Cube Analog 29
Let me start this review by saying that I am slightly biased based upon my owning the Cube Analog Disc 2012 for 2 years and only replacing it due to the bike being stolen. I absolutely loved the Analog Disc, and without it being stolen I can’t imagine I would have replaced it any time soon. That said, it was stolen and I needed to find a similar quality and specified replacement for the £6-700 mark. For me, it seemed logical to go for another Cube due to the level of satisfaction found in my previous model. So, after a fair bit of searching and reading the very sparse reviews on the Cube range of bikes, I decided to move to a Cube Analog 29ER as it was of a very similar specification to the aforementioned Analog Disc 2012.

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.

Conclusion

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!

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8 CommentsLeave a comment

  • The best review and comments for this bike I could find online.
    I am about to buy this bike today for £550 since the Trek X-Calibur 8 (£700 on Evans) was great, but after 2 rides I felt the frame long for me and they suggested 15′ Frame on this Cube one.

    Based on your comments, I assume you recommend this bike, right? 🙂
    I am not going downhill or something extreme, but I like regular trails.

    Thanks for your comments!

    • Hi Rafael,

      For the money you are getting a lot of good quality components attached to a solid and fun frame. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect but it is a fun and reliable ride.

      Get shot of the awful pedals and stick a pair of DMR V8’s on there (about £25) and that immediately makes a difference to the ride.

      I’ve used it off-road on some seriously rough ground recently, and it’s coped really well. It’s not on par with a full suspension bike, but you can certainly have some great fun on a day’s ride.

      Let me know how you get on with your new ride once you get it back and get out on it 🙂

  • Hi Paul – thanks for that review – you’re dead right, reviews on Cube bikes are a bit thin on the ground!!! I’ve just ordered the same bike, but in the brighter, mid-life crisis colour scheme 🙂 Good deal on it at Chain Reaction at the moment (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cube-analog-29-hardtail-bike-2014/rp-prod114105). Really looking forward to getting it – as you say, the spec on the bike is excellent for the money (£478 now), so I’m hoping not to be disappointed – I shouldn’t be, my current mountain bike is an ancient Giant made of lead & rocks.
    Cheers,
    John 🙂

    • Hi John,

      Hey, that is a pretty decent bargain. I was pretty lucky when I bought mine the beginning of the year as Tredz had 20% off every bike, so it knocked a nice £100 of the price tag.

      I don’t know why they reviews are so sparce on the Cube bikes. They are great bikes for the money and hardly a cheap brand. Still, I’m not complaining as it drives traffic to my blog.. lol

      I’m sure you’ll notice a difference between this and your current ride. The 29Er frame certainly feels different when you first get on there. But you soon get used to it and I’m sure you’ll love it.

      Please report back when you get it and let me know your thoughts on it 🙂

      Have fun 😉

  • Hi Paul.

    I’ve just bought the 2015 model of this from Tredz. They’re doing 0% finance right now which makes it affordable. They also mentioned that the frame has got a 5 year guaranty. The only downside is that I’ve got to wait for it to be delivered to the Swansea store I bought it from as they didn’t have the right size frame in the colour scheme I wanted (black and green-ish).

    I’ll let you know how it gets on with the trails in the South Wales valleys! 🙂

    Chris.

    • Nice one Chris; I’m sure you’ll love the bike when you get out on it. I can’t get enough of mine at the moment. Been out about 10 times over the last month, and just got back in from a quick blast in the stunning sunshine.

      Let me know how you get on with it and feel free to pop a few piccies on with your post too – just to show off like ;0)

  • Hi Paul.

    I’ve just bought this bike it seems a great ride and a good bike but the pedals are shocking haha!
    Which dmr’s did you get and which size etc?