CUBE LTD CC 2012 quick review
Got this bike last week and have been using it for the past few days. (i may put a pic up soon but in the meantime u can see pics of it on this forum or Cube website) Have'nt made any upgrades to it, just added Cube bar ends, saddlebag, bottle n' cage and Shimano dual pedals. This is just a quick review for noobs like me who are looking for a new/first bike and may have came across Cube bikes but couldn't find a review to help em. I visited bikeradar everyday hoping to see a review of a Cube LTD 2012 but looks like there won't be one. Firstly, the bike comes pretty much assembled. All u gotta do is the seat, pedals and handlebar. Allen keys, grease and a pedal spanner is all you need. I still got a bike shop to check it over though. The first thing that strikes you is the looks. No picture or video review of this bike will give you a true representation of how good this bike looks in the flesh. I opted for the black anodized version and i'm happy i did for reasons i'll come to shortly. There's nothing about this bike i feel i need to upgrade. I had some upgrades all planned out with the help of SuperSonic (always go to him for advice if u can. Cheers by the way SS) but having used the bike now i can see i just don't need em. Been mainly using it lightly on the canal, road and trans-penine cycle path. Had one outing on a proper trail, rocky and rubbley upsloaps, huge puddles and lots of thick sloppy mud along with invading vegetation. Flew uphill with very little effort required and handled everything like a hotknife through butter. I was wanting to build up a collection of bikes (if i get into it enough), full sussers, 29'ers and maybe carbon models, but i'm so impressed with how this handles everything that i don't think i'll need too. I'd be happy to keep this bike for good. I'll probably get new bikes at some point but i'll never get rid of this, and i doubt i'd ever go with any other make other than cube. (may take a gamble on a RADON if i do) The Magura breaks are interchangeable too wich was good as the left break stopping the front wheel was weird for me. Powerfull breaks, the front is too powerfull though, easy to go a**e over t*t if you ain't carefull. As for the black anodized frame, i like it for more than just looks. For the weight watches, it'll save you 0.2kg compared to the usuall wet paint frames. It also makes the frame a thousand times more scratch resistant wich i can testify too. I thought my frame would be scratched to hell after what i put it through yesterday but not a single scratch. As the colour is apart of the frame (not applied afterwards) and the graphics being lazered on, i can't see the colour of the frame fading with time or the effects of the sun. Basically, if in a few years time i decided to replace the components, wheels tyres etc with all new gear, keeping only the frame, i predict the whole bike would look brand new! (frame included with a wash ofcourse) The gears are impressive too. Instant changes, quiet and smooth. No crackling sounds that you may get on other gear offerings. Power transfer is effortless and immediate and after just a few turns of the pedal, the bike can roll with ease for quite some time. I'm probably more impressed by this than anything else. The seat and riding geometry are both very comfortable too, great for long journeys. Can't find a single thing to dislike so far. Feels perfect to me in every department, quick, light, cheap, comfy, tough and gets better looking every time you look at it. In fact, that's the only downfall.. People keep stopping you to ask about it, sounds like something flattering but after a few times it gets a bit annoying. Like a friend said, it's clearly a looker and stands out, so it'd be a good idea to get it insured against theft and get a good lock too. Anyone looking to get this bike i'd say go for it!!! I'd be the worlds most shocked person if you weren't anything but delighted with it. If anyone has a question they'd like to ask about it just send me a private message and i'll reply ASAP.