Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 27.5 – Review

Apr 13, 2015
by Richard Cunningham  

RC on the Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 275


Those following the Enduro World Series will be most familiar with the Cube brand. The Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 27.5 is a direct descendant of its EWS team bikes, but designed with a little less suspension travel to add some pop to its handling, and then outfitted with components to make it a stand-out performance value. The German bike maker was among the first to field a pro team for the EWS, headlined by French phenom, Nico lau, and it is no secret that the popularity of enduro assures that an outstanding performance on the EWS circuit is the fastest method to put a trailbike on the radar. Which, is exactly why Pinkbike got our hands on a Stereo 140 Pro for our Sedona, Arizona, testing sessions.



Details:

• Purpose: Trail/all-mountain
• Frame: Welded aluminum, triple butted, hydroformed tubes, four-bar rear suspension, 140mm travel, ISCG mounts, 27.5” wheels.
• Fork: RockShox Pike RC Solo Air, 150mm
• Shock: Fox Float CTD
• Crankset: Race Face Turbine 38x24T, 175mm
• Bottom Bracket: PressFit
• Drivetrain: SRAM X9/X0 two-by-ten
• Cassette: SRAM 11-36, Ten-speed
• Wheels: Sun Ringlé Radium EM 27.5
• Tires: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35” TrailStar (F), Rock Razor Kevlar 2.35” PaceStar (R)
• Brakes: SRAM Guide R, 180mm rotors
• Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth,125mm
• Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-large (16, 18, 20, 22”)
• Weight: 13.9 kg, (claimed), actual: 13.54kg /29.8 pounds
• MSRP: Europe - 2599 €, UK - 2199₤, Canada - TBD
Contact Cube

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015


Meet the Stereo 140 HPA Pro 27.5

Cube’s Stereo is actually a wide selection of dual-suspension trailbikes (27 models, to be exact), that includes both 29 and 27.5-inch-wheel models. The 140 HPA Pro 27.5 is the top offering in the range that uses an aluminum chassis. The bike looks good, and it ticks almost all the must-have boxes for the sport’s more talented bike handlers.

The Stereo 140 Pro is framed around a true, four-bar, 140-millimeter-travel suspension and its geometry is up to date. Stand-out components are a 150mm-stroke RockShox Pike Solo Air fork and a 125mm-stroke Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost, a SRAM X0/X9 drivetrain components and Guide R brakes, a Race Face Turbine crankset, along with a 740-millimeter Chester handlebar and a 55-millimeter Evolve stem. Wheels are Sun Ringle Radium, shod with Schwalbe’s fast rolling Rock Razor in the rear and a Hans Dampf up front. Assembled, the medium-sized test bike weighed a few ounces less than its claimed, 30.58 pounds (13.9kg), at 29.97 and its MSRP is 2599 € in Europe and 2199₤ in the UK. (Cube recently entered the Canadian market, but due in part to a dispute with Nissan over its name in the USA - which, reportedly, they are very close to resolving - Cube bicycles are are not yet available here.)

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
Cube Stereo 140 Pro 2015

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
(Clockwise) Cube's Horst-Link type rear dropout, and Syntace X-12 thru-axle. The brake caliper mount is dedicated to 180mm rotors. There was some lateral misalignment in the seatstays, but the wheel was in line with the chassis. Simple and effective, loop clamps for downtube hose guides. Stealth hose routing and a look at the left-offset swingarm pivot, which clears the base of the crankarm by a scant, five millimeters.


Construction

Contrasting sharply with the present crop of swoopy-tube frames, Cube’s Stereo’s chassis is pieced together with straight pipes – each manipulated in profile and internally butted with a myriad of wall thicknesses. While the look may be refreshing at the present moment, its vertical shock position and seat-tube rocker are the tried and true stuff of classic bikes like the Turner Burner and Trek’s Fuel – which is a good thing, because it is a proven design that also makes room on the downtube for a full-sized water bottle or the battery of your lighting system.

