Bike Check: Max Hartenstern's German Championship Winning Custom 2021 Cube TWO15

Oct 8, 2020
by Dan Roberts  



Last month the sole race of the IXS Downhill Cup was also the German Championships with Steinach in the Thuringia Forest as the host. The reduced capacity event was successful despite the wetter-than-an-otter's-pocket conditions and the man who stood atop the podium in the Elite class was Max Hartenstern aboard the recently released new Cube TWO15.

Max, who's part of the Cube Global Squad, ended up with a commanding 3.15 second lead over second-place once racing was finished and has been selected by the German federation for the World Champs in Leogang this week. Here's a look at his German Championship winning machine that will be in action on the Austrian slopes in just a few days.

Max Hartenstern
Height 184 cm/ 6'0.5"
Weight 80kg / 176.4lbs
Age 21
Hometown Geringswalde, Germany
Instagram @max.hartenstern

Bike Details
Frame Size L
Wheel Size 29" F & R
Suspension Fox 40 and Fox DHX2
Brakes Magura MT7 Raceline
Drivetrain SRAM XO1 DH
Cockpit RaceFace Atlas
Wheels & Rubber Race Face Atlas & Schwalbe Magic Mary

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Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
At 184cm tall, Max is on the size L HPC version that uses 29" wheels front and rear and a composite mainframe and rocker link mated to a 6061-T6 aluminium chainstay and seat stay. The frame is custom painted in the German flag colours, adorned with the sponsor logos and even some top tube motivation that lines up with the stereotype of the German's love for logic.

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
The TWO15 HPC is a race focussed bike and so a permanent fixture on Max's bike is the number plate holder. That way the bike can be set up once with the number plate in place and each race's individual plate easily mounted with less faffing with cable routing. Bars, stem and grips come from Race Face with Max on the 35mm rise Atlas bars and 50mm long Atlas stem.

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Brakes are Magura MT7 Racelines with 203mm rotors front and rear. There's also a neat formed composite brake protector to help stop the ingress of grit and mud into the caliper and keep the brakes consistent in sloppy conditions.

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
There's a mix of SRAM XO1 DH 7-speed gearing with Race Face Atlas aluminium cranks with a 34T chainring. A full MRP guide keeps the chain in check and helps deflect impacts. Max runs Crankbrothers Mallet DH clips with all the pins in place but only fairly modestly sticking out.

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Fork
Fox 40 Factory // 29" // 203mm

Pressure 98psi
HSR 6
LSR 6
HSC Fully open
LSC 9

Shock
Fox DHX2 Factory // 241.3 x 76.2mm

Spring 475lb
HSR 5
LSR 10
HSC 6
LSC 4

All clicks measure from fully closed, unless otherwise stated.

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
The new TWO15 HPC version is built around the imperial sized Fox shocks, namely the 241.3 x 76.2mm DHX2. That was done to take advantage of a slightly longer stroke in a shorter eye to eye than the metric equivalent, which would be a 250 x 75mm. That allowed Cube to design around a smaller shock package in the frame and lower the standover. Being sponsored by Fox suspension, Max is also on the RAD programme giving them access to setup, tuning and specialist parts generally before they are even released to the public. He's on the latest Fox 40 Factory in the Heritage Edition Battleship Grey colour.

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Max is on the Schwalbe First Ride programme and uses their Magic Mary 29 x 2.4 tyres with Super Downhill casings front and rear with an Ultra Soft compound in the front and Soft in the rear. There's also the addition of the Schwalbe Procore system in the rear tyre. Pressures are 24psi front and 26psi rear with 75psi in the Procore. Wheels are from Race Face with the Vault 422 hubs and Atlas aluminium rims.

Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Bike Check - Max Hartenstern s 2021 Cube TWO15 HPC
Seat and seat post are from SDG with the I-Beam system. Seat post is the carbon fibre version and the seat is a custom edition for the Cube Global Squad.



