So, in January of 2014 I ordered one from my local specialist bike shop and took delivery a couple of weeks later. On first inspection, the bike looked to be well put together, the components were all of a decent specification for a semi-entry level hardtail mountain bike in this price range, and it was soon dismantled enough to get in the car and come home with me.
So, what are the specifications then?
- Color black`n`grey
- Frame Aluminium Lite, AMF, 29″ RFR-Geometry
- Size 15″, 17″, 19″, 21″, 23
- Fork Rock Shox XC 28, TK, PopLoc, 100mm
- Headset FSA No.10 semi-integrated, 1 1/8
- Stem CUBE Performance, 31,8
- Handlebar CUBE Rise Trail Bar, 700mm
- Grips CUBE Performance Grip
- Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M592 SGS Shadow, 9-speed
- Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio FD-M430, Top Swing, 34.9mm
- Shifters Shimano Altus SL-M370 Rapidfire Plus
- Brake system Shimano BR-M395, hydr. Discbrake (160/160mm)
- Crankset Shimano Acera FC-M391 44x32x22T, Shimano BB-UN26 123mm
- Rims CUBE ZX24 Disc 29
- Fronthub Shimano HB-RM66
- Rear Hub Shimano FH-RM66
- Front tire Schwalbe Smart Sam 2.25
- Rear tire Schwalbe Smart Sam 2.25
- Pedals MTB Aluminium
- Seat Scape Active 8
- Seatpost CUBE Performance Post, 30.9mm
- Seatclamp RFR Varioclose 34.9mm
- Weight 13,9 kg
- Art. No 502001
A lot of decent components, many the same as the Analog Disc 2012 (which is a good thing).
6 Months On – My Thoughts
I’ve owned the bike now for 6 months and have had the opportunity to live with it, put a good few miles on it and test it out in various different conditions. I thought it was about time I shared my findings with everyone.
Firstly, it’s held up well in some difficult conditions, some off roading, some dirt track riding along with some more sedate path riding and it has to be said that the ride, although slightly different to previous bikes I’ve owned, is comfortable and instills a sense of confidence in you. The 29ER style frame is different in many ways to my previous bikes; the riding position feels a lot higher and the larger wheels feel sharper and slightly more agile. You soon become used to it, and I think going back to a more standard frame would feel a little small for a while.
Also, the wider handlebars provide a slightly improved sense of control that is nice, especially on longer rides and with a set of bar ends fitted provides a very comfortable riding option.
Fork Rock Shox XC 28, TK, PopLoc, 100mm: What can I say about these forks? They are the same as those found on my previous Cube, and they were excellent. They provide a good level of shock absorption with 100mm of travel and full lock-out option for when you want to put some effort into riding up hill and don’t want part of your effort absorbed into the shocks. Sadly, the ones fitted to my bike don’t fully lock out which is a little disappointing for what are normally excellent forks. Maybe I just need to make some adjustments to the lock out system….
Shimano HB-RM66 / FH-RM66 Disc Brakes: Firstly, let me say that I love disc brakes! They don’t fade when wet, dusty, dirty or muddy, they are sharp without attempting to dislodge you from the saddle via the handlebars and they are bloody reliable. These Shimano ones are excellent. I know some people have complained of squeaky brakes, but thankfully I haven’t had this issue and have been using them on this bike for over 500 miles. Love disc brakes and love this set of Shimanos!
Crankset Shimano Acera FC-M391 44x32x22T, Shimano BB-UN26 123mm: So far the crankset has proved fairly reliable, fast to change and accurate, but mine need a little adjusting as they are slipping on the down shift. This isn’t the crankset’s fault, but it is a little annoying. I’m pretty sure that a few adjustments will rectify this issue, and all will be great with them once again.
Now, onto my feelings about the bike after owning it for a while and putting in some miles across a range of different conditions in different weather conditions. Firstly, let me say that for the money, the Cube Analog 29ER is a fantastic bike. It’s built well, so far the pedals (which were crap on my Analog Disc) have held up fairly well and the handling is pretty spot on. You feel confident and in control at all times. The front forks are generally pretty decent, the disc brakes are top notch and the crankset is pretty reliable and quick – everything you could ask for in a new mountain bike.
Sadly, my only real disappointment in the bike is that it’s a little bland in the looks department. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing really wrong with the subtle black, blue and dark grey colour scheme. But after the Analog Disc 2012 screaming ‘look at me‘ the 29ER is a little shy and retiring and can go very much unnoticed.
If this was stolen would I rush out and buy another one? Sadly, I don’t think so. It’s a great bike, but I don’t feel the same affinity as I do to the Analog Disc 2012!
What’s Your Opinion?
Do you have the Cube Analog 29ER or are you thinking of buying one? Why not add your opinion in the comments section below!