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The weather isn’t exactly perfect for riding at the moment, which means we find ourselves spending a little more time indoors, dreaming about adventures later in the year – and especially dreaming about new bikes on which we might ride them. That situation has only become even more of a problem recently, with the news that CUBE has released its 2023 range, and there’s no shortage of fantasy material there.
One of the great strengths of CUBE’s catalogue is its frankly mind-blowing array of choices, especially when it comes to e-bikes. Whether you’re looking for a new assisted mountain bike, leisure bike, commuter or even something a bit more specialist, there is a plethora of CUBE options for you. That’s great for untrammelled dreaming, but it also makes choosing one bike a little tricky – they’re all corkers.
So we’ve done a bit of the hard work for you and picked out some of the highlights from CUBE’s bike releases for 2023. Is your next bike to be found below? You won’t be disappointed if it is.
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Touring Hybrid Pro 625 £2,999
CUBE’s range is fantastic for offering women’s bikes, and kids’ bikes, and bikes for almost any discipline or purpose you can think of. But, as a brand, CUBE is REALLY great at offering a huge selection of e-bikes (or ‘hybrid’ bikes as it calls them). So let’s start with what is, in theory, a fairly ‘standard’ e-bike – but don’t let appearances deceive you. With its Bosch Performance motor with Bosch Smart System and PowerTube battery all neatly integrated into the frame design, an integrated rear carrier, and a seat clamp that even has a hidden tool in its lever, this is a very advanced do-it-all pedal-assist machine.
Hardtail mountain e-bikes
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Reaction Hybrid Performance 625 £2,699
CUBE’s assortment of off-road-specific e-bikes is a true smorgasbord of pedal-assisted goodness that ranges from fairly reserved hardtails all the way up to wild full-sussers. We’ll start at the more restrained end with Reaction Hybrid Performance 625, which comes with everything a sensible e-bike should have, such as its Bosch Smart System and power unit. However, to say this bike has hidden depths is an understatement: it’s refined enough to be a weekend pleasure cycle; easy-to-live-with enough to be a daily commuter; and powerful enough to be a beast on the trails.
Full-suspension mountain e-bikes
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC SLT 750 £8,499
Did somebody say ‘wild full-sussers’? You don’t get a much more extreme machine with pedals than CUBE’s Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC. This enduro-capable bike features a carbon main frame that has been purposely designed to house its Modular Battery System – including a battery up to 750Wh – to power a fourth-generation Bosch drive unit. And that electric-assist system doesn’t hamper trail fun; CUBE has purposely designed the Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC with race-inspired geometry, a Boost 148 rear end and a 1.5in head tube for pinpoint on-trail control. Truly awesome!
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Cargo Dual Hybrid 1000 £6,299
Finally for e-bikes, what about a model where the extra assistance from the battery and motor comes in especially handy? The CUBE Cargo Dual Hybrid is the ultimate in utilitarian cycling with a truly massive load bay that will accept up to 220kg of goods, or even a couple of young passengers. With all that extra weight, you’ll be especially thankful for the cargo-specific Bosch drive unit.
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Litening Aero C:68X SLT £8,499
If you want the ultimate in uncompromised road race performance, the Litening Aero C:68X SLT should be your first port of call. The awesome lightweight carbon frame has been designed with extensive use of Computer Fluid Dynamics and real-world wind tunnel testing to provide a staggering 30% reduction in drag. That means it’s naturally very fast. But it’s also entirely UCI-compliant, so you can race it with complete confidence that you’re following the rules.
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Cross Race C:62 SLX Teamline £3,399
If the competitive juices are flowing, here’s an option for you: cyclo-cross. CUBE’s Cross Race C62 SLX Teamline is a perfect option for any experienced cross racers who want to take their performances to new levels in 2023. It features a selection of top-end design innovations – such as its semi-integrated seat clamp and cable routing – all wrapped up in CUBE’s proven, lightweight C:62 carbon frame. For seriously competitive drop-bar mud-plugging, it’s the perfect option.
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Nuroad WS C:62 Pro £2,099
As we mentioned, one of the CUBE range’s great strengths is its wide selection of women-specific models – whatever kind of riding you want to do, there is an easily-found and specifically-designed female-friendly option available. In fact, whatever kind of riding you want to do, you can probably do it on just this fantastic carbon-framed gravel bike. The Nuroad WS C:62 Pro’s comprehensive design and spec sheet will allow you to take to road, gravel, mud, trails, leisure riding, challenge riding, competition, and – thanks to its rack mounts – even a spot of touring.
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Reaction Pro £1,499
CUBE has a well-deserved reputation for delivering outstanding value for money, and the Reaction range of do-anything hardtail mountain bikes is the perfect showcase. This Pro model features a super-refined aluminium frame with internal cable routing and tapered headtube for handling. The quality continues onto the spec sheet – with a RockShox Judy Silver fork, Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes and matching XT rear derailleur, this is one finely appointed and ultra-capable machine.
Kids mountain bikes
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Elite 240 C:62 SLX £2,399
CUBE doesn’t only excel with adults’ bikes – its range of options for smaller cyclists is possibly the most impressive offering from any global bike manufacturer. The new CUBE Elite 240 C:62 SLX is a perfect case in point, featuring the same quality of carbon frame as CUBE’s full-size alternatives but scaled down superbly to fit younger riders. There really is no shortage of advanced design elements: tapered head tube, full carbon fork, internal cable routing and 12mm thru axles front and rear are all present and correct. Add in SRAM GX gearing and Magura MT8 Pro hydraulic disc brakes, and you’ve got an incredible bike.
Our pick of 2023 – CUBE Nulane Race FE £1,599
You’d be forgiven for thinking the CUBE Nulane Race FE is something of a contradiction. For example, it sits within the brand’s ‘gravel’ section, yet it has a flat handlebar. And it’s called the ‘Race’ model, yet – with its integrated rear rack, mudguards and lighting system – you’re unlikely to see it on any starting line any time soon. Actually, though, the naming convention isn’t that far wrong. Yes, it’s not built for true racing. But its lightweight aluminium frame, full carbon fork, thru axles and disc brakes means it’s built for a particularly speedy and rewarding commute.
To see CUBE’s full range, visit https://www.cube.eu/uk-en/.