35 Comments

  • 23 0
 Cube makes some clean frames, and look super nice with coil too!
  • 19 1
 Imperial is the new Metric which is the new Imperial
  • 4 0
 Yo dawg we heard you like measuring so we measurably measured the measurement, so you can measure while you measure
  • 10 0
 looks soo clean! black lowers would match the bikes clean looks, white just look odd.
  • 11 4
 I would never consider to ride a CUBE but this is the first one which looks OK.
  • 26 0
 cubes are for squares
  • 14 0
 @phuley94: We cubes are so much deeper than squares.
  • 7 0
 @phuley94: If you think about it if you put 6 squares together you get a cube. So cubes are power ranger evolved squares
  • 4 0
 @phuley94: Technically they're six squares
  • 3 0
 It really depends on the arrangement of the squares, 6 squares have allot of potential including male genitalia.
  • 2 0
 You may need to do some essential reading, then return to this comment section.
www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/97
  • 10 2
 It basically a better Session.
  • 6 3
 Inperial sized shock for a shorter eye to eye and a longer stroke... The reason why metric was created was to increase the bushing overlap to create a more structurally sound architecture. Did cubes designed stop at page one of fox's product catalog? Because the Trunnion mount was the design solution around limited eye to eye measurements without sacrificing structural integrity. In fact, the design of this frame is a perfect example of when to use a trunnion mount. This also allows for a roller bearing pivot at a location that sees a large amount of rotation.
Great looking frame, but the shock choice, and associated design concept is inherently flawed.
  • 2 0
 @jomacba Real world cycles makes eyelet needle bearings that do the same thing and they work great!!
  • 2 0
 @mhoshal: agree, but the reality is that is a bandaid for design constraints. Fox also makes an 8x30 roller bearing kit which work phenomenally, but was really created as an adaptation for the oppo-piggyback eyelet. That being said, this really isn't the main purpose behind my point, this is simply an additional observation. The real issue is the bushing overlap. As I stated the Trunnion mount is a solution to eye to eye constraints without limiting bushing overlap. Essentially the shorter the overlap, the larger the degree of torsional slack created. This increases friction, which then limits performance, as well as decreases bushing and contact point lifespan. As I said, it's an inherently flawed design
  • 1 0
 @jomacba: Except fox ones aren´t roller bearing but ball bearings which aren´t nearly as durable for this application and more than few people had issues with poor fit on them with all associated noises.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: I believe fox has remedied this issue. I had an early set that creaked quite a bit. I was given another set from them to which I have had zero issues with. The original issue was not related to the bearings, it was the tolerance of the cups. That being said, with multiple widths between frame manufacturers, I don't see many solutions beyond a proprietary fitment.
  • 3 0
 Because trunnion mounts proved less reliable.
  • 1 0
 @Mac1987: I'm not saying your wrong, as I don't have the data to disprove it. But I'd like to see the data backing your statement.
  • 3 0
 Comments on here are terrible, what happened to seeing the positive in products rather than trying to slate them before they’re even been given a chance to prove themselves, all bikes are good all suspension platforms are good and they without a doubt out perform 90% of the halfwits who comment on forums and websites like this, if Remy, Phil Atwil and Max can ride these without issues what’s your excuse ?
  • 2 1
 But... but... but... but... Cubes were unfashionable old school unrideable Penny-farthings that would never be used by knowledgeable people, let alone win races or heavens forbid championships??!!
  • 2 0
 Alright they got the looks down. Hopefully this isn't made out of paper like the previous gen
  • 1 0
 Made in Vietnam in Factories with no Worker's rights. I always wondered how Cube where managing to under cut the prices of other Brands who also produce in Vietnam ....
  • 1 0
 i love this bike. for me i only change magura for hope brakes and is perfect.
  • 1 0
 This Bike Looks so good except for the orange spring. And the White lowers. The Paint of that frame is fire
  • 1 0
 Anyone want to bet what competitor they ripped their concept from?
  • 1 0
 Never thought Id ever admire a CUBE , dang look at that
  • 5 6
 Beautiful, but still not a fan of the white lowers. Makes it look dated.
  • 4 1
 White will be the new orange or red.
  • 1 1
 @TheR: you got a problem with pistachio, braaah?
  • 2 1
 Good news!!! They are grey, not white.
  • 1 1
 @jomacba: Guess it is more of a really light grey. I like the classic fox factory orange.
  • 2 0
 More good news fox isn't making any more ever so don't worry too much
  • 2 0
 @stumphumper92: Fair enough. Fox still offers that. I have the battleship grey. I was hesitant at first, but they look better IRL. That being said, I think fox's goal was to make them look dated, or "Heritage" as they call it.
  • 1 3
 Do not like... too many colors.

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