The Cube Road C:62 shoes are a high performing, good looking pair of cycling shoes with a stiff sole, decent ventilation and a strong closure system.
When you think of cycling shoes, Cube probably isn't the first name that springs to mind, but the company has been making kit as well as bikes for a while. It's getting several plaudits for its kit too, and testing out the C:62 road shoes I can see what all the fuss is about.
The first thing you notice about these shoes are their looks, which, let's be honest, are almost as important as any other element when riding. To some people. To me they have an appealing, understated design, with that mix of matt and gloss black throughout giving a subtle but stylish finish. They are also pretty svelte, with nice lines throughout – all in all a good looking pair of shoes.
The closure systems used take the form of the Atop system, which is similar to the more common Boa lacing system, and a single Velcro strap. On the Atop system you simply turn the knob away from you to tighten and towards you to loosen, although the loosening is more of a release that then needs retightening, rather than making microadjustments on the fly. It is also off-centre, meaning that you put less pressure on the top of your foot, helping to reduce the chances of developing hotspots that can become irritating over time. The system works really well and it kept my foot locked into position with very little movement, even when really pushing on the pedals while climbing.
The upper is a single moulded piece, which is part of how Cube has managed to keep the shoes looking svelte. It is proving durable and is easy to wipe clean. There are also several venting areas throughout, including above the toes, on the tongue and on both the inside and outside of the arch. These, plus the single vent below the toe box, do a good job of stopping the shoes from overheating, with air flowing through effectively at higher speeds.
Underneath is a full carbon sole, with variable thicknesses to help keep weight down without impacting on stiffness and your power output. They're certainly stiff – the stiffest that Cube makes, with a stiffness index of 300 – and a really good platform for putting power through the pedals, though they aren't quite as good as the top end Easton soles or similar that I've tried, with a tiny bit of flex when pushing up hills. Still very impressive though.
Cleats are secured with a standard three-hole system and have measurement gauges around them to help get the fit correct. There are also firm rubberised buffers on the heel and toe, which help when walking and prevent slipping; unlike other brands, these aren't replaceable, but they're likely to last several years anyway.
Cube has used a 'natural fit' insole, which worked well for me. I often get some discomfort in the arch of my foot after a few hours in the saddle, but these managed to stop that, so they certainly help with comfort.
The shoes weigh in at 532g for the pair, which is good if you compare them to other top end shoes such as Shimano RP9 (£219.99, 538g), Giro Factor ACC (£249.99, 620g), and Sidi Genius 7 (£170, 620g). This, along with their stiffness, makes them pretty good value at £179.99, comparing well with others of a similar price and more expensive options too.
In summary, I was really impressed with these shoes. There's enough stiffness in the soles for sprints and putting power through the pedals, the closure system works well, and ventilation is also strong. It would be good to be able to micro-adjust the fit on the fly, but aside from that there is little not to like.
A well made, good looking pair of shoes and comparable to those costing a fair bit more
road.cc test report
Make and model: Cube Road C:62
Size tested: 43
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
A high performance set of road shoes designed for high-level riders to put maximum power through the pedals.
Cube says: 'Road shoes to take your riding to the next level. Fit that ensures you'll stay comfortable for long miles in the saddle and features to transfer every ounce of power to the pedals. High performance footwear, defined. Stiffness Index: 300'
I was certainly impressed with their stiffness and fit.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
CUBE Natural Fit last
strap with CUBE wing
CUBE Vent System
Natural Fit insole
large ventilation holes
super stiff carbon outsole with TPU studs
CUBE anti-slip system
stiffness index: 300
Really well made with a single moulded upper and stiff sole.
Performed really well throughout; good stiffness and ventilation combined with a strong closure system meant they were still comfortable after hours in the saddle.
Easy to wipe down and clean, and the material seems robust, but replaceable buffers would perhaps help on this front.
Really comfortable fit; the asymmetrical design and Atop closure system kept everything in place without creating hotspots.
The 43s I tested were as I would expect.
Decent weight that beats shoes costing £70 more.
The insoles and closure system make them really comfortable even on long rides.
Well priced for the quality they bring; impressive that they're under the £200 mark.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy to wipe down, and the insoles are removable for separate washing too.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really well: good power transfer and great fit.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The looks are really top notch, with smooth lines and a svelte design making for really strong aesthetics.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Would be nice to have a little more adjustability in the closure system.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
They're a very good pair of shoes that look great and provide excellent comfort. They're not quite as stiff as some, but weight is good and they're pretty good value too, for high performance shoes.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.