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First Look: Cube's 2023 Lineup

Feb 7, 2023 at 4:46
by Seb Stott  
Cube has just announced a new and extensive range of full-suspension mountain bikes with 120 to 170 mm of rear wheel travel, plus an eMTB too. While the German giant is big on the number of models they offer, they're so far light on details. So here's a high-level overview of the range. For more information on the specifics, head to www.cube.eu/one

The bikes are brought up to date with the latest design trends, including downtube storage, adjustable geometry and through-headset cable routing (yay!) featuring throughout most of the range. Some high-end models get a one-piece bar and stem too.



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Cube Stereo ONE22

With 120 mm travel, the ONE22 is Cube's downcountry or "adventure" bike, with what they describe as "straightforward handling". With fewer features and prices starting at €1,999, it's designed with entry-level riders in mind.

Travel 120 mm (130 mm fork)
Sizes: XS (27.5"), S M, L, XL, XXL (29")
Frame material: Aluminium or "High Performance Composite"
Number of Models: 8
Claimed weight: 14.9 - 11.7 Kg
Price: €1,999 - 4,399

Geometry

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The Stereo ONE44 C:68X SLT weighs 12.2 Kg and costs €6,999

Cube Stereo ONE44

The ONE44 is totally new to Cube's lineup. With 140 mm of travel, Cube describe it as "for all-around trail riding". It features a downtube storage compartment and some models get a one-piece cockpit. The ONE44 (and all the other bikes in the range except the ONE22) get adjustable geometry via an angle-adjust headset, which changes the head angle by 0.6 degrees.

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Travel 140 mm (140 mm fork)
Sizes: XS (27.5"), S M, L, XL, XXL (29")
Frame material: "C:62" or "C:68X" Carbon
Number of Models: 6
Claimed weight: 12.8 - 12.2 Kg
Price: €3,299 - 6,999

Geometry

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The Stereo ONE55 C:62 TM weighs 13.6 Kg and costs €5,499

Cube Stereo ONE55

Confusingly, the ONE55 has 160 mm of travel and Cube says it's aimed at those "who like their trails on the spicy side". The carbon-only frame features downtube storage and an angle-adjust headset.

Travel 160 mm (160 mm fork)
Sizes: S M, L, XL (29")
Frame material: "C:62®" Carbon
Number of Models: 4
Claimed weight: 14.1 - 13.1 Kg
Price: €3,499 - 6,999

Geometry

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The snappily-named Stereo ONE77 C:68X SLX 29 actionteam weighs 14.7 Kg and costs €5199

Cube Stereo ONE77

The ONE77 is for enduro and bike park use, with 170 mm of travel at each end.

Travel 170 mm (170 mm fork)
Sizes: M, L, XL (29")
Frame material: Aluminium or "C:62" Carbon
Number of Models: 5
Claimed weight: 15.9 - 14.2 Kg
Price: €3,199 - 7,399

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A pair of flip chips at either end of the shock is there to adjust the progressiveness (for air or coil shocks), not the geometry. The head angle can be adjusted with the headset.

Geometry

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The Stereo Hybrid ONE55 C:68X TM 750 29 weighs 22.9 Kg and costs €7,999

Cube Stereo Hybrid ONE55

As you might have guessed, Cube's eMTB is based on the Stereo ONE55, but with a motor. That means 160 mm of travel at each end and a Bosch Performance CX (85Nm) drive unit. This is paired with the large 750 Wh battery.

