Cube Stereo Super HPC 160 SL 650B

Well, it's arrived, our first 650B bike, and it's in the form of the new Cube Stereo Super HPC 160 SL 650B....... bit of a mouthful we agree, but a beauty it is!

If you want to climb like a 29er and descend like a 26er, this is the no fuss way of doing it, and oh what style to do it in.......

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Here's a few words from Michael Prell, one of Cubes R&D boffins, we guess he knows his onions about these things!!

A new topic for 2013 is the wheel size 650B. How is CUBE’s approach to this?
650B means a whole new dimension for mountain biking – literally. The advantages of both known wheel sizes are combined: higher speed and better rolling over bumps while delivering more travel and still showing an agile geometry. CUBE developed a mountain bike concept for the slightly bigger wheels and more than 140mm of travel with the character of a perfect trail bike: welcome to our STEREO SHPC 160.

The modern balanced geometry (flat seat and steep steering angle, low BB and stand over height, short steering tube) leads to a centralized riding position IN the bike. This renders high agility and great downhill features when riding trails. Climbing is made easier because there is no front wheel lifting due to the steep steering angle and the lowered BB. At super steep climbs you can still lower the FOX 34 TALAS 650B from 160 to 120 mm.

The new kinematic features are a plus besides the advantages we got through the frame geometry. We achieved a small nearly constant working leverage. Combined with our pivot positions at the rear the damping works very sensitive and does not compromise pedaling. 

On uphills the suspension is stable without bobbing or pedal pogo. There is no sag while climbing even when rolling through a depression. On downhills the suspension sets new standards absorbing everything from small rocks to gnarly roots while staying stable because of the well calculated kinematics. Another favorable point: The low weight. With a frame weight around 1.800 grams the Stereo sets a benchmark while showing extraordinary stiffness and uphill riding characteristics of a XC bike. The field of use is nearly unlimited – you could go crossing the alps or ride a marathon – and even win it.

 

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