Cube Reaction 29er ?? Any good?
I got myself a Cube Reaction GTC Pro a few weeks back. It was a toss up between the Pro and the SL, went for the Carbon in the end and im really happy with it. I went from a Meta 5.5 to this for the same reason as yourself, wanted a lighter faster bike and it is just that. Its a really good climber and quick on the downs too. Its my first 29er so can’t really compare it to anything else but its fantastic value. You can get them pretty cheaply from Germany compared to Chain Reaction etc but I got mine from the Bike Chain in Edinburgh and cant recommend them enough. If you are near Edinburgh, give me a shout if you want a look. It’s a big ‘un at 23″ though!Posted 6 years agostanleighMember
I was lucky enough to demo a Cube 29″ Pro .
Well , what a bike , it’s all you imagined a well speced carbon 29er would be . Light , agile & frighteningly quick ! Just rolls & rolls , covering the miles effortlessly .
Ready to race , straight out of the box – tubeless is the only change I’ve made. Tyre combo ( Schwalbe Rocket / Ralph )is spot on for general XC & racing.
Can’t fault the XT kit , loving the extra ratios possible with the 10 sp cassatte. Never used formula brakes before , they’re fine.
Size wise ( I’m 6 foot ) I would have normally have ordered a large frame , but my demo was a 19″ & spot on !
And let’s be honest a decent carbon 29er , speced like this by Scott / Trek would be £2000+ , so great value !
So , roll on my next Gorrick ! & best of luck to anybody trying get hold of one of these!Posted 6 years ago
I had a Reaction GTC Pro 26er. Imported from German company. Much cheaper than local and get this…. much better support when things went wrong.
Replaced a cracked frame no questions asked. Also paid for re-installation costs. Sold me a crash replacement ti frame for £600 once I snapped that one. Superb.
One word of caution. Carefully check the spec of the wheels which is where Cube (and others) tend to save money. Had lots of hassles with SunRigle hubs. Again MHW sent me a new hub.Posted 6 years ago
The hubs are XT and the Rims are the usual propriety Alex with DT spokes.
Its probably one area where i would always upgrade anyway.
Crank Bros Cobalt 29 look nice :o)
I have one for the 17″ which should be ok for me.
On holiday for 2 weeks after next week so wanting it to turn up asap.Posted 5 years ago
Compkiller, im 5’7″ too and tried one of the LTD Pro 29 in the shop 17″ frame and it fitted perfectly.
Even the LTD is a great value bike, i just wanted to go the extr mile.
It took a fair bit of phoneing to track down a bike, and its not due to be delivered till next month.
I took the opportunity to change to the 2×10 set up which take the spec of the pro pretty close to the SL.Posted 5 years ago
I dont see next years bike being quite as good a price considering the way there sold out this year.
Good for you finding a 17″ SL i tried 8 places and none could get hold of one. Only one of them offered me the Pro, new chainset and shifters and its as good as the SL anyway.
Go for it i say.Posted 5 years ago
The shop im buying from said they were going to geet one last 29er in stock in April, hence why i snapped it up, still not heard anything back mind. Hens teeth spring to mind.
I dont know if its cube who have simply not made enough or if they have just not given enough bikes to the UK.
Anyone who can get their hands on either Reaction 29er should go for it.
My lBS is a cube dealer and he said there was no way he could get either bike now, the only way was if you had pre ordered the specific bike months ago.
It wont be long till the 2013 range appears now, probably will be able to order a 2013 bike in August/Sept.Posted 5 years ago
Is that all preordered bike due June or just the ones for you? The shop i bought from said April for mine.
I take it you have pre sold the ones you have ordered?
So far i have only seen 1 29er in a bike shop, do you think Cube have been caught out with the demand?Posted 5 years ago
By the way, if you are considering importing from MHW Bike House – email them and barter.
I saved over £300 of the UK price by doing this. Figured if anything went wrong I would have some room to move with local repairs. Turned out their support was great anyway.
Loved my GTC Pro and love my Elite HPT Pro (titanium) frame even more. Brilliant bikes.Posted 5 years agoplodtvMember
Ordered mine from Germany in jan when all uk suppliers told me there were no more to be pre-ordered. Have had the date pushed back a fortnight, every fortnight since jan end. I am hopeful for this year sometime I personally feel it shits all over the canyon spec having considered that first.Posted 5 years agoyetialexMember
Managed to get a 2012 Ltd SL 29 from Tweeks, it was on back order by them to be a stock item, they had ordered one 17″ and one 19″, put a deposit on the 19″ in early November and got it mid Dec, they were unable to get any more. Enjoy riding it more than any other bike I’ve ever owned.Posted 5 years ago
@compkiler – let us know what you think of it when it arrives!
Did you order it from MHW Bike House / another German company?
VERY, VERY tempted myself. Mate of mine says the Pro is a better option as Rebas have less flex and XT wheels are very solid for the money. What do you think?Posted 5 years agovelomanicMember
Collected from my LBS today 🙂
Just back from a 10 mile hack along part of the Isle of Man End2End course – absolutely love it!
First impressions are of how light and agile it feels.
Firm ride from the carbon frame but not harsh, the seat’s quite hard but I wasn’t in it much!
I’m just over 5’11” and the 19″ frame is a perfect fit.
@stevewhyte – you won’t be disappointed!Posted 5 years ago
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