Bike of the Week | Cube 20″ Compact Hybrid

Small-wheeled ebike looks perfect for city commutes and hauling shopping

Cube 20in Compact Hybrid ebike

Last week’s stunning Trek Madone SLR was a bike singularly focused on speed, with a stunning paintjob and a slightly alarming price tag. 

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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

Small wheels have some key advantages for bikes like this, giving you loads of room for front and rear racks while keeping cargo closer to the ground for a lower centre of gravity and better handling.

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.

Front wheel with disc brake and mudguard
Chunky tyres, disc brakes and mudguards – ideal for the city.
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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. 

Bosch motor unit
The Compact Hybrid shouldn’t want for power.
Simon Bromley / Immediate Media

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

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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