Travel 150 mm (160 mm fork)
Sizes: M, L, XL (29")
Frame material: "C:68" Carbon
Number of Models: 3
Claimed weight: 21.9 - 22.6 Kg
Price: € 6,999 - 9,999

Geometry

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131 Comments
  • 120 2
 Well. the good thing is that choosing a new bike in 2023 will be relatively easy ... So many brands just don't want to sell bikes.
  • 63 5
 Lots of Float X2s. The service centers will be busy again!
  • 6 7
 @notthatfast: are x2’s any better than dpx2’s reliability wise?
  • 36 2
 @motdrawde:
They're definitely worse
  • 29 5
 @motdrawde: dpx2 good......x2 bad
  • 12 4
 @notthatfast: I wonder how reliable Ohlins TTX is, it seems it's the only twintube without problems. Would love to have an easily servceable and tunable shock without quirks in architecture (like RS), maybe just DVO or Marzocchi?
  • 29 1
 Pros: water bottle bosses, straight top tube. Cons: headset routing
  • 7 5
 @Smokey79: I wouldn't go as far as saying than DPX2 is good but you can hope to ride for 6 months with it without too much air ingress, and it won't break in half like a X2.
  • 5 1
 @lkubica: That Öhlins will sort you out perfectly, if you can find someone who gives it a nice tune. Out of the factory they are often vastly overdamped.
  • 12 3
 @lkubica: go to CaneCreek
  • 5 1
 @BenOnTrek: The original and best, arguably.
  • 16 0
 @lkubica: I have 5 seasons on my RockShox Super Deluxe without a single issue. The X2 that came on my bike is still in the box that it was returned from service in.
  • 11 0
 @motdrawde: my 2022 Fox x2 is for sale on PB BuySell...it's one of 60 2021-22 shocks that are for sale on there in the UK alone...that no one wants to buy. Whilst mine never had any issues, the fact nobody wants to buy them says everything about the issues these recent models have had!
  • 2 0
 @Bikethrasher: SD is a monotube shock so this doesn't answer his question I'm afraid.
  • 7 13
flag lkubica (Feb 8, 2023 at 5:11) (Below Threshold)
 @Bikethrasher: RS is not prone to failures, it simply is not a good shock performance wise. Have one, tuned the sh*t out of it and now it works acceptably.
  • 9 15
flag hi-dr-nick FL (Feb 8, 2023 at 5:33) (Below Threshold)
 @lkubica: If you think Fox still has better performance, you're clueless. RS is far superior in every way and has been for a few years now.
  • 3 0
 @Bikethrasher: ever have trouble with the slow-speed dial? Mine froze up.
  • 3 0
 @lkubica: took me two years to blow up a ttx2ait
  • 8 0
 @motdrawde: The Float X is the better choice. They are holding up the best so far.
  • 7 0
 I thought you meant the internal headset routing, which is reason enough not to but one of these bikes. Couple that with a one piece barand stem and they can gtf. I want an adjustable, easy to service bike - these ain't it
  • 1 0
 @Balgaroth: You never broke one in half. Come on!
  • 1 0
 @ajl-mtb: Supposedly they fixed the issue. I had to wait 3 months for mine to be rebult because they were waiting for fox to release the fix for this issue of the dampers sucking in air.
  • 4 0
 @lkubica: I ride both Fox and RS, and my RS Ultimate with the MegNeg is so good. There is no way that my RS setup is worse than my Fox.
  • 4 0
 @ajl-mtb: My X2 is running great (knock on wood). If people have theirs "blowing up," then replacing with updated internals would solve that, no?
  • 4 1
 @hi-dr-nick: whatever you’re on you should share with the rest of us pinkers
  • 3 1
 @Smokey79: DPX2...OK They tend to get air mixed in the oil, at least the ones from 3-4 years ago. It happened on both mine and my sons bike.
  • 2 1
 @Andrew-Woyak: He's on Rock Shox, and no thanks Wink
  • 4 0
 @mi-bike: They should route the front brake through the headset as well, just for the hell of it.
  • 1 0
 @DJ-24: Yeah and have it coming out the borrow of the steerer tube
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: Bought into the Twin Tube marketing ey? Not saying that Twin Tubes are bad but the mono tube design (decarbon) that RS, Push, EXT, DVO and many others use is actually an evolution of the simpler more basic twin tube design.
  • 2 0
 I say, bring it on. The more negative or simply esoteric changes to new bikes, the less I want one and the cheaper I’ll be able to get what I want in an older model.
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: ...and that is a king sized Con. Which for me would completely outweigh the Pros there - an absolute deal breaker. I have still not heard anyone give a good reason why headset routing is actually happening/being specced on mountainbikes?? Who wants them?
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: Still doesn't instill confidence for anyone thinking of buying one second hand. I wouldn't buy one second hand, knowing there's a risk it could 'blow up' on me and need a full rebuild with better internals by a pro. But I love my Ohlins TTX22M coil that I replaced it with though, so I'm not too upset in the grand scheme of things!
  • 1 0
 @flaflow: No I have not. Honestly it’s been one of the best shocks I have owned. I replace the seals and oil twice a season.
  • 1 0
 @ajl-mtb: Factor in the rebuild with the purchase price and you're good to go. Best case scenario, you don't need to get it rebuilt and you get a great deal on a really good performing shock. Bad case scenario, you have to be without a shock for a bit while it gets rebuilt, which is no different than being without it during regular servicing.
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: Like 90 plus percent of the people with high end suspension you clearly don’t understand how to tune it properly. I’m sorry but that is the truth. Ask anyone at any suspension company if you don’t believe me.
  • 1 0
 @flaflow: No I haven’t had that issue. Nothing is perfect though.
  • 1 0
 @hi-dr-nick: I wouldn’t go so far as to say RS is superior in every way. Fox makes really nice kit, but like anything else high end and high performance it takes a good deal of knowledge and maintenance to get the most out of it.
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: Built with licensed Ohlins tech.
  • 106 3
 Keep yer cables outta my damn headset.
  • 47 0
 Kinda nice to have this information in the second paragraph, so you can stop reading right then and there.
  • 2 0
 Kind of an odd choice indeed. Cube was always particularly good at color-coordinating the outer cables with the frame so it is kind of daft to hide them like that.
  • 1 0
 They don't like entanglements
  • 43 3
 Hey manufacturers check this out.

