It isn’t big surprise or secret, for that matter, that the big bike guys in UK cycle industry (understand Giant, Specialized and Trek) have been scratching their heads since Cube bikes came to UK. The reason for their worry is most visible in the mid-range level hard-tail mountain bike category. The Cubes are something different and rather good looking, the their bikes are very well equipped and extremely well finished but very reasonably priced. Have you too noticed the ‘The Demo Series‘ lurking on you from any mountain bike magazine at the minute? Quite something – Giant, Specialized and Trek. The forever UK rivals are joining forces? Has this bizarre idea crossed you mind already? If not, I’ll tell you why they doing this – they are afraid, afraid of CUBE mountain bikes.
And to give you the prime example of this I decided to review the Cube LTD Comp, 2011 model. Available in two finishes – anodized black and rather sexy looking white/metal/red. The anodized option is 200g lighter, but not as flash looking as the painted one. The spec is quite something considering the price tag (RRP £819) – Shimano SLX 3×10 speed transmission with XT rear derailleur, Rock Shox Tora fork with PopLoc, Shimano M445 hydraulic brakes, Easton and Scape finishing kit and Schwalbe custom colored rubber. (For full specification check full detailed spec below)
All this weighting only 12.7 (anodized)/12.9 kg (painted) for just over 800 pounds – fantastic!
It is a ‘no-brainer’. Just go and compare it to £800 ‘Spesh‘ or Giant ore Trek if you like, the brand to known to British cycling public as a good bikes for your money, they are struggling this year, they are no where near to meet this high standard Cube bikes are setting up. Cube two steps forward, ‘established’ UK brands two steps back.
So if you weekend warrior or just keen cyclist who would like to upgrade from your 10 year old Specialized, Trek or Marin and you have been planing to spend no more then grand mark don’t look anywhere else, or look wherever you want, but I know you be back for Cube LTD Comp
• Frame: Alu Superlite AMF 7005 Double Butted, RFR-Geometry
• Fork: Rock Shox Tora TK, 100mm, PopLoc
• Headset: FSA NO. 10 semi-integrated
• Stem: Easton EA30, Oversized
• Handlebar: Easton EA30 Lowriser Oversized
• Grips: CUBE Double Duometer
• Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT RD-M773 Shadow 10-speed
• Front derailleur: Shimano SLX FD-M660-10, Top Swing, 34.9mm, 10-speed
• Shifters: Shimano SLX SL-M660-10 Rapidfire-Plus, 10-speed
• Brakes: Shimano BR-M4451 hydr. discbrake(180/160mm)
• Cranks: Shimano FC-M552 2-Piece 42x32x24T, 175mm, integrated BB 3×10 speed
• Cassette: Shimano CS-HG81 11-36T, 10-speed
• Chain: Shimano CN-HG74 10-speed, 108 links
• Tires: Schwalbe Rapid Rob Performance 2.25
• Rims: RFR ZX24
• Front hub: Shimano Disc HB-RM65
• Rear hub: Shimano Disc FH-RM65
• Spokes: DT Industry 2.0
• Inner Tube: Impac AV14
• Rim Tape: Schwalbe 22-559
• Pedals: Fasten Alu
• Seat: RFR Natural Shape 0.2 M
• Seatpost: RFR Complight 31,6mm
• Seatclamp: Scape Varioclose 34.9mm
CUBE Technology for LTD frame:
Extremely high tensile strength 7005 aluminium alloy requires heat treatment. Its developed for the highest requirements, very stiff and fatigue resistant, corrosion resistant, nonshearing; double butted which makes it suitable for very light tube-sets with a high level of stiffness.
Our bicycles with RFR-geometry stand out by their sports character. The riding characteristics, rider comfort and rider safety in particular are taken in account for each individual bike category.
FSS Frame Save System:
To protect our high-end aluminium frames, they are built with the CUBE Frame Save System replaceable derailleur hanger. The thread is in the hanger and not in the frame as usual. In case of a crash, this hanger can be easily and quickly replaced by a new one.
One Piece Design:
Joints in high-quality aluminium frames are specially finished via this method and so create the impression of seamless tube design. This generates the visual effect of molding and ensures high load-bearing capacity.