Bike Check: Phil Atwill’s Cube Two15 HPA 29 - European Cup: Round 1 Maribor

Apr 21, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  



2019 sees Phil Atwill aboard the Cube Two15 HPA having left Propain and joined the Cube Global Squad, racing team. Phil struggled with injury last season and will be looking to put that behind him with his new team when the season kicks off next weekend.

Cube has made this bike a bit bigger to accommodate Phil so he'll be riding a slightly bigger than normal XL bike on 29-inch wheels front and rear. As well as a new frame the team change brought a lot of new components for Phil but having moved to Greece over the offseason he will no doubt have been enjoying the dry winter to get lots of testing in. He was one of the first riders to make it to Maribor and if the footage of him shredding the tracks on an ebike is anything to go by, he is already up to speed in Slovenia.

Rider Name // Phil Atwill
Age: 24
Hometown: Athens
Height: 184cm
Instagram: @phil_atwill

Phil gets a custom (X)XL front end as he joins Cube for 2019.

There's not a great deal of new tech on this bike but Phil has said he's working on developing Funn's Ripper pedals further. The pedal was first released at Eurobike in 2017 but with Phil's input, it's going to be honed even further throughout this season.

Phil makes the move to Fox suspension front and rear this year having been on XFusion and Formula in previous years. He also switches tyres from Vee to Schwalbe and gets components from RaceFace, as opposed to Propain's in-house brand, SixPack.
Frame: Cube Two15 HPA 29
Shock: Fox Float Factory X2,195psi, 4 tokens
Fork: Fox 49, 80psi with 7 tokens
Wheels: Race Face Atlas, 29 inch
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary, ProCore
Brakes: Magura MT7
Cockpit: Race Face Atlas
Size: (X)XL
Weight: 17kg
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Phil likes a high set up so has put an 8mm spacer under his forks to raise everything up.

Although he has a wildman reputation, Phil is very precise with his set up, as we showed in our ultimate bike check last year. He scratches in his bars so he knows exactly where all his controls sit.

Everything in its right place.

Phil is running Procore this year set at 5.5 bar (80psi). He then runs 24psi at the front and 27 psi at the back.

As for his forks, Phil is on 80psi with the maximum 7 tokens.

Phil runs his shock at 195psi with 4 tokens.

Phil has been working on developing the Ripper pedals with Funn, they are still a work in progress but will probably be updated later this year.

A neat shock protector should help if Maribor delivers one of its regular deluges later today or next weekend.

Magura's MT7 stoppers will be providing braking power for Phil in 2019.

Phil goes back to aluminium after a couple of years on the carbon Propain Rage.

With Phil and Gaetan Vige coming on board and Max Hartenstern looking super fast in pre-season races, it's going to be an exciting year for Cube.



55 Comments

  • + 54
 Phil's one of my absolute favorite riders to watch. Hope this bike treats him well and he has a great year.
  • + 8
 He's coming in strong this season...
  • + 11
 Such a great thing to have this guy leaving in Athens. Hopefully he is going to push the local MTB scene way forward. Looking forward to see him in some action scenes from Greece.
  • + 29
 If a 184cm tall rider needs a custom xxl , what do tall riders do?
  • + 20
 Ride something else
  • - 39
flag RedRedRe (Apr 21, 2019 at 6:58) (Below Threshold)
 This is not basketball.... 184 is tall for a cyclist. And for average american which are 170cm.
  • + 9
 @RedRedRe: Americans didn't use to be so short. The Dutch are the tallest nation. Personally I think the reason is so they can breath without having to use a snorkel. I will say that being 1m 95cm, it's great to see that bikes are finally being made so that riders my height can find something that actually fits and doesn't make you feel like your riding a bmx.
  • + 5
 @RedRedRe: this brings an interesting subject to the table: is the North American population segment represented at MTB -or more specifically, here at PB- taller than the mean? Why are so many comments from Clydesdales, complaining about their bikes being so small? I'm 183 cm myself, and at the top 10% maybe here in Argentina, and when I visited New York 12 years ago I recall feeling I was on the average height.
  • + 4
 @southoftheborder: I've wondered about this too, but I guess it might be because they are the ones who tend to break things the most. At 135 lbs/61 kg most things are built to handle people much heavier than me, so I just don't really think about whether components are built strong enough for me. I still have broken a few things (bent the crap out of a crankarm when a high speed manual went bad), but my experience is nothing like that of a 200+ lb friend I rode with in college who broke components seemingly every other ride.

As a short-ish, light rider I don't feel the need to complain about chainstays being too short or seat tube angles being too slack or components being too frail, but the clydesdales are constantly being reminded that things just aren't built for them and come here to complain about it.

Or, maybe in America it's mostly just big ol' clydesdales who MTB.
  • + 1
 @RedRedRe: average male is 175-177 depending on who you ask. At 193 I'm definite on the tall side here, but not spectacularly so. It's also where in the country you are, the people out west are usually taller (and lighter weight) than in the east (especially the northeast).

Given that 177 is usually the split between medium and large, and that almost every bike manufacturer makes an extra large, your 184 comment is nonsense.
  • + 2
 BTW he has 186 in the previous bike check..
  • + 5
 Isn't Gwin riding an XL Intense this year as well? And he's only 178cm (5'10"). Angel Suarez is riding the biggest DH frame in existence (X-Long Tues 29er) at 505mm reach and he's 186cm (6'2").

It really makes you feel for the beanstalks of the world, I wonder how someone like Cathro could've performed if he'd been riding World Cups on a bike that fitted him. Hell, Minnaar and Peaty must've ridden most of their careers on bikes 3 sizes too small.
  • + 4
 @Preachey: And there we have it, sizes are way to small.
I am lucky that I am just 178cm as well and total average and for my country even below average.