We aren’t “getting over” or “getting used to” this headset cable routing thing. And we will continue to make a big deal about it on every new model that “features” it.

The vast majority of mountain bikers do not want through headset routing. And personally I am voting with my wallet, and will no longer consider a Cube bike.
  • 14 3
 Another brand I will now never consider
  • 4 1
 @samfr1000: Do people regularly get entangled in their external hoses and cables? Whether they go internal or are guided externally along the tubes usually doesn't seem to matter. The areas that would be most reason for concern are when the shifter cable makes a loop between the rear end and the rear mech or, in case of a full suspension bike, when the cable and hose make a loop between the front triangle and the rear like Rocky Mountain does. But in both these cases, it is in the transfer between two relatively moveable parts.

Where I do see the advantage is for cyclocross. I understand too little about gravel but maybe it goes for them too. If people regularly have to grip their tubes, slide the frame on and off their shoulders in a hurry, having hoses and cables in the way can be a hassle I can imagine. And with that in the back of my mind, of course mountainbikers may need to walk/climb too. Someone like MacAskill needs to lift his bike onto some scary rock before he can roll down, Van Steenbergen when he does a caveman or the trail rider who comes across a section that's beyond their skill and/or confidence and walks around a section rather than ride it. So yeah, if this is a considerable part of your riding, internal routing may help you avoid some cases of entanglement. But for JRA, does it help any?
  • 9 5
 @ocnlogan not the vast majority, not even a small majority, realistically only a very small minority (me included) care about that. That very small minority happens to be particularly vocal about it here on PB which makes you think it is a vast majority but that is just a filtering bubble effect nothing more. Companies tend to do stuff that sells, if it doesn't sell they go back to what does. Fact is I am probably the only one that cares about this topic (internal routing in general, headset is just a new insult in this topic) in my whole riding group which is mostly composed of racers (enduro or dh), of which probably half don't even work on their bikes themselves and the other half just rides the bike and don't get concerned by any of the topics discussed here (cable routing, megaboost hubs, propriatery whatever, trunion, etc.). If it was a problem for most riders Bold wouldn't exist, Scott wouldn't have bought Bold and made their bikes following the same integration route and you wouldn't see any of those in the wild. But you do as looks is more important to most rather than engineering, serviceability, or durability.
  • 4 4
 @Balgaroth: If you don't want internal cable routing anyway, headset routing isn't much of an issue. Whether the entry port is in the headset or at the side of the headtube, when you don't route your cables internally you won't be using either. I think the main issue will be for people who want internal routing but don't want it through the headset. If I'd really like the bike otherwise, I'd just get it, stick some adhesive cable guides to the frame and use that. And maybe some chewing gum or whatever it takes to close those entry ports in the headset cap. No deal breaker for me. (And yeah, chewing gum may not be the best option.)
  • 6 2
 @Balgaroth: Steady on. Your not supposed to introduce facts and good reasoning when the PB commentators have decided their view is the only one in the world on a subject.
  • 3 4
