Cube's new Litening C:68 SLT Disc flaunts Dura-Ace 9170

New range-topping race machine gets Di2 shifting plus hydraulic braking

We were at the Cycle Show yesterday, strolling about in search of new things we hadn't already seen at Eurobike. Cube's 2017 road bike range caught our attention — and particularly the new range-topping Cube Litening C:68 SLT Disc. There are some new road shoes, too.

UPDATE: The model shown in our gallery above has the current-generation 9000-series brake levers/shifters and derailleurs, combined with the new 9100-series crankset. A spokesman for Shimano tells us that the new 9170 brake levers/shifters and derailleurs aren't available yet.

The Cube Litening C:68 SLT Disc

The German brand introduced disc brake versions of its Agree (aero endurance) and entry-level Attain road bikes last year, and now it's put some icing on the cake by releasing an aero race model with Shimano's new Dura-Ace 9170 Di2 groupset.

The Cube Litening C:68 SLT Disc is described as Cube's "ultimate racing bike", which weighs 6.6kg and promises exemplary stiffness-to-weight. We can't put numbers on that claim yet, but we can say that the frame is made from Cube's latest C:68 carbon fibre, which is claimed to require thinner layers than normal within the frame and less resin to bind them together.

Internal cable routing is inevitable for such a race-focused aero road bike
Internal cable routing is inevitable for such a race-focused aero road bike

The frame is made to Cube's racing geometry and includes internal cable routing, flat-mount brakes, a tapered head tube and press-fit bottom bracket. It gets paired to Cube's C:68 full carbon fork, which features slim legs to absorb vibrations when out on the road, plus thru-axles.

The new Shimano Dura-Ace groupset gets these more muscular-looking cranks
The new Shimano Dura-Ace groupset gets these more muscular-looking cranks

We've already written about the new Shimano Dura-Ace groupset in detail, but in case you missed it, this update brings bigger, stiffer crank arms; hydraulic disc brakes; an integrated power meter and synchronised shifting, among other highlights.

There aren't many bikes around yet with Dura-Ace 9170 — the all-singing, all-dancing hydraulic disc / Di2 variant — fitted as standard. In terms of gearing, a 52x36t crankset is paired with an 11-28t cassette.

Even the Fizik Antares R3 saddle gets a dose of carbon
Even the Fizik Antares R3 saddle gets a dose of carbon

Finishing kit includes Syntace Racelite handlebars and stem, a Syntace P6 carbon seatpost, Newmen Advanced SL R.25 wheelset, Schwalbe One 25mm tyres, and a Fizik Antares R3 saddle with carbon rails. The only colour available is black with blue and orange highlights, and sizes go from 50cm to 62cm.

Price is £5,999 / €7,099, and it will be available from February 2017.

Cube Litening C:62 Disc

Cube's Litening C:62 Disc has much of the appeal of its brother, at a fraction of the price
Cube's Litening C:62 Disc has much of the appeal of its brother, at a fraction of the price

If you like the sound of the above, but not the price, then take a look at its little brother, the Cube Litening C:62 Disc. It gets Shimano's Ultegra groupset with a 50/34t crankset paired to an 11-28t cassette, and also gets Shimano's hydraulic disc brakes.

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for the win
Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for the win

The wheelset is Mavic's Aksium Disc, again shod with Schwalbe One 25mm tyres, and finishing kit includes Selle Italia's X1 road saddle, as well as Cube's own-brand handlebars, stem and seat post.

Total weight is 8.1kg and it comes in a carbon finish with red details — which is very difficult to photograph, as you can see above.

Price is £2,499 / €3,099, and it will be available from November 2016.

Cube Cross Race SLT

For those wanting to get muddy, the Cube Cross Race SLT looks like a cracking option
For those wanting to get muddy, the Cube Cross Race SLT looks like a cracking option

We also liked the 2017 Cube Cross Race SLT, which tops the German brand's cyclocross range. It's hard to miss with a bright baby-blue paint job and luminous orange cable housing. The frame is double-butted alloy, mechanically formed to make shouldering the bike easier when you need to climb or jump over things.

The frame is made from double-butted alloy, mechanically formed for easier shouldering of the bike
The frame is made from double-butted alloy, mechanically formed for easier shouldering of the bike

Spec-wise it comes with SRAM's 1x11 Force groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes and a 40t chainring paired with an 11-36t cassette that should get you up most muddy slopes. It spins on Mavic's Aksium Disc wheelset shod with Schwalbe X-One 33mm tyres. Finishing kit comes courtesy of Cube and includes handlebars, stem and seat post.

It runs on Mavic Aksium Disc wheels, shod with Schwalbe X-One 33mm tyres
It runs on Mavic Aksium Disc wheels, shod with Schwalbe X-One 33mm tyres

Price is a reasonable sounding £1,799 / €1,999, and it's available now.

Cube C:62 road shoes

These are the new Cube C:62 road shoes
These are the new Cube C:62 road shoes

Finally, we also spotted Cube's new C:62 road shoes, in a very shiny black. They're designed for performance with a super-stiff carbon sole, large vents on the side, a Boa dial near the top plus a Velcro strap further down, and reflective elements.

They're claimed to be incredibly stiff, thanks to the carbon sole
They're claimed to be incredibly stiff, thanks to the carbon sole

Price is £179 / €249 and they're available now, with a Teamline edition coming soon.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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