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The Cube Travel is a combination of comfort and stiffness. A bicycle endowed with a full optional setup and the strength of a mountain bike. Our in-depth Review
Cube has one of the vastest and most varied catalogs ever. In fact, you may need a guide to spot this bicycle among the other ones: the Cube Travel stands last on the touring list section featured by Cube’s ridiculously rich website.
The Cube Travel is not only one of the several bicycles the well-known German company assembles in its massive factory, but it is probably the most convenient bicycle on the market at the moment if you are looking for a flat bar 29er touring ready bike.
The Cube Travel is assembled with a unique combination of smart solutions that bring together all capabilities of the latest adventure bike models but adapted to fit a limited budget.
It’s a classy 29er bicycle equipped with all desirable gadgets for a conventional touring setup, as it comes ready to ride with lights, fenders, and a rear rack.
Cube Travel – The Frame Set
The frame is made with the patented Cube technology called “Aluminium Superlite’’, using 7005 alloy tubes.
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- Aluminium 91.0% – 94.7%
- Chromium 0.06% – 0.20%
- Copper <=0.10 %
- Iron <=0.40 %
- Magnesium 1.0% – 1.80%
- Manganese 0.20% – 0.70%
- Silicon <=0.35%
- Titanium 0.010% – 0.060%
- Zinc 4.0% – 5.0%
- Zirconium 0.080% – 0.20%
- Other, total <= 0.15%
This kind of tubing set lends the frame its major characteristics of stiffness, fatigue-proofing and corrosion-resistance. Tubes are double butted with thinner walls in the middle and thicker ones in proximity of the joints. Multi-profiled.
Tubes are conceived to create an aluminum frame that’s both lighter and stiffer. Welding is smooth, resulting in a less-than-perfect, harmonious coating of seat and head tubes’ junctions.
They are shaped with a slightly aggressive look; the seat tube is the only one with a rounded section in the visionary composition of this frame, that wouldn’t be possible when using steel as production material.
The horizontal and lower tubes start with a thinner section at the seat tube’s weld and gradually increase their section’s thickness while approaching the head tube’s junction. The horizontal tube literally hugs the head one. It surely is an eye-catching, forward-looking frame.
The rigid aluminum fork is solid like a tree trunk. It is composed by two symmetric and aerodynamic blades with a massive crown the same size of the head tube, resulting in a both accurate and versatile fork with enough clearance to run 29er tires up to 2.15 inches wide.
The fork has eyelets to mount low rider racks for a classic touring setup, but it doesn’t support the cages which would be most convenient for the bike-packing purposes.
Two details contribute for a cleaner look: the rear rack is semi-integrated and the stand mount is nested in the chain stay.
Only the gear cables route inside the lower tube: the front derailleur cable comes out directly at the connection point, while the rear derailleur cable emerges less elegantly following the chain stay before to connect. The brake cables are placed outside the frame according to the old-fashioned standard.
The overall geometry of the frame comes from MTB design, reinvented with comfort in mind. With a chainstay of 470mm, riders will need more than a natural push to perform a manual wheelie, and snapping the bike through tight corners won’t come entirely spontaneous. The stable and relaxing position, however, can be modulated to handle some long off-road sections.
The seat-stay tubes don’t join the seat tube at the same height of the top tube line; instead, they are welded few centimeters below, probably because of their large section. This solution partly recalls the rear triangle of more competitive models, without giving the same extra reactivity to the frame.
Both the seat-stay and chain stay tubes match the size of the other tubes’ section, enhancing the general strength and balance of the structure. The final result is a perfectly integrated geometry not found in other high-end models, i.e. the Cube Travel Sport coming at almost double the price.
The chain-stay elegant curves would gain value once you’ll upgrade the triple crankset to a more efficient double or mono crankset.
Drive Train and Standard Components
The Cube Travel isn’t assembled with the latest-fashion drive trains. The crank is a triple and the rear derailleur is a Deore 9 speed. This choice reveals a clear marketing strategy that allows Cube to offer a bicycle of remarkable caliber at an affordable price point.
Best Riding Setups
This bicycle is recommended to anyone who is looking for a reliable all-rounder bicycle to ride every day.
The manufacturer specially designed the Cube Travel to withstand all sorts of terrains and situations, so that the bike can double as an optimal commuting ride, a weekend adventure rig, and, with only some smart upgrades, a lifetime companion for your long-cherished around the world tour.
Although it is not a monster cross, it’s engineered by a brand with great MTB tradition, and it shows. Mounting proper grippy tires and removing mudguards you’ll set your bike ready to get really dirty.
This way, under the appearance of a city bike with fenders, racks, stand and lights, the real potential of the Cube Travel frame’s geometry will unveil its hidden cross country personality.
Cube Travel 2020 is a mid-range 29er bicycle that presents several interesting solutions. It is a faultless all-rounder bicycle: the integrated stand and comfortable frame setup will make your life easier in town, while the bike’s true MTB soul will stand up immediately at the first use.
The combination of comfort and stiffness, the feeling of a bicycle endowed with both a full optional setup and the strength of a mountain bike won’t disappoint the pickiest rider.
The Cube Travel is a bicycle with some qualitative characteristics offered only by smaller companies that pride themselves on being maniac of details (like Santos); Cube, in addition, guarantees also the benefits of a big industry that can set up the price range very low.
Cube Travel 2020 Components and Specs
· FRAME Aluminium Superlite Trekking Sport 29 Taper Double Butted
· SIZE Men: 46, 50, 54, 58, 62 Trapeze: 46, 50, 54
· FORK Aluminium Rigid Fork 29″ Tapered
· HEADSET CUBE H868P, Semi-Integrated
· STEM CUBE Performance Stem Pro, 31.8mm
HANDLEBAR CUBE Rise Trail Bar, 680mm
· GRIPS Natural Fit Comfort
· REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore RD-M592, 9-Speed
· FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano FD-M370, Topswing, 31.8mm
· SHIFTERS Shimano SL-M2010, Rapidfire-Plus
· BRAKE SYSTEM Shimano BR-MT200, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)
· CRANKSET Shimano FC-T3010, 48x36x26T, 175mm, BB-UN100, Chainguard
· CHAIN KMC X9
· COLOUR Iridium´n´red
· CASSETTE Shimano CS-HG200, 11-34T
· FRONT HUB Shimano DH-3D37, Hub Dynamo, QR, Centerlock
· REAR HUB Shimano FH-TX505, QR, Centerlock
· RIMS CUBE EX21, 32H, Disc, Tubeless Ready
· TYRES Schwalbe Marathon Almotion, Performance, Kevlar, 55-622
· PEDALS CUBE PP MTB
· SADDLE Natural Fit Sequence
· SEAT POST CUBE Performance Post, 27.2mm
· SEATCLAMP CUBE Screwlock, 31.8mm
· FRONT LIGHT AXA Compactline 20, AC
· REAR LIGHT Trelock LS 613 Duo Flat
· KICKSTAND CUBEstand Cmpt
· MUDGUARDS ACID 65
· BELL Mini Bell
· CARRIER ACID Semi-Integrated Carrier, ACID RILink Adapter Compatible
· WEIGHT 15,2 kg
Cube is a Bavaria based bicycle manufacturer best known for its mountain bikes.
The tale of a young genius expanding his business from few square meters to a huge company is legendary: since Marcus Pürner founded a bike laboratory into his father’s small furniture factory in 1993, Cube headquarter in Waldershof has enlarged to an area of over 55,000 m², now selling its products to 67 countries all over the world. Well done, Marcus!