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High-end carbon loveliness with Shimano's super-swish electronic shifting

Mmmm! The Cube Litening Super HPC Di2 is a bike that you just know is going to be super-fast even before you climb on board. When Dan from Cube dropped it off we half expect the top-level offering from the German brand – all carbon and digital shifting – to make a bid for freedom and speed off up the road by itself unless we kept it well tethered. Now, if only you could sell the kids into slavery, you could afford the £5,900 you need to get your hands on one, and then your life would be complete.

Okay, so what are you getting here? The frame is an HPC (high performance composite) carbon monocoque with an extended seat tube that you cut to length. It comes in a pure race-bred geometry with the head tube on our 56cm model measuring a dinky 14.2cm, so your ride position is going to be low and aero here – you can forget all about sitting up and enjoying the view.

The forks are Easton EC90 SLs – full carbon, naturally, and colour matched to the frame – while deep-section Xentis Squad 4.2 clinchers take care of the rolling.

All of the components are high-end, as you’d expect, but the real show-stealer is Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting. You know the deal by now: wires and a battery pack take you through the gears, and you touch the levers rather than sweep them. Cables? Oh, no, no, no; what a quaint idea.

We could tell you more but we’ve got an urgent appointment with the Cube, some sunshine and the open road. And we need to put the kids on Ebay as soon as possible. We’ll get back to you.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.