Last week’s stunning Trek Madone SLR was a bike singularly focused on speed, with a stunning paintjob and a slightly alarming price tag.
This week’s offering from Cube couldn’t be more different. The 20″ Compact Hybrid is an ultra-practical electric bike with fun-sized 20in wheels, built for everyday utility.
Retailing at a more attainable £2,299, the Compact Hybrid is powered by a Bosch motor system and looks to be the perfect urban commuter and grocery-getter.
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Small wheels and medium-sized ambitions
They also help keep overall dimensions compact and, along with a step-through frame and adjustable cockpit, the Cube should fit most riders despite coming in just one size.
The Compact Hybrid is very well-equipped out of the box, with a full complement of lights and mudguards, that all-important kickstand, and a bell.
Chunky 2.4in tyres should shrug off potholes, while the upright riding position invites you to look the world in the eye as you cruise about town cheerily.
Cube supplies a rear rack as standard, and the bike features a mount for a front rack too, as fitted to this test bike.
Because the Compact Hybrid is an ebike, load lugging should be a breeze. Cube specs Bosch’s Active Line Plus drive unit, which is one tier above the entry-level Active Line and offers a nominal 50Nm of torque to shove you along.
This is matched to a Shimano Nexus 5-speed internal gear hub for a very simple drivetrain that should need minimal maintenance.
At a claimed 23.7kg, the Cube is no lightweight, but with a charged battery it looks perfect for zipping about the city day-to-day.
We’re big fans of small-wheeled utility bikes here at BikeRadar, having previously admired Velo Orange’s Neutrino and the similarly diminutive machines that keep Frankfurt airport moving.
Their quirky looks and can-do personality are deeply appealing, so we’re looking forward to trying the Compact Hybrid out in its natural habitat. Do you fancy a bit of mini-wheeled fun?
Cube 20″ Compact Hybrid specs
- Frame: ‘Superlite’ Aluminium
- Fork: Aluminium
- Wheels: Cube EX30 tubeless-ready rims, Shimano hubs
- Tyres: Schwalbe Super Moto-X 20×2.4in
- Gears: Shimano Nexus 5-speed internal gear hub, 24t sprocket, FSA Metropolis Comfort 44t crank
- Motor: Bosch Drive Unit Active Line Plus Gen 3 250W / 50Nm
- Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500
- Brakes: Shimano BR-MT200 hydraulic disc
- Cockpit: Cube Comfort Trail bar 720mm, BySchulz Speedlifter Twist Pro stem
- Seatpost: Newmen Evolution 27.2mm
- Saddle: Natural Fit Nuance Lite
- Accessories: Front and rear lights, bell, mudguards, kickstand, front and rear racks
- Weight: 23.7kg (claimed, one-size)
- Price: £2,299