German bike manufacturers Cube had an impressive display of their 2011 models at this year's Eurobike trade show. Here are some of the highlights of the range, including the carbon Litening Super HPC, titanium Litening HPT and entry-level Aerial.
Litening Super HPC
Cube’s Litening Super HPC was attracting a lot of attention on their stand – no wonder, really, given that it’s their lightest road bike at a claimed 6.5kg (14.3lb). Built using the company’s HPC Monocoque Advanced Twin Mold Technology, the £4,499 Super HPC is dripping with lightweight components, including a Campagnolo Super Record groupset, Easton EC90 SL SL carbon wheels and
For a little less cash, and with a slightly lower spec, the Litening Super HPC Race comes with Shimano’s top-end Dura-Ace groupset and weighs in at a claimed 6.6kg (14.5lb), all for £3,449. Alternatively, the HPC Di2 SL has a carbon frame designed specifically for use with Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset, kitted out with lightweight components including Easton’s EC90 SL CNT carbon fork and EC90 carbon wheels. Weighing in at a claimed 6.7kg (14.8lb), it'll set you back £5,679.
Internal cable routing maintains clean lines on the HPC Di2
Freshly designed for 2011, the £2,599 Litening HPT was another crowd puller on the Cube stand. With triple-butted titanium tubing, it looks like it’ll offer plenty of mile-munching comfort on longer rides. Component highlights include an Easton EC70 SL CNT carbon fork, Shimano Ultegra compact groupset and Fulcrum Racing 5 Evolution wheels, and it’s nicely colour-co-ordinated, with white bar tape, fork, saddle, seat collar and tyres.
Cube’s Agree range of bikes are less race-oriented and aimed at riders who are after a bit more comfort. They come in both carbon and aluminium frame options. Shown below is the entry-level carbon Agree GTC Pro, which uses the company’s new tapered steerer and integrated headset bearings to improve front end stiffness and save weight. Component highlights include a Shimano Ultegra rear mech and shifters, Easton EC70 carbon fork and Easton EA30 wheels. Claimed weight on this £1,499 model is 8.3kg (18.3lb).
The GTC’s 7005 aluminium brother, the Agree SL, has a triple-butted, hydroformed frame, Shimano Ultegra groupset, Easton EA50 Aero wheelset and a carbon EC70 fork care of Easton. It costs £1,499.
Cube's entry-level Aerial looks like a cracking starter/training bike, with its relaxed riding position and solid, colour co-ordinated component line-up. This £719 machine has a double-butted aluminium frame and aluminium fork, combined with a Shimano Sora groupset and R500 wheels.
After an aero upgrade? The colourful Aerium HPC Race time trial bike has been developed in conjunction with Ironman athletes and hits the scales at a claimed 7.6kg (16.8lb).
It's built using Cube’s carbon Twin Mold Technology and has a Dedacciai Black Blade carbon fork, Shimano Dura-Ace front and rear mechs, FSA SL-K Light Megaexo Carbon crankset, Xentis Squad 5.8 carbon wheels and FSA Energy brakes. It’ll cost £3,699.