Cube's All New 2018 Stereo 140 and Hanzz 190 - First Look

Sep 2, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
Cube range 2018
Cube Stereo 140 HPC TM 275

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.
Cube Stereo 140 and Hanzz 190

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.

Cube Stereo 140 and Hanzz 190



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.
Cube Stereo 140 and Hanzz 190
Numbers for the medium-sized Stereo 140.

Cube Stereo 140 and Hanzz 190
Trunnion-mount shock.
Cube Stereo 140 and Hanzz 190
Room for 2.5" tires.

Cube range 2018
Next in the Stereo HPC range is the 140 SL (2999.00 EUR) with Fox suspension and Shimano XT components. Two-by drivetrains are still quite popular in Germany.
Cube range 2018
Cube Stereo's 140 HPC Race 27.5 (2499.00 EUR) shares the same chassis, with a more affordable component selection based around a mix of Shimano Deore and XT items.





Cube range 2018
Cube Hanzz 190 TM 27.5

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.
Cube Hanzz 190 TM 27.5

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.

Cube Hanzz 190 TM 27.5
Fox's favorite air shock: High and low-speed adjustable, with the two-position pedaling switch.
Cube Hanzz 190 TM 27.5
Durable aluminum chassis with rider-forward geometry and a sleeker, uncomplicated profile.

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.

Cube Stereo 140 and Hanzz 190
Cube says the Hanzz 190 chassis is designed to use 200mm downhill forks, should you prefer to upgrade.


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."
Cube Hanzz 190 TM 27.5
Numbers of the medium-sized Hanzz 190.

Cube range 2018
Want more? Cube's Hanzz 190 SL 27.5 sports a 20mm Marzocchi Bomber 380 CR DH fork and a Fox Van RC coil shock (2499.00 EUR).
Cube range 2018
Cube's most affordable Hanzz 190 Race 27.5 features a SR Suntour Durolux RC fork and a Fox Van RC shock (2299.00 EUR).






72 Comments

  • + 78
 HANZZ... GET ZE FLAMMENWERFER!
  • + 5
 I hope for their sake they drop the price to match the looks: cheap.
  • + 10
 @mikealive: cube completely loses the plot when trying to design anything with over 140mm of travel.
  • + 3
 Looks kinda odd but if it rides well I could get over it.
  • + 40
 @PLC07: you've basically just outlined my take on dating.
  • + 2
 @mikealive: Wait isn't this pinkbike where everyone pines for ye goode olde days of freeride bikes? But when a chunky freeride bike shows up it doesn't meet the readership's delicate aesthetic standards?
  • + 3
 @dontcoast: I think the main issue for lack of blind following is that it is not 26"
  • + 1
 @Clarkeh: So if they made it in 26" with 2.3 Gazzalodi, they'd be all hype?

(But not 3.0 Nokians cause that would be the heckleable mid-fat?)
  • + 1
 @dontcoast: "26 ain't dead!!1" would be the rallying cry.
  • + 38
 remy missed riding for commencal so cube made him a furious
  • + 33
 Where's the motor?
  • + 29
 Could you please leave?
  • + 2
 hahaha
Beer
  • + 3
 Seriously we need a meme of those vultures in the jungle book," eh, now don't start that again."
  • + 29
 The top version of the 140 looks so sick
  • + 7
 first cube since the existing of cube that i like...looks very nice and has good spec and geo for a reasonable price! well done cube
  • + 16
 The way the top tube slope, linkage and seatstays line up is a beutiful thing.
  • + 5
 really beautiful frame...the old one looked so shady
  • + 15
 doesn't look like a cube, which is nice.
  • + 6
 My crotch approves!
  • + 13
 Hey! These bikes dont look like box shaped frames on wheels. Proud of you Cube Smile . No pun actually intended. Their frames (at least to me.) looked a bit wonky.
  • + 8
 Would love to see a comparison between some of the new freeriders. Cube hanzz, propain spindrift, rose soul fire, radon swoop, SC nomad, pivot firebird? This bike category doesn't get enough attention imho
  • + 3
 you left out many... banshee darkside, intense uzzi, knolly delirium.... all alloy real man bikes hahaha
  • + 1
 @Lagr1980: You are right, I didnt intend to name every single one of them. Showcase them all!
  • + 2
 Voltage 710!!
  • + 6
 I'd ride that 190mm beast. Give me a dropper, 30T front ring, DHF/Aggressor Combo. With a progressive suspension tune, there is no reason you can't ride a large travel bike all mountain. Best of ALL worlds.
  • + 3
 I wish more companies would do the same. I'm seriously looking at downhill frames and putting a dropper on and a 180mm 36s for all day duties. The seat tube angles put me off and no bottle cage mounts. This is the future
  • - 1
 @yeti-monster: No, it's the past. We tried to ride long-travel bikes on normal trails back in the early 2000s. Didn't work then and you'll be just as sad trying it now.
  • + 4
 @seraph: back when geometries in trail bikes were XC? My modern bikes are longer and slacker than older DH bikes.
Now we have coils with climb switches and droppers.
Anyway my main reason for wanting a DH frame is for burliness. Something that will last year's without cracking. Suppose minaar but me straight about DH bikes not breaking :-)
  • + 5
 @yeti-monster: The bike industry is all about hype and trends. There is no reason you couldn't ride this bike all mountain very effectively. All full suspension bikes have a rear shock and fork. Does it matter whether it's 120mm or 190mm? Not at all. If it is geared similarly, and the suspension is set up correctly, it'll do the work of any small travel trailbike. The problem in building bikes like this, noone will buy them. It's not a downhill bike, and it's not the current trend.

