The key is close relationships with their suppliers, this means they can produce bikes earlier than their rivals & at a more competitive price. However, the drive unit on this bike had a rather annoying rattle. We asked whether the bike would be susceptible to water ingress because of those vents, and Cube told us that the system is water tight. Nevertheless, it leaves little to be desired in terms of its componentry. On longer, rougher descents, it was getting pretty hot and the rebound damping got noticeably faster - I think Fox's enduro and DH X2 air shock would be a much better match all-round, especially for heavier riders or those intending to take on big mountain riding. The black and orange colour scheme of the 29er extends across the carbon frame to the wheels and tires. Like the flagship models, the HPC SL comes equipped with a Bosch Performance CX motor offering 85 Nm torque. Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC Actionteam 625 27.5 2020 review, Buyer's guide: electric mountain bikes - all you need to know about e-bikes. payload (rider/equipment) 100 kgTrailer approval yesKickstand mount no. Only when things get really fast does it require an active and precise riding style. |  Privacy. Cube Reaction Hybrid Performance 625 2021 e-Bike, Blue & Red. Only for adrenaline junkies with a need for maximum speed, the CUBE isn’t the ideal option. The HPC Race is the entry-level model in the Cube Stereo range. The Kiox display unit has full colour and, though the clamp is rather flimsy, it's out of the way of damage. Before we get into the review, we would like to tell you about our latest print edition. Cube’s new Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC TM 625 here takes the excellent new motor and bundles it into a great package that’s fun to ride, stonking value and seemingly without any chinks in its carbon fibre armour. As we’ve come to expect from CUBE, the Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC is consciously styled from front to back. But with RockShox suspension, Shimano brakes and a full Sram NX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain. Cube has finished the bike off with everything else you’d expect, internal cable routing, mounts for guards, and a Cube dropper post. Even the top of the line bikes like the CUBE action team have received significant upgrades. One of the bike’s standout features is the sleek battery cover hiding the 625 Wh Bosch battery in the down tube of the carbon frame, powering a Bosch Performance CX motor. However, while I like a long reach on normal bikes, I find it less critical to handling stability with an e-MTB, where the extra weight in the chassis does an awful lot to help keep things feeling planted on rough or steep terrain. Despite the long travel, the suspension bottoms out easily on hard hits. Of course, like most full-sized eMTBs, there's a fair bit of bulk to carry about, but the 24kg mass isn't too bad when you factor in the range. Cube has also switched the wheelsize up to 29in from last year’s 27.5in, which is a really smart move for a bike with 140mm travel because it’s designed to cover ground fast. Few bikes on test are as easy to manoeuvre on the trail while offering such versatility. Powered by Shopify, Free shipping within Rotorua and on all orders over $50, Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC Race 625 | 2021. Hardly any other bike on test is this easy to control. However, we’re less impressed with the integration of the external speed sensor on the chainstay, which still relies on the use of a spoke magnet. Promoting eBikes across the UK at events & offering the very best advice, tech articles, blogs & videos. Turn it up Cube have designed their own cover for the charging port in the seat tube, replacing Bosch’s standard version and thanks to the in-house designed bracket, the KIOX display is nicely protected next to the stem. CUBE has dealers across North America that carry our bikes and e-bikes, let us point you in the right direction! We’ll be trying to manage stock levels so we have some for everyone. They are all available to buy this side of Xmas. Advertising and commercial: sales@off-road.cc, Mountain bike, bikepacking and gravel bikes. You also get Shimano XT hubs mounted to 35mm wide Newmen rims. Cube’s Stereo Hybrid 140 bikes sit mid-range in its motorised line-up. RockShox 35 air fork and matching RockShox Deluxe Select air shock smooth out the bumps, while the grippy Schwalbe 2.6in tyres keep the rubber side down. The only real issues were an unexplained rattle from the motor unit and the substantial weight. At € 4,999, the CUBE Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC is among the most affordable bikes on test. This is the TM, or Trail Motion version, it sits in about the middle of the range and represents probably the best balance of performance and