Give the Stereo a walk-around and it becomes apparent that its designers have been around the block. The rear axle is a Syntace X12 model, with a locking taper on the non-drive side to bolster the swingarm’s torsional stiffness and to the same end, the forward swingarm pivot is offset well to the left to maximize the stance between the bearing supports there. The bottom bracket shell has chainguide tabs and, elsewhere on the chassis, the shift cables are routed internally, while the hoses for the RockShox Stealth dropper post and SRAM Guide rear brake run on the outside of the Stereo’s downtube, where they are cleanly secured by loop-style clamps.

The rear suspension rides on sealed ball bearings and is a faithful rendition of the four-bar Horst-Link, with sturdy clevis-type dropout pivots and a forged post-mount rear caliper boss dedicated to 180-millimeter rotors. A forged-aluminum rocker drives a “custom tuned” Fox Float CTD shock, with a non-disclosed leverage rate that produces (with the shock opened up) a good firm feel at the pedals and a well-supported, albeit on-the-harsh-side ride through the mid-stroke of the suspension. The Stereo’s 140-millimeters of rear-wheel travel is countered by a slightly longer, 150-millimeter-stroke RockShox Pike Solo Air fork – a combination which has been praised in earlier PB reviews.

Cube did not stray far from the present geometry trends, but the Stereo 140’s numbers suggest that it was intended to be a brighter handling trailbike than some of the most recent “enduro bro” designs that ride like warmed over DH machines. The top tube length is a good compromise for both climbing and descending and with a quick-steering, 67.5-degree head angle and a sharp-accelerating, 74.5-degree seat angle, the Stereo may give up a little performance down the pointy bits, but it also suggests that its rider will arrive at the trail’s more technical sections fresher – which may offer a better chance of survival than showing up to battle, exhausted and armed with a blunt instrument
Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
The Stereo's rear end has ten millimeters less wheel travel than its RockShox Pike Solo Air 150 fork - a combination that maximizes pedaling effectiveness without robbing its suspension performance.

bigquotesThe different position of the chainrings, dependent on the virtual pivot point (that every 4-link rear end has), can be used for kinematics design. On a small chainring, the chassis can be kept stable by the chain tension when you climb. On the other hand, you get less influence or pedal kickback on the big ring while pedaling fast on a trail or descending.
- Product manager Frank Greifzu on two-by drivetrains


Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015



RC on the Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 275

bigquotesBy design, perhaps by accident, the Stereo's geometry made it easy to relax over the bike while it bounced and chattered over the irregular stones and slickrock that characterize the Sedona landscape.

Because the Cube Stereo 140 looks so much like the basic Euro-trailbike, it was easy to assume that its handling would be similar as well. A bundle of slightly better-than-average handling and pedaling traits – a bike that clicks all the boxes, but doesn’t muster a stand-out performance in any one category. I am happy to report, however, that Cube’s 140-millimeter trailbike defied those assumptions.

I took the blue machine out for a short shakedown ride on sore legs, expecting to be back in an hour with a shopping list of tweaks and tunes. Instead, I rolled in three hours later, racing the last light of the evening. By design, perhaps by accident, the Stereo's geometry made it easy to relax over the bike while it bounced and chattered over the irregular stones and slickrock that characterize the Sedona landscape. It requires a relatively light touch on the grips to keep it on line, and when it does get bounced off course, it is able to find its own way back nine out of ten times.

“Easygoing” is a fitting descriptor for the Stereo’s performance under power. Its steep seat tube angle made for quick transitions in and out of the saddle, which helped eat up the faster, rolling sections of the landscape, and as such, it required a minimal effort to maintain pace. The bike maintained its momentum so well that I had to look down a few times to see if I was in fact, on 27.5-inch wheels and not riding a 29er.