 This might be an unpopular opinion out here but I... kinda like the headset cable routing? It looks clean and you have the angle-adjustable headset out of the box
  • 1 0
 @vinay: it was a Will Smith joke...so in answer to your question, I don't know.
  • 1 0
 Saw the Onne22 and thought, "cool, no headset routing", but then kept scrolling...
  • 3 0
 @vinay: One time I was trying a double backflip no handed can can and caught my foot on the rear shifter cable at the front of the bike. As I was falling back down to the earth entangled in my bike cables I wished that they had bneen moved by an inch and routed through the headset. This would have saved many injuries and is as important as the pie plate on the rear wheel.
  • 1 0
 @rcrocha: Good one. The question is, don't you ever throw tailwhips, barspins, truckdrivers etc considering you're doing double backflips? I doubt headset routing is going to work nicely with these. Otherwise, traditional internal routing guides the hoses and cables through the frame but it wasn't the externally routed cable snug to your frame which is where your foot caught the cable. But yeah, maybe the headset routing would have worked for you.
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: I can tell you right now, that the majority of customers who jumped on headset routing early on and are now dealing with super high bills to get service done are not stoked on it. The conversion had the last few months with people who have bills 1/5th the price of the bike because we had to a full frame tear down to swap a cable on their 4500$ bike, are not stoked.
  • 1 0
 @rtmd: Me too. Its not as if I make a habit of taking the headset or the cables/hoses apart anyway. I can bleed the brakes or change the cable inner without having to take anything apart
  • 2 0
 @chrismac70: Changing a cable but not the cable housing is like taking a shower and then putting your dirty underwear back on. (I stole this from another mechanic)
  • 1 0
 @barp: 100% better than no shower. In the perfect analogy, you could just go without housing.
  • 48 0
 one22 = 120 travel, one44 = 140 travel, one77 = 170 travel so why is one55 160 travel? this hurts my head Cube
  • 19 0
 Every page says something different about the one55's travel. Pinkbike says it's 160mm, mtb-news says it is 155mm and enduro says it is 150mm. No one knows
  • 5 0
 @bashhard: Lets put our minds at ease and go with the 150mm figure
  • 7 0
 Cube's website says the one55 has 155mm of travel
  • 29 3
 Cube is pumping out crap geometry bikes that ride like shit, but put enough nice looking spec to trick people into buying a bike. Plus they have the worst warranty on the market. 6 weeks just for a first response to a claim. They cut corners at every point. New bikes are turning up with different brakes on out of the box. I work in a shop and we’ve had 3 of the same 5 grand bike supposed to be species with Deore brakes, but actually having one Deore brake and one MT500. When asked about it, they said can change the spec to whatever they want.
  • 26 0
 I think the Pinkbike staff should build the "Perfect Pinkbike commenter bike". Some steel, horst-link 160mm bike with a 63* HTA, 78* STA and DT Swiss aluminum wheels, externally routed EVERYTHING, made with zero waste or emissions by employees earning six figures with full medical coverage for $2599. Must be made in a non-Asian country of course. Also WAO carbon wheel upgrade optional for an extra $99.
  • 2 0
 Surely it has to built in America and come with a Stars and Stripes paint job to prove it.
  • 1 0
 Charge double I'd buy that! Aluminum works too. Deore, Grip 2, top shelf 4 pots, thoroughly sorted suspension, bang up to date geo. (Is tubing for long seat tubes and steep headangles discounted or something, wtf?).


