This year’s Eurobike was spiced up by Cube’s new Stereo, but this isn’t the only news, since the entire booth caught the eye of the visitors thanks to the fresh new look of all the models present. Among the neat looking bikes, Stereo stands out, and its main advantage is the wide array of versions it is offered in. The top of this line is occupied by the Stereo 120 Super HPC SLT 29, that features a mouth-watering specifications chart, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. And don’t get scared by the mile-long names of the models!
Illustrated in the picture above, Cube Stereo 120 Super HPC SLT 29 includes a carbon frame, 120mm shocks, 1×11 drivetrain, and the creme de la creme Rock Shox RS-1 Inverted suspension fork. Get ready to inflict suffering to your bank account if your eyes are set on this model, as the retail price will probably exceed 6.000 euros, but at least you’ll get an off-road machinery that can tackle cross-country and various mountain trails in the same time. However, in terms of pricing, Stereo 120 Super HPC SLT 29 doesn’t reach the summit because of the Stereo C68, a 29er hardtail that tips the scale at 9.1 kilograms, that will also feature an electronic shifting system.
Die-hard tough mountain trail lovers will rejoice upon the sight of Cube’s Stereo 140 C68 SLT 27.5, a bike capable of sorting it out when the going gets tough high up on the peaks. With a specifications chart that includes a carbon frame, and a 2×11 Shimano XTR drivetrain, its price will also pass the 6.000 euro price boundary.
Cube shows some love to enduro enthusiats also, by preparing the Stereo 160 Super HPC. For the 4.999 euros you’ll spend buying it, you’ll get an under-12 kilogram bike, fitted with a 1×11 Shimano XTR drivetrain, and having Fox’s newest creation, the 36 Float RC2 FIT Kashima that promises to make life hard for the Rock Shox Pike.
Coming down to a more affordable price range, the Cube Acid counts as one of the best deals the German manufacturer offers, the 899 euro it costs bringing you a Manitou M30 suspension fork, a Shimano XT rear derailleur, a Shimano Deore crankset, and also Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes.
Further down the range we stumble upon the new Analog which will employ the same frame as the Acid, and, truth being told, the one that’s used for the absolute entry-level model AIM. Analog will feature a Rock Shox fork, a Shimano Deore rear derailleur, and a Shimano Non-series crankset among other components. Worth mentioning is also the fact that this 29er starts to include inner cable routing, which is without any doubt a real upgrade.
Last, but not least the AIM range cranked up its level a bit, boasting inner cable routing for 2015, but still having the basic specifications. The AIM SL 27.5, that costs 499 euros, has, for instance, a Shimano Acera rear derailleur, a Suntour XCM fork, Shimano M-355 hydraulic disc brakes, and 14 kilograms of weight. The only 29er version of the AIM, will cost 50 euros less than the above-mentioned one, but will include lower specifications, such as a Shimano Tourney crankset, Suntour XCT fork, and a 3×8 drivetrain actuated by a Shimano Altus rear derailleur. And yes, the age of the 26er has set in Cube’s kingdom…