Similarly, the balance and responsive steering that makes the Cube a joy on rough, fast-paced trails also plays well in the cornering department. Smooth or rough, the Stereo tracks a predictable line, with breakaway thresholds about the same on either wheel when traction is exceeded. The bike’s low bottom bracket may be a help here, as there is rarely need to drop a foot unless you need to force a slide. I felt like I could leave the bike to figure out the corners while I concentrated on the trail ahead. At the end of the session, both riders who reviewed the Cube gave it high marks for its easy and intuitive feel in the bends.

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
Rolling into the crux line on Sedona's famous Highline trail. The Stereo 140 Pro proved to be a capable technical descender.


Although the Schwalbe Hans Dampf tire is shunned by many hard core riders as too wimpy for high pressure turning, it worked well here in combination with the edgy Rock Razor rear tire, and while its two-compound edging blocks were separating at the bases after only three days on the trail, so were the edging blocks of the Maxxis High Rollers – a tire with a reputation for toughness. Perhaps Schwalbe is finally bolstering the Hans Dampf tread – or maybe we got lucky.

Climbing was an uneventful process. The Stereo’s two-by drivetrain offered up one lower climbing gear than the more popular one-by equipped steeds which dominated our stable during the Sedona test sessions. That, and an active rear suspension kept the Cube digging for traction without over stressing the quadriceps on the steeps. But, the Stereo lacks some of the lively feel that characterizes the better climbing bikes. Assisted by the bike’s calm handling and good balance, however, we could get the job done without requiring fancy antics while attempting to climb the area’s more challenging steeps.

Suspension was best left on the firmer side of comfortable to squeeze out the most performance from the Cube’s four-bar rear suspension. Pressurized at the firmer side of 25-percent sag kept the shock from using up all its stroke over the red rock’s many square-edged impacts, and also helped to maintain a stable ride height while climbing. The firm shock setup balanced well with the RockShox fork which, while offering a supple ride in the initial travel, ramps up quickly in the mid stroke to provide the support which it has become famous for.

Dropping the pressure to arrive at the more typical 30-percent negative travel number that we preferred for red rock trails provided a much smoother ride, and it set the Stereo up beautifully for descending technical steeps, but it came at the expense of eroding the bike’s neutral feel under power and at speed. Also, with over 15 millimeters of bottom bracket drop, the Cube Stereo 140’s cranks were low enough to clip a lot of terra firma, so the last thing we needed was to effectively lower the bike’s ride height to exaggerate an already awkward trait. Firmer was better.

Wrapping up this trail review with the Cube’s technical and descending performance, there is more good news to report. We expected the 67.5-degree head angle and steep seat angle to work against efforts to ease the bike down the harder lines tucked into the Sedona archipelago, but assisted by smooth-modulating Guide brakes its 125mm dropper post and a low bottom bracket, the Stereo felt remarkably stable dropping down near vertical lines and some wicked stair-steps. It would be a stretch to claim that the Stereo was on par with the likes of monsters like the Yeti SB6c, but it could be trusted to drop the same lines without cause to fear. At speed the Stereo gives up a measure of stability in exchange for its nimble trail manners. While the Cube could be trusted to rip, the rider must make take up some of the slack for its steeper geometry and reduced wheel travel.

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
Cube's 140-millimeter-travel Stereo feels firm at the pedals and it doesn't require much attention to keep it on line - two attributes that make it an easy climber.


Issues

Some riders would happily put up with dragging or smacking pedals on outcropping rocks and roots in exchange for the cornering stability and straight-line braking performance that it affords, but I am not among them. The negative bottom bracket drop that 27.5-inch wheels naturally provide precludes the need for the excessively low bottom bracket height that 26-inch wheel bikes need to achieve the same goals. The Cube’s BB is too low for flow.

Another questionable design aspect is that the short seat tube of the medium sized frame was not matched with a longer seatpost to compensate for riders who may have inseams in excess of 32 inches. I had the 125mm-stroke Reverb dropper at the limit line and I am a bit shorter than most who ride medium frames. A taller seat tube would solve the issue and may be a lighter weight option than spec’ing a longer dropper post. Either way, keep this in mind if considering a Stereo 140 purchase.


