Introducing the Stereo 140 HPC 27.5
Cube is no stranger to the long-travel trail bike. Their Stereo has been well proven on the Enduro World Series circuit. For 2018, the 27.5" wheel Stereo 140 gets a complete redesign. The new chassis has a carbon front section and an aluminum rear suspension (no earth-shattering news there), designed with a lighter, leaner profile. Much of the bulk has been skimmed from the top tube and most of that volume has been added to the down tube, which should optimize the bike's stiffness at the bottom bracket. Further streamlining is evident at the rear of the frame, where the seat stay pivots have been hidden from sight, and the rocker link is restyled to blend with the modernized profile of the chassis.
Cosmetics aside, the meatier improvements are in the Cube 140's ample front-center (438mm in the medium and 478mm for the X-large size), steep 75.2-degree seat angle, and moderately slack 66.5-degree steering angle. The top-line Stereo 140 HPC 275 shown here is said to weigh only 13.3 kg, so with 140mm of rear-wheel travel and 150 up front, those numbers should equate to a sharp handling, very capable bike for riders who prefer equal parts exploring as they do technical descending. Cube also makes a womens-specific version
- the Sting 140 range.
The 140 HPC 275 is sold in small, medium, large, and X-large, with an MSRP of 3499.00 EUR, which is a smoking good deal considering that the 140 HPC 275 is suspended by a Fox Factory 36 FIT fork and Float DPX2 Factory EVOL shock. Some of the savings come from a cleverly spec'ed SRAM Eagle drivetrain - a mix of GX and X1 items, powered by a Raceface crankset. It appears that Cube has put its money where it counted most. Visit Cube's Stereo 140 page
for more details.
The All-New Hanzz 190 27.5
Cube's Hanzz freeride/park bike has been in its stable for a number of years, but until recently, riders interested in hitting big lines have largely chosen DH bikes. The popularity of enduro racing bikes and the lighting-fast evolution of the sport from trail-racing to full-fledged gravity drops has blurred the boundaries between the genres. Some say that the addition of wide-range gearing, dropper seatposts and better pedaling ergonomics to an equally capable chassis has re-defined the freeride bike to the point where sales of DH bikes may not recover. Hanzz's time has arrived, so Cube gave him a total makeover.
The top-of-the range 2018 Hanzz 190 TM 27.5 sports a four-bar Horst-link rear suspension with 190mm of travel. Its modernized aluminum chassis is based upon 27.5" wheels and spec'ed with a 180mm Fox 36 Float Factory FIT fork (Kashima, of course), but it can accept a 200mm fork as well. The shock is Fox's Float X2 Factory with the two-position lever.
Components are as wild as the bike. The 11-speed drivetrain is a mix of SRAM shifting, an e*thirteen wide range cassette and chainguide, powered by a Race Face Atlas crankset. Brakes are SRAM Code (180mm R, 200mm F rotors) and its wheels and tires also e*thirteen items. The new Hanzz 190 has three models in the range that share the same aluminum frame. Sizes are small, medium and large, with MSRP's starting at 3699.00 EUR for the 190 TM, 2499.00 EUR for the 190 SL, and 2299.00 EUR for the most affordable 190 Race model.
What Cube Says About the New Hanzz:
"Riding the gravity roller-coaster demands a special kind of bike. New for 2018, the Hanzz 190 TM blends affordability, fun and rock-solid durability into a total package that's perfect for everything from full days at the bike park to a first season on the downhill race circuit. Combining a bombproof frame featuring a short, agile geometry with a selection of reliable components, we've created a bike that brings gravity-fueled riding within reach of any keen rider. The Fox 36 Float Factory fork, Float X2 Factory shock, SRAM GX 11 speed transmission, SRAM Code R brakes and super durable wheelset are everything you need to take your gravity riding to the next level."