Bike Check: Max Hartenstern's Cube Two15 29er Prototype

Jun 18, 2018
by Rick Schubert Schubert  



Max Hartenstern is currently riding his first season as an Elite in the World Cup for the Cube Global Squad, alongside with Kiwi Matt Walker. After finishing off his last junior year with a bronze medal at World Champs, he is now giving his best to make it work in the elite ranks. Between his tight World Cup schedule, Max is still racing the iXS European DH Cup where we caught up him to get a closer look at his Cube Two15 29er prototype. Cube built the 29er version of the Two15 just in time for last year's World Champs in Cairns. Since then, the team has optimized the frame and rumors have it that the bike is close to production.
Max Hartenstern Cube factory rider
Max Hartenstern. - Cube image


In his last two junior years Max went fastest at national champs and took the elite title twice
In his last two junior years, Max went fastest at national champs and took the elite title twice.

Since Fort William Max is running a Fox Float X2 with a basic setup set by 205psi
Max is running a Fox Float X2 shock with 205psi in the chamber.
75psi in the front to get the bike smooth and fast
75psi in the Fox 49 fork, with the new Grip 2 system keeps the bike smooth and fast.

Max is a fan of the Schwalbe Addix ultrasoft compound riding the Magic Marry 2.35
Max is a fan of the Schwalbe Addix ultrasoft compound - riding 2.35" Magic Marys.

Magura MT7 brakes clamping 200mm rotors
Twice national colors on the calipers to celebrate his two titles
National colors on the caliper celebrate his two titles.

Four-bar Horst-Link rear suspension. No official word on the travel, but judging by the clearance behind the seat tube, it's less than Cube's 27.5 DH machines.

Big eye on small detail
Big eye on small details: friction patch on the shift paddle.
Max rides a medium-sized frame.

A MRP chainguide and bashguard kepp things in place when things get roudy
Race Face SIXc crankset, MRP chainguide, and Crankbrothers Mallet pedals.

No offset caps just a 50mm stem to give Max the right balance on the bike
Race Face 50mm stem and 20mm rise SIXc handlebar.

Max went second fastest at the Kranjska Gora seeding runs. Cube's 29er may be a real advantage...



33 Comments

  • 35 2
 Cube's 29er may be a real advantage... Or it might just be a decent bike with a good rider.
  • 10 2
 No bridge between the rocker links? Max is lucky he isn't servicing his bike himself, those things will develop play.
How do I know? I own a Fritzz with the same issue and I definitely don't ride it as hard.

Would anyone like to clue me up for why there's no bridge? Can't be an arbitrary decision.
Any why are those bearings so tiny? if they were larger the rocker links would pivot less sideways, no?
  • 5 1
 That’s not a bridge in the third photo? Looks to me like the rocker is connected right in front of the rear tire.
  • 2 2
 Yeah awkard
  • 2 1
 @Dano-01: seat stays are attached, rocker is two pieces.
  • 1 1
 At least he is rocking Magura brakes.
  • 3 1
 come on @cubebikesofficial fix your rocker and sent it to milko
  • 4 1
 @zede: yeah, and then what am I gonna moan about on the internet!? Big Grin
  • 1 1
 3rd photo There is a bridge there
  • 1 1
 @Alexsantos: not between the rocker links though
  • 9 0
 That bike looks like it's gonna snap in half
  • 3 0
 Apart from being "the flimsiest" bike out there, the largest frame has a mere 435mm reach... And from riding one and reading all the tests, they also seriously lack progression. It's not really rideable with a coil shock.

If you compare this to their newest stereo offerings, it just looks like the side task of a trail bike product manager, who doesn't know shi*t about DH bikes.

At least they are reasonably priced, starting at 2.500 and the top model went fromm 6k to 4.800 or so. They do lack a 3.xxx mid class model though...
  • 5 0
 Would the wheel travel possibly be the name of the bike 215?
  • 1 0
 It is of the 27.5" model. Very often when they experiment with 29", they need to reduce the travel so that the wheel doesn't hit anywhere. And maybe even once this model hits production and the travel is less than 215mm, they may even still stick to the name if they like it. Santa Cruz also still has a bike they call the V10. Maybe also because their Driver8 wasn't considered that great so they wanted to stick to the one with the good name.
  • 2 1
 yeah so the travel is written on the seat tube , also is the flimsiest bike i've ever climbed upon ; those small bearings in those flimsy chainstays and seatstays with 215 travel and side landings and drops and whatever you throw at it ... i wouldn't risk my life on the "king of the flimsiest" !
  • 2 1
 remy seems to throw this thing around like crazy he could have tons of issue we dont know about. also it looks super high stand over
  • 5 2
 @freeridejerk888: Remy is sponsored. Who knows how many frames the man has gone through
  • 5 1
 I just cant get over the swingarm, ruins the whole look of the bike.
  • 2 0
 All bike designs are are CAD designed with stress analysis included . So the (below) average Joe who knows best with wives tales and mates who broke stuff are of no relevance
  • 3 0
 Why does the fork not have the "49" stickers? Trying to be stealth?
  • 1 0
 @just6979 Good call, the dropouts look like the longer offset 49s, but?
www.pinkbike.com/photo/16011961
  • 2 0
 i think they are 40's since he is only running a 2.35 tire lol
  • 1 0
 Some 29" tyres will fit on the 650b 40
  • 4 1
 That bike seriously need some 'CURE'.
  • 5 2
 i just hate this bike, don't ask why
  • 13 0
 ...........................why?
  • 2 0
 Try bud dry?
  • 3 0
 @mufa306 : So let me ask you, why do you hate this bike?
  • 4 1
 So many 29ers now and so little desire to see more
  • 3 0
 The Commencal is sooo much better looking!
  • 3 1
 Maybe the travel is 215mm? Like two15 or what's written on the seatstay
  • 5 0
 That holds true for the 27.5 version, probably not for the 29"
  • 6 8
 ugliest bike I've ever seen

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