Greg Callaghan's Emerald Gem: Cube Stereo Bike Check – EWS Ireland 2017

May 28, 2017
by Paul Aston  
Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
Before the rain came, day one of practice was full of sunshine and dust, just like the race the last two years in Ireland.

The Hometown Hero, the mountain biking gem of the Emerald Isle, the only man ever to win an EWS in Wicklow, Greg Callaghan, has a special custom paint job on his Cube Stereo for Round Four. The 140mm travel 29er might seem underpowered compared to many rider's rigs, but that doesn't stop Greg choosing this bike whatever the terrain, and it's clearly not slowing him down.

Alloy DT Swiss EX1501 wheelset with Schwalbe Magic Mary's front and rear in Soft and Ultra Soft Addix compounds. Shimano XTR Di2 handles his brutal pedaling power, and Shimano Saints with IceTec rotors slow him down after his silly-fast acceleration. Fox units are employed for all telescopic parts and RaceFace finish of the front end of the bike. Let's hope this bike gives him the speed to make it 3/3.

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
Metallic green combined with orange and currently being the fastest enduro rider in the world. What more could this young racer have dreamed of five years ago, living in his van and delivering parcels to pay for potatoes?

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
Greg is using a Fox Float X to control the 140mm travel instead of the larger and more adjustable Float X2 like many riders.

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
What custom paint job would be complete without the rider's name and country's flag?

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
Electrical tape to keep the cable housings under wraps.

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
Greg has been racing on 29" wheels since this time last year.

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
XTR 11-speed and even the rear axle locator has been anodized emerald. Added carbon protection on the chainstays to keep that custom paint chip-free.

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
The orange Fox lowers are no longer reserved for series leaders like last year, but, coming into his home race Greg is at the head of the field and would ride the orange anyway. Addix Ultra-Soft compound on the front for Greg, maybe he should have taken the orange striped Soft compound front and rear for true coordination?

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
Saint brakes for added stopping power. Pro riders brake much less than mortals, but when they do, they have a lot more speed to scrub off. RaceFace SixC handlebars are Greg's choice.

Greg Callaghan custom Irish colour scheme.
Greg is one of the few riders in the whole series to still run a double chainring up front. He opts for a narrower ratio cassette than most, and Di2 shifting takes care of the front derailleur without the need for another gear shifter on the handlebar.


  • 121 11
 Why do cube not lower the top tube to make the bike look like it was made in the last 10 years?
  • 20 11
 I like it, clean lines and straight tubes, think it would look smarter in a solid emerald green. Not everyone (well me at least) is a fan of the curves and busy BB areas of a Yeti/Evil for example.
  • 11 2
 Coz that would make it looks like a Giant Reign or a Patrol or a Slash or any other bikes.
  • 79 0
 Then it would be a triangle, not a CUBE!!!
  • 12 5
 I'm sure the bike is amazing, but it's true, that design really isn't doing it any favours in the marketing department.
  • 12 1
 Looks like my Trek Fuel from 2000.
  • 6 0
 the true point is that if this bike was Yeti SC Giant or another big brand Pinkbikers like to throw shit to, most comments would be negative, although the bike is a proven functional winning machine. Even the kinematics of this bike would be destroyed by keyboard engineers and suspension gurus...... Ride your f*&cking bike, set it up correctly and have fun
  • 3 0
 I too like to have my top tube low for more fun riding corners, but I get what made this bike the way it is. If you need to run a bottle cage and a piggyback shock, this is what you get. Actually the Cube Stereo from ten years ago did have a lower top tube as the suspension design allowed for that. Well, unless you got a larger size. Never got why they always needed to raise the top tube for those.
  • 4 0
 Cause its not necessary. Go ride one, they're fucking mint!
  • 3 1
 Probably cuz it hasn't been redesigned in that long.
  • 2 3
 @riley-blott: beg to differ for some people.
i think there the worst riding bike iv ever ridden. felt like riding a unicycle the so short and tall i hated them and im not the only one. fine going up but dam hard work and unstable going down. low centre of gravity for me please (long and low)
but as long as your happy and it works for you.
  • 34 9
 This. I mean, on the one hand it's cool that he's not using the fanciest of everything, and the electrical tape is a nice touch. But dang that's one fugly bike.
  • 23 2
 Besides maybe the custom paint, i would never assume that's a leading bike on the EWS. Just goes to show that its the wizard and not the wand!
  • 65 2
 That's exactly what I told my wife
  • 1 0
 @gregwari: I told her that too...
  • 24 0
 2x 'ain't dead?
  • 4 1
 Depends on who you ask. SRAM invest in a marketing campaign claiming that it is. Some follow, others just cut the crap, ride whatever suits them and win the EWS. I thought Tracey Mosely runs 2x too (on those enduro races she still does).
  • 15 2
 Front derailleur for the win !!!
  • 11 1
 That looks the b*llocks!
  • 4 0
 Brilliant custom paintjob but i cannot look at this frame design! Top tube is to short and seat tube to long! Cube is one of the only companies which geometry is still stuck in the early 2000's! Such a shame for such well priced and nice spec bikes!
  • 4 0
 What'cha think about those crank-arms they look mighty long Greg might be the only rider running 180mm crank-arms in mountain biking
  • 1 0
 Perhaps the shorter travel allows for longer crank arms without pedal strikes. However, I can't tell the length of the arms by looking at them.
  • 7 1
 And the Shimano Di2 set up makes 2x cool
  • 6 1
 this guy is doing it all wrong with 25mm alloy rims, 140mm travel, only a fox X shock, and a front mech.
  • 4 0
 I know right!? How are we supposed to justify buying the expensive stuff if even the pro's are racing with the cheaper stuff Wink

Just goes to show that the latest bling is nice to look at but hardly ever necessary from a functional point of view.
  • 8 2
  • 21 1
 Paul can you please contact the ews and tell them their website is shit - every time I use the site on my iPad that massive menu thing slides in from the left hand side and covers the entire screen.
  • 4 1

Serious bike check but not a Word about the tiny shrader valve below the float X piggyback ????
  • 1 0
 you mean for pressurising the IFP
  • 2 0
 Let's hope they release those SuperGravity Magic Mary's 29er soon to the public
  • 2 0
 Great looking bike! Love the green!
  • 2 0
 Looks sick. Cube is dialled..
  • 3 1
 Yeeeww... Such an ugly bike.
  • 1 0
 Just bought the 160, pick it up this week, looks awesome, can't wait to ride it!
  • 1 0
 @paulaston why did he choose the Float X over the X2?
  • 1 0
 i didnt comfort with angle on photo bike check
  • 4 5
 Well orange and green do not really go together but, it is the irish flag so it kind of works?

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