Spotted: Danny Hart is Testing a Mullet Set Up on his Cube Downhill Bike

Feb 10, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Danny Hart has managed to escape the snow of Britain and headed down to San Remo on Italy's Ligurian coast for some testing with his new Cube team. Alongside dialling in his pressures and dials on his new ride, we reckon he could be testing a totally new wheel set up on his Two15 HPC downhill bike.

When Cube released the updated Two15 last October, it came in two different guises - a full 29er with a carbon front end called the HPC (High Performance Composite) and a full 27.5er with a full aluminium frame called the HPA (High Performance Aluminium). Noticeably absent was a mullet version of the bike. A lot of downhill bikes released last year, including the Specialized Demo, Mondraker Summum and Canyon Sender, came with a mullet option but not for Cube.

Danny himself first raced a mullet set up at Maribor in 2019 while racing for the Madison Saracen team. He said at the time, "I just felt a little more comfortable on it - the bike's a little bit more agile, and I can get it in and out of the corners better. I'm not the tallest rider, so it seems to work well."

So, what's actually new with Danny's Cube? The carbon front triangle is probably from the HPC model and the carbon link was previously shared by both models so that just leaves the swingarm. We can't tell exactly from the photo posted but we suspect the rear triangle of the bike has been changed to suit the mullet set up on what was already a fairly low slung DH bike with a BB height of 343mm. Whether Cube has made a totally new rear end for the bike or simply swapped in the 15mm shorter HPA chainstays is not clear but there's no doubt something has been done to correct for the change in the geometry.

2021 Cube TWO15 HPC SLT
2021 Cube TWO15 HPA Race
Although they share the same carbon link, the aluminum swingarm of the 29er (left) and 27.5" (right) Two15 is different.

The Cube downhill bike also comes with some in-built geometry adjustment thanks to headset cups that give +/-0.5° of slackness in the head tube. We wouldn't be surprised if the team have taken this further in testing with offest bushings or something similar to ensure the angles of the two bikes are as similar as possible.

It's not yet clear if Danny will take this set up forward to the race tracks or if it will ever be offered to customers either. We've reached out to Cube and Danny for more info and will update the article if we hear more.


104 Comments

  • 130 7
 HOW DOES HE SIT DOWN WITH BALLS THAT BIG?
  • 17 0
 he has to lie down on his side
  • 38 1
 Is that a subway sandwich in his pants?
  • 44 0
 The saddle has a special shape that allows each ball to comfortably hang on each side, thus allowing for a lower center of mass, increasing performance significantly.
  • 44 0
 @Waldon83: Your'e supposed to be looking at the bike dude........
  • 17 0
 @Waldon83: Kielbasa sausage. Your buttcheeks is warm.
  • 1 0
 @Waldon83: Sure looks like it
  • 8 0
 I guess that was the problem with the 29 on the back...nothing will slow you down like balls in the wheel arch.
  • 6 0
 @Lanebobane: tenacious D FTW!
  • 2 0
 Get the guy tailored, geesh!
  • 5 0
 danny never white knuckles it, he just goes straight to moose knuckle
  • 1 0
 @caiocrz: Este Android não tem testículos .
  • 2 3
 Wow , that was really new and innovative comment . how did you manage to come up with something so unique and creative .
  • 5 1
 @Sirios: thanks brah I got my inspiration from your mum
  • 1 0
 @Waldon83: It looks like a police officer's flashlight from the 1970s
  • 2 0
 @Sirios: I recommend you look up the difference between "figurative" (as in Warner's original use of the phrase) and "literal" (as in the above -highly creative- comment by @Peskycoots )
  • 39 0
 I guess it's pretty easy to spot Danny Hart's mullet bike when he stands on the side of the road for a picture with it....
  • 18 0
 And posts it to his instagram.
  • 27 0
 Who built that front wheel!!
  • 7 2
 Funny, I came down to the comments to see if anyone else noticed. Good eye, the valve is not framed properly on that one!
  • 4 2
 Cross on the valve...what a noob.
  • 3 0
 That took me a bit to figure out but now that I see it wtf
  • 1 0
 Filling your tire with air is overrated
  • 2 0
 *pro riding 3 bolted discs*
Everyone : "Let's do this because pros are!"

*pro riding crossed valve*
Everyone : "Naaah..."

