Cube's new Litening C:68 SLT Disc flaunts Dura-Ace 9170
We were at the Cycle Show yesterday, strolling about in search of new things we hadn’t already seen at Eurobike. Cube’s 2017 road bike range caught our attention — and particularly the new range-topping Cube Litening C:68 SLT Disc. There are some new road shoes, too.
UPDATE: The model shown in our gallery above has the current-generation 9000-series brake levers/shifters and derailleurs, combined with the new 9100-series crankset. A spokesman for Shimano tells us that the new 9170 brake levers/shifters and derailleurs aren’t available yet.
The German brand introduced disc brake versions of its Agree (aero endurance) and entry-level Attain road bikes last year, and now it’s put some icing on the cake by releasing an aero race model with Shimano’s new Dura-Ace 9170 Di2 groupset.
The Cube Litening C:68 SLT Disc is described as Cube’s “ultimate racing bike”, which weighs 6.6kg and promises exemplary stiffness-to-weight. We can’t put numbers on that claim yet, but we can say that the frame is made from Cube’s latest C:68 carbon fibre, which is claimed to require thinner layers than normal within the frame and less resin to bind them together.
Internal cable routing is inevitable for such a race-focused aero road bikeJamie Beach / Immediate Media
The frame is made to Cube’s racing geometry and includes internal cable routing, flat-mount brakes, a tapered head tube and press-fit bottom bracket. It gets paired to Cube’s C:68 full carbon fork, which features slim legs to absorb vibrations when out on the road, plus thru-axles.
The new Shimano Dura-Ace groupset gets these more muscular-looking cranksCourtesy
We’ve already written about the new Shimano Dura-Ace groupset in detail, but in case you missed it, this update brings bigger, stiffer crank arms; hydraulic disc brakes; an integrated power meter and synchronised shifting, among other highlights.
There aren’t many bikes around yet with Dura-Ace 9170 — the all-singing, all-dancing hydraulic disc / Di2 variant — fitted as standard. In terms of gearing, a 52x36t crankset is paired with an 11-28t cassette.
Even the Fizik Antares R3 saddle gets a dose of carbonJamie Beach / Immediate Media
Finishing kit includes Syntace Racelite handlebars and stem, a Syntace P6 carbon seatpost, Newmen Advanced SL R.25 wheelset, Schwalbe One 25mm tyres, and a Fizik Antares R3 saddle with carbon rails. The only colour available is black with blue and orange highlights, and sizes go from 50cm to 62cm.
Price is £5,999 / €7,099, and it will be available from February 2017.
Cube Litening C:62 Disc
Cube’s Litening C:62 Disc has much of the appeal of its brother, at a fraction of the priceJamie Beach / Immediate Media
If you like the sound of the above, but not the price, then take a look at its little brother, the Cube Litening C:62 Disc. It gets Shimano’s Ultegra groupset with a 50/34t crankset paired to an 11-28t cassette, and also gets Shimano’s hydraulic disc brakes.
Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for the winJamie Beach / Immediate Media
The wheelset is Mavic’s Aksium Disc, again shod with Schwalbe One 25mm tyres, and finishing kit includes Selle Italia’s X1 road saddle, as well as Cube’s own-brand handlebars, stem and seat post.
Total weight is 8.1kg and it comes in a carbon finish with red details — which is very difficult to photograph, as you can see above.
Price is £2,499 / €3,099, and it will be available from November 2016.
Cube Cross Race SLT
For those wanting to get muddy, the Cube Cross Race SLT looks like a cracking optionJamie Beach / Immediate Media
We also liked the 2017 Cube Cross Race SLT, which tops the German brand’s cyclocross range. It’s hard to miss with a bright baby-blue paint job and luminous orange cable housing. The frame is double-butted alloy, mechanically formed to make shouldering the bike easier when you need to climb or jump over things.
The frame is made from double-butted alloy, mechanically formed for easier shouldering of the bikeJamie Beach / Immediate Media
Spec-wise it comes with SRAM’s 1×11 Force groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes and a 40t chainring paired with an 11-36t cassette that should get you up most muddy slopes. It spins on Mavic’s Aksium Disc wheelset shod with Schwalbe X-One 33mm tyres. Finishing kit comes courtesy of Cube and includes handlebars, stem and seat post.
It runs on Mavic Aksium Disc wheels, shod with Schwalbe X-One 33mm tyresJamie Beach / Immediate Media
Price is a reasonable sounding £1,799 / €1,999, and it’s available now.
Cube C:62 road shoes
These are the new Cube C:62 road shoesJamie Beach / Immediate Media
Finally, we also spotted Cube’s new C:62 road shoes, in a very shiny black. They’re designed for performance with a super-stiff carbon sole, large vents on the side, a Boa dial near the top plus a Velcro strap further down, and reflective elements.
They’re claimed to be incredibly stiff, thanks to the carbon soleJamie Beach / Immediate Media
Price is £179 / €249 and they’re available now, with a Teamline edition coming soon.