First Look: Cube, Fuji and Breezer - Eurobike 2015

Aug 28, 2015
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2015


Cube's New DH Bike

We first showed you Cube's new downhill machine back in June, and it looks like it was much closer to production than many thought. The 215mm travel bike, with the not so fluid name of TWO15 HPA 27.5, will be among the lightest production downhill bikes on the market at a claimed weight of just 33lb for the top-end model. No carbon fiber here, either, which means that the bikes should be priced pretty competitively compared to its non-metallic competition. Cube says that the frame's four-bar design is laid out to work well with FOX's new DHX2 shocks, so while it obviously isn't breaking down any doors in terms of design, there's no reason why the bike won't work extremely well if Cube has nailed its geometry. And yes, it looks like a Session - beat you all to the punch this time.





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Fuji's New Auric

We reviewed Breezer's Repack earlier this summer, and while the bike had its strengths, there was certainly room for improvement. Fuji is owned by the same company, so it's no surprise that their new 160mm travel Auric is made of the same DNA, albeit with some important changes. The bike's MLink suspension is the same (so it's probably pretty linear), but Fuji has gone to town on the frame and removed over a full pound of weight. The tubes are slimmer all around, and the lightweight build kit brings the weight difference to right around two pounds at similar price points. The Repack pedals extremely well, so the MLink equipped Auric will perform the same but weigh a good amount less - it could be impressive. Other differences include internal cable routing for a dropper post, a tapered head tube that accepts an angle adjusting headset, and Boost spacing. The model pictured above is the Auric 1.5 that retails for $4,201, with the range starting at $3,690 for the 1.7 and going up to $5,550 for the high-end 1.1.


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The efficient MLink suspension should have the Auric moving forward quickly, although aggressive riders might need to add some volume spacers to the FOX shock to provide enough progression.
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Internal cable routing and a head tube that accepts an angle adjusting headset were on on Fuji's hit list.




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Revised Repack

While it might sound like Fuji's new Auric has the Repack in hand, Breezer has made some important updates to the bike's build kit that should up-size its performance. The 160mm travel frame remains that same as last year, but it now sports a FOX 36 up front with a bit more travel that also slackens out its head angle by a touch, and Breezer have also spec'd a set of 2.5" and 2.4" wide WTB tires front and back. Even more importantly, they've ditched the XT ten speed, two-by drivetrain on last year's bike that dropped chains faster than I drop the ball at work, and replaced it with a single ring, eleven speed setup that even includes an MRP chain guide with a bash guard. The new stealth paint job looks much better than the grey and yellow motif on the test bike we had earlier this year, too.


83 Comments

  • 86 3
 That Cube looks like it has the stand over height of a Giraffe.
  • 54 1
 Hope no one heard me laugh in my Cube-icle.
  • 7 1
 good thing I'm the height of a girrafe
  • 4 6
 old Cube TWO 15 was better Big Grin but this also is for me ok
  • 23 0
 Don't be such a square, this thing will be awesome for corners.
  • 4 1
 I love it! Clean lines, no clutter or overly hydro formed design Best product of the trade show season! So far
  • 3 3
 Looks like a Kona Stinky from waaay back in the days :/
  • 10 1
 Looks rad. Proof that you don't need fancy BS to get down a hill fast. Pure simplicity and German efficiency. Compare to the intense M16, an overkill bike that requires carbon tubing otherwise it would be too heavy.
  • 3 10
flag JoshdoesMTBing (Aug 29, 2015 at 8:45) (Below Threshold)
 'That cube looks like' a session.....
  • 2 0
 That Fuji looks like a breezer.
  • 4 4
 Looks like a session
  • 3 1
 Cube looks like.... Maiden.
  • 56 0
 Cube's new DH bike. Powered by Gulf
  • 3 2
 shiiit hahahaha if you don't say it i didn't notice, thanks for the laugh mate
  • 2 1
 Cube`s colour palette borrowed from TREK.....who indeed borrowed it from GULF but at least they left it for a while Smile
  • 33 5
 Absolutely not "looks like Session". It looks like RM Maiden!
  • 12 1
 please please please @mikelevy make some kind of algorithm up so any mention of the word Session or Trek in a comment won't take, you'd make a lot of people happy! or just do what I mentioned a while ago and school these people on Kona/Turner and its history and the first Trek Sessions that came out that looked awful
  • 6 2
 Yeah except the Maiden's bearings and pivots are soooo much beefier
  • 25 4
 I like that Cube, it looks less like a cube than their other bikes.
  • 18 0
 Do you think its more like a sphear or a pyramid?
  • 13 1
 Breezes and Fuji ... The 1990s called, you're due back there before nightfall
  • 13 2
 looks like a bike
  • 9 6
 "Yeah I'm super excited about that new Fuji" Said nobody, ever. The only thing worse than charging that kind of money for crap is doing it while copying an already lackluster design. I rarely get frustrated about "new" products but this one seems doomed before it ships.
  • 3 0
 I would love to switch my 2014 Repack frame over to an Auric - then I read Boost spacing Frown

