Cube's new Stereo 150 has taken lessons learnt at the highest levels of enduro racing to create a deciated long travel, big wheeled race machine with geometry and suspension that's been revised heavily compared to the rest of the Stereo range.
Cube's EWS racing Action Team shifted from the 160mm travel Stereo with 27.5" wheels to the 140mm travel 29" wheeled version and saw good success, but felt that they needed was a dedicated enduro machine rather than adapting a long-travel trail bike to the task at hand. This new 150mm travel machine uses big wheels but also much more aggressive geometry, with more reach, slack head angles, steeper seat tube angles and a lower bottom bracket.
Racer Greg Callaghan had this to say about the changes: "The longer reach gives me more freedom to change my position on the bike and together with the slacker head tube angle creates a longer overall wheel base, making the bike much smoother and more stable. You get a far more dynamic ride thanks to the virtually linear gear ratio progression. The end result is added feedback and support between the ground and the rider, which translates into nimble and snappy handling and substantially more traction"
There are three bikes in the Stereo 150 lineup, all sharing the chassis layout we first saw in the revised 2018 Cube Stereo 140 HPC. All use a carbon fibre frame using Cube's Twin Mould technology and get ISCG05 chainguide mounts and Boost wheel spacing. They're also twin-chainring compatible, which is somewhat of an oddity in big wheeled enduro machines these days, but there you are.
The bikes all have pretty short seat tubes - the 20" frame size actually measures 470mm/18.5" - and reach for that 20" size is 457mm. That's paired with a 66º head angle and 75.5º seat angle and the headtube is pleasingly dinky at 110mm. Stays are short at 435mm.
We're waiting on prices and availability for the bikes but we'll update this as soon as we get them. In the meantime, check the range out below:
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