A BOOSTED STEREO

THE CUBE STEREO HY­BRID 140 HPA 27.5 RACE 500

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested - PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: BEN SYKES TESTER: ADAM FERNYHOUGH

The driv­e­train is the ubiq­ui­tous Shi­mano XT 11-speed which as you can imag­ine, works flaw­lessly. The only ob­vi­ously strik­ing dif­fer­ence be­ing the tiny front drive ring which only has 16 teeth. This may lead you to be­lieve that the bike is go­ing to be ter­ri­bly low geared but fear not, the crank and mo­tor sys­tem is a plan­e­tary geared unit with one full ro­ta­tion of the cranks giv­ing the equiv­a­lent of around a 32-tooth ring. Bat­tery charg­ing is com­pleted by de­tach­ing the bat­tery and charg­ing it on the sup­plied lead through the mains. A full charge, de­pend­ing on what set­ting you are us­ing can get you a re­li­able 80kms be­fore the e-bike just turns into a re­ally heavy bike. If only us­ing it on the Turbo set­ting you’ll get a bit less. The bat­tery clips and locks into place in the down­tube us­ing a sim­ple key sys­tem to pre­vent theft. So about that ex­tra weight. Yeah. It’s a lot, the whole bike comes in at about 24-25kgs, dou­ble

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