We explain what's new for 2019 from German bike manufacturer, Cube
The German brand, whose headquarters remain in Waldershof, is the bike sponsor for pro-conti team, Wanty–Groupe Gobert.
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Cube Litening C:68 SL
The race ready model available in the Cube line up – all of the Litening frames feature an aggressive geometry designed to suit racing cyclists.
The team edition model is the Cube Litening C:68 SL – this uses Cube’s C:68 SL carbon, which is their lightest creation yet – using 68 per cent carbon and tiny nanoparticles in the resin to minimise weight and increase stiffness.
The Litening C:68 SL for 2019 comes in at £3399.
Cube says that it’s aimed for exceptionally low weight, along with improved comfort and efficiency.
The geometry is geared to a long and low, energy efficient riding position, whilst still allowing agile handling and Cube cites the fork’s low weight, precision and ride comfort. The bike comes with Shimano Dura-Ace, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels and carbon bars for a claimed weight of 6.8kg.
For those keen to enjoy the same race geometry, but wanting to keep the price under control, Cube typically offers models constructed from the slightly lower grade C:62 carbon in the line up, too.
Cube Agree C:62 Race Disc
Can a bike be a jack of all trades, without being a master of none? The Cube Agree tries – aiming to combine an endurance geo with nimble handling, comfort, and even aerodynamics.
The Agree C:62 Race Disc is priced at £2499. Equipped with an Ultegra hydraulic groupset, it’s designed for endurance rides, with a low weight, fatigue-reducing features and efficient power transfer.
In terms of geometry, the Agree is less aggressive than the Litening, but more so than the Attain – sitting it comfortably in the middle of the range when it comes to long and low vs upright.
The carbon used across the range is the second-to-top-end C:62.
Cube Attain GTC SL Disc
The Attain is Cube’s most endurance focused frame, featuring its most relaxed road going geometry.
The Cube CSL Race Carbon fork is used across all models to soften road vibration, whilst aero Flex Stays at the rear are narrow to cover off the same job.
At £1899, the 2019 Cube Attain GTC SL Disc boasts a carbon frame, skinny seatstays and carbon fork. Drivetrain is Shimano Ultegra/105 mix with Fulcrum Racing 66 DB wheels. Cube has made sure that you can fit mudguards easily, for more comfortable riding on wet roads.
Cube Cross Race C:62 SLT
In the Cube Cross Race cyclocross range, the range-topping Cross Race C:62 SLT comes with an all-carbon, premium grade frame and fork, along with a carbon cockpit and wheels.
The drivetrain is Ultegra Di2 and Cube routes the shifter cables and rear brake hose through the bike’s head tube. Cube says that this eliminates cable rub and allowed it to develop a lighter down tube with less reinforcement. Price is £3799.
Cube’s party trick on the Cross Race is the use of cable routing through the head tube, as opposed to the down tube. This keeps the cables well out of harms way, and means that the downtube can be slimmed down.
Cube Nuroad Race
The Cube Nuroad Race is the brand’s adventure-focussed bike.
Priced at £1299, the 2019 model features an alloy frameset and a fork with carbon legs. The Shimano 105 drivetrain ifs paired with alloy wheels with Schwalbe G-One Allround 35mm tyres, with clearance for up to 40mm width along with mudguards.
Cube bikes: about the brand
Cube is a German bike brand which was founded in 1993 by Marcus Pürner – initially making his debut using a 50 square metre area in his father’s furniture factory.
The headquarters remain in the same town – Waldershof in Germany. The company has however expanded substantially, now using a 20,000 square metre facility.
Most renowned for its mountain bikes, Cube also manufactures a wide variety of road bikes – and these have featured at the Tour de France, ridden by wild card team Wanty–Groupe Gobert.
As well as bicycles, Cube also creates a wide range of clothing and accessories – from jerseys and bib shorts to shoes and helmets, for road and mountain bikers.