Head into 2023 with Cube – a guide to the brand’s best new bikes
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While the weather might not be perfect for cycling at the moment, and we're spending a little more time indoors, dreaming about cycling adventures later in the year – perhaps riding a new bike. To fuel those dreams, Cube has just released its 2023 range, and there’s no shortage of fantasy material there.
One of the great strengths of Cube's catalogue is its frankly mind-blowing array of choices. Whether you’re looking for a new hardtail mountain bike, full-suspension trail shredder, a fast road bike, leisurely commuter bike or hybrid, e-bike or anything beyond or in-between, there is a Cube option for you. That means that choosing the best option for your riding might prove a difficult task...
So we’ve done a bit of the hard work for you and picked out the best bikes from Cube's 2023 range. Which one of these is the one for you?
Cube hardtail mountain bikes
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Reaction Pro £1,499
Cube has a well-deserved reputation for delivering outstanding value for money, and the Reaction range of do-anything hardtail mountain bikes is the perfect showcase of this. This Reaction Pro model features a super-refined aluminium frame with internal cable routing and a tapered headtube sleek look. The quality continues onto the spec sheet – with a RockShox Judy Silver fork, Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes and matching XT rear derailleur, this is one finely appointed and ultra-capable and budget-friendly hardtail mountain bike.
Cube full-suspension mountain bikes
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Stereo 150 C:62 Race 29 £3,699
If you’ve outgrown your hardtail and you’re looking for something with a bit more performance and potential, Cube's Stereo range of full-suspension bikes has been leading the market for years.
This Cube Stereo 150 C:62 Race 29 might not be a name that trips off the tongue, but it won’t trip you up out on the trail either. With Cube’s 4-link suspension design allied to a lightweight monocoque carbon frame, Boost 148 rear axle spacing, 29in wheels and a tapered head tube and oversized down tube – not to mention a killer spec – you’ve got all the raw ingredients needed to turn any ride into a feast for the senses.
Cube children's mountain bikes
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Elite 240 C:62 SLX £2,399
Cube doesn’t only excel with adults’ bikes – its range of options for smaller cyclists is possibly the most impressive offering from any global bike manufacturer.
The new Cube Elite 240 C:62 SLX is a perfect case in point, featuring the same quality carbon frame as Cube's full-size alternatives, but scaled down superbly to fit younger riders. There really is no shortage of advanced design elements: tapered head tube, full carbon fork, internal cable routing and 12mm thru-axles front and rear are all present. Add in SRAM GX gearing and Magura MT8 Pro hydraulic disc brakes, and you’ve got an incredible bike.
Cube road bikes
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Litening Aero C:68X SLT £8,499
If smooth surfaces are calling and you want the ultimate in uncompromised road race performance, the Cube Litening Aero C:68X SLT should be your first point of call. This lightweight carbon frame-based machine has been designed with extensive use of Computer Fluid Dynamics and real-world wind tunnel testing to provide a staggering 30% reduction in drag. That means it’s naturally very fast. But it’s also completely UCI-compliant, so you can race it with complete confidence that you’re following the rules.
Cube cyclo-cross bikes
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Cross Race C:62 SLX Teamline £3,399
Should you find your competitive juices flowing better on muddy and grassy tracks, cyclo-cross is the perfect option for you. Cube's Cross Race C62 SLX Teamline is a perfect option for any experienced cross racers who want to take their performances to new levels in 2023. It features a selection of top-end design innovations – such as its semi-integrated seat clamp and cable routing – all wrapped up in Cube’s proven, lightweight C:62 carbon frame. For seriously competitive drop-bar mud-plugging, it’s the perfect option.
Cube gravel bikes
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Nuroad WS C:62 Pro £2,099
Another strength of the Cube bike range is its wide selection of women-specific models – whatever kind of riding you want to do, there is an easily-found and specifically-designed female-friendly option available. In fact, whatever kind of riding you want to do, you can probably do it on just this fantastic carbon-framed gravel bike.
The Nuroad WS C:62 Pro is a great example: its comprehensive design and spec sheet will allow you to take to the road, gravel, mud, trails, leisure riding, challenge riding, competition, and – thanks to its rack mounts – even a spot of touring. It's really an all-road capable bike.
Cube commuter bikes
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Nulane Race FE £1,599
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Cube Nulane Race FE is something of a contradiction. For example, it sits within the brand’s ‘gravel’ section, yet it has a flat handlebar. And it’s called the ‘Race’ model, yet – with its integrated rear rack, mudguards and lighting system – you’re more likely to see it at the traffic light bike box than a race start line.
But the naming convention isn’t that far wrong. Yes, it’s not built for true racing. But its lightweight aluminium frame, full carbon fork, thru-axles and disc brakes mean it’s perfectly built for a speedy and rewarding commute because let's face it - who doesn't enjoy a little friendly commuter racing?
Our pick of 2023 – Cube Cargo Dual Hybrid 1000 £6,299
We’ve said Cube is great for women’s bikes, kids’ bikes, and bikes for almost any discipline or purpose you can think of. But, as a brand, Cube is exceptionally great at making e-bikes (or ‘hybrid’ bikes as it calls them). In fact, many of the bikes we’ve already listed have a fab electric sibling.
So for our best new Cube e-bike of 2023, we’ve chosen a model where the extra assistance from the battery and motor will come in especially handy. The Cube Cargo Dual Hybrid features a massive load bay that will accept up to 220kg of goods or even a couple of young passengers. This means you’ll be especially thankful for the cargo-specific Bosch drive unit.
If you didn't find your next dream bike here, there is plenty more to see on Cube's website.