Cube has announced a number of new ebikes for 2019 at its headquarters in Germany. You can read a few highlights below:
CUBE Elite Hybrid C:62 SLT 500 29
Price: £ 5.499
Zero compromise. If our designers had anything to do with it, every CUBE would be designed and equipped this way. With its streamlined looks, integrated battery and a full complement of range-topping components, the Elite Hybrid C:62 SLT is the powerful, lightweight Bosch e-bike to beat. Brand new Shimano XTR component highlights include a carbon crank, silent freehub and four piston hydraulic disc brakes front and rear. Throw in an unparalleled 1x12 gear range of 10-51 teeth and the fact that the transmission and Bosch components integrate seamlessly for smooth shifting, and it's hard to argue with the fact that we think this is the ultimate e-MTB setup. Newmen carbon cockpit components and Evolution rim complement the plush, easily adjustable Fox 34 Float Factory fork, and the whole lot rolls on grippy, big volume Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres for the ultimate in grip. If you're thinking that all this reads more like a wish-list than a spec sheet, you'd be right. But then, that's what you get when you tell the CUBE design team not to spare any expense: e-perfection in carbon form.
We've learnt a great deal about carbon frame construction – and the specific needs of Bosch e-bikes – over the years. All of that knowledge and experience has been poured into the Elite Hybrid C:62 SLT's chassis. The result is a lightweight, rigid frame built from our premium C:62 carbon using our Advanced Twin Mold manufacturing technique. With a low centre of gravity, surprisingly low weight and an efficient design – aided and abetted by the 12mm Boost rear axle, oversize down tube and tapered head tube – it's got handling that'll surprise you. Our Agile Ride Geometry delivers on-trail poise and ability that makes the most of this bike's peerless pedigree so that you can ride further, faster. Bosch's PowerTube battery lives inside the down tube under its own sealed cover, but it can be recharged without removing it from the frame. The sleek battery and drive unit housings gave our design team the opportunity to fit up to two bottle cage mounts. Cables run internally to complement the elegant looks, and we've even allowed for an easy dropper post upgrade. The devil is, as we've always maintained, in the detail. If there's a faster, more inspirational e-MTB, we're not aware of it...
CUBE Reaction Hybrid SLT 500
Price: £ 3.299
The Reaction Hybrid SLT represents the state of the art in aluminium e-MTB technology. Whether it's the ultimate drivetrain performance or the best handling Bosch e-bike that you're seeking, it all comes together here in a single, exceptional hardtail. Our engineers' refined chassis design harnesses the power and versatility of Bosch's proven e-bike technology with CUBE's years of experience in crafting great-looking, great riding mountain bikes. Combined with Fox's plush 34 Rhythm fork, Shimano 11 speed XT gears, powerful hydraulic disc brakes – with a 4 piston caliper at the front – as well as Newmen cockpit components and a remote dropper post, we've cut no corners in our quest to produce the ultimate machine for off-road explorers. Ride further, faster and more often: the trail awaits.
One look at this bike tells you all you need to know: it's special. Our design team created a sophisticated, gravity cast down tube and bottom bracket to house the Bosch CX drive unit and PowerTube battery. It serves several purposes. First, it's undeniably elegant. Second, it keeps the Reaction Hybrid SLT's centre of gravity as low as possible, for better handling. And third, it's an incredibly stiff backbone for the rest of the chassis. Combined with the Boost 12mm thru-axle, tapered head tube and Agile Ride Geometry, the result is a Bosch e-bike frame that's as intuitive and inspiring to ride as any of our mountain bikes. You can even charge the battery without removing it, if you wish. Internal cable routing complements the clean appearance and keeps gear shifts slick in even the filthiest of conditions, and there's room for up to two bottle cage mounts – so you can stay properly hydrated, even on longer rides.
CUBE Acid Hybrid Pro 500 29
Price: £ 2.299
A bike shouldn't just fit easily into your life, it should be an extension of your life. The Acid Hybrid Pro is designed to meet all your riding needs in one sleek, adaptable and reliable package; a Bosch e-bike that can do it all. The Bosch Active Plus drive unit and battery – housed so neatly in the elegant down tube most people won't even notice they're there – give your pedalling an extra helping hand for easier hills, hassle-free commuting and the range to explore further afield at the weekends. Slick-shifting Shimano Deore 10 speed gears are complemented by matching hydraulic disc brakes for dependable all-weather stopping, while the easily-adjustable air sprung Suntour fork with lockout smoothes out the roughest of roads and trails and the Schwalbe tyres grip tenaciously in all conditions. Ride to work, ride to the shops, ride into the hills... the Acid Hybrid Pro is your ideal companion.
