Cube Stereo 140 Hybrid TM |First Ride Review

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It’s hard to pick out a single e-MTB from the many available in the Cube 2020 range, but the Stereo 140 Hybrid is the bike that Cube saw grow the biggest market increase in 2019, and it’s the one I got to take out on a brief test ride. Let’s take a closer look.

Cube Stereo
Stereo 140 Hybrid TM

There are six models in the Stereo Hybrid 140 range, two of which have 150mm of front travel, and the rest of which have 140mm both front and rear. I rode the TM model, which Cube thinks will be very popular – at £4,699 for a carbon front end, 150mm front travel and 140mm at the back, I think they might be right. That is, if you can be persuaded that it’s ‘enough’, and you don’t need all the travel of the bigger Cube Stereo Hybrid 160. Really, you probably don’t – there’s a lot here to like.

Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC TM 625

  • £4,699
  • 140mm rear travel
  • 150mm front travel, Fox 36 Float, E-Bike Tune fork
  • Magura MT7 brakes
  • Bosch CX Gen4 motor
  • PowerTube 625 battery
  • Carbon front triangle
  • Alloy rear triangle
  • 29 inch wheels
Cube Stereo
Cable routing has been standardised across the in-tube battery bikes..
Cube Stereo
A single CNC’d piece holds the battery and all the cables securely.
Cube Stereo motor hybrid
Mechanics should find job time is cut by up to 80% with this new system.

Cube Stereo Hybrid Geo

For 2020, Cube has updated its entire e-bike range to have better cable routing and easier access to the battery area for both dealers and customers. All in-tube battery bikes have the same CNCd mounting structure in them, which provides consistent routing for cables of all kinds, as well as constant battery mounting. It is anticipated that this will cut down on workshop time for building up bikes, as well as making it easier for mechanics to learn how to maintain e-bikes from across the Cube ranges. Whether it’s a shopper or a shredder, if it’s an in-tube e-bike, the internal layout will look the same.

Cube Stereo spec
This is the bike I rode.
Cube Stereo spec
Note the other models are not quite the same.

It’s a touch lighter than in previous years, with shorter chain stays for better handling. The geometry is generally pretty conservative, but Cube is targeting the masses and this bike should feel ‘normal’ to many. Those looking away from the TM or Action Team models should note the geometry is not the same.

That’s how things stack up in the workshop or shop floor. How is it out on the trail?

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Hannah’s travel and accommodation was covered by Cube/OneWay Distribution

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (1)

    Note to companies taking this author on a bike launch: feed her every two hours

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