FIRST RIDE: CUBE TEAM LINE ELITE

Cube is a well established name on the German bike market, but they're still fairly fresh in the UK.

You can see why so many racers are reluctant to move to full sus
Cube is a well established name on the German bike market, but they're still fairly fresh in the UK. We've tested a few of their bikes, and we've always come away impressed. The Team Elite is their take on a classic race-ready cross country machine.

It's a bit of a shock getting back on a lightweight XC race bred hardtail with a low front end after spending weeks on a relaxed medium travel medium weight full susser. Even Technical Editor Steve Worland took a while to get used to the handling in singletrack but we all reveled in the way it transferred every bit of power you put down.

So how do we transform the pros and cons into value for money for the rider it's intended for? Still working on that...

Special Features:
A classic ready to race XC hardtail
Loads of interesting frame features
Full XTR drivetrain and hydraulic discs

MINI SPEC DECK
PRICE: £2410
WEIGHT: 21.8lbs
TOP TUBE: 22.75in
REAR END: 16.75in
STANDOVER: 30in
HEAD ANGLE: 71
SEAT ANGLE: 73.5

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