Component Report

X0/X9 Two-By drivetrain: Good - I’ll grudgingly admit that the Cube’s wide-ranged and closely spaced gear selection was a useful tool for the variety of situations I faced in Sedona. That said, I would have gladly traded it all for fewer gearing options, just to have the dropper button solo on the left side of the bar. We asked Cube why they chose a two-by for the Stereo 140 in light of the prevailing one-by trend for longer-travel trailbikes. Product manager Frank Greifzu tells us:

The different position of the chainrings, dependent on the virtual pivot point (that every 4-link rear end has), can be used for kinematics design. On a small chainring, the chassis can be kept stable by the chain tension when you climb. On the other hand, you get less influence or pedal kickback on the big ring while pedaling fast on a trail, or descending.

Guide R Brakes: We were split on which were the best brakes for technical desert riding, with half the test pilots swearing by the raw power of Shimano XR and XTR. My vote was for SRAM’s Guide brakes due to their superior feedback and modulation – especially considering how easy it was to lock up the Schwalbe Rock Razor when descending off-angle rock faces.

XO transmission: Better rear shifting than the XXI and XI drivetrains we had in the fleet, but up front, it was a different story. Both test riders tossed the chain on occasion, and the front mech, with its multifunction cable options, looks like it is styled after a grain elevator.

Loop-clamp cable guides: Not huge, but a simple and elegant routing method compared to a bunch of CNC-machined weld-on fittings and zip ties.
Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
SRAM X0 two-by transmission.

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
Right-side RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper button.

Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015
SRAM Guide R brakes.


Cube Stereo 140 HPA Pro 2015



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesCube's Stereo 140 HPA Pro addresses the need for a more capable trailbike - one that can be trusted to get a rider with good skills down truly technical trails, without sacrificing the brighter handling and pedaling aspects of the genre that are best suited for the type of trails that we spend the most time upon. Riding the more nimble Cube around Sedona made the prospect of hauling our butts around the mountain on long-travel, super-slack enduro racing bikes just to get the maximum enjoyment from the 120 seconds we spent dropping down super-techy sections seem comical. The Stereo 140 Pro is a bike that makes almost every twist and turn of the trail a joyful challenge. The Stereo 140 proved to be an enjoyable and capable AM/trailbike - one that offers both the performance and the price tag that will make a lot of riders happy. - RC



View larger and additional images in the review gallery.



