German brand Cube offers a wide range of road bikes with a focus on performance, comfort and value for money, with smart design and choice of frame materials. Navigating a company's range of bikes can often be bewildering, but Cube’s road range is relatively easy to navigate. The German brand offers Litening lightweight race bikes, Agree carbon-fibre endurance road bikes, and an Attain lineup, in both carbon and aluminium, that’s more comfort focused.
The new Nuroad bikes look interesting too. These are aluminium framed with disc brakes along with mudguard and rack mounts and enough clearance for 40mm tyres. If you’re looking for something with plenty of versatility, this could be a good place to start your search.
We've picked out highlights from the new range. You can see a list of the full range with prices here.
Cube’s Attains are endurance road bikes that are designed with comfort in mind. They’re divided into the HPA aluminium models and GTC carbon-fibre models (below). You can get rim brake and disc brake versions of each.
All of the Attain bikes are built to a geometry that’s a little more relaxed than that of the Litening race bikes (below), with a shorter reach and a higher stack height for a position that’s designed to be more comfortable over long distances.
The Attain HPAs feature double butted 6061 T6 aluminium frames and aluminium steerer/ carbon legged forks. They come with compact chainsets to help with the hills.
The cheapest model in the range is the straight Attain (above, £649) which is built up with Shimano’s entry-level Claris groupset and Cube’s own RA 0.8 Aero wheels.
The Attain SL Disc tops the range at £1,299 with a Shimano 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes.
Buy if: You want a comfortable aluminium road bike for racking up the miles
The Attain GTC models are made to the same endurance geometry as the Attain HPAs (above) but they’re built around carbon-fibre framesets that feature what Cube calls Flex Stays at the back, designed to absorb shock.
When we reviewed the 2017 version of the Attain GTC SLT Disc here on road.cc we said, “It isn't a lightweight, aggressive race bike, it's a bike for getting in the big miles in comfort. It's certainly up for riding fast, but smoothness is more this bike's thing. That's the most obvious characteristic of the ride.”
The most affordable model is the rim brake GTC Pro (above, £1,399) which comes with a Shimano 105 groupset and Mavic’s great value Aksium RS wheels.
The top model in the range is the Attain GTC SL Disc (above, £1,899). This one is built up with Shimano’s second tier Ultegra groupset, including reliable hydraulic disc brakes, and Fulcrum Racing 66 wheels. That’s a tidy parts package!
Buy if: You’re after a carbon-fibre endurance road bike that offers a smooth ride and stable handling
The carbon-fibre Litening bikes are designed with racing in mind. You can choose between rim brake and disc brake models all built to the same performance-orientated geometry that puts you into a low and stretched riding position.
The C:62 Pro (above, £2,499) features a full-carbon fork, Shimano’s Ultegra groupset and Mavic’s lightweight and tough Ksyrium wheels. Other high quality components include a Fizik Antares R7 saddle and Continental Grand Sport Race SL tyres.
Two models in the range use C:62 while one model uses C:68, which is said by Cube to be stiffer and at 850g is also lighter. It's ridden by the Wanty–Groupe Gobert pro team. This Litening C:68 SL (£3,999) is built up with Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace groupset and Mavic Ksyrium Elite Black wheels.
When we reviewed the Cube Litening C:68 Pro Blackline a couple of years ago we were highly impressed by the performance, calling it a “surefooted and stable race-orientated machine” that’s built around a “top notch carbon frame and fork”.
Buy if: You’re looking for a lightweight race-focused bike with a high quality components package
Cube describes its Agree range as “aero-inspired endurance performance”. All four of the Agree bikes use the same carbon-fibre as the C:62 Litening models (above) and they’re built to a geometry that sits somewhere between that of the Attain endurance bikes and the Litening race bikes. In other words, the riding position is a little more upright than you’ll find on a pure competition bike but it’s still performance orientated.
The Agree includes features like a semi-integrated seat clamp, slim seatstays and a narrow legged fork, all designed to reduce frontal area, although Cube hasn’t released figures relating to the bike’s aero efficiency.
The Agree C:62 Pro (above, £2,099) gets the mechanical version of Shimano Ultegra groupset and Mavic’s Cosmic Elite wheels while the top-level Agree C:62 SLT Disc (below, £3,499), with thru axles front and rear, is built up with Shimano’s excellent Ultegra Di2 (electronic shifting) components and hydraulic disc brakes.
Buy if: You’re after an endurance bike with aero features and a performance edge
The brand new Nuroad models are aluminium bikes with disc brakes, and they’re designed to be versatile enough to cope with a variety of different surfaces – mud and gravel as well as tarmac.
Cube says that they bridge the gap between road and cyclocross, and that’s a good way of putting it. Mudguard and rack mounts mean the Nuroads are also adaptable for all weather commuting, for example.
The 6061 T6 aluminium frame is made to a gravel/comfort geometry with stack and reach measurements fairly similar to those of the Attain although the chainstays and wheelbase are longer and the head angle is slacker. Both the frame and the alloy steerer/ carbon legged fork are thru axle and will take tyres up to 40mm wide (35-36mm tyres are fitted) so you can get plenty of comfort on rough roads.
