams off the previous version. In addition the C-68 high end version uses nano particles infused with the resin that help to make the layup even more impact resistant. The new bike comes in three guises, a 29er with 120mm of travel, plus 29er’s and 27.5 wheeled versions in a 140mm guise and lastly the flagship enduro machine as raced by the Cube Action Team which is 27.5 and 160mm of travel.
The range is littered with other tech too, 29ers get Boost front and rear ends, both the 140mm and 160mm versions get the Boost 148 rear, but run standard forks. The seat tube has been shortened by 40mm to allow shorter riders a little more standover height and to fit dropper posts better. The 160mm version also has 5mm shaved off the chainstay length so it now measures 436mm to make the bike even more manoeuvrable, the bike is also slacker with a head angle of 66 degrees compared to last years 66.5. As usual there are different spec options across the entire range, so there should be a model to suit all budgets!
The NuTrail is a new addition to the range, this fat bike comes in several guises and there is an electric version too. The bike can handle tyres up to 4.8″ there are three models in the range, the basic one pictured in the front below and the Pro and Race models with the latter being the top spec one. The Race model features XT gearing, a 100mm RockShox Bluto forks and Schwalbe Jumbo Jim Kevlar 4.4″ tyres, there is internal cable routing across the range too.
Lastly there is the new Two15 DH bike, for the shredders out there who enjoy more gravity in their riding. Cube had this bike in their range a few years back but it’s made a return for 2016. Cube have shaved a load of weight off the bike, with the fully built top model coming in just at over 15kilos and they have also refined the suspension too to improve the ride. Of course the bike is now based around the 27.5 platform which wasn’t around when the original Two15 was released, geometry has been tweaked accordingly and everything about the new bike mirrors the modern vibe of longer, lower and slacker. The head angle comes in at 63 degrees and the reach has grown by 12mm.
For more information on the entire range from Cube check out your local dealer or visit:
Tue 1st Sep, 2015 @ 4:37 pm