MENTIONS: @SramMedia, @schwalbe, @HayesBrakes


94 Comments

  • 129 0
 Nissan is preventing a whole bike company from releasing products in the US because the name infringes on one the ugliest cars ever made.
  • 66 0
 That is so stupid. Maybe Marvel Comics should sue Nissan over the Rogue.
  • 26 1
 Nissan sells cars...why do they care about a bike co. name?
  • 39 6
 Cause bikes cost the same as their shitty cars. Anyway to bring in revenue.
  • 28 56
flag mnorris122 (Apr 13, 2015 at 13:28) (Below Threshold)
 Whoawhoawhoa, Nissans are NOT shitty.
  • 36 1
 you are correct, they're too dull to be shitty.
  • 46 0
 Nissan should stop making the cube so we can get this bike
  • 25 14
 Although that is just plain stupid (the sales prevention part), how are the GTR, the Silvia, or the Z shitty and dull?! You sir either own a Lambo, or just live under a big rock.
  • 6 6
 I always thought it was the suspension design that prevented Cube selling in the US. Specialized have the patents for the Horst Link design which have been licensed by Cube to sell in Europe but not in the US.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_suspension#Horst_link
  • 6 0
 @Oxocube, the Horst link patent is now expired, which is why a bunch of brands with Horst based bikes are appearing in the US and why a bunch of other brands are making Horst link bikes when they didn't before. Spesh never had anything in Europe anyway, which is why it's such a common design amongst Euro brands and has been since before Spesh took out the patent.
  • 4 0
 from my understanding that patent isn't current anymore
  • 3 16
flag richierocket (Apr 13, 2015 at 15:51) (Below Threshold)
 Dang, rust much? How would that thing ever last in the PNW?
  • 10 0
 Its the dirt, the color of the dirt is that red.
  • 3 1
 Hey man, my frontier shreds shuttle road climbs.
  • 4 2
 I'll give you the GTR and the Z but everything else, yawn.
  • 15 0
 Maybe they could call it the Cuba, the US seems to get along with them lately.
  • 16 0
 They should follow Santa Cruz lead and call them Cu6e.
  • 4 16
flag mnorris122 (Apr 13, 2015 at 17:46) (Below Threshold)
 www.carreviewsandratings.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Nissan-GT-R-Avus-Performance.jpeg
Yea, you neg proppers are right, this car right here is absolutely ass. Totally boring, one couldn't make a duller car if they tried.
  • 6 3
 the ONLY good car nissan makes for the states nowadays is the gtr, which is out of normal peoples price ranges, theres too many greats from the past to list but thats got nothing to do with the situation at hand. emmission laws have created the dullest generation of imports for average americans.
  • 4 13
flag mnorris122 (Apr 13, 2015 at 18:30) (Below Threshold)
 Not true. The Altima is a great mid-size sedan, and likewise the sentra is a great small sedan. And the Xterra really is a great truck for doing truck things, though their CUVs are kinda ugly
  • 2 7
flag Aarrce (Apr 13, 2015 at 19:30) (Below Threshold)
 Really enjoying the debate on Nissan cars, should I even mention another company just cause of the car? * cough cough * PRIUS * cough cough*
  • 7 2
 I thought they couldn't complain if the company sold different products. Cube doesn't sell cars. Nissan doesn't sell bikes. If anything Nissan should be smart and do a commercial with a Cube on a Cube.

Nissan's cars are usually ugly with a few exceptions. The Z gets worse every year (performance wise) with the old models out driving the newer heavier ones. The Altima is like somebody said "we can't make them good like toyota and honda so lets give them more power and appeal to the dads who want sports cars but can't because they have kids." The sentra is like the retarded puppy in a litter when compared to what other companies have put out in the same category. Their minivan is ugly, even for a van, and their trucks have fallen behind for a reason.
Get over it. Nissan is not cool. The GTR is one awesome car. It is all they have and no one can afford it.