The most affordable model, simply called the Nuroad, comes fitted with a 10-speed Shimano Tiagra groupset and Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes which have always impressed us here at road.cc.
The Nuroad Race FE gets a super-reliable Shimano 105 groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes, and is equipped with dynamo powered lighting, SKS mudguards and a Tubus Vega rack.
Buy if: You want a tough aluminium bike that’s versatile enough to handle a variety of surfaces and types of riding
Cube offers three Axial women’s road bike platforms.
The Axial WS C:62 SL Disc (above, £2,499) is similar to the Agree C:62 Disc bikes (above). It’s built to a high-end spec with a Shimano Ultregra groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes, and Mavic Cosmic Elite wheels.
The Axial GTC SL Disc is similar to the Attain GTC with a geometry that’s designed for comfort. There are two models: the Axial WS GTC Pro (£1,499) with rim brakes, and the disc brake equipped Axial WS GTC SL Disc (£1,899).
The Axial HPA is the women’s equivalent of the Attain HPA, giving you an aluminium frame and a carbon-legged fork. There are three models, the entry-level Axial WS (below, £699) being built up with Shimano’s 8-speed Claris groupset, including rim brakes.
The other two models have disc brakes, the more affordable of them, the Axial WS Pro Disc (£849) coming with a next level up Shimano Sora groupset and Tektro’s mechanical Lyra disc brakes.
Buy if: You’re looking for a road bike designed specifically for women
Cube offers three aluminium Cross Race HPA cyclocross bikes, all of them equipped with disc brakes.
The double butted frame comes with a top tube that’s shaped to be comfortable when you’re carrying it on your shoulder during a race, and both the frame and the carbon fork take 12mm thru axles.
The base Cross Race mode is built up with a Shimano 105 groupset, Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes and 33mm wide Schwalbe X-One Allround cyclocross tyres. You get a compact chainset (with 50-tooth and 34-tooth chainrings) on this model, which is more suitable for the road and mixed surfaces than for cyclocross racing.
The Cross Race SL, on the other hand, has a Sram Rival 1 groupset with just a single 40-tooth chainring and a wide ranging 11-36-tooth cassette.
Buy if: You’re after a carbon fibre cyclocross bike for racing or for using as a super-tough all-rounder
The Cross Race C:62 bikes are built to a different geometry from the Cross Race HPA models (above), a shorter head tube and a slightly longer top tube creating a more race-specific ride position.
The Cross Race C:62 Pro has a Shimano Ultegra groupset, including a race-friendly 46/36-tooth chainset and hydraulic disc brakes. Other impressive components include Mavic Aksium Allroad Disc wheels, Schwalbe X-One Allround tyres and a Selle Italia SC1 saddle.
If you’d prefer a 1x drivetrain, the Cross Race C:62 SL features a Sram Force 1 groupset.
Buy if: You’re looking for a carbon-fibre cyclocross bike for racing rather than for the road
The SL Roads are flat bar road bikes with double butted aluminium frames and disc brakes.
The base model, the SL Road, has an aluminium fork and Shimano’s 8-speed Claris groupset. Even at this price, you get Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for powerful stopping in all conditions.
Pay £799 for the SL Road Pro and you get Shimano’s 9-speed Sora components, while shelling out £1,049 for the SL Road Race (below) upgrades you to 11-speed Shimano 105 and a carbon fork.
The Cube SL Road SL has some seriously impressive components: Shimano’s excellent Ultegra groupset and Deore hydraulic disc brakes and DT Swiss Spline R24 Disc wheels.
All of these bikes have mudguard and rack mounts so you could easily use them for year-round commuting as well as for fitness rides and exploring country lanes.
Buy if: You want a flat bar road bike that’s suitable for everything from weekend fitness rides to all-weather commuting
For more info on the Cube range go to www.cube.eu
|Litening C:68 SL||£3,999|
|Litening C:62 Race||£3,699|
|Litening C:62 Pro||£2,499|
|Agree C:62 SLT||£3,499|
|Agree C:62 SL||£2,999|
|Agree C:62 Race Disc||£2,499|
|Agree C:62 Pro||£2,099|
|Attain GTC SL||£1,899|
|Attain GTC Race||£1,599|
|Attain GTC Pro||£1,399|
|Attain SL Disc||£1,299|
|Attain Race Disc||£949|
|Attain Pro Disc||£849|
|Nuroad Race FE||£1,499|
|Nuroad Pro FE||£1,049|
|Nuroad Women’s Series||£999|
|Axial WS C:62 SL||£2,499|
|Axial WS GTC SL||£1,899|
|Axial WS GTC Pro||£1,399|
|Axial WS Race||£1,199|
|Axial WS Pro||£849|
|Cross Race C:62 SLT||£3,799|
|Cross Race C:62 SL||£2,499|
|Cross Race C:62 Pro||£2,199|
|Cross Race SL||£1,499|
|Cross Race Pro||£1,299|
|SL Road SL||£1,499|
|SL Road Race||£949|
|SL Road Pro||£799|
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.