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 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.
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. View entire Eurobike 2014 Product Gallery Here