Video: Phil Atwill Teases New Carbon Cube Downhill Bike at Pre-Season Testing in San Remo

Feb 19, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Phil Atwill has posted an Instagram video of himself jibbing on a new Cube downhill bike. Last year, the Cube Global Squad team were riding on aluminium Two15 HPA 29 frames but this looks to be a carbon front end with a remodeled shape.

The straight tubes of the previous bike are replaced with a swooping frame that looks to have a chunkier headtube junction, lower standover and a remodeled seat tower area. The shock's piggyback is facing backwards towards the seat tube, similar to their aluminium design, but now there's an un-interrupted seat tube all the way to the bottom bracket. The linkage remains a Horst pivot rocker link design but we would guess that modifications have been made to the kinematics as Phil is running a coil shock, whereas he ran an air shock for all of last year. The rear triangle remains aluminum

The last bike was a dedicated 29"/29" bike but we wouldn't be surprised if there isn't at least the option to run this as a mullet set up too... because 2020.

Phil's 2019 bike shot in Maribor by Dan Griffiths
Screenshot from Phil's Instagram

Here are the best screengrabs we could get from the video.


Plus a video posted by the team:


We reached out to Cube for any further information and while they couldn't give us too many specific details, they did say this bike has been in development for more than a year and is built on the knowledge gained in the past 3 years of World Cup racing. The whole team will apparently be racing this bike in Lousa and it should be on sale to the public for next year, although a date is not yet confirmed.


115 Comments

  • 97 0
 Just for once... For the love of Jebus, Allan or Buddy.. Don't say it... Rolleyes
  • 110 3
 Looks like a giant glory?
  • 12 87
flag blacktea (Feb 19, 2020 at 6:01) (Below Threshold)
 @makripper: Glory is a VPP, this looks like a Trek Wink
  • 31 0
 but this one really does, it does look like a ...
  • 12 0
 @Stenimir: GT Fury?
  • 71 0
 Looks like a gambler. There. Said it.
  • 22 2
 looks like a Kona no a Norco I mean a Transition er wait a Ghost or maybe a Turner no definitely a Gambler or am I thinking of GT I'm so confused...
  • 36 4
 Full longterm review tomorrow?
  • 9 0
 It actually does though...
  • 34 1
 “ we want to see the grim donut” zzzzzz..... there, said it.
  • 5 8
 Anyone comparing a non-4-bar bike with no split pivot to a Session is CANCELLED.
  • 2 2
 @blacktea: the glory's maestro copied the DW Link*
  • 25 1
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  • 9 1
 You... BenPea of Gaul... Have been found guilty by the elders of the site of uttering the name of that bicycle, and so, as a blasphemer. .. ...you are to be stoned to death.
  • 18 1
 @Dropthedebt: Already tried. I keep waking up in the morning.
  • 1 1
 No.
  • 84 3
 We know you want to say it...
  • 11 1
 A modernized Kona Stab?...
  • 7 0
 Looks ugly
  • 1 17
flag anthobroncos (Feb 19, 2020 at 13:16) (Below Threshold)
 Whoops, that was supposed to be an upvote. Pinkbike peanut gallery, plz downvote this out of existence.
  • 4 0
 @trek: kinda looks like a Slash. One with a dual crown fork. You guys make anything like that?
  • 4 1
 Looks like a session lmfao@trek:
  • 2 0
 @felimocl: so what
  • 2 0
 @CrispyNuggs: and the 2020 président IS!!!
  • 51 0
 How the hell does he 360 wheelie just like that on a dh bike ?! Impressive
  • 11 0
 He's an absolute riot to watch
  • 4 0
 Does it like hes on a bmx bike too. I wanna be like phil the thrill
  • 1 8
flag Boosting (Feb 19, 2020 at 14:42) (Below Threshold)
 @pargolf8: yeah I'm afraid Phil Kessel isn't exactly pleased with you stealing his nickname. Please stop trying to be funny. Thanks chap
  • 2 0
 @Boosting: sworksss you still golfing?
  • 1 0
 @Boosting: ahh man... How do you know Phil Kessel? We used to call him Parsec... Kinda stuck back then. Man, he was fast.
  • 2 0
 @pargolf8: sworks baby!
  • 2 0
 @Boosting: the only thing you boost off is ASDF
  • 1 0
 @pargolf8: he does that on his scooter too!
  • 40 6
 That does it!!!! I am calling the "No Helmet Police", he will be charged by "The Nanny State" for being a terrible role model...I need to go have a smoke and a drink.......
  • 3 1
 No more BMX videos, Phil. They are a bad influence!
  • 20 0
 Cube were probably most in need of a frame overhaul so this is good to see. Hopefully Phil can get on the box again in 2020!
  • 3 12
flag nick1957 (Feb 19, 2020 at 6:58) (Below Threshold)
 why ?
  • 13 0
 Yo saw the cut in the second vid? A little fight club cut in there...
  • 2 0
 "Nobody knows that they saw it but they did."
  • 13 3
 Good, the current two15 is absolutely hideous. This one looks pretty nice for a cube.
  • 2 2
 Yep. Still ugly, but slightly better than actual two15.
  • 9 0
 I'm a big fan of the Cube team riders, so I hope this bike treats them well!
  • 6 1
 Always good value cubes but I could never bring myself to buy one as there's something about the looks that I just don't like. I know this one looks familiar to others on the market now but it's definitely looking alot better to me. Hope they nail the geo and price.
  • 7 0
 What was the subliminal message?
  • 3 0
 Ha ha just noticed the porno ass slap subliminal message. At least that’s what I saw!?!
  • 2 0
 Took a screenshot just to double check and yes, definitely an ass slap
  • 7 2
 So bike manufacturers figured out 4 bar is the ideal suspension setup for DH. Good. Let's see who can make the most affordable one work the best.
  • 14 0
 Not Commencal
  • 1 0
 @alexhyland: Tell that to Amaury Pierron
  • 1 6
flag jaame (Feb 20, 2020 at 12:31) (Below Threshold)
 @alexhyland: Those commencal bikes are garbage. Pierron would be winning by seconds if he was on a session.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: Funny, he started winning by seconds as soon as he got on one.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: strange that most privateer teams choose commencal frames. This isn't a value thing either trust me.
  • 1 0
 Just messsing around chaps. Obviously that design is better than the session design. Most companies go session because customers think the high pivot design is a bit too wacky to buy, and they want to sell bikes. The more the better.
  • 3 1
 Hey look! You can spot there something! It looks like a bike, that has kinematics like a bike with 4 pivot points and 3 bars.

