We were lucky enough to visit the good people of CUBE Bikes recently where we got a sneak peek at this exciting new 2020 range of bikes, including even taking out the new Stereo 150 for a spin on their local trails. As you can imagine, there is a huge range of updated models for the 2020 model year so we’re just going to highlight what we believe are the key bikes for next year…
New Stereo 150
The Stereo 150 is one of Cubes most popular models in the range and for 2020 the bikes get a fresh lick of paint and an updated parts list hanging off the gorgeous 29er carbon frame. Aimed squarely at the enduro crowd, all models feature 150mm travel with a 160mm travel fork, Boost 148 spacing at the rear and ISCG mounts for a bashguard for when things get super gnarly. With a reasonably steep 75.5˚ seat angle, we found the Stereo 150 still climbed well during our brief time on the bike but we’re hoping to put some more miles in on the 150 over the coming months to see how the bike behaves overall. From our previous experiences with the Stereo range, we’ve always been impressed by the ability for any rider to swing a leg over and instantly feel comfortable, the 2020 Stereo 150 so far appears to be no different!
New Stereo 170
150mm travel not enough for you? Then no problem, we bring you the Stereo 170! New for 2020 Cube has 3 models (Race, TM and SL) in their big-travel super enduro category, featuring 170mm travel front and rear (180mm at the front on the TM model) and 29″ wheels. This bike is designed for slaying the gnarliest of trails out on the EWS circuit yet still have the ability to sit and pedal your way back up that mammoth climb to go and repeat over and over again! The bigger, slacker, angrier version of the Stereo 150 – oh and how good does that stealth all black SL29 look?!
And it’s not just the regular mountain bikes that CUBE have updated, they’ve also set to their e-bike range with some great changes for 2020. For 2020, CUBE uses the very latest Bosch CX engines and a larger battery, the Bosch PowerTube 625. The engine is even more compact and light, which meant a lot of possibilities for the design. Let’s take a look at the new Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC Action Team. Decked out with a full complement of team issue components and race-tested kit, it combines the mountain-taming, race-proven ability of our enduro bikes with the smooth power delivery and extended versatility of Bosch’s fourth-generation drive system. Wish-list parts include Fox Factory shocks – a Float DPX2 Factory at the rear, combined with a 36 Float Factory fork at the front for buttery smooth, progressive and controllable travel in any riding situation – and a Fox Transfer Factory dropper post. Is 160 mm of travel a bit too much? The formidable CUBE Stereo Hybrid 140 and 120 will also be present this year.
If you prefer a hardtail, the CUBE Reaction Hybrid EXC 625 29 is a perfect choice. It’s a 29er hybrid mountain bike, powered by Bosch’s fourth-generation drive system and Shimano’s 12-speed XT and SLX components.
For more info on the full range of new models from Cube, check out the full range at http://www.cube.eu