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Cube launches Litening AIR C:68X Series road bikes with a claimed frame weight of 799g

The new bike is the lightest in Cube's history and will be used at the upcoming Vuelta a Espana

Riders at UCI WorldTeam Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux have been using a prototype of the new Cube Litening AIR C:68X SLT for some time... well it's now been officially launched. There are also 'SLX' and 'Race' models to suit smaller budgets, and the flagship model has a frame weight of just 799g in its lightest guise.

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The unreleased version we spotted at the Dauphine earlier this year

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We first spotted what is now known to be the Litening AIR C:68X at the Criterium du Dauphine back in June. Cube says it's a bike that is the "perfect marriage of low weight and aerodynamic design", a pure-bred racer that's "comfortable enough to ride on long days in the saddle".

2022 Cube AIR C:68X vuelta special paint 2

Speaking of long days in the saddle, the bike is due to be used in the upcoming Vuelta a Espana with its first appearance likely being on the hills of stage four. The bike will feature a special paint job to celebrate its's unlikely you'll forget that the bike now has "AIR" in its name...

2022 Cube AIR C:68X vuelta special paint

The bike already has plenty of victories to its name; Jan Hirt on the 2022 Giro D'Italia queen stage, to give one example. Cube says that the 799g frame (mid-sized frame) means that it can easily build the SLT version into a 6.6kg complete bike. 

In comparison, the SLX model has a claimed weight of 6.9kg and the Race model 7.1kg.

2022 Cube AIR C:68X red bars

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As we've come to expect from new bike releases, this one features an integrated cockpit in the form of a one-piece handlebar and stem, an integrated seat clamp and clearance for up to 31mm tyres. The use of a Pressfit BB86 bottom bracket throughout the range is sure to ruffle some feathers...

2022 Cube AIR C:68X blue seat clamp

The Litening AIR C:68X range will consist of three models: the top-spec 'SLT' (£8,999) which gets the Carbon and Rainbow paint jobs, the 'SLX' (£7,499) in Electric Blue below it, and finally the most affordable Liquidred 'Race' model (£5,999).

2022 Cube AIR C:68X black full bike

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The SLT model gets a Shimano R9200 Dura-Ace groupset while the two cheaper options get Ultegra R8100. The SLT and SLX models also come with a power meter as standard, and also benefit from carbon spokes in the Newmen SL R.50 [CS] Streem wheels.

What do you think of the new bike and that rather loud paint scheme? Let us know in the comments section below...

Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...

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MrB123 | 1 year ago

Looking a Cube's website, both these and the new aero model seem to come with a 440mm bar in the larger sizes. Would think that's going to be too wide for most people these days when the trend is to go narrower, particularly for an aero bike. Any idea if Cube dealers offer a choice of bar/stem combo or are you stuck with the fixed spec?

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