And made by employees making at least a 4 figure salary too much to ask?

"Just do it, for $0.23 per hour."
www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/nike-factory-workers-still-work-long-days-low-wages-asia-1110129%3famp=1
  • 1 0
 @mobiller: transition spire is pretty close to that ngl
  • 28 2
 Craked a 2019 Cube chainstay, they don’t even bother to answer my email. No parts availability, bad quality frames. Don’t recommend.
  • 13 0
 2019? Never heard of her
  • 7 0
 Mail? But Cube is not direct to consumer brand. They suppose to work through local dealers...
  • 27 4
 As someone who used to work as a warranty manager at a large UK bike shop, I would strongly recommend people stay well clear of this brand. Their warranty department are an absolute joke and will try wipe their hand clean of any liability.
  • 3 0
 Isn't that a general problem in the UK right now? I have heard similar stories about Giant. But I had good experiences with both those manufactures here in germany.
  • 3 0
 @fred-frod: not really. I could name numerous brands that sell bikes in the UK that have superb warranty procedures.
  • 18 0
 Yeah, you've got to escape the trend. Use model names that have some number in there, but it's not the amount of travel you get!
  • 10 1
 The so called Audi naming convention.
  • 5 0
 @kopaczus: which strangely mainly Audi was blamed for, even though others had done it for many years already. (E.g. BMW and Mercedes)
  • 3 0
 @FloImSchnee: They at least come close to the engine size. 35 means literally nothing but an engine tune, it's not like you have a 3.5L-ish engine in there haha
  • 4 0
 @asdfg3: not so much any more. Virtually every Mercedes has a 2.0 or a 4.0, but with a near random scattering of numbers. For instance the new "C63" which has a 2.0 4cyl
  • 17 2
 Get fucked with your headset cable routing
  • 9 0
 Again, ruining some decent bikes with that bullshit headset cable routing and un adjustable one piece cockpit in some builds.
  • 7 0
 Yet another reason to completely write off cube. Not only are their frames at best build mediocre, combined with a non existing warranty department, but now they also route cables through the headset.
  • 10 2
 Hopefully the first, and last look.
  • 7 0
 why they make low end models to look so boring. one could paint it and use colours even if the bike is low end
  • 7 0
 Hey PB, please review the Cube Stereo ONE77.
  • 6 1
 We have a couple of Cubes in the family fleet. I have ben really impressed with them over the past few years. Great value for what you get.
  • 6 0
 Why would you spec a reservoir shock on your 120 mm bike and an inline shock on your 140 mm bike?
  • 3 0
 Can you imagine being a bike company that had the brain dead idea of headset routed cables 2 years ago for their 2023 line up and had to watch for the last 18 months the shit show that is how we MTB enthusiasts are absolutely hating it, but there's nothing they can do because the frames are already designed and manufactured.... I say GOOD! I HOPE IT HURTS LIKE HELL.
  • 5 1
 I love seeing people bitch about Cube. My current ride is a Stereo 150 and it behaves like a predictable trail bike. It's light and it's been absolutely reliable.
  • 3 0
 Yeah! Another industry press release camouflaged as "first look"! (how come the second look never come?)

