Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

It’s a great spec for the price

This 2018 Cube At­tain GTC SLT has a full Shi­mano Ul­te­gra groupset. The hy­draulic disc brak­ing from the 160mm ro­tors is up there with the best, and the com­pact cas­sette, wide 11-32 cas­sette com­bi­na­tion will cope with any­thing and ev­ery­thing, ef­fi­ciently and qui­etly.

The frame­set

Its mainly muted ap­pear­ance dis­guises a lovely ride that’s great for long days out. The ge­om­e­try is on the en­durance side, with dropped seat­stays and a slightly taller head-tube than Can­non­dale’s Sy­napse and Spe­cial­ized’s Roubaix for ex­am­ple. Com­fort is aided by 28mm tyres and the flat­tened Wing Race bar, which is great for rid­ing on the tops. Thru-axles con­tribute to su­perbly con­trolled stop­ping and very neat in­ter­nal ca­bling rounds things off.

Its ver­sa­til­ity

Okay, a mile-muncher it may be, but its an­gles are quite racy – 72.5-de­gree head, 73.5-de­gree seat – and it’s rea­son­ably light. It’s no slouch if you don’t want to hang around, climbs and de­scends well and for added year­round prac­ti­cal­ity there are hid­den mud­guard fit­tings. A fine all-rounder.

ONE THING WE’D CHANGE The largely anony­mous look

We could barely make out the grey-on-black Cube logo, with only yel­low flashes and rim de­cals adding lus­tre. It’s a shame, as the bright blue Cubes rid­den by Wanty-Groupe Gobert looked strik­ing dur­ing nu­mer­ous Tour de France break­aways this year. It’s a great bike, so Cube should shout about it a lit­tle louder!

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION Weight 8.41kg (53cm) Frame Cube GTC mono­coque Fork Cube CSL ta­pered, full car­bon Gears Shi­mano Ul­te­gra 50/34, 11-32 Brakes Shi­mano Ul­te­gra, 160mm ro­tors Wheels Ful­crum Rac­ing 66 DB Fin­ish­ing kit Cube Pro stem, Wing Race bar, Per­for­mance seat­post, 28mm Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Sport Race SL tyres

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