Cube Bikes 2018 Launch #4

Cube Bikes – The 2018 Hanzz

I’ve had the Cube Stereo 160 on test before and it was a very capable bike on the enduro scene, the Hanzz is the next model up in terms of longer travel, a more downhill orientated bike.

We headed out to Cube’s local trails, up in the woods and hills above their home town. Great trails, littered with rocks and roots, a great test for such a bike.

The last day at cube and it was time for an early breakfast so we could squeeze in a quick ride before catching the flight home. Cube have a great fleet of test bikes, our Hanzz bikes were prepped and ready to go for us at 07:00.

We didn’t have time for a long ride and a thorough testing but enough time to get out and find out what the bike is all about. The Hanzz comes in three differently specced models, see below –

Hanzz 190 Race 27.5

This is the base model, reasonably specced for a reasonable price, fun for all. It’s aimed at the park bike market, with a shorter geometry to maximise the fun factor.

The basic spec breakdown –

  • Fork – Suntour Durolux 20x110mm, tapered, 180mm
  • Shock – Fox Van RC 222x70mm
  • Bars/Stem/Cranks – Raceface
  • Rear Mech – Shimano Deore
  • Chain Guide –  E*Thirteen LG1
  • Shifters/Cassette – Deore
  • Brakes – Magura MT5
  • Wheelset – Answer Atac EM 20x110mm/12x157mm
  • Tyres – Schwalbe Hans Dampf

£2299

Hanzz 190 SL 27.5

This bike more aimed at the downhill market than the Race model above. Matched with the 200mm Bomber CR fork up front and a slightly longer rear end to increase stability at higher speeds.

 

Spec list of the Hanzz 190 SL –

  • Fork – Marzocchi Bomber 380CR, 200mm
  • Shock – Fox Van RC 222x70mm
  • Bars/Stem/Cranks – Raceface
  • Rear Mech – Sram GX Short Cage 10spd
  • Chain Guide –  E*Thirteen LG1
  • Shifters/Cassette – Sram X7
  • Brakes – Sram Code R
  • Wheelset – Answer Atac EM 20x110mm/12x157mm
  • Tyres – Schwalbe Magic Mary

£2399

Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to ride all the bikes there but this would have been on the list if we’d had a little more time.

Hanzz 190 TM 27.5

The Hanzz 190 TM combines the short and agile geometry of the Race bike, with the tough and rock-solid durability needs of a downhill bikes. This is the one we managed to get out on and have a quick play with. 

Specced as below –

  • Fork – Fox 36 Float FiT, 20x110mm, tapered, 180mm, Kashima
  • Shock – Fox Float X2 Factory 222.70mm
  • Bars/Stem/Cranks – Raceface
  • Rear Mech – Sram X1 11spd
  • Chain Guide –  E*Thirteen LG1+
  • Shifters – Sram GX
  • Cassette – E*Thirteen TRS+, 9-44th
  • Brakes – Sram Code R
  • Wheelset – E*Thirteen LG1+ 20x110mm/12x157mm
  • Tyres -E*Thirteen TRS Plus

£3799

As we didn’t have much time, we took the Cube pick-up out into the woods to speed things up. This enabled us to get directly to the best bits of trail.

Fox keeping things smooth front and rear, from my short experience, on these rough trails, the damping here seemed spot on. Given more time, I’d like to play with it a little more but I was more than happy with how it felt as it was. I’m not used to rocky tails where I live but I immediately felt at home on the Hanzz, that must be a good sign.

This bike felt like it wanted to play all day, it’s short nature meant it was easy to throw about but it still didn’t feel unstable when things sped up.

Size options –

  • 16″
  • 18″
  • 20″

It felt like a very strong and stable set up. Like I said, I’m not used to such rough trails and I had no worries about flex or unwanted movement going on beneath me.

Geometry (18″) –

  • Seat Tube – 415mm
  • Top Tube Horizontal – 581mm
  • Seat Tube Angle – 75.3
  • Head Tube Angle – 64.5
  • Chain Stays – 426mm
  • Rear Travel – 190mm
  • Heat Tube – 115mm
  • Wheelbase – 1193mm
  • Reach – 432mm

I was very impressed with this bike after our quick play together in the woods, if only we’d had more time.  I hope we get to see each other again soon so we can carry on from where we left off.

Words – Chris Lazenby

Photos – Chris Lazenby/Ted Meerman (Cube)