Eurobike 2011: Cube’s 2012 mountain bikes
Germans break out the crayons for chunky new gravity bikes
Cube’s popularity in their home country of Germany definitely showed at Eurobike in their village-like booth. Among the stockpile of top-flight road machines was a comprehensive and colourful mountain bike range.
The AMS 120 SLT29 is their bells-and-whistles, hard-hitting 29er. At its heart is a 7005 alloy hydroformed frame offering 120mm (5in) of travel using Cube’s FSP 4-link platform mated to a Fox RP23 Kashima-coated shock.
The Sting is an equally heavy-punching 120mm-travel (5in) trail/all-mountain rig. It features an HPC monocoque carbon fibre frame, FSP 4-Link suspension and a Syntace X-12 rear axle. A RockShox Reba RL fork combines with a Fox RP23 Boost Valve shock to offer supple yet supportive travel, alongside a Shimano SLX/XT mix and Formula RX disc brakes. SUNringle’s Radium wheelset tops off the build.
A step up the agro ladder again is the Hanzz Pro, based around a 7005 alloy frame with a heavy-hitting 190mm (7.5in) of suspension travel, and designed for bike park caning, heavy all-mountain abuse and even a spot of downhill racing.
Cube Hanzz Pro
If you need the full-on, wide-open speed hit though, meet the Two15. This 215mm-travel (8.5in) downhill race machine is decked out with a Fox 40 FIT RC2 Kashima fork, a similarly Kashima’d up RC4 rear shock and a full Shimano Saint groupset.