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Cube Bikes?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Mister Paul, 12 Jan 2018.

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  1. Buck

    Buck Veteran

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    Yorkshire
    I have a Cube Peloton and it’s an amazing bike with good spec and no issues with the bike. They are good value for money.
     
  2. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    The Cube Centre at Infinity Cycles has a Cube Hyde Race in stock and with a bit knocked off.

    I think it's the naked version of the Travel you are interested in.

    Cube, as you've seen, offer a ludicrously large range of bikes.

    Good in a way, but it means the chances of seeing the model you are interested in in stock are low.

    I would also be a bit wary of the ordering process.

    Fine if the shop can genuinely say the bike is at a warehouse in the UK.

    But a factory order can take months, if it ever arrives at all.

    Infinity is at Langley Moor near Durham City, possibly not much good for a Cycle to Work customer in Somerset.

    But they are known to be honest and straightforward, unlike some dealers who wlll take an order and then welch on the quoted delivery date.

    https://www.durham.cubebikestore.eu/668/products/cube-hyde-race-black-green.aspx
     
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    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Thanks. I spotted the Hyde last night when I was surfing for reviews. It might be a better compromise for me, with the options to be run faster or loaded up with guards and pannier. Hydro discs and belt drive for less than £800 is pretty cheap.
     
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  4. Pale Rider

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    That approach could work.

    It's all but certain the bike has all the bosses, so you could pick and choose carrier and mudguard options.

    It also has Cube's own propstand mount, which is neat if you want a propstand but all but invisible if you don't.

    No dynohub, so you would have to use battery lights.
     
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  5. Ffoeg

    Ffoeg .

    Location:
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    I had a 2013 Cube Hyde Race. A superb town/commuting bike for the money... low maintenance and bomb poof too
     
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    Mister Paul

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    One of the reviews said it was twitchy and a bit slow for a stripped bike. Did you find that?
     
  7. Ffoeg

    Ffoeg .

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    The Isle of Carl
    No, not at all, but I suppose that depends on what your used to riding.

    If your used to modern 740mm+ MTB handle bars you may find the 560mm bars on the Hyde a tad twitchy. but even at 560 they are wide compared to a road bike, which it's more akin to comparing geometry. As for slow.. it's quite heavy for what it is, but it's got a hub gear and a very strong frame which it needs for it's intended purpose as a city bike.

    Comparing my own commute times between my Hyde and Planet X London Road (drop bar with Shimano 105), the Hyde is only around 1mph slower on average.

    Gratuitous photo time :smile:

    Hyde Race 01-15 Rear.jpg
     
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  8. Ffoeg

    Ffoeg .

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    ... just had a thought.... my bike came with Schwalbe Road Cruisers that were painfully slow. I soon swapped them for bargain priced folding Vittoria Voyager Hypers from Planet X and it transformed the ride.

    Click for awesome cheapness
     
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    Mister Paul

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    What size Voyagers did you go for? And what are those guards in the photo?
     
  10. Ffoeg

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    I went for the 38mm for the comfort.

    The mudguards are Cube's own brand aluminium ones, but they don't do those type any more. A very daft decision on their part IMO.
     
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  11. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Location:
    pboro
    I have a Stereo hpcr. Brilliant. But its a 3k bike so it should be to be fair.

    They have had their problems as have canyon specialized trek etc but id buy anothet Cube tomorrow.
    I was after a cube when i got my new Marin.
    They had no stock so looked elswhere
     
  12. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

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    Only thing to be aware of @Mister Paul is sizing they tend to be a bit on the big side so if your borderline small medium I'd look at small.
    I have a small Boardman and a small cube..as is the Marin but they all said medium although they were just in medium.
    I'm 5 8" with a 30 inside leg
     
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    Mister Paul

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    The sizing is interesting. I was in Certini on Saturday. They don't have the Hyde in store so fitted me for an SL. The medium was ok height-wise, but too short to the bars. They suggested going up a size, a large in the Hyde. But comparing the Hyde dimensions with the SL, the medium Hyde (54) is bigger than the medium SL (53). And anyway, the next size up in the Hyde is 58. So I think a medium Hyde will be ok.
     
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  15. Drago

    Drago Guru

    The only downside is riding round on a bicycle made by a firm named after a slang term for testicles.