Every year, CUBE takes a good look at her bikes. CUBE’s goal? To make the bikes even better and faster! And That means a lot of nice changes and new, fresh colours! The formidable range of new CUBE mountain bikes can be ordered from today. And this year CUBE have surpassed themselves again. These are the highlights of the new 2020 range.
The ultimate mountain bike of 2020? That is the CUBE Elite C: 68X SLT. CUBE uses a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS powertrain on this beast, for example. It’s electric, wireless and unprecedentedly fast and precise. And therefore the transmission for the best Elite. The old Elite was was already stiff, light, comfortable and agile – but the new one is 15% lighter, designed with even greater comfort in mind. Or maybe the CUBE Reaction C:62 is more for you? With its light, stiff and responsive frame – built from our premium C:62 carbon – and a selection of components that won’t let you down in the thick of the race action, it’s the best way of ensuring that other riders only ever get to see your back disappearing into the distance.
For more suspension, there is our CUBE Stereo range. The new CUBE Stereo 170, CUBE’s double-sprung high-wheeler, is a mountain-flattening machine with surprisingly agile handling and an ability to swallow daunting trail obstacles whole and spit them out in manageable-sized chunks. But also the CUBE AMS 100 and CUBE Stereo 150, 140 and 120 will again be present this year. The frame of these bikes has changed completely. The top tube is more slanted, so that both men and women can race the trails with these bikes.
CUBE STEREO 150 C:68 TM 29
There was a time when true mountain-taming descending ability came with a side order of uphill sluggishness. It wasn’t that long ago, and it was enough to make a lot of enduro bikes a frustrating handful. But that time is now firmly in the past. Meet the Stereo 150 C:68 TM 29 – an enduro bike that’ll recalibrate your expectations of what’s possible on a mountain bike. Built around a chassis crafted from our premium C:68 carbon, it’s an extraordinarily race-capable all-rounder that’s very nearly as adept at propelling its rider skyward as it is at cashing in gravity credits on the way back down. Short 435mm chain stays, a head tube designed around a 160mm fork and a steep 75.5-degree seat angle for agile handling and efficient climbing are all part of the package. We chose Sram’s amazing 1×12 Eagle transmission for its simplicity, reliability and awesome gear range, and paired it with powerful Sram G2 RSC hydraulic disc brakes with a 200mm front rotor for the ultimate in stopping power. Big-volume, super-grippy Maxxis tyres wrapped around light, strong Newmen Evolution wheels are kept in contact with terra firma thanks to a Fox 36 Float Factory fork up front and Float X2 Factory shock at the rear. Even the Fox Transfer dropper post features a Kashima coating, so you can drop the saddle at the push of a button for better control in super-techy trail situations. But that’s the kind of attention to detail we like to lavish on our bikes, so that you can concentrate on the ride. And with the Stereo 150 C:68 TM 29 you’ll be able to ride every trail, everywhere, faster and smoother.
How do you combine mountain goat agility with mountain lion speed? A good start is to ask CUBE engineers to do the seemingly impossible and build a bike that climbs almost as well as it descends. The result is the Stereo 150 29’s elegantly sculpted C:68 carbon frame. The clean lines, rocker cover and trunnion-mount shock are designed to combine efficiency, stability and intuitive handling. Boost 148 rear axle spacing works together with the tapered head tube and oversized down tube to deliver unparalleled steering precision and pedal input. ISCG05 tabs for a chain guide are standard, while short chain stays ensure agile handling and, in combination with the 75.5-degree seat tube, provide efficient climbing. The low standover and head tube specifically designed for a 160mm fork add the confidence, control and precision you need for sure-footed descending. Jack of all trades? We prefer to think it’s master of them all.
CUBE AMS 100 C:68 TM 29
At CUBE we’re great believers in the adage that you shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover. That’s why, with the AMS 100 C:68 TM 29, we’ve combined the race-ready speed of our AMS 100 platform with trail-tough components like a 120mm travel Fox 34 Float Factory fork, Fox Transfer Factory remote dropper post and wider-profile Newmen Evolution rims shod with grippy, big-volume 2.35in tyres. The result is a bike that doesn’t just look fast, but is capable of taking even the most demanding of trails – or race courses – apart and reassembling them in smooth, easily digestible chunks of flat-out fun. Add Sram’s stunning Eagle 1×12 drivetrain and powerful Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes, and you’ve got a trail-devouring machine that’s tough to beat. The low weight, incredible stiffness and efficient kinematics of the AMS 100 chassis are a key part of this bike’s stunning performance. Using the proven potential of our four-bar linkage suspension and packaging it around our proprietary C:68 carbon construction, our designers have succeeded in combining low weight, ground-hugging comfort and control, and incredible rigidity for accurate steering and on-demand acceleration. From the tapered steerer to the Boost rear end and elegant rocker, it’s a bike that delivers on the promise of its looks. Carbon-framed efficiency, race course-bred speed and trail-capable components: it’s the CUBE Trail Motion creed.
We’ve more than a decade and a half’s experience making fast, light cross-country full-suspension bikes. Everything we’ve learnt during that time has gone into this frame. From the Boost 148 rear end and tapered head tube – which contribute to the AMS 100’s superlative pedalling efficiency and uncannily accurate steering – to the superlight C:68 carbon construction and Advanced Twin Mold technology, everything about this frame serves one purpose: to make it the fastest way to get from A to B cross country. Stealth dropper post compatibility makes for a simple upgrade, internal cable routing keeps gear shifts clean even on the muddiest of race courses, and the super-clean appearance is given a helping hand by hiding bolts and pivots away.
