Cube, Birzman, Hope - Eurobike 2014

Aug 28, 2014
by Mike Levy  

Cube Stereo 140 C68 SLT 27.5

The 140mm travel Stereo is an entirely new machine for 2015, with the same basic platform being in Cube's lineup last year but with 29'' wheels rather than the fresh bike's 27.5'' hoops. The change in wheel size obviously required an entirely new frame, a necessity that offered designer Michael Prell the opportunity to tune the new bike's rear suspension to be slightly more progressive through its stroke than the old machine. He explained that this update has been key in creating what he refers to as one of the most playful bikes he's ever been on, something that's no doubt aided by the shorter chain stays afforded by the smaller wheels.


The model pictured here is their top tier offering that sees FOX's best suspension and Shimano's XTR group hung off the carbon fiber frame. On top of that, the frame itself is actually the upscale version of the the "standard" carbon model, with the C68 in the bike's name standing for the use of bundles of carbon that are actually more flat in shape than round. What does that matter? Prell said that it allows them to build a frame that requires less resin, which therefore means that they can assemble a lighter or stronger finished product depending on what boxes they're looking to tick off.

180mm Travel Cube Fritzz

Last year's 180mm travel Fritzz sported 26'' wheels but Cube knew that they wanted to offer a similar platform in 2015 with 27.5'' wheels, which begat the bike shown here. Again, the frame must be entirely new to work properly with the 27.5'' wheels, and while it appears to be the same as the old bike otherwise, there are actually some big changes to bring the long-travel machine into line with what more and more riders are looking for these days. One of the biggest points in this regard is the additional length that they've added to the front of the bike, thereby making it more compatible with short stems, as well as increasing stability at high speeds. The bike's seat tube has also been steepened a touch in order to aid seated climbing.


It's not just the front of the bike that's been changed for 2015, with Cube designer Michael Prell also explaining that the new bike's rear end has a touch more progression built in to it, although the suspension is still very linear in nature compared to other rigs out there designed for the same purpose. The idea behind this approach is to maintain a consistent feel throughout the bike's travel, especially when talking about rebound speed, which should in turn make for a more predictable ride.


Birzman Tools

Birzman had a selection of pumps on display that all used the company's clever Snap-It chuck that not only works on both presta and schrader valves without a fuss, but also makes for a zero air loss setup when removing it from the valve. Operation is as simple as it gets, with the only requirement being for you to determine the position of the anodized green aluminum switch depending on what type of valve it's going onto: pulled back for presta, or pushed forward for schrader. The Snap-It chuck also comes in both straight and L-shaped models depending on the pump that its attached to - the model pictured here is the Maha-Apogee III that features an aluminum base and barrel, as well as a varnished wood handle.


More air delivery solutions from Birzman, this time in the form of their Roar CO2 canister and nozzle. The all aluminum unit doesn't depend on a switch to activate, but rather uses a spring loaded nozzle that asks that you only push it onto the valve to open it up, and it actually works with both presta and schrader tires valves, not something that is common with a tool like this. There are two versions of the Roar: one that holds smaller 16g CO2 cartridges, and one that can fit both the 16g or a larger 25g cartridge that makes more sense for high-volume mountain bike tires.



Hope Cranks

A long time in the making, Hope's new cranks were drawing quite the crowd at Eurobike. The forged and then CNC'd 7000 series aluminum solid arms will be available in 170 and 175mm lengths (sorry, no 165s), and the 30mm spindle is bonded permanently to the drive side arm. The opposite end features a massive polygon shape that the non-drive side crank clamps down onto, with two pinch bolts to hold it in place. What sort of bottom bracket system do they work with, you ask? ''Our expanded range of bottom brackets ensure compatibility with all bottom bracket systems,'' says Hope, meaning that you shouldn't have any trouble mounting them regardless of what BB you're dealing with. A proprietary spline on the backside of the drive side crank allows Hope's own 26 - 36 tooth spiderless rings to be mounted, as well as 36 and 38 tooth ramped rings, and anything with a 104mm single or 104/64mm double setup.