value: You get a Fox 36 fork with 150mm travel, rather than a 140mm Fox 34 or RockShox 35 Gold lower down the range. Elsewhere on the bike, it's a very solid spec. At 24.1kg this bike isn’t svelte but it rides lighter than the heavyweight figures would suggest, thanks to the progressive suspension. This option is more prone to problems than the better-integrated solutions we’ve come to expect. A well-rounded package delivering excellent performance for as little as € 5,000, the Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC is the deserved winner of our coveted Best Buy. Cube’s Stereo e-bike is now a 29er with the latest Bosch Performance CX motor and a killer pricepoint, making it one of the most economical ways to get on board with the new motor. Read the new issue of E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine now. View. Remember, all the bikes we mention below have a brand new carbon fibre frame, the new Bosch Performance CX motor system and the larger capacity 625Wh Bosch battery. Shimano's 12-speed XT drivetrain gave excellent gear range and smooth shifting, while the matching four-piston brakes had plenty of power, though once again marred by a shifting bite point at the lever. Martin has been in the electric bike industry for over 10 years & has helped it grow from the start. by CUBE Bikes Team | Dec 6, 2019 | Reviews. CUBE Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC Race 625 29 Review. Cube has nailed the components on Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC TM 625. Packed full of reliable components, the Cube Stereo Hybrid Race 140 is the ideal machine for long days exploring backcountry trails, or for doing a few extra laps of your local hill after work. Reviews, ratings, specifications, weight, price and more for the 2020 Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC Race 625 29 E-Bike With a degree in sports engineering, excellent mountain bike skills, his love of technology and as a certified bike guide, Felix has everything it takes to make comprehensive and fair assessments of bikes. by CUBE Bikes Team | Dec 6, 2019 | Reviews. Copyright © 2020 The UK Electric Bike Company Ltd, All Rights Reserved. Built on the same frame, motor and battery as the others. Bikes like Specialized's lightweight, mid-powered Levo SL might make a lot of sense for many riders after an assisted biking experience without the bulk, but there's no substitute for power and range for many riders and the Cube scores big on that front, rattling drive issues aside. The back end of the bike is fairly linear, so harder and heavier riders will find stuffing a larger volume spacer into the DPX2 shock makes a useful difference to preventing excessive bottom-out on big landings or compressions. If you're in the market for a full-size, long travel e-MTB, there's a lot to like about the Cube. The flex-free bay also increases reliability because there’s no opportunity for wires to twist or come loose. With relatively few corners and no jumps or berms to test the bike on at Cube HQ it’s hard to say how playful the bike really is though, so look out for a test later in the year. At 74.8°, the seat tube angle is somewhat slacker than the competition. Every year, he reviews around 100 bikes, specialising in the subject of tires, motors and suspension, before putting on his skis come winter! Packed full of reliable components, the Cube Stereo Hybrid Race 140 is the ideal machine for long days exploring backcountry trails, or for doing a few extra laps of your local hill after work. Hardly any other bike on test is this easy to control. At 172cm tall, I went for the 20" frame, which has a seat tube of 470mm and a reach of 460mm and I just about fitted with the post fully slammed in the frame. Going downhill, the CUBE Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC masters tight turns, berms and spontaneous line changes just as easily. Loose ground, steps, roots, tight corners and occasionally extreme inclines.↩, Singletrack descents on challenging terrain. I spoke to Bosch but to no avail as to whether this was a standard feature or a specific issue with this bike; I've not ridden enough of these new units to say for sure, though it didn't affect riding function in any way. I was speaking with the CEO of Cube Bikes, who have been manufacturing bikes in their custom made bike factory based in Waldershof, Germany since 1993. In fact, Cube bikes are the largest bike company for Bosch eBike system purchases. Loose ground, steps, roots, tight corners and small jumps as well as some very steep descents.↩, High speed descents on sometimes very rough trails with large jumps and obstacles that you can’t roll over.↩, The rating used for riding characteristics refers to the bikes in the group test and the current state of development of eMTBs.

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