Safety first I get it.
  • 1 0
 That is well spot!
  • 2 0
 @nsmithbmx:
Can someone explain me what is wrong with the valve ?
  • 5 0
 @zede: The valve usually sits in between two spokes going relatively straight to the hub. When you look at the wheel you can take groups of four spokes to have a repeating pattern. The valve should sit right in the middle of that group. So for appropriate placing the valve should be two gaps further to the right.
  • 2 0
 @maybenotaprofile: ah ok I see, so technically it's the spokes/lacing that are/is wrong then?
Because they can't move the valve hole
  • 1 0
 Functionally it isnt even that much of an issue, but when a wheelbuilder pays so little attention the valve is wrong... then how correct is the spoke tension? Wheelbuilding is a job for perfectionists. That's why hand-laced wheels are so much better than factory built wheels, or mass-produced wheels from low-wages countries... and more expensive.
  • 1 0
 Haha. Did that once on the first wheelset i built. What a pain to pump up. Never again.
  • 1 0
 Unless the rim was drilled incorrectly. I have a set in the basement just like that.
  • 1 0
 @maybenotaprofile: He didn't lace the the front wheel correctly I have done this many times he did the rear perfectly. It doesn't effect the structure on the wheel just esthetics'.
  • 1 1
 @zede: The only thing to add to the absolutely correct explanations provided by everyone else is that this cosmetic/attention-to-detail error typically results from placing the “leading spoke” - or first spoke - somewhere other than two holes from the valve hole. On 32-hole rims laid 3-cross and done correctly, you should always have two flanking parallel “columns” of spokes around the valve hole and then opposite it, as well as at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. In other words, as with Danny’s rear wheel, those 8 spokes should form a perfect compass: N, S, E, and W.
  • 1 0
 @zede: Yes of course! The rim is allright and the lacing is different/"wrong". It really is just a asthetic manner which is comparable to a tyre not alligned with the valve. Valves are mighty I guess!
  • 24 0
 looks like session
  • 1 1
 Naah, Giant.
  • 14 0
 Looks like a sausage.
  • 21 19
 So let me get this straight, the guys that go the fastest in our sport and need to roll over the largest obstacles are saying 29" is too big hmmmm........ you guy really need those wagon wheels on your local trails? nope, not even close
  • 28 1
 let me live my life DAD
  • 8 1
 What if we just like how wagon wheels feel? Is that okay with you?
  • 2 1
 Yeah, what if I want them?!
  • 7 2
 @PAmtbiker: No. No it's not. LOL.
  • 9 1
 A small rider is saying he prefers a smaller REAR wheel? Where as tall people always seem to prefer full big wheels?

Hmmm, nope no correlation to me #bringback26
  • 2 3
 So let me get this straight, does it matter a flying sh!t what the DH racers are using?
  • 2 0
 @toad321: 6'1 here. Love a mullett so long as dh is steep; seat tube is steep(non dh bike). No sense in buying any new bike that doesnt have a mullett option(link)
  • 3 0
 I'm starting to think 29ers don't turn as well as peoples money wants them too?
  • 9 3
 Feels wild that people are actually travelling internationally.
  • 3 17
flag jrocksdh (Feb 10, 2021 at 19:43) (Below Threshold)
 Just get a test and your good to go. Come on out
  • 10 3
 @jrocksdh: Nah I'm good
  • 5 0
 SPOTTED: on his Instagram...
  • 5 0
 Downsizing all of my pants from now on!
  • 2 0
 Please no.
  • 5 1
 Size is that then 26” and 24”?
  • 2 0
 Specialized big hit.
  • 1 0
 @MarXaZ: Where I come from we call it the "Big Slit". And yes, it's run with a 24" rear. For nostalgia I guess? Can't think of any other good reason... ha
  • 4 0
 That is a PROPERLY good looking rig.
  • 2 0
 How about that bike though?
  • 2 0
 That is a proper monster truck.
  • 3 0
 Looks like a triangle
  • 2 0
 It sure looks like a trek
  • 1 0
 I read the title as "cute" downhill bike, I was expecting him to have a 26" and 27.5" mullet setup
  • 2 0
 26" REAR Wheel would work even better?
  • 2 2
 I wonder how he's liking the size of the frames considering Remy wasn't happy with how they felt
  • 8 2
 Yeah stopped being happy after leaving cube. Also crashed on the first day on propain frame. Who knows what is he gonna say in few years...
  • 20 1
 @Miko-freako: i mean I crashed cause I messed up. I would have ate it on any bike too, but when I did not messed it up the bike handled it like a champ.
  • 8 1
 @remymetailler: you are ruining the fun of talking shit on people because internet with your reasonable responses... please stop.

Or don’t, because I’m interested in your views on the bikes, regardless of who is currently paying you to be awesome.
  • 1 0
 @remymetailler: Remy your a god. My Son will be named after you. Much love from New Zealand.
  • 1 0
 @remymetailler: Remy, you drip professionalism. Keep it up! You make anyone collecting an MTB paycheck look that much better these days. Couldn't have been more impressed with the tone you set on @downtimepodcast. How it should be done - whether by a racer, content-creator, or both (in your case). When salaries inevitably rise in the sport down the road, more than a few young guys and girls will owe you a thank you.
  • 2 0
 Why no rear fender,?
  • 1 0
 Reverse mullet would be news
  • 1 0
 Mullets make you faster. That’s a straight up fact.
  • 1 0
 OK looking bike but, that graphic design make it look cheap as FK
  • 2 0
 So what.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know what width tire he is running?
  • 1 0
 Another Session88
  • 1 1
 What kind of fender is that?
  • 1 0
 Crud catcher xl i think
  • 5 6
 Still hate those Fox white lowers. 2009 called and.... you know the rest.
  • 7 0
 Could be worse....orange Frown
  • 1 3
 @jrocksdh: LOL. Really, do you hate the orange they've had for a while? Oh well..
  • 2 0
 @mybaben: it's hilarious to see how riders/builders try to blend those oranges into the build. Then, u may sell ur frame or fork-now ur stuck with orange on the frame or an orange fork..pigeon holes ya.
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: Yeah, that makes sense. I think a better option is to just embrace and go with the mismatch. Then it looks more custom and factory race IMO. I sort of look at Renthal gold bars that way. I like them because they DON'T match and so look more "pro". In the end though I don't like the white OR the orange lowers. I do dig those root beer ones though. Smile
  • 1 0
 No Minion DHR2's?
  • 1 0
 Cube team is on Schwable
  • 1 0
 What exciting news.
  • 2 3
 don't love the bike...I think its the fenders though???
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