Cube Analog 29 review

Big wheeler that offers good value but tepid handling

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £549.00 RRP | AUD $1,399.00

Our review

A decent frame with worthy kit, but slightly stolid handling lets the Analog down
Buy if, You want a well specced frame with plenty of sizing options and don't care too much about pushing your limits
Pros: Huge array of frame sizes paired with wheelsize means you’re bound to get one that fits properly. SR Suntour fork does a very capable job for an entry level model
Cons: Short and steep geometry paired with narrow bars mean it’s hard to feel confident as speeds increase. Sketchy tyres!
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Cube has managed to pack a lot of value into the Analog despite still selling through local bike shops, but sketchy tyres and a cramped cockpit give you all the wrong signals when you tackle tougher terrain.

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A neat feature of the Analog is that Cube tries to match wheel size to rider size. That means that you get the choice of 650b wheels in the 14”, 16” and 18” frames, and 29” items on the 17″, 19″, 21″ and 23″ models, giving medium sized riders plenty of choice and larger or smaller riders better tuned handling. We opted for the big wheeler to make the most of their smooth rolling and speed boosting properties. 

The coil sprung SR Suntour fork gets a remote lockout as well as rebound adjustment
Russell Burton

If you don’t mind slightly more ponderous handling and the extra rotating weight of the large hoops, then it’s a good compromise to make as the extra stability boosts confidence and helps to mask the bump eating limitations of the budget SR Suntour XCR32 fork.

It’s coil sprung, preventing proper adjustment to rider weight without taking the fork apart, but it does get a remote lockout and external rebound control. It’s surprisingly smooth and well damped, feeling impressively supple for a budget unit. It definitely helps rather than hinders you when it comes to keeping the front end under control on the bumps, though the damping does get overwhelmed on extended rough sections.

Despite the long legs it’s reasonably stiff and pretty precise, without too much noticeable flex in the corners.

Shimano BR355 brakes do a decent job of stopping the Analog
Russell Burton

We’re not so taken by the Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres however, which lack a cornering edge and are unpredictable on the limit. Thanks to the hard compound, that limit is found pretty quickly too.

They’re better suited to mixed commuter style duties rather than proper off-road riding, so if you intend to get properly dirty then budget for a replacement set or haggle with the shop when you buy. The wheelset is decent enough, but you will need to keep on top of maintenance for the Shimano cup and cone hubs as they’ll need feeding grease and keeping tight. The Cube rims are eyeleted to help boost durability too.

Tiny handlebars are the final insult to the dynamic injury, preventing you from stamping any authority on the front end

The frame feels pretty tall and cramped, with a conical headset spacer preventing you from dropping the stem any lower to help counter this. That means it can feel a bit slow and clumsy when you want to quickly change direction, especially with the long stem.

Tiny handlebars are the final insult to the dynamic injury, preventing you from stamping any authority on the front end, especially once you get up to speed. That’s a real shame, as the frame is really nicely made with smooth internal cable routing and a narrow 27.2mm seatpost that offers up a bit of flex to help take the sting out of the back end while seated.

The own brand saddle is decently comfy too and it’s good to see a twin bolted micro adjust seatpost — it should be easy to get it set up perfectly and it’ll be tougher than a single bolt item too.

Narrow bars and a long stem combined with a short and upright riding position don’t do the bike any favours when it comes to handling
Russell Burton

Despite Cube selling through conventional bike shops — with all the pre-sale advice and post-sales support that brings — they’ve managed to get a decent selection of kit for the relatively limited budget. That means a Shimano Deore rear mech shifting over a nine-speed 11-34T cassette by Acera shifters. There’s a triple chainset up front with 40/30/22T ratios to help match the gearing to the big wheels.

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The Shimano M355 brakes have got decent feel, power and a positive bite that gives you plenty of confidence to wait until the last minute before you get the stoppers on. At 14.2kg / 31.3lb it’s not the lightest complete bike, which definitely makes itself known when you’re climbing or when you want to try and punch out of a tight corner too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Analogue 29
Brand Cube Bikes

Description Geometry based on size 21"
Headset Type FSA No.10, Semi-Integrated
Top Tube (in) 24.02
Chainstays (in) 17.72
Stem Level 9, 31.8mm
Shifters Shimano Acera SL-M3000
Seatpost Level 9 Post, 27.2mm
Seat Angle 73
Saddle CUBE Active 1.1
Rims CUBE SX24
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 2.25"
Rear Hub Shimano FH-TX505
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M592, 9-Speed
Head Angle 70
Available Sizes 14in 16in 17in 18in 19in 21in 23in
Handlebar Level 9 Riser Bar, 660mm
Grips/Tape CUBE Performance Grip
Front Tyre Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 2.25"
Front Hub Shimano HB-TX505
Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio FD-M4000, Downswing, 31.8mm Clamp
Frame Material Aluminium Lite, AMF, Internal Cable Routing
Fork SR Suntour XCR32 Coil RL-R, 100mm
Cranks Shimano Acera FC-M3000, 40x30x22T, 175mm
Chain Shimano CN-HG53
Cassette Shimano CS-HG200, 11-34T
Brakes Shimano BR-M355, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)
Wheelbase (in) 44.33