Cube Stereo Team review

Well-specced, tall riding bike with a pert feel

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
£2,299.00 RRP
Cube Stereo Team

Our review

Top kit for money but not as plush as you’d hope for the travel and weight
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The headset and fork aren’t tapered but the big, triple-butted frame tubes and bolt-thru rear axle mean it’s still an impressively stiff chassis both through the pedals and through the turns.

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The tilted back seat tube means the ride position gets longer the higher you run the saddle and the long stem means there’s never any shortage of breathing space. Even without the Pro Pedal lever flicked across, the FSP linkage means it pedals really well for a true four-bar bike.

Add a custom colour XT transmission, Formula R1 brake, DT Swiss wheelset and Syntace finishing kit and it looks great on paper.

Unfortunately, the 30lb weight kills off any hope of cresting climbs first and it feels particularly energy hungry even on flat trails. While the bars are a decent width the long stem leaves its steering slow witted.

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The back end never feels like a big travel set-up either, except strangely on steps; it either stays solid or blows through its travel badly. It sits really high in its travel too, keeping the angles steep and removing confidence on descents.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Stereo Team (11)
Brand Cube Bikes

Available Sizes 18" 20" 16" 22" 22" 22" 22" 22"
Spoke Type DT Swiss
Seat Angle 74
Seatpost P6 Aluminium 34.9mm
Shifters SL-M770
Stem F149 Oversized
Weight (kg) 13.64
Weight (lb) 30.07
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.3
Rims XPW1600
Chainstays (in) 16.9
Seat Tube (in) 17.7
Standover Height (in) 30.5
Top Tube (in) 23
Wheelbase (in) 44.6
Tyres Schwalbe Fat Albert Kevlar Trpl Compound, 2.4in
Front Wheel DT Swiss XPW1600, 15mm
Saddle Trail Shape 0.1M
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 Snake Skin
Bottom Bracket Hollowtech 2
Front Hub XPW1600
Brakes R1X
Cassette Shimano CS-HG81
Chain CN-HG74
Cranks FC-M770-10, black, 42/32/24T
Fork RockShox Revelation RLT Air 2-step, 120/150mm, Motion Control, PopLoc, 15mm axle
Frame Material HPA 7005 Advanced hydroform DTC, triple-butted aluminium
Front Derailleur FD-M770
Front Tyre Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 Snake Skin
Rear Shock Float RP23 BV 190mm length
Grips/Tape Fritzz Screw-on-Grip
Handlebar Vector 2014 318 Lowrider Oversized , 700mm
Head Angle 68
Headset Type Orbit I-T Integrated
Pedals None
Rear Derailleur RD-M773
Rear Hub XPW1600
Rear Wheel DT Swiss XPW1600, 12x142mm