You can find a much nicer presentation here hhttps://www.cube.eu/one
  • 4 0
 The lineup is quite light, especially the ONE44 at 12.2 to 12.8kg, but I wonder if the numbers are correct.
  • 2 0
 ime they are. Their frames are pretty light and they choose light components. ARC8 is another budget company that makes light bikes.
  • 1 0
 @JohanG: Yeah, I'm not in the market for a bike right now. But even if I was (or anybody else in the US), Cube , ARC8, or any EU company would be difficult to get and costly if you were to buy one. No bike retailers or online retailers in the US carry them, so shipping costs would be a lot.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: Arc8 has a dealer in the US. B17-Bikes in Fairfax. b-17bikes.com
  • 3 0
 RIP 27.5. I like Cube's light weight frames and low cost. Had a Stereo 160 about five years ago that I smuggled across the atlantic.
  • 4 0
 extensive range of full-suspension mountain bikes“ not that extensive if it’s all 29” bikes
  • 4 0
 Where'd their XC bike end up? If I remember correctly the price/weight ratio was crazy good on that one!
  • 5 0
 CWAT box
  • 16 0
 Correct term is ‘Cubes UnderNeath Thing’
  • 6 0
 Imagine what the name would be with Transition Bikes.
  • 1 0
 @goroncy: yeah thought the same. The bikes look very similar.
  • 4 2
 @goroncy: I was very disappointed that neither Transition or Trek called their’s the Trek(or Transition) Water, And Tool Storage (T.W.A.T.S)
  • 3 1
 @broscience: Cube Useful New Tool Storage
  • 2 0
 Revolutionary Excavated Container Transporting Untold Miscellanea
  • 1 0
 @CustardCountry: Since 'twats' is mostly used in the UK, it should be a British brand. I don't know of any starting with T from the top of my head, so let's just go with 'terrific'
  • 10 7
 I actually like this line up a lot. Good looking Bikes with really good prices. And even the geometry seems to be ok now.
  • 3 0
 Where's the Cube Two15 DH Bike?
  • 2 0
 waaaaaaaiting for the 2023 WC season to start
  • 1 0
 Are these prices right?....that green Stereo One55 TM29 is shown at 5500 euro here but then on the cube website it is 6300 GBP....thats a pretty monstrous difference.
  • 4 0
 Sounds like another Brexit bonus.
  • 3 0
 And headset cable routing. Yay
  • 2 0
 idk, looks like a bike. Unlike many other brands cube just looks to plain in my opinion.
  • 3 0
 wow, the bike naming department is getting a raise for sure!
  • 2 0
 the first models brake to drivetrain inequality is massive
  • 3 1
 Meh
  • 2 3
 As anyone ever thought I want to go really really fast then bought a Cube… like those that have the money for a Porsche but buy a caravan for there Peugeot instead
  • 1 0
 Bashing Cube is getting just as old as their geometry in 2020.
  • 1 0
 Shame, I used to wanna try Cubism
  • 2 1
 2015 bikes and quality with 2023 industry issues
  • 1 0
 I was sure DH bikes still exist… must have missed something
  • 1 0
 the weights are in a reasonable direction though …
  • 1 0
 Light and cheap. You can't have it all though.
  • 6 7
 Can't decide if i feel those bikes sad or ugly! looks like straight out an average chinese facory!
  • 7 0
 Definitely look like Cubes!
  • 8 1
 Does it really look that different than a Norco, or a Transition? I think your perception is heavily influenced by marketing
  • 3 0
 @fred-frod: They look like Sessions. Or at least what Sessions used to look like.
  • 1 1
 The most boring lineup in the world. Maybe they should hire a designer
  • 1 0
 @fred-frod: too old for marketing, paint job plays more than a video and i love Danny Hart Wink
  • 1 0
 Isnt that norcos ebike?
  • 1 0
 nm
  • 2 3
 Looks like a Trek from 5 years ago
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Trek today. They are just all really similar







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