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. 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.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.