Spotted: Danny Hart is Testing a High Pivot Cube Downhill Bike

Feb 24, 2022 at 3:18
by James Smurthwaite  

Danny Hart is ramping up his off season program with a testing camp in southern Europe and is riding what looks to be a new race machine from Cube.

Danny joined the Cube team at the start of last year and was racing on a modified mullet version of its Two15 downhill bike. It didn't take long for Danny to get up to speed on that bike and he was knocking on the door of the podium all season with a trio sixth place finishes across the year.

However, downhill is a never ending quest for speed so it's no surprise that Danny is hoping to wring those extra milliseconds out of the Two15 platform by keeping the developments rolling. It looks like the plan to do that this year is to create a high pivot version. Danny teased what looks like a new aluminium prototype of the bike on his Instagram yesterday:

bigquotesHaving a mega time out here in the south of France with my team testing some stuff for the upcoming race season! Can’t beat a good bit of sunshine!Danny Hart

Cube TWO15 HPC SLT Photo Kifcat Shaperideshoot
Danny's prototype (left) vs the current production model (right).

Although we don't currently have a clear shot of the bike, we can see that compared to the current version of the bike, the chainstay now meets the seat tube above the chainring. This can only mean one thing - Cube is joining the high pivot trend. It's tough to tell too much more from a grainy Instagram shot but it looks like there have also been tweaks made to the lower shock mount and the headtube junction.

Will this bike ever be raced or manufactured? It's probably too early to say at the moment. Last year we saw Loic Bruni testing on a high pivot bike that never materialized and it could be just that Danny is simply comparing the two platforms at this point, especially as this bike appears to be made from aluminium, not carbon, which would require a far greater commitment. If we do ever get to see this bike in person at a World Cup, we'll be sure to get some clearer shots and details.

We've reached out to Cube for more information and will update this piece if they comment.


  • 206 1
 Looks like a Mulally.
  • 6 13
flag tanasoff (Feb 24, 2022 at 4:22) (Below Threshold)
 also like Ghost Bikes, they used this high pivot in the past till today, probably they were first...since 2011. Slavik and Fischbach ride it.
  • 13 1
 @tanasoff: there have been high pivot DH bikes since the 90s
  • 18 0
 @hamncheez: Pro Flex has entered the chat.
  • 4 0
 @tanasoff: more like they were the first with this Horst link high pivot setup
  • 9 1
 Is it just me, or in the spy photo does the Fox 40 have 1 black leg and 1 kashima leg?
  • 1 0
 @sunringlerider: bendy bendy.
  • 7 0
 @n8dawg82: it’s the telemetry that is obscuring the kashina leg at that angle
  • 4 0
 @jason475: I didn’t say they were good. They did at least have Flex in the name.

Who knew a Balfa BB7 was so cutting edge.
  • 12 0
 @sunringlerider: They were also the first ones to use electronic shocks. In the early 90's the Pro Flex was probably the best option for a full-squish bike. The rear triangle were a bit fragile, but the main frame held up well. Also, their girder fork was by far the best performing fork of the day. The later Pro Flexes with the Noleen coil shocks rode well, but they were sort of unpredictable under any kind of abuse since the rear triangle was so noodly.
The shop I worked at in high School sold both AMP research and Girvin Pro Flex bikes. My first big sale back in the day was to a guy who bought matching Pro Flexes and Thule roof rack, I don't recall the number but it was more than a $3k sale. I put the rack on the roof of his Saab 9000, clamped the bikes down and waved goodbye. The next day he comes back with two ruined Pro Flexes, a ruined Thule rack and two gigantic dents in the roof of his Saab. Apparently his garage was damaged as well, but I never saw that.
  • 2 1
 So now UCI will homoligate dh race frames. Just like the new F1 chassis. They will all look the same. just different pivot placements and colors.
  • 1 2
 @n8dawg82: the oil slick stanchion just looks black from that angle
  • 2 0
 @idecic: no. it's suspension telemetry. see the other picture.
  • 2 0
 @sunringlerider: his dodgy mate Girvin can’t get in though.
  • 1 0
 @n8dawg82: i think he’s got a fork telemetry device running down the side of the fork leg which makes it look like it is black
  • 2 2
 @n8dawg82: definitely appears that way . Wonder if they are testing the friction of the two ?
  • 1 0
 @tanasoff: Ghosts are terrible. Their suspension designs often have too little antisquat and a linier progression curve.
  • 1 0
 With balls that big the pivots gotta be lower….
  • 76 4
 Well peirce my pee hole, the Pinkbike sleuths do it again and find another secret bike photo or what other people call Instagram.
  • 56 0
 congrats oh having the best username
  • 3 0
  • 27 0
 @Matze1998: his original name Butt-Explorer was not nearly as popular.
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: tbf, it sounds like a solid promotion for Mr Butt Exploder
  • 9 1
 Prison nickname carried over to the outside
  • 5 0
 @SterlingArcher: Would be a great name for a dropper post that extends at 500ft/s
  • 3 1
 @swellhunter: aka, the fox posts from 2012.
  • 2 1
 @Butt-Exploder Dick Pound...dat you?
  • 1 0
 @Matze1998: Thanks ;-)
  • 50 0
 Can't wait to watch a full season of Downhill for possibly the last time ever.
  • 51 2
 Because of Discovery or WW3?
  • 22 2
 @justanotherusername: wait, are you saying Discovery is what caused the start of WW3? It all makes sense! Putin just wants to watch XCO without a subscription!
  • 28 0
 @hamncheez: If Putin started riding bikes he would be too busy commenting on PB about main pivot location to start a war.
  • 29 0
 meh, seen higher.
  • 19 1
 Are they still using those bearings for watchmaking industry?
  • 29 0
 Only time will tell how long they will last...
  • 14 0
 Let's Swatch and see...
  • 2 1
 What's wrong with them? They last for decades within those high quality Swiss watches! Wink
  • 18 2
 How did they get that pivot so high with balls that big?!
  • 8 0
 let's see a downhill season with only Trek Sessions geometries and no original bike
  • 9 2
 As long as an engineer with a BMX background drinking redbull designed it they should have a damn good bike on their hands.
  • 6 0
 The "________ is testing a new high pivot bike" template has paid for itself by saving 3000 hours of manpower since high pivots are a thing
  • 6 0
 It's not a high pivot - they've just lowered the BB two inches.
  • 6 0
 Danny, stay on your bike
  • 4 0
 If even Cube is doing high pivot, it has well and truly arrived in the mainstream. Time for a new trend I guess...
  • 2 0
 low pivot with singlespeed rear ends. Unsprung mass to become the new buzzword. 5 years of bizzare hacked together prototypes until everything converges on a BB gearbox of some sort. Then we get bored and move onto the next latest and greatest thing...
  • 9 1
 I propose putting a motor on them, we could call them m-bikes.
  • 5 1
 Is that what we call a high pivot nowdays?
  • 7 3
 K - Thanks
  • 3 0
 Hype pivot ?
  • 2 0
 brakes are fine, though... #whostopsyou
  • 1 0
 would be interesting if Syndicate, Big S and Canyon also working or testing something in this direction
  • 2 0
 bless his heart
  • 1 0
 It’s blur. Looks like anything
  • 1 0
 Is it even "new" or even a "bike" if it isn't high pivot?
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Soon everyone will be on a high pivot FSR.
  • 1 1
 It looks just like a Ghost frame from a few years ago (samurai?)
  • 1 0
 Who isn't (testing 1)?
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 WTF ? How the f*ck do you seee that in that picture seriously now
  • 1 4
 looks like a .. with a boring paint job. another piece of work from the Bavarian copy cat
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