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  • 78 7
 I hope the cranks hold up.
  • 49 4
 Hope hopes their hopes hold up too.
  • 70 4
 I hope no one else tries to crank out a bad pun.
  • 17 5
 Hope-fully they work good
  • 14 44
flag its-sam (Aug 28, 2014 at 13:46) (Below Threshold)
 The Hope cranks really get my chain lubed
  • 20 4
 you grind my gears no-hopers
  • 18 1
 the keyring puts my hopes up
  • 9 25
flag its-sam (Aug 28, 2014 at 14:01) (Below Threshold)
 *brake Wink
  • 35 5
 I don't even know wtf this was a reply to...
  • 9 3
 Hope is really spinning out some interesting products. It will be interesting to see if they can continue at this cadence.
  • 5 1
 Varnished wood...
  • 7 2
 You can say they are cranking up their product line
  • 1 7
flag JCKrahn (Aug 28, 2014 at 17:51) (Below Threshold)
 the hope is for the hope cranks to last
  • 4 9
flag trifecta (Aug 28, 2014 at 17:55) (Below Threshold)
  • 6 2
 I was going to add something clever to this but it's hopeless, I got nothin'
  • 4 1
 and i hope they create something out from a potato...
  • 1 2
 hope you don't crank up yourself on the quarterly exposed teeth.
  • 1 1
 you're all just a bunch of cranks
  • 1 1
 I hope this pun train stops. But you guys just keep cranking out these puns
  • 4 1
 Shabba Cranks...
  • 2 1
 .....these Arm-full Threads are so much pun!
  • 2 2
 I rather hope-d there would be more puns - crank it up!
  • 2 1
 is it possible to ever have an article about a hope product and not get any of these Hope-less puns!!
  • 1 1
 The hope to be hyped cranks me up like fcuck!
  • 1 1
 It's inspiring to finally see a glimmer of hope cranks
  • 1 0
 well said trifecta...
  • 1 0
 ihope makes great pancakes(canadian accent)
  • 1 0
 I might be in a cranky mood today, but the hope logo looks like it says nope, and it's setting my teeth on edge.
  • 11 2
 Yea, let's gloss over that sick new Hope seat collar with dropper cable guide
  • 4 19
flag seraph (Aug 28, 2014 at 16:37) (Below Threshold)
 Who uses an external cable on their dropper? It's all about stealth.
  • 2 1
 that's what she said
  • 5 1
 "The 140mm travel Stereo is an entirely new machine for 2015, with the same basic platform being in Cube's lineup last year but with 29'' wheels rather than the fresh bike's 27.5'' hoops"
That first sentence is pretty confusing. The bike now has 27.5" wheels. Last year it had 29" wheels. I got that from context.
  • 8 1
 E-Thirteen said '' Give back our Polygon spindle ''
  • 3 1
 Yeah, Hope they've got a good lawyer!!!
  • 7 2
 Unfortunately PB missed an important detail I saw on another site regarding the new Hope cranks. They aren't quite ready for sale because they've decided to scrap the polygon standard for splined setup. Apparently it will make the switch to carbon down the road easier. Regarding the E13 polygon system, its a German DIN standard that is used in several industrial and military applications. It would be difficult to pursue any legal action over something so readily available to anyone who wants to use it.
  • 1 0
 That's good. I've known a few people have problems with those e13 cranks. if the polygon gets any wear, they wont stay tight, & if they aren't installed to the high torque e13 wants, they will get wear.

Bike applications need a little more "inexpert installation & maintenance" tolerance than industrial applications that have a dedicated maintenance staff.
  • 7 0
 @groghunter After 3 pints and two glasses of red, I think "complete drunken idiot installation & maintenance" tolerance is appropriate for bike applications.
  • 6 0
 Ah, I see we go to the same church.
  • 1 0
 I have E13 TRS cranks and I have to tighten it after almost every ride - without torque wrench but as much as the allen key can handle - so I don't mind if Hope scraps this polygon crap. I really like the Hope crank and I would wait for it to replace the E13 TRS.
  • 1 1
 Ahh, so there's no hope for this crank then
  • 5 0
 Nifty little chain guide design...sold individually or with the cranks?
  • 1 0
 The actual guide is sold individually: But it's the half bash guard I like and I can't find that on their website.
  • 3 0
 The bash guard is part of the guide. They talk about it briefly in the specs: "Weight Integrated Bashguard Version: from 120g (32T excluding mounting hardware)."
  • 3 0
 There has to be one that says that ^
  • 1 0
 If that's a new Fox 36 on the Cube, did they get a special 180 version? To my knowledge they only go to 170 for the 27.5 model. Anyone know more?
  • 2 0
 according to their webite i'ts a Fox 36 Float 27,5 RC2 FIT, 20mm axle, tapered, Kashima coated, 180mm
  • 1 0
 just noticed that the last slash after "...2015" is cut off... just add it in your browser and the link will work
  • 1 0
 Worked fine for me even without it! I just wonder if there will be an aftermarket 180mm Float 36
  • 1 0
 @corvus1, the Fritzz uses a special 180mm version which is custom made for Cube and otherwise not available.
  • 4 5
 "He explained that this update has been key in creating what he refers to as one of the most playful bikes he's ever been on, something that's no doubt aided by the shorter chain stays afforded by the smaller wheels. "
I don't get that- it's running 29"
  • 3 1
 Yeah nah...
"the fresh bike's 27.5'' hoops"
  • 2 0
 Used to be 29", now 27.5"
  • 2 0
 Ah ok , I didn't read it as that- cheers
  • 2 0
 one of the most playfull bikes he`s ever been on, as stated by the designer....what a load of drivel.
ever ridden a bmx mate? unless he means most playfull mtb. ever ridden a rigid?
unless he means full suss mtb? ever ridden a 26" slopestyle bike?
unless he means the most playfull 27.5 all mountain cube mtb. in which case he is possibly correct...
  • 3 1
 Ohhh... That Hope stuff is 53x!
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure hope are going splines with production models not polygon mentioned
  • 1 0
 Shorter chain stays- geez you could drive a friggin bus up there between that tyre and the seat tube!
  • 1 0
 hope cranks looking ssccchhwwwweeeetttt!! anyone know of a price tag on these puppies??
  • 1 0
 Hope is the last of them three.
  • 1 0
 Please, Hope, make a 180mm version of the crank, too.
  • 4 3
 The Cube bikes look sic
  • 3 0
 Said in context?
  • 2 1
 Fritzzzzz no more words
  • 1 1
 I want one of them hope cranks
  • 1 1
 how much they HOPE-ING to get for these products?
  • 1 0
 price for aluminum co2 holder?
  • 2 3
 " ... so, you never know, one day a complete bike "

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