Cube Fritzz Pro review

Good equipment for the cash

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £2,449.00 RRP
Cube Fritzz Pro

Our review

The Fritzz Pro is stiff and well-equipped, and offers firm pedalling but limited control on more lairy trails
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German company Cube have carved themselves a very healthy slice of the UK bike market in the past few years. The Fritzz certainly looks the part but it prioritises easy pedalling efficiency and travel use over enhanced control.


Ride & handling: Confident ride position and angles but its suspension action divides opinions

While the quality Syntace stem and bar are more trail than downhill in terms of dimensions, the basic angles of the Fritzz are definitely descent-ready, with a slack head angle creating naturally stable, steep safe steering. The big 36mm Fox fork legs, stiff frame and screw-through axles front and rear mean precise tracking too, in theory.

We say ‘in theory’ because while the 2.4in Schwalbe Fat Albert tyres add plenty of protective cushioning they add little in the way of traction and seem to skate rather than stick across most surfaces. This isn’t helped by the action of the rear suspension. Like many Euro bikes the suspension naturally sits very high in its travel with little reaction to small bumps or pedalling/braking forces.

Hit anything bigger though and it blows straight through the travel. This is great for smooth trails or riders who are less aggressive than they want to look, because you get both efficient pedalling and regular ego-boosting use of the 160mm travel. It also goes really well down steps. On anything more testing or random though, it just doesn’t provide the progressive control a long travel bike should, with square-edged hits catching it out particularly badly.

It also makes cornering unpredictable, with regular front or rear end slide-outs as the shock squats suddenly under cornering load. However much we tweaked and tuned the suspension it either skated around on top of the trail or wallowed around deep in its travel, adding to the already sluggish feel of the relatively heavy complete bike weight.

Frame & equipment: Stiff chassis with great spec and colour co-ordinated good looks

The Fritzz frame remains unchanged for 2011, but it’s not off the pace in terms of technology. The OnePointFive head tube takes a Fox fork backed up by big triple-butted and hydroform-shaped main tubes. A split top tube reinforces the steeply back-sloped seat tube that allows room for the shock to be mounted vertically between frame and wheel and creates extra cockpit stretch as you raise the seat.

The back end uses a 142x12mm bolted axle to create a stiff wheel-to-frame connection. The rear pivot is placed well forward on the chainstays. The seatstays get a big-hooped bridge for stiffness without compromising tyre clearance, the cable/hose routing is tidy and there’s room for a bottle. The Fritzz scores on fork spec too, with a fully travel- and damping-adjustable Fox TALAS RC2.

Formula RX brakes give superbly fine controlled stopping through big rotors. The trustworthy Shimano SLX transmission gives a full 30-speed gear selection, complete with an XT rear mech. Broad Sun Equalizer wheels are wrapped in big custom-colour tyres and the linkages, seatpost and other fixtures have anodised blue highlights. Syntace cockpit equipment completes the deal.


This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.

Product Specifications


Name Fritzz Pro (11)
Brand Cube Bikes

Available Colours Black White Blue
Pedals None
Weight (lb) 30.9
Weight (kg) 14.02
Stem Superforce
Shifters SL-M660
Seatpost P6 Aluminium 34.9mm
Seat Angle 74
Saddle Gobi XM
Rims Sun Equalizer 29
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 Snake Skin
Rear Shock Float RP23 BV 200mm length
Rear Hub Flea X12mm
Rear Derailleur RD-M773
Headset Type Orbit Z 1.5R semi-integrated
Available Sizes 18" 20" frameset available 16" 20" frameset available frameset available frameset available frameset available
Head Angle 67
Handlebar Vector 2014 318 Lowrider Oversized
Grips/Tape Fritzz Screw-on-Grip
Front Tyre Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 Snake Skin
Front Hub Flea 20mm
Front Derailleur FD-M660
Frame Material HPA 7005 Advanced Hydroform DTC Triple Butted, FSP 4-Link-System
Fork 36 Talas RC2 Fit
Cranks FC-M660-10
Chain CN-HG74
Cassette Shimano CS-HG81
Brakes RX
Bottom Bracket Hollowtech 2
Spoke Type DT Swiss Competition 2.0-1.8-2.0 Black