Cube Agree GTC frame problems

by BobE   September 28, 2012  

I am looking for my first road bike and was interested in the Cube Agree GTC. My local(ish) bike shop told me not to, because the frame design was out of date and anyhow they had had a number of problems with the frame. Another lbs didn't know of any problems. Is there a problem with Cube frames or was the bloke trying to sell me something else instead for his benefit? I am still deciding what to get, but I don't want to rule out the Cube if I don't have to. That leads on to many other questions that I will save for another day...

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A guy in our club has a GTC and loves it. He's had it 2 years - no problems. He's a big guy and gives the bike some 'stick'. He's even won a few races on it. They are well rated bikes - I've never heard of any problems. Good value bikes IMHO.

posted by partsandlabour [32 posts]
28th September 2012 - 8:13

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I've never heard of Cube frame problems. I ride an Agree GTC SL and it's a great bike. The only thing I have heard of is that some riders have experienced brake cable rattling in the top tube, but this is easily resolved and is nothing to do with the frame. Hope that helps.

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
28th September 2012 - 10:03

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I'm going to guess the shop that told you not to don't sell Cube? I would have just lost all faith in that shop's opinions.

posted by mustard [72 posts]
28th September 2012 - 11:12

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Although I don't think I've ever seen a Cube in the flesh, I don't buy the idea that frames from a particular brand are any more problematic than from any others. That's assuming that you're talking about the prominent/reputable brands, and obviously there's no accounting for the odd duff one- something all brands have- but they're all pretty much made in the same small set of factories, and have the same parts bolted on to them. You're essentially buying on personal preference and price/spec rather than any of them being `better' than the others IMO.

So, I reckon your LBS is talking rubbish and wants you to buy something he has (duh!). Dunno what he means by frames being 'out of date', although obviously some do remain unchanged for a few years- again for all brands.

That said, if you're not necessarily that up on bikes there might be something to be said for getting something from your LBS rather than somewhere online or further away. Depends on the shop though, personally I've always found the benefits of LBSs to be vastly overstated.

posted by Chuck [364 posts]
28th September 2012 - 14:30

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The odd thing is they do sell Cube, but seem to want to push either a Cannondale or Specialized. Do shops get a better margin on them? Though in his defence he did say these two brands provided lifetime guarantee on the frame compared to two years with Cube.

posted by BobE [9 posts]
28th September 2012 - 17:15

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I am a 15 stone lump and I have riden an Agree for 6 months, no problems to report!

posted by Winstan88 [10 posts]
28th September 2012 - 20:21

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they'll make a good bit more margin out of a specialized or cannondale.

posted by mathewshotbolt [100 posts]
30th September 2012 - 14:05

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GET A CANYON INSTEAD! Cheaper and better.

www.canyon.com

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
30th September 2012 - 14:58

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I have looked at Canyon, but as it is buying from the internet only I do not want to take the risk as it will be my first road bike. To be honest there are not many bikes I have completely discounted.

posted by BobE [9 posts]
30th September 2012 - 16:02

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I ride a Cube Agree GTC. Im 15 stone plus and can say for sure there are no frame problems. The frame sizes do come up a little small though. I usually ride 58cm bikes (Specialized) but had to get a 60cm with Cube to get the same ride. Great bike though, loving every minute on it Big Grin

posted by leveller [1 posts]
30th September 2012 - 19:49

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i have the GTC race 2012 and is a fantastic piece of kit, and i would highly recommend it you get a lot of bike for the money...
steer of that LBS they are talking out off their backside Raised Eyebrow

Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other

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posted by RobeH [35 posts]
1st October 2012 - 17:09

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Hi I had a cube agree 2008 version(i think) the frame cracked at the bottom bracket, It was just out of the 2 year warranty by 1 month. They wouldn't do anything. Riding a scott now.

posted by tc01947 [10 posts]
2nd October 2012 - 15:35

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BobE wrote:
The odd thing is they do sell Cube, but seem to want to push either a Cannondale or Specialized. Do shops get a better margin on them? Though in his defence he did say these two brands provided lifetime guarantee on the frame compared to two years with Cube.

This guy in your LBS is trying to sell you something he can get hold of quickly (a bike in your size) because Cube Have Become so Popular, the Dealers are having problems getting them from Cube.

I have a Cube Agree GTC Pro 2011, model - I absolutely love it; and if I were going to buy another Bike? I'd choose a Cube again. They are in a different class to many of the usual named brands.

Searched all reviews of Cube Bikes; and every one of them has praised the Cube - Cannot find a bad word about them! Your LBS guy has a gripe for some reason or he's a true numpty.

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
2nd October 2012 - 15:46

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tc01947 wrote:
Hi I had a cube agree 2008 version(i think) the frame cracked at the bottom bracket, It was just out of the 2 year warranty by 1 month. They wouldn't do anything. Riding a scott now.

You Think? I suspect!

Only one I've ever heard of.

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
2nd October 2012 - 15:49

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Bought a Cube Agree GTC at the start of the summer. It's taken a bit of getting used to after riding a hybrid for years but it's a lovely bike and I've had no problems at all.

posted by paulfg42 [374 posts]
3rd October 2012 - 23:42

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bought a cube agree 5 months ago and the frame has just cracked gone chain side near the sprocket brilliant bike up until that point friend has the same bime and nothing wrong with his bike had never heard that there were problems with the frames or may have looked elsewhere

posted by gazq [2 posts]
30th November 2012 - 7:48

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Sounds as if you've been unlucky as I've never heard of Cube having general frame problems and I've had mine for over a year. You should be well inside the warranty period - have you contacted Cube?

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
30th November 2012 - 11:39

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I'm researching buying a road bike for first time, cube agree looks a great package.
Had a conversation with a guy from a LBS and he said avoid cube - when asked why, he said they are seeing a lot of cube bikes with cracked frames around bottom bracket - bikes are about 3 years old. Someone above has suggested something similar, and most of other comments are regard newer bikes.
Hope no one experiences any issues, but I'm steering clear, as so many other options at competitive prices and specs.

posted by Kpr [2 posts]
1st December 2012 - 15:08

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just had a full refund looking for something else now

posted by gazq [2 posts]
2nd December 2012 - 12:22

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Just had my 2011 Agree GTC SL frame replaced due to crack around the BB. Originally I had noticed the slightest mark on the frame the first time I cleaned the bike when it was new but assumed it was a paint defect. After a year and doing nearly 4500 miles on it, during a trip to the Alps last summer the bike developed a loud click from the BB caused by the crack having grown to about 20mm in a line around the bearing.
Dealer "lifecycle" was really helpful. Frame was changed to 2013 model so have fingers crossed that any design issues with this model frame have been fixed or more likely it was a manufacturing defect (dealer assured me that mine was the only road bike they'd had issues with and crack grew from mark that was present when bike was new).
Still love it.

posted by dukeofessex [1 posts]
4th January 2013 - 15:09

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Some interesting feedback here. Especially as Cube have done well in many bike tests.
At least they seem to act correctly if a problem does arise.

posted by Super Domestique [1598 posts]
4th January 2013 - 20:19

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