First Look | Cube Stereo 120, Stereo 160 and Nutrail
For the coming season Cube has re-engineered the well known and popular Stereo platform. The Stereo 120 HPA/HPC is completely new but the proven Stereo 160 also had a complete facelift and doesn’t have much in common with the current model. Things get thick with the new Nutrail – Cube’s first fat bike.
Cube Stereo 120 HPC
The new Cube Stereo 120 HPC 29 is aimed squarely at trail- and all-round riders who might want to compete in the occasional marathon race or ride across the Alps. Depending on frame size the bike comes with either 27.5″ or 29″ wheels. Frame sizes 16″, 18″ and 20″ come with 27.5″ whilst 19″, 21″ and 23″ are equipped with 29″ wheels. Price-wise the new Stereo HPC starts at € 3200 and the top model shown here costs € 4000. The cheaper aluminium versions are available from € 2200.
Cube Stereo 160
Cube has given the well known and Enduro World Series proven Stereo 160 a comprehensive facelift for the next season. A longer and slacker geometry, space for a shock with piggy-back and an ISCG mount are all upgrades which fast riders and racers will especially appreciate. Furthermore the has bike been put on a diet, the cable routing reworked (now Di2 ready) and the standover height reduced.
The Cube Stereo will be available in both aluminium and carbon fibre versions whilst the composite frames will be offered with different carbon-layups. The top model utilises a C68-Carbon Technology, first introduced this year which applies special fibre laminate which reduces the amount of epoxy required saving considerable weight. The prices range from € 2700 (aluminium) to approx. € 6500 for the top end carbon-model.
Discover new trails, conquer every type of terrain and stick two fingers up at whatever nature throws at you – that’s what the new Cube Nutrail is made for. And of course to have as much fun as possible on the trails! Cube Product manager Sebastian Förth tested the prototypes based on a Cube Reaction last winter. Although the frame has clearance for 4.8” tyres Cube and Schwalbe developed a 4.5” version of the Jumbo Jim. It will be available when the Nutrail hits the shops and aims to find the perfect compromise between 4.0″ and 4.8″ tyres. Every one of the three models features a suspension fork. Prices start at € 1999 whilst the top model with dropper post and 1×11 drivetrain costs € 3999.
Cube Stereo 150 HPA 27.5+
Cube has also recognised the advantages of Plus tyres and will release a model for the wider rubber for next season – the Stereo 150 HPA 27.5+. Unfortunately during the Media Days in Kirchberg we didn’t get to see the bike. The Stereo 150 + will be available in different spec levels with prices from € 3500 to € 4500 and is aimed above all at all-round and trail riders looking for an extra level of riding confidence.
More info about Cube bikes here: cube.eu
Text & Pictures: Christoph Bayer