Cube Aerium Pro review

Lively race-ready ride

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,499.00 RRP | USD $2,269.59

Our review

Reasonable aero efficiency, enthusiastic ride and quality kit make this a good introduction to race-ready bikes
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Cube have a quartet of aero bikes in their Aerium range. Two carbon bikes top the range, while the alloy Pro shares its frame with the more expensive Race. It’s a tight, light and impressive-value package with conventional drop bars adding training versatility at the expense of pure tuck speed.


Ride & handling: Crisp and precise; a great transitional aero bike

We really liked the Aerium Pro when we rode it last year, so it’s no surprise we were happy as soon as we were aboard this barely changed 2010 version. While the drop bars (with clip-ons) mean it could be mistaken for a conventional road bike rather than a time trial/triathlon machine, that changes as soon as you get in the saddle.

The steep seat angle pushes you forward over the front, so when your elbows are bent and your back flat, it keeps your body angles and airways open. The handling is obedient for trickling through low-speed traffic, without being so twitchy it unnerves you on faster or more feral pothole infested back-road descents.

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It’s steady enough to run hands-free without worries when you’re fishing in back pockets for an energy gel too. Together with the extra hand positions and braking security offered by the conventional bars, this makes the Cube a great transitional bike between normal and triathlon/time trial styles.

Tuck yourself into the long Profile T2 extensions with their secure-feeling rests and there’s no shortage of speed. The stiff Gossamer cranks work with that oversized bottom bracket area and chunky chainstays to put some serious bite into power delivery.

Low overall weight and fast-reacting wheels mean easy acceleration, and the medium-depth rims and profiled frame tubes delay the effects of drag longer than a conventional bike. Overall feel is crisp and precise, encouraging you to keep tapping out the tempo all day. But you still need to be aware of the worst bits of tarmac terrorism.

With its mix of conventional road bike control for group riding, but reasonable aero efficiency, the Aerium Pro offers a versatile aero intro. Add a crisp, enthusiastic feel and quality kit on a frame that’s well worth upgrading with full aero wheels in the future, and the Cube gets plenty of ticks in its box.

We found the cube aerium pro’s t2 clip-on bars were comfortable and super-adjustable: we found the cube aerium pro’s t2 clip-on bars were comfortable and super-adjustable
Seb Rogers

Chassis: Lightweight, tight and lively feeling frame and fork well worth upgrading

There’s no doubting the wind-cutting credentials of the chassis. The externally butted head tube is kept short for a properly low front end and the removable cone spacer on top of the headset means another 2cm of cockpit drop in reserve too.

Heading backwards, the small triangle-oval teardrop top tube keys into the deep teardrop down tube. The S-curved seat tube wraps round the rear wheel to keep the rear end short and responsive as well as aerodynamically clean.

The bottom bracket area is buried in the big bases of both main tubes, with very deep rectangular chainstays heading straight back to the conventional vertical dropouts. Skinny triangular aero seatstays complete the rear-end circuit through a machine-cut bridge for the conventionally positioned rear brake.

A red anodised rear clamp for the aero seat tube adds a bit of bling for cheeky drafting riders to appreciate, and vertical dropouts ease wheel removal. The triple-butted main tubes keep the frame light for the money too. Frame weight is backed up by the equally light Dedacciai Black Fin forks to provide a chassis that’s well worth upgrading.

The big chainstays are fed maximum power through the resolutely rigid gossamer cranks: the big chainstays are fed maximum power through the resolutely rigid gossamer cranks
Seb Rogers

Equipment: Impressive all-round kit for the cash, with useful bar versatility

Lightweight Easton Vista SL wheels help keep the whole bike comfortably under 20lb, and they’re a really nice set of rolling stock for all-round riding. They’re shod with top-quality superlight Schwalbe Ultremo R tyres for instant acceleration and confident cornering.

The big chainstays are fed maximum power through the rigid Gossamer cranks, which have a cult following among powerhouse riders, from world champion time trial legend Fabien Cancellara to aggressive age-groupers. Shimano Ultegra gears are a good find at this price too.

Profile’s T2 clip-on bars are comfortable and super-adjustable. The speccing of a conventional drop bar gives more hand positions than a pure time trial bike, and means you can whip off the clip-ons for training with conventional road club runs.

However, the fact the Aerium has STI integrated brake/shifter levers instead of tip shifters does mean you need to reach over and break your optimum tuck position to change gear. The latest Shimano Ultegra 6700 gearing is accurate and smooth though.


Braking performance is boosted by having the full drops to brace against, although firmer-feeling cartridge-backed pads would be a nice upgrade. The twin-bolt seatpost is secure and easily adjustable, while the “ready to race” monikered saddle is comfortable, and reasonable in its claims. 

A red anodized rear clamp for the aero seat tube adds a bit of bling for naughty drafting riders to appreciate: a red anodized rear clamp for the aero seat tube adds a bit of bling for naughty drafting riders to appreciate
Seb Rogers

Product Specifications


Name Aerium Pro (10)
Brand Cube Bikes

Available Sizes L L L L L L L L L L M M M M M M M M M M M S S S S S S S S S S M L S M L XL XL XL XL XL XL XL
Rims Easton Vista SL
Top Tube (cm) 53.5
Standover Height (cm) 75.5
Seat Tube (cm) 44
Chainstays (cm) 40.3
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27
Weight (lb) 19.48
Weight (kg) 8.84
Stem F149 Oversized
Shifters Shimano Ultegra ST-6700, 10-speed
Seatpost Easton EA30
Seat Angle 76
Saddle RFR Natural Shape 0.1 R
Rear Wheel Weight 1600
Bottom Bracket FSA Megaexo Integrated BB
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6700, 10-speed
Headset Type FSA Orbit Z Semi-Integrated
Head Angle 72
Handlebar Syntace Racelite 2014 Oversized drop bar with Profile T2 clip ons
Front Wheel Weight 1120
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6700, 10-speed
Frame Weight 1180
Fork Weight 390
Fork Dedacciai Black fin carbon
Cranks FSA Gossamer Light Megaexo 53x39
Chain Shimano Ultegra CN-6700
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 10-speed
Brakes FSA Gossamer
Wheelbase (cm) 99.7