I currently ride a Kona Process 167 all mountain. 170mm front, 167mm rear. Vivid Air out back, Lyrik RC2DH up front. Updated the Lyrik with the current charger damper. 30T front ring, KS dropper, and Schwalbes front and rear tubeless. Set it up at 20% sag for trail duty, 25/28psi. Not the fastest guy to the top, but i'm also not the slowest. But when the trail points down, outtamyway.
  • + 1
 @seraph: I understand that not everyone needs 170-200 mm bikes. But geometry is geometry, and if it is similar 120 vs 190 mm (which many are now), just means you have the ability to use more suspension travel if necessary.
  • + 2
 @seraph:
You would have a point if it weren't for technological advancements since then.
Yeah, I used to "trail" my Demo 7, but now I can do what that bike did and more with 6 to 10 lbs less under me and better pedaling, cornering, and descending to boot.
I welcome long travel sleds, if they are well appointed.
  • + 3
 I used to ride my demo with Xmax wheels, dropper post and an old Dorado and air shox, it was rideable on normal trails and I could climb. A little. A brand new light dh bike (thinking of 2017 demo) with dropper, eagle, enduro wheels and a fox36 talas 180 could be interesting. Or a mondraker Dune.
  • + 8
 Freeride is back!
  • + 2
 More freeride for real dudes! more freeride bikes!) if realy, looks so works, cube better and better from year to year.
  • + 3
 In France the topmodel will cost you 3799 EUR at your local dealer.
When you order the same in Germany, delivered in France it will cost you 3499.00 EUR free delivery.
Official prices so you can count on a discount at both.

CUBE why????
  • + 2
 Different taxes. I'm sure that the German bikes are naturally a little cheaper in Germany.
  • + 4
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: nope, no different taxes

but i don't think I'll be supporting my local dealer for 300EUR difference.
  • + 2
 Saw the thumbnail pic and thought Cube had gone Triangle but checked the geo chart and they still do a 22" seat tube on the
140 and a 20" seat tube on the 190

"right we have designed a new frame that works great as a small we need to make it work for tall people now.
OK hang on Ctrl+c (road bike geometry) Ctrl+v. OK Done. Beer anyone"

So progressive guys (Slow Clap) well done
  • + 6
 Because 180 wasn't enough. And 200 is too much.
  • + 1
 intense approves this
  • + 6
 Cube bikes - Bang for the buck
  • + 1
 "Want more? Cube's Hanzz 190 SL 27.5 sports a 20mm Marzocchi Bomber 380 CR DH fork and a Fox Van RC coil shock (2499.00 EUR)."

rather interesting to have a fork with that little travel up front on a freerider Wink
  • + 4
 Stereo looks like Devinci Troy...
  • + 4
 front center !== reach
  • + 2
 You are a nerd. That's cool
  • + 2
 That hanzz is sweet but the reach looks very short unless I am reading it wrong...what happened to the Fritz 180?
  • + 3
 Man, 2499€ for a full suspension carbon bike!! O.O where's the trick!??
  • + 2
 The 140 is a massive improvement aesthetically. That 190 looks like my old commencal supreme mini.
  • + 4
 Where's the 29 stereo at
  • + 3
 Same question I have. What's Greg going race, assuming he's still on Cube next year.
  • + 1
 I had the old Stereo..but the frame just had far too much flex, so I got a Hanzz and it wasn't much better. Flexy rear end and crap bushes..
  • + 2
 I see a lot of triangles but no cubes...
  • + 2
 Remy, give Max his Furious drawings back now....
  • + 2
 No more stereo 29er after many win in ews... strange
  • + 1
 There's a new one coming....
  • + 1
 Can someone tell me why the seatstays need to be designed for long-travel forks? I don't really get that.
  • + 1
 Numbers on the geo charts are displayed falsely.
  • + 1
 Who wants a 22" frame!? They still need to make them shorter
  • + 1
 I don't understand why people would want a shorter frame. You can still ride a longer bike like a shorter one you just need to be more aggressive. The only problem with modern bikes is the insane seat tube lengths. If the seat tube length was the same on all the sizes of a bike that would make sizing up so much easier
  • + 2
 Is freeride back?
  • + 0
 There is more material in the stereo trail frame than this is the Hans free-ride frame?
  • + 1
 Very nice bikes....
  • + 1
 Looks a bit cramped.
  • + 0
 It's such a looker they unveil it in the dark
  • - 2
 They spent too much time on their eBikes, and not enough time on these. Weak offering.
  • + 0
 Marin attack anybody
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