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.
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
- 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 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.
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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