CUBE NUROAD PRO £1,299

Cycling Weekly - - Focus On Winter -

The Nuroad’s brand new alu­minium frame is built for com­fort, con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing han­dling and all-round ver­sa­til­ity. That means it’s a bike which can take on tow­paths and gravel tracks as well as wet win­ter tar­mac.

That flex­i­bil­ity is en­hanced by the very wide, treaded 36mm Clé­ment X’plor MSO tyres, with their smoothrolling cen­tre knobs and more ag­gres­sive shoul­der lugs for trac­tion in the wet or dry. As you’d ex­pect, there’s loads of clear­ance built into the Nuroad’s al­loy frame to ac­com­mo­date those wider tyres — enough to fit 40mm tyres with mud­guards and a rack too, with built-in mounts for both.

Ge­om­e­try is bor­rowed from the Cube’s At­tain en­durance road bikes but the siz­ing is based on Cross Race range and fea­tures a long wheel­base and slack an­gles — ideal for bumpy gravel tracks, but also pro­vid­ing plenty of sta­bil­ity when rid­ing on damp, slip­pery back lanes.

Cube has de­signed its frame and its new car­bon-bladed fork to lap up road vi­bra­tion. The re­sult­ing com­fort is en­hanced by the ta­pered, slop­ing top tube that al­lows plenty of seat­post ex­ten­sion to dis­si­pate bumps, while the up­ward slant to the stem al­le­vi­ates pres­sure on the shoul­ders, hands and wrists.

Shift­ing comes cour­tesy of Shi­mano 105 with all in­ter­nal ca­bles to help gear changes re­main slick, with flat-mount RS505 hy­draulic disc brakes for con­fi­dent stop­ping. The Nuroad’s com­bi­na­tion of a 50/34 com­pact chain­set and an 11-32t cas­sette is a pop­u­lar choice in bikes de­signed for damp roads and rougher, steeper ter­rain. Han­dling is en­hanced by the wide Gravel Race flared al­loy bars too.

Cube fits its own RA 0.8 CX al­loy wheelset, de­signed for wet, dirty con­di­tions.

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