Cube Stereo Team review£2,299.00

Well-specced, tall riding bike with a pert feel

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The headset and fork aren’t tapered but the big, triple-butted frame tubes and bolt-thru rear axle mean it’s still an impressively stiff chassis both through the pedals and through the turns.

The tilted back seat tube means the ride position gets longer the higher you run the saddle and the long stem means there’s never any shortage of breathing space. Even without the Pro Pedal lever flicked across, the FSP linkage means it pedals really well for a true four-bar bike.

Add a custom colour XT transmission, Formula R1 brake, DT Swiss wheelset and Syntace finishing kit and it looks great on paper.

Unfortunately, the 30lb weight kills off any hope of cresting climbs first and it feels particularly energy hungry even on flat trails. While the bars are a decent width the long stem leaves its steering slow witted.

The back end never feels like a big travel set-up either, except strangely on steps; it either stays solid or blows through its travel badly. It sits really high in its travel too, keeping the angles steep and removing confidence on descents.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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