Building an e-bike isn't particularly hard. Building a Bosch e-bike that works seamlessly with the motor and battery system, is light and easy to handle, and looks superb too... that's the tricky part. It's a good thing, then, that the CUBE engineering team loves a challenge. The Acid Hybrid Pro's aluminium superlite chassis is a masterclass in elegant functionality. From the cunningly integrated battery and drive unit to the sleek hydroformed tubing, weight-saving double butting and tapered head tube, the features here are exactly the same as you'd find on one of our range-topping hybrids. Agile Ride Geometry ensures that handling is as intuitive and easy as you'd expect, while integrated mudguard mounts make all-weather riding a simple upgrade away. We've even included cable routing, so that gear cables run inside the frame out of reach of mud, grit and water for long-lasting smooth shifting. It's everything you need, and nothing that you don't.
CUBE Stereo Hybrid 140 500 TM
Price: £ 4.499
How do you build the ultimate mountain-taming e-MTB? Simple. Give the CUBE design team a black sheet of paper and tell them not to compromise. And here's the result: the Stereo Hybrid 140 TM, a Bosch e-bike to redefine your expectations. Power comes from Bosch's CX PowerTube drive system coupled to Shimano's peerless 11 speed XT transmission, for practically seamless shifts and a gear range wide enough to tackle any climb. Braking is handled by Magura's MT7 hydraulic discs with oversized 203mm rotors front and rear. Combined with a 150mm travel Fox 36 Float GRIP fork, Float DPX2 EVOL shock and 2.6in Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres – Magic Mary at the front and Nobby Nic at the rear, both with Supergravity sidewalls – it's a potent setup to put you in full control of any trail situation you encounter. The Fox dropper post gives you more scope to check out steep lines in perfect control, and we topped the whole lot off with a light, strong and stiff Newmen wheelset and Race Face cockpit components. If you've been searching for the best all-mountain e-MTB... you just found it. A great handling e-MTB needs a great design team behind it. The Bosch drive system has its own unique needs, but luckily we've been working with it for years and understand it inside out. That knowledge and experience enabled our engineers to finesse every detail of the Stereo Hybrid 140 TM's elegant chassis, from the tapered head tube to the Boost 148 rear axle. Holding it all together – literally and figuratively – is the oversized one piece, gravity cast down tube. As well as providing the exceptionally rigid backbone that's the foundation of the Stereo Hybrid 140 TM's incredible handling, it also fully encloses the Bosch PowerTube battery to keep it out of harm's way – although you can easily charge it without removing it from the frame. We joined the dots with our acclaimed Agile Ride Geometry, which delivers the ideal combination of stability and agility. And details like the bottle cage mount and internal cable routing are just the kind of finishing touches that you'd expect from CUBE. It's ready to ride. Are you?
CUBE Stereo Hybrid 120 HPC SL 500
Price: £ 3.699
Take the proven comfort and control advantages of our Stereo Hybrid 120 line, add our advanced Twin Mold carbon manufacturing technology, and what do you get? A trail-orientated Bosch e-bike that's lighter, stiffer, more comfortable and more versatile than ever, that's what. Say 'hello' to the Stereo Hybrid 120 HPC SL – your new best friend for trail exploration. No climb is too steep, no descent too tricky. The Fox 34 Rhythm fork, paired with a Float DPS EVOL shock, makes short work of rocks, roots and trail debris. An 11 speed Shimano SLX and XT gear setup works in harmony with Bosch's powerful CX drive unit to put you in complete control, while strong hydraulic disc brakes ensure you can keep your speed in check at all times. With Newmen finishing kit and big volume, grippy Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres, we've ensured that you've everything you need to explore further afield, more often.
The Stereo Hybrid 120 HPC SL's beauty is more than skin deep. The one-piece carbon down tube that houses the Bosch battery and drive unit is undeniably elegant, protecting the entire Bosch system from the elements and prying eyes. But it's also the stiff, exceptionally strong backbone that enabled our engineers to build such amazing handling and comfort into the frame. Combined with the 12x148mm Boost rear axle and tapered head tube, it delivers incredibly precise steering and efficient power transfer. A longer head tube and higher bottom bracket increase both comfort and ground clearance, which translates into longer, more adventurous rides. Our Efficient Trail Control suspension and Agile Trail Geometry work in tandem to deliver exceptional comfort and intuitive handling, whilst stealth dropper post-ready cable routing and maintenance-reducing internal gear cables are the kind of neat touches you'd expect from CUBE. We sweated the details, so you can just concentrate on the ride.