But this bike looks rad. I would ride that proudly.
  • 1 2
 The( Pontiac) Aztec and the (Chrysler) PT Cruiser will never be the names of mtn. bikes right
  • 2 0
 Did he say the rear wheel was misaligned?
  • 3 0
 A Cube on a cube with a copy of the DVD of "The Cube". Cube Cubed. Cube³.
  • 9 0
 PB got a message today saying that Nissan and Cube are very close to a resolution on the name. Good news all 'round.
  • 2 0
 Nissan should just sponsor Cube. Problem solved. Conflict resolution made easy.
  • 1 0
 Facts.
  • 1 0
 They are different, yet not. They still are both considered transportation. And for all we know, Nissanight have bikes on their road map like Honda, Audi, Jeep, etc.
  • 49 4
 Yeah...Still pissed off at UCI bannin go pros...
  • 3 1
 Wait.. what? Can't racers wear go-pros? That would f*cking suck!
  • 10 2
 does anyone else not like brake cailpers going in to frames in case they get stripped
  • 1 12
flag mnorris122 (Apr 13, 2015 at 13:25) (Below Threshold)
 They unbanned them, a bunch of riders had gopros on last year for their DH race runs at various world cups
  • 10 0
 and I think they re-banned them this year.
  • 27 0
 im pissed about boost lets be angry together
  • 8 0
 The go pro banning is prob because the whole michael schumacher thing, even though its just a rumor..
  • 1 6
flag nfa2005 (Apr 13, 2015 at 15:08) (Below Threshold)
 i don't like brake cailpers going in to frame like that. its a really boo idea but good for the company when you strip them, kinda makes you buy a whole rear triangle.
  • 6 0
 Kinda ironic since go pro is a sponsor, their label is literally on the podium wall: www.pinkbike.com/photo/12113969
  • 2 0
 I like the caliper going directly into the frame, has a clear look and one less part you have to get when building up a frame but that's just me. And its not the end of the world if you strip it, same as if you did it to a post mount in your forks (which I have managed to do when I was younger) turns out helicoil's are really easy to install.
  • 3 1
 I don't understand, could you not say that about any threading on any bike? i don't see how it would be easy to strip calliper mounts
  • 1 0
 @orangenut I have stripped forks before it wasn't cool I can see where your coming from if I had a mechanic and a sponser from cube then I would definitely prefer it it looks much cleaner and sleeker and gets the cailper out of the way but I would much prefer a IS mount for everyday riding because I can replace a 5£ mount instead of 1500£ frame and I can also run whatever size rotor I want but each to our own I guess ^___^
  • 3 2
 A frame like this is a consumable item, misaligned seat stays, press fit bottom bracket, direct caliper mount and all. It's not like it will be hanging on a wall somewhere 20 years on, if that is what one wants there are other options. Bikes like those from Cube and Canyon are all about price/performance, and a direct mount for the rear brake caliper makes sense for this type of bike.
  • 9 0
 Im running a stereo 140 carbon, with offset bushings and 160mm fork which turned it in a 65.5 HA and the BB didnt drop due the the extra 10mm on the forks. turn it a real killer UK Bike. also upsized as im 5ft 11" running 20'' inch which is perfect.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/12071674
  • 2 0
 Nice bike. The 36 at 160mm has almost the same A-C as the Pike at 150mm, so I'm not sure how the BB didn't drop with offset reducers.
  • 2 0
 Nuts. That's a very nice bike.
  • 3 0
 I'm not a fan of Cubes usually, but that is a really good looking and purposeful build.
  • 8 0
 I bought one of these a month ago and it is an insane bike! After changing the air volume spacers in the shock it rides amazingly! I also had to change it to 1x10 but due to superstars n/w ring £16 later on sale its done! Would reccomend to anyone
  • 11 1
 Damn Pinkbike, how many bikes did you take to Sedona?
  • 20 0
 all of them
  • 4 0
 Sedona is beautiful, warm, and there are amazing bike trails everywhere. Seems like a great choice for testing.
  • 7 0
 i was there, for a scientific conference. last year. WITHOUT MY ENDURO. brothers, i suffered. a lot.
  • 6 0
 DC 1988^^^ The top tubes are not super long like the 2016 trend dictates, but that is probably better for an all-around performer like the Stereo is intended to be. Also, with four sizes and plenty of stand-over clearance, Cube makes buying up a size is a reasonable option. If it were a 160mm bike, I'd have dinged it in the review and asked for another 13mm.
  • 2 1
 @RichardCunningham You mentioned some "lateral misalignment in the seatstays" and it appears noticeable in the pic. Also, based on the pics, it appears that some of the welds are a bit sloppy (assuming my eyes are not deceiving me). Can you comment on the overall quality of the frame?
  • 2 0
