Just in: Cube Litening Super HPC Di2… more whizzy bits than you can shake a stick at

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

by Mat Brett   April 28, 2010  

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.

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i take it you wont be hanging plastic shopping bags off the bars on you way home from work and the shops then... Big Grin

(saying that i wouldn't be surprised if there was a Di2 alfine hub hybrid around some corner some place in a few years).

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
28th April 2010 - 16:40

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Blimey, it's very colourful isn't it?

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posted by Martin Thomas [570 posts]
28th April 2010 - 17:08

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I have a beam rack to test and that seatpost looks the ideal thing to hang it off. You know my address... Big Grin

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posted by Chuffy [185 posts]
28th April 2010 - 20:44

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i reckon you'd feel a bit of a knob riding that on the cycle path, wouldn't you? Smile

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
29th April 2010 - 11:36

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Fringe wrote:
a Di2 alfine hub hybrid around some corner some place in a few years).

Just like that Lexus concept bike then?

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posted by jamesfifield [93 posts]
30th April 2010 - 14:25

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jamesfifield wrote:
Fringe wrote:
a Di2 alfine hub hybrid around some corner some place in a few years).

Just like that Lexus concept bike then?

ahh, knew i'd seen one somewhere..still think i'll stick with the old cables and pulleys etc.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
30th April 2010 - 14:35

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Fringe wrote:
still think i'll stick with the old cables and pulleys etc.

Completely agree: if they did that with a Red gruppo I'd be all over it like a fat kid on a cupcake. Having said that, if someone offered me one I'd bite their arm off!

Any more information of this one? Full review soon perhaps?

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posted by jamesfifield [93 posts]
13th May 2010 - 11:27

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full review soon... stay tuned

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7385 posts]
13th May 2010 - 12:16

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Can't wait!

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posted by jamesfifield [93 posts]
13th May 2010 - 20:33

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