Cube Peloton Pro review£699.00

High-value German brand plumps for a triple chainset

BikeRadar score4/5

Bright of paint job and keen of price, the German company Cube’s bikes have been challenging more established brands in the British market for a few years now. Compared with bigger names, its road bikes have offered better value with no obvious performance handicaps. It can’t quite top the value of Germany’s online retailers Rose and Canyon, but few high street chains can match it.

    The Pro sits one above the entry-level Peloton, in a range topped by the Shimano 105-equipped SL with Mavic Aksium wheels. But all five Peloton bikes share the same double-butted alloy frame, so you can go for the machine that’s right for your budget knowing that the handling will be much the same.

    Cube describes the peloton's geometry as 'ready for race' – but that's overselling things slightly:
    Cube describes the peloton's geometry as 'ready for race' – but that's overselling things slightly:

    Cube describes the Peloton's geometry as 'Ready for Race' – but that's overselling things slightly

    Cube describes the Peloton’s geometry as RFR – or ‘Ready for Race’. But in this case we’re not convinced it’s entirely accurate. The wheelbase is reasonably short, but a slackish head angle slows down the handling and the head tube has been heightened by a couple of cm over earlier Pelotons. The result is a slightly more upright ride that is much more sportive or fast fitness riding than full-on racing, which for the great majority of us is probably an advantage.

    The Cube has one component that's rarely seen at BikeRadar HQ these days, and is less common on bikes generally. We’re talking triple chainsets, which don't tend to get overlooked in continental Europe in the way they frequently are in the English-speaking world. Watch an Italian weekend club run and lots of the riders will be using triples with no sense of shame, and if you have knees that are dodgier than Alberto Contador’s butcher – like our tester’s 51-year-old football-ravaged examples – you’ll appreciate it.

    The small weight penalty incurred by the inclusion of a triple chainset is mitigated by generous climbing gears:
    The small weight penalty incurred by the inclusion of a triple chainset is mitigated by generous climbing gears:

    The small weight penalty incurred by the inclusion of a triple chainset is mitigated by generous climbing gears

    Yes, it’ll be a little heavier than a double (though at this price the weight difference percentage will be negligible), but the advantage is that you get a lower bottom gear, the same top gear and smaller jumps between them than a compact. It’s hard to imagine needing anything bigger than the 50x11 top, while 30x30 will help you up the steepest climbs out there.

    Shimano’s entry-level Sora groupset handles the shifting, and while it doesn’t have the cachet – or the 10 or 11 speeds you get further up the Shimano hierarchy – the nine-speed setup works very well with a pleasingly light action. The braking, with non-cartridge brakes, is okay without ever being inspiring. But overall it’s a great groupset for the price.

    One minor issue we had was with the rear brake cable. It’s routed through the top tube and exits just in front of the seat tube, but rubs annoyingly against your thigh at times.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
    • Age: 53
    • Height: 175cm / 5'9
    • Weight: 75kg /165lb
    • Waist: 33in
    • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
    • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
    • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    • Location: Bath, UK

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