 aoneal: ^^^ I also observed the welding you refer to. The welds on most modern aluminum bikes are double-welded where they are most visible. Once to properly join the material, and a second pass to smooth over the weld. The Cube's welding was single-pass and the joints looked good (I used to build aluminum-framed mountain bikes), but not as showy as some welding that I have seen. Some of this, I suspect, is that the Cube was welded with filler rod intended for 6000-series alloy, which heat treats best, but usually looks rougher in appearance than welds filled with more popular alternative alloys that result in a smoother weld and produce a more consistent color when anodized. Overall, I'd judge the Cube's frame construction as a seven out of ten, with ten representing stunning welding and intricate construction of a Pivot, and a one being the crusty caterpillars trying to escape from the joints of 24-inch-wheel aluminum suspension bikes at Walmart.
  • 5 0
 This bike looks incredible. Nothing fancy, just a clean, purposeful looking frame free of crazy tubes and linkages. To address the issues RC found: size up to a large, shorten the stem, and put a 160mm fork on there to raise the bottom bracket. That should transform this bike into a slayer.
  • 2 0
 Had mine a month and it's a blast. Great up and down and fantastic bang for your buck whilst still been able to support lbs. interesting note though about the low bb. Managed to rip through the gear cables that run in that area. You find any problems with this @RichardCunningham? Only real annoyance other than 1 dropped chain in Wales, from what is an awsome all round bike aimed at UK trail centers. it does exactly what it says on the tin!
  • 2 0
 Also I have the 22inch, xl version and they managed to balance the seat tube length accordingly. So anyone around 6foot 4 in need of large do it all bike.. Look no further.
  • 6 2
 Why don't they try a test ride on the east coast? We have rocks for days + mud and features these reviews never see
  • 7 0
 because they review in winter and Sedona is pretty nice in winter...
  • 3 0
 Richard was the bike equipped with the SRAM Guide R brakes as listed? How did they compare to the higher end models with Swing Link?
  • 2 0
 bmc71^^^ The brakes were one of its assets, expecially considering the consequenses of getting sideways while traversing steep, off-camber rock drops. The Guide Rs had all the power I needed, and with a very accurate feel at the lever. I could predict the release point at the caliper often to the point where I could stop a rear skid in three inches or so.
  • 5 1
 whats that thing up front by the cranks? it looks like a chainguide, but it has a cable going to it.
  • 1 0
 I have a stereo 160 HPA , it's mind blowing going down but pedal strikes are a problem going up, starting to wonder if I've made an expensive mistake as I'm currently stiff and sore after an off at speed caused by a strike on a root!
  • 3 0
 Interesting review, a lot of the UK mtb magazines mark Stereo's down for having short top tubes
  • 1 0
 I'm running a Stereo 160 HPA with XT all round. The only thing I'm going to change is go to 1 x10 (or 11) as even with the XT Shadow+ (and a chain guide) the chain still drops on rough DH. Other than that, its a beast!
  • 2 0
 I own the Cube Stereo 140 Super HPC 27,5 TM.......Awesome bike!!!.... spot on geometry, full carbon, 1X11 setup, Pike, Reverb, Tubeless, Sram Guide..... all at 12.5 KG...
  • 2 0
 I love the handling, the design and the reliability of the Stereo 140 - but I'm most impressed by the price. Good job Cube!
  • 3 0
 Good review! Nice writing, Richard.
  • 2 0
 I get It . less travel so we can say it adds pop...and hopefully it doesn't limit it to talentd riders? Whats next?
  • 2 0
 67.5 is still pretty slack. my Sx is like 69 degrees and it handles like a sled.
  • 1 0
 "Both test riders tossed the chain on occasion"
probably wouldn't have been an issue with a proper clutch(shimano)derailleur.
  • 2 0
 On the first pic looks slacker than 67,5!!!
  • 5 2
 I can't stop yawning.
  • 2 0
 ...and then what happened?
  • 1 0
 Testing a bike in the states that we in the said states cannot have... you tease.
  • 2 1
 I would add, with 67.5 HA and a low BB, it sounds like a good candidate for a 160 fork. Oh, and I call BS on the 2x; scrap it.
  • 1 0
 I dunno about you guys but i LOVEEE these simple looking frames. Straight-ish tubes for the win!
  • 1 0
 tire clearance looks tight in the back.... strange
  • 3 2
 I hate ultra low bottom brackets. Don't you knuckle draggers pedal?
  • 1 0
 I really like riding my Cube. That's all
  • 1 2
 I could actually hear it creaking and grinding its way down the trail over here in the UK while you were testing it.
  • 1 3
 Looks pretty rusty... I mean dusty
  • 2 5
 WTF is a two by transmission?
  • 1 1
 Having 2 front cogs
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