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2013 Cube Stereo 29er and 650B released

Previously only available with 26” wheels the Stereo range now also includes both a 29er and 650B model. Geometry for both 29er and 650B frames has been developed to allow for both fast rolling performance and agile handling. While climbing or pedalling on the flats the suspension stays neutral. Material has also been removed from the Super High Performance Composite, light weigh frames used without compromising stiffness or performance and even super light paint has been used.

The 650B frame (without rear shock) is close to 1,800g – a record. The frame is 700g lighter than last year making the 650B a high performance yet versatile package.

CUBE STEREO Super HPC 140 SLT (29er)

The full monty. Only the best and most lightweight parts are used for the job. The benchmark in this bike category.

The STEREO Super HPC 140 SLT carries the all-new Efficient Trail Control four link 29er Super HPC Advanced Twin Mold Technology carbon frame with Advanced Twin Mold construction and ARG geometry for an agile ride with the typical 29er fast-rolling features and 140mm of travel.

Thanks to Agile Ride Geometry the 29in bikes retain the lively handling feel of 26in bikes.

SPECS:

  • Extra light Formula R1 Racing disc brake with titanium hardware
  • SRAM XX components and Race Face Next SL carbon fibre crank with titanium axle
  • CUBE custom wheels with TUNE Prince & Princess hubs, DT Swiss Supercomp spokes, Reynolds AM carbon fibre rims
  • FOX 34 Float CTD 29 air fork, lockout, trail mode and adjustable rebound, QR15 thru axle, tapered steerer, Kashima coated
  • FOX Float CTD Adjust BoostValve damper, lockout, trail mode and adjustable rebound, CUBE custom setup
  • Syntace F109 stem and Vector carbon fibre handlebar, extremely light and ergonomic combination
  • Ultralight CUBE full carbon saddle and AX lightness seatpost

CUBE STEREO Super HPC 160 SLT (650B)

The ultimate bike in 650B. The “top of the line we don’t know how to improve anything” model. Exclusive and super light.

The STEREO Super HPC 160 SLT has the Efficient Trail Control four link 650B frame in Twin Mold construction. An extremely stiff monocoque full carbon fibred Trail Motion Rocker for perfect kinematics in all riding situations.
With ARG geometry you´ll get an agile ride with all the advantages of the bigger wheels and 160mm of travel.

SPECS:

  • Extra light Formula R1 Racing disc brake with titanium hardware
  • SRAM XX transmission and Race Face Next SL carbon fibre crank with titanium axle
  • CUBE custom wheels with TUNE Prince and Princess hubs, DT Swiss Supercomp spokes, Reynolds AM Carbon rims
  • FOX 34 Talas CTD 650B air fork, lockout function, adjustable rebound, tapered steerer, QR15 thru axle, 160-120mm travel
  • FOX Float CTD Adjust BoostValve damper, lockout function, trail mode and adjustable rebound, Kashima coated, CUBE custom setup
  • Rotors: front 180mm / rear 180mm
  • Syntace F109 stem and Vector carbon fibre handlebar, extremely light and ergonomic combination
  • Schwalbe Nobby Nic Kevlar tyres, especially light with low rolling resistance and optimum traction
  • Ultralight CUBE full carbon saddle and AX lightness seatpost
  • Extremely light TUNE Würger seat clamp

Interview with Michael Prell, R&D Department, CUBE

A new topic for 2013 is the wheel size 650B. How is CUBE’s approach to this?
650B means a whole new dimension for mountain biking – literally. The advantages of both known wheel sizes are combined: higher speed and better rolling over bumps while delivering more travel and still showing an agile geometry. CUBE developed a mountain bike concept for the slightly bigger wheels and more than 140mm of travel with the character of a perfect trail bike: welcome to our STEREO SHPC 160.

The modern balanced geometry (flat seat and steep steering angle, low BB and stand over height, short steering tube) leads to a centralized riding position IN the bike. This renders high agility and great downhill features when riding trails. Climbing is made easier because there is no front wheel lifting due to the steep steering angle and the lowered BB. At super steep climbs you can still lower the FOX 34 TALAS 650B from 160 to 120 mm.

The new kinematic features are a plus besides the advantages we got through the frame geometry. We achieved a small nearly constant working leverage. Combined with our pivot positions at the rear the damping works very sensitive and does not compromise pedaling. On uphills the suspension is stable without bobbing or pedal pogo. There is no sag while climbing even when rolling through a depression. On downhills the suspension sets new standards absorbing everything from small rocks to gnarly roots while staying stable because of the well calculated kinematics. Another favorable point: The low weight. With a frame weight around 1.800 grams the Stereo sets a benchmark while showing extraordinary stiffness and uphill riding characteristics of a XC bike. The field of use is nearly unlimited – you could go crossing the alps or ride a marathon – and even win it.

What are the developments of Cube for 29ers?

29ers are state of the art. We added a trail bike with 140mm to our range of 29ers, the STEREO SHPC 140. This is the maximum in combination with the big wheel size without compromising the performance because of the seat stay length or pedaling efficiency. The STEREO SHPC 140 rides uphill like an AMS 130, downhill like an AMS 150 … even better.

How could you achieve this?

We revamped the geometry. A steep seating angle and a flat seat angle combined with a low BB deliver great riding properties. Take perfect kinematics and the superb traction of 29ers and you get unprecedent features on up- and downhills. Being super lightweight with optimized STW numbers and DINPlus testing to prove it you can fly up hills. Even on steep parts you won’t have to lower the fork because of the balanced geometry. The kinematics keep the suspension stable without sagging.

On the downhills you will feel safe like never before and conquer new terrain. No other bike delivers the feel of safety and smooth rolling like our STEREO SHPC 140. You can choose any line because the big wheels just keep rolling. With the riding position IN the bicycle your mountain biking will be lifted to a new level. The STEREO SHPC 140 can do it all. Trails, epic rides, marathons or crossing the alps.