But all the other updates on the Auric address all of my issues with the Repack - especially internal routing. Good job ASI!
  • 1 0
 The Repack was too heavy, so Fuji made it lighter. Then Breezer made a new Repack that's the same weight. So...are they still the same bike?
  • 2 0
 The 2015 Repack looks to be the same frame as 2014 with an updated kit. The Auric fixes a lot of the downsides of the Repack's frame design and weight
  • 4 0
 Is that the Limited Edition "Ice Cube"..for the release of Straight outta Compton?
  • 3 0
 does xt 2x 10 speed drop chains, even clutched? more than the sram 2x stuff?
  • 8 3
 2x systems today retain as well as 1x. Media hype says otherwise, but media also says boost and pressfit are "revolutionary". Try it and see for yourself who's bs'ing.
  • 15 0
 I ran 2x10 for years before 1x and I rarely (if ever) dropped a chain. I think people like to misremember how bad 2x drivetrains were when in reality they are very reliable. Maybe not for everyone, and yes, it's more moving parts, more weight and more controls (for those so uncoordinated to manage two different shifters this is a big problem apparently) but they have a great range and I'd be willing to bet most riders like to exaggerate how aggressive and gnar their riding is. "Oh man I can't run a front derailleur I would drop the chain like panties on prom night" Rolleyes
Same bone heads end up pushing their bike up the hill
  • 1 5
flag tsheep (Aug 28, 2015 at 18:14) (Below Threshold)
 ahahaha...... 2x doesn't retain as well as 1x. That's a simple principle of engineering. Your FD and chain ring set is designed to drop chains, that's literally what it does. If it retained as well as 1x, you wouldn't be able to shift. Modern 2x is pretty good at keeping the chain on. That being said, it's not as good as 1x. It's also heavier. And if you're running a wide-range cassette, like maybe the new e13 9-44, you actually can have a bigger gear range than a conventional 2x10, and just shy of Shimano 2x11. So no, you aren't pushing the bike up the hill.
  • 1 0
 it's a reference to mike levy's review of the repack from a few months ago
  • 2 0
 Okay, maybe I just don't get the joke, and probably will get neg propped, but that cube actually does look a little bit like the session
  • 2 0
 Looks like the love child if the Scott gambler and trek session
  • 4 1
 im in love with this Cube DH bike, So simple and light... looks good. love those Cube Enduro bike
  • 3 0
 Can Pinkbike perform a review of the M Link bikes? Smile
  • 9 1
 I Googled before posting and failed. Frown

Thanks!
  • 5 2
 No carbon fibre.....music to my ears!!
  • 3 0
 We know.
  • 2 1
 Good good! :-)
  • 3 0
 That Auric sports a RS rear shock, not a FOX @mikelevy
  • 1 0
 Big sized bikes always looks ugly as H, don't know why they put on display and in catalogs the big sizes... Maybe I wonder too much...
  • 1 0
 The previous repack had way too steep of a head angle, but the suspension was great. I hope they slacked it out to 66 degrees. then I'll consider one.
  • 4 2
 I don't like that Cube. Front triangle looks kinda odd.
  • 2 0
 Top tube looks too high. Like on most of their bikes anyway.
  • 2 0
 It's probably lightest this way but I agree a lower too tube and a seat stay brace would have been cooler.
  • 2 0
 The fuji in the back looks like a kodak!
  • 1 0
 I want to see the Geo chart on that cube, despite not being able to get one in the USA. I want a really long dh bike!!!
  • 1 0
 Found it on their website: www.cube.eu/uk/products/fullsuspension/two-15/cube-two15-hpa-sl-275-powderbluenflashred-2016

The 20 has a 1241 wheelbase, which is not long!!! The seatpost is supposedly 16.53" (420mm), The session has a 15.35 seatpost. . .
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Cube
  • 2 0
 Breaking news: the 2017 bikes will look exactly the same as 2016 ones.
  • 3 0
 Athertons to cube..
  • 3 0
 Ha, I've heard this, oh my god, i can't believe it
  • 1 1
 why doesnt the cubes shock have a piggy back. wouldnt that help keep the shock cool, especially since its DH
  • 4 0
 It does. The resi is just hidden out of view behind the lower seat mast which has a hollow cutout
  • 1 2
 ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh okay thanks, thats gonna get really muddy tho
  • 1 0
 in the black cube they could to be green writing
  • 1 4
 I saw a few of those cubes at crankworx.
They are gonna snap in half!
Who the hell wants to buy one of the lightest Dh bikes in the world anyway?!
some idiot who wants to know their bike is the most likely to snap in half the fastest?
f*cking euros.
  • 1 0
 Cube... Is a cracked frame! Paus for extra in a warranty!
  • 1 0
 Athertons off GT and onto cube!
  • 1 2
 Athertons on knolly
  • 1 0
 You think I'm joking...you just watch
  • 2 2
 I could not care less
  • 1 1
 Cube's bike need a fitness program...
  • 2 1
 Cube session
  • 1 1
 That back end looks weak....
  • 1 1
 glad im not on the giraffe
  • 1 2
 I wish Cube would exchange my old two15 2012 for the new one lol.
  • 1 1
 Looks like a Maiden
  • 1 1
 Looks like a covert
  • 1 1
 "Haulin' cube!"
  • 1 1
 Looks like a Yeti
  • 1 1
 Yeah that Fuji can fool you from afar!
  • 1 1
 Athertons to cube!
  • 5 6
 Looks like a... aww crap
  • 4 5
 Looks like a kidney
  • 1 2
 Looks like a gambler
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