I don't understand how someone can be comfy on those small sizes and why the manufactures build such stupid sizes. I see alot who have problems with to large frames and a lot with to small frames.

I just tested a 515mm reach sled , worked for me and even the XL with 535mm was okay and they even make XXL. Most manufactures don't even reach the 515 mark with XXL.
  • + 1
 Ask Jack Moir
  • + 4
 @brassinne: Yeah, at about 6ft tall, among a group of Dutch males I very often am still the shortest. In the recent elections, some right wing anti-everything (including anti-environment) party came out pretty high. So I'm looking at getting a snorkel implant anyway just to prepare for the accelerated rise of the sea levels. That said, it is all relative. Even if the sea level doesn't rise, much of the land we live on is being held dry by pumping out the excess water. But as the land effectively floats, it is getting lower and lower anyway. But Darwin always finds a way. Next (surviving) generation will be over 3m tall. Either that, or they'll be born with snorkels. Kali will be pissed though as these surely will introduce even worse rotating impacts to our brains.
  • + 0
 @Serpentras: you know he is a World Cup racer and not your average weekend warrior? World Cup riders like their bikes longer than we average guys do... You don't ride a track on World Cup speed why would you ask for a bike in World Cup size? You neither ride a World Cup suspension set up... I don't get your point.
  • + 3
 @bazukadann: I dont get your point because you dont know how I ride and what sled I use or if I even use a DH.
Furthermore I frankly don't give a f*ck who rides what and how they set it up. Do you only ride and use what the Pros use?

The bike btw I tested last week was a Nicolai G1 in Large, total different purpose also would not buy a DH with less then 500 reach for my size. If you can't handle that reach it is not my problem.
  • + 20
 kinda meh, the last year ProPain with EXT and Formula was much cooler looking
  • + 10
 Literally anything is cooler looking than a cube.
  • + 8
 They only got the dry winter part wrong, this has been one of the wettest winters in Greece.
  • + 1
 Exactly.
  • + 2
 Yeah but compared to a UK winter. LOL
  • + 5
 The kid is loose!! That emtb link is awesome. He's like the second coming of the rat. If Peaty and Minaar could still keep up with him during the apres race he'd probably be on the syndicate
  • + 0
 Yes they should defenetly should have had hired him... much more on the way of what Syndicate was and represents... Loris and Luca too posh polite guys... syndicate needs more punk.
  • + 3
 @PauRexs: dont get me wrong. Syndicate , Loris and Luca are awesome. I'm a fan. Just comparing the way Phil rides and enjoys a good time to the syndicate of old. The emtb jibbing further prompted the comparison
  • + 1
 Does putting an 8mm spacer under the top crown make the front end higher?

Assuming that the stanchions are normally run with the top caps at the crown, you aren't making the bar higher, just lengthening the head tube (ie. sliding the bottom crown down). Also he is running an almost flat bar on an already tall Fox 49... seems like he is trying not to make the front end too tall imo.
  • + 3
 Probably won't matter about the pivots, the mechanic can put new ones in for each run.
  • + 1
 "...scratches his bars..."

Makes me shudder to think of that leading to a broken bar, so terrifying if you've ever experienced it.

Phil, just mark it with tape or a paint marker!
  • + 1
 Nice bike but... the fox logo on the rear shock is upside down and personally the tire and wheel logos should be aligned, not into them being at 90 degrees.
  • + 2
 I've never seen an e-bike ridden that actively. Amazing.
  • + 1
 Sorry but the paint and name at the front seems like its says Btwin from decathlon... well founded guys!
  • + 1
 Companies makes at least 3 sizes and when u are 184 u nees custom frame, cool. So at 193 u just can't ride...
  • + 1
 When your mum makes you to take out for a date that ugly girl of neighbours just because they have a pool
  • + 1
 Ah! So this is that new APT platform Cube has been touting: Anorexic Pivot Technology.
  • + 1
 Got those pivots are tiny. Don’t know how this frame would ever take repeated DH abuse
  • + 2
 455mm reach on a size XL? That's tiny
  • + 2
 So a 6 foot rider rides a custom xxl what about taller riders?
  • + 2
 Were the photos shot at night? I can’t see the bike...
  • + 9
 You’re lucky. The cube is no a bonny machine
  • + 8
 It's looking really phil-thy
  • + 6
 Mediocre quality photos of a first class bike. That first picture is horrible. Please do better next time or let someone else do it for you.
  • + 5
 Right? Black and green bike shot on black and green background.

I’m appreciative of any free content but if the point is to highlight the bike then the clarity of the photos should be a priority. Go figure.
  • + 2
 Everything In Its Right Place. Love that song.
  • + 2
 I was listening to it when I clicked on this article
  • + 1
 @Coldspringer:
Everythiiiiiiiing
  • - 3
 How the heck do You make adjustments to an X2 or DHX2 on this bike ? , will that carbon protector have to come off and then still I imagine it would be very hard.
and 80PSI in the pro-core is that really how hard schwalbe say you should run it ? 0_0

my gripes with the bike aside , I really like Phil and hope to see him take some top spots this year #bwoah
  • + 0
 I would like to know what reach that custom XXL has!
PS: He runs one fork on his bike at a time so it is "fork" not "forks"
  • - 1
 Oh!...I see...you hide the bike for clearly showing that the tyre is a...Schalwe kartoffen!
  • + 1
 Cube retro styling
  • + 0
 Poor lad, having to ride that thing.
  • + 2
 whats so bad about this "thing"?
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