CUBE STEREO 170 TM 29
It wasn’t too long ago when people laughed at 29er wheels. Well, with the Stereo 170 TM 29 they’re definitely not laughing now. A mountain-flattening machine with surprisingly agile handling and an ability to swallow daunting trail obstacles whole and spit them out in manageable-sized chunks, it’s proof that you can have your cake and eat it. We’ve ploughed all our experience of building great-riding four-bar full-suspension bikes into engineering this frame, resulting in a big-travel big wheeler that defies both gravity and expectations. As usual, the devil is in the detail – and we’ve sweated those to provide longer travel up front and more progressive shock performance at the rear. How? The 180mm RockShox Lyrik fork is complemented by an angle-set in the slack position for better handling, while the TwistLoc actuated RockShox Super Deluxe rear shock’s flip chip gives hard-charging riders the control and progression they need on the big hits. The short rocker, covered pivots and rock solid ethirteen bar and stem combo all help keep everything on track even when the trail’s getting rowdy, so you can just concentrate on nudging your limits. A dropper post ensures you can laugh in the face of ‘impossible’ lines, while powerful four-piston Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes haul the ethirteen wheelset and 2.35in tyre combo to a stop in any weather and on any trail and the 1×12 Shimano XT transmission gives you the gear range you need to tackle any trail, down or – yes – up. Is this bike all things to all riders? No. But if you like your trails steep, relentless and fast, the Stereo 170 TM 29 has got your back. And that’s got to feel good, right?
There’s nothing our engineering team like more than a challenge. So when we asked them to create a genuine big hit-capable full-suspension frame with clearance for wide 29er tyres, they didn’t look at us as though we were mad. They just got down to work. Using all the experience they’ve gained from years of refining our four-bar suspension design, they tweaked the position of every linkage and frame joint until they were happy with the result, then refined every tube profile for the optimum blend of weight, strength and efficiency. With a short linkage, shock mount and covered bearings, it’s clearly part of the CUBE full suspension family. Agile Trail Geometry and advanced suspension kinematics result in an exceptionally adept mountain tamer, with progressive suspension and a confidence-inspiring feeling on the trail. Hydroformed tubes, internally routed cables and our design team’s usual fastidious attention to detail mean that it looks as good as it rides. So the only remaining question is, will you accept the challenge and push your boundaries? Because this is a frame that proves it can be done.
CUBE STEREO 140 HPC RACE 27.5
When we set out to design the Stereo 140 HPC Race we had a simple goal – to build a bike that would redefine expectations of an all-mountain machine. Light, nimble and versatile almost beyond your imagination, its carbon main frame and rocker, combined with an aluminium rear triangle and 150mm fork, is capable of taking you to places you never thought possible. We selected Fox’s 34 Rhythm fork and Float DPS shock for front and rear air springs that are easy to set up, easy to adjust and with a performance that’ll have you coming back for more, ride after ride. Combined with our hidden frame pivots, Agile Trail Geometry and refined kinematics, it’s a setup that’s tough to beat. The Shimano 12-speed SLX and XT transmission shifts cleanly and precisely in any conditions, thanks partly to internally routed cables, whilst tough Fulcrum wheels shod with wide, grippy Schwalbe tyres are anchored by powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with a four-piston calliper up front. We even remembered to fit a dropper post, so you can ride even the steepest of chutes in complete control. The only thing that’s missing is a rider. Will you step up?
Lots of travel used to mean ungainly rockers, unsightly pivots and a clunky appearance. Not anymore. The Stereo 140 doesn’t just ride better than many bikes in its class, it’s also one of the most elegant frames we’ve made. Boasting a full carbon front end and carefully crafted aluminium rear triangle, our engineering team went out of their way to make it look as good as it rides. That’s why the pivots are hidden away, the rocker is short and all the cables are routed internally. The Boost 148 rear end, massive down tube and tapered head tube mean super-accurate steering and instant power transfer, while shorter chain stays, a longer top tube and a head angle designed specially for a 150mm fork all add up to the kind of razor-sharp, rock-solid handling you’d expect from CUBE. We even remembered to fit ISCG05 tabs for a chain guide, so you can set it up exactly how you want. Your bike, your way.
CUBE STEREO 120 HPC SLT 29
Proving that you should never judge a book by its cover, the Stereo 120 SLT 29’s understated looks disguise its prodigious trail-taming abilities. And now we’ve improved it even more, by equipping it with a brand-new carbon main frame for even lower weight and exceptional efficiency, without sacrificing the comfort and reliability for which this bike is known. Internal cable routing, hidden rocker pivots and our proven Efficient Trail Control kinematics combined with Agile Trail Geometry all add up to a bike that is, in many ways, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. From the slick, sleek and reliable Shimano XT brakes and 1×12 transmission to the Fox 34 Factory fork and DPS Factory shock – both with Kashima coatings for the ultimate in bump sensitivity – we’ve selected only the best parts to pair with our design team’s latest masterpiece. A Fox Transfer Factory remote dropper post for those tricky, technical descents and a light, stiff e*thirteen carbon crankset with Newmen Evolution wheels complete the setup. Whether you like to ride multi-day adventures or just enjoy exploring singletrack on your home turf, the Stereo 120 SLT 29 has got your back.
In many ways the Stereo 120 is the full suspension bike that kick-started our reputation for building comfortable, high-performance trail bikes. New for 2020, we’ve added a carbon main triangle for even lower weight – so you can enjoy your trail time more. Years of experience in carbon frame construction means that our engineers know exactly where to add material for strength, and where they can remove it to save weight – all backed by the reassurance of our extensive in-house testing. The rest of the frame is pure Stereo 120 goodness, featuring the short rocker, covered pivot bearings and efficient kinematics of its predecessors for superb traction, comfort and control. The tapered head tube and Boost rear axle ensure great handling and steering precision, and big 29er wheels roll easily. Ride where your curiosity takes you…