Wow, the "looks like a trek was ok at first, then was funny and now its dead and gets stabbed again" hahaha.
Minimal changes in pivot locations can change many things. but i get it, when u say it looks similar to the kinematic layout of another brand. who doesn't want to have a working bike?
  • 4 0
 Thank God they finally made a bike with some standover, hope they make one big enough for Phil. Would love to see some results from him again, guys a weapon
  • 3 0
 Saw the testcrew already end of octobre of 2019 in Finale Ligure. They were testing different carbon Layups of the Frame. It was a sleek looking bike. Going to be a nice bike.
  • 4 0
 I don't know why they are bothering, he will be using his hard tail for most of this years courses.
  • 16 12
 Well i can´t hold back. I´m sorry. But this looks like a Session.
  • 32 0
 30 minutes... That's all it took for someone to break. Facepalm
  • 11 2
 @Dropthedebt: please have mercy with the weak ones like me.
  • 2 0
 @Gimli: it was 2 German citizens who cracked first... C'mon people... You're better than that.
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: blitzing
  • 1 0
 @Tamasz: #toosoon Confused :
  • 8 3
 Looks like a Gambler.
  • 5 1
 I'd like to meet Cube designers if there are any.
  • 3 0
 Anyone else see that ass slap in the team video?
  • 1 0
 Yep, subliminal messages. Lol.
  • 2 0
 Yea was a bit homo-phil .... just kidding no offence
  • 1 0
 Yep
  • 1 0
 Everybody did
  • 3 0
 Much hotter than the 2019. Good work.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a trials bike .... hmn awkward cause I thought he s in it for the downhill
  • 4 1
 Looks like an Ellsworth.
  • 2 0
 The ugly truth.
  • 3 2
 The title of this post should have been. CUBE finally admits last DH bike was actual crap and they would like to apologize.
  • 4 3
 Can't believe the safety-nazis aren't squawking about the lack of a helmet!!!
  • 2 0
 Is square on all 6 sides?
  • 2 0
 Looks like Kona Stab Supreme
  • 2 0
 Looks like a modern stinky
  • 1 0
 @skydiveblake: It's because of the children..........WHO will SAVE the CHILDREN!?
  • 2 0
 You hit her pretty hard that time, Ricky.
  • 1 0
 this thread is gold. the guy that said: 'id like to meet the cube designers, if there are any' hahaahah what a don
  • 3 1
 Looks like a Hyper
  • 1 1
 Never liked the old cube frames. Its about time they revamped it. While they're at it. Change that green colour. Baulk...
  • 1 0
 So who saw subliminal message in the second video? Lol.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a bike
  • 1 1
 Let’s make all riders use the same bike (a session or whatever) and see who’s the best. Simple and fun?
  • 1 0
 "Looks like a ..."
f*ck right off.
  • 1 0
 The bike looks tiny
  • 1 0
 Looks like a cube
  • 2 3
 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKS LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE AAAAAAAA SSSSSSSSEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIOOOOONNNN
  • 3 3
 Looks like yo mama.
  • 1 2
 looks like a scott gambler
  • 3 4
 Unless its an E-MTB I’m not interested.
  • 2 4
 Its still uses "hortz suspension design" this is why trek , scott , cube , vitus etc. looks similar Smile
  • 1 2
 Is it a Session? I am new here.
  • 1 3
 It is cube, who cares... I never saw the person who are riding it and not willing to sell
  • 1 2
 It's OK, you don't need to hyphenate uninterrupted.
  • 1 1
 LOOOKS LIKE A SESSION
  • 1 3
 First ride review in tomorrow?
  • 2 5
 Looks like a gangbang between a Session, a Fury, a Gambler and an Operator, a Glory to watch.
  • 2 4
 It's probably gwin's old trek frame with some cube stickers
  • 1 4
 every dh bike have the same design now session, fury, gambler, operator,maiden and many others no originality in design .
  • 3 0
 Sauf Commencal, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Intense, Devinci, YT, Polygon...
  • 2 0
 Giant
  • 2 4
 Still looks cheap
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