CUBE AXIAL WS C:62 SL DISC £2,599

Cycling Weekly - - Focus On Women’s Bikes -

With its over­sized tub­ing pro­files, hy­draulic disc brakes and thru-axles, it’s clear that Cube has de­signed the Axial WS C:62 SL Disc to be a weapon of choice for any­one look­ing to go full gas.

Con­structed us­ing pro­pri­etary C:62 Car­bon, Twin Mold mono­coque tech­nol­ogy al­lows the Axial to be stiff where it’s needed, specif­i­cally in the bot­tom bracket, ta­pered head tube and chain­stay ar­eas, while com­fort is built in thanks to con­trolled flex in the seat­stays, flat­tened top tube and car­bon fork blades. Cube also says that the pre­cise C:62 lay-up sys­tem does away with su­per­flu­ous ma­te­rial, de­liv­er­ing a light­weight frame­set as a re­sult.

Team­ing this frame­set with the flat-mounted Shi­mano Ultegra hy­draulic disc brakes and 12mm thru-axles that de­liver im­pec­ca­ble stop­ping power in all weather con­di­tions, makes the Cube Axial a very ap­peal­ing all-rounder.

The Cube Axial WS C:62 SL Disc uses what is de­scribed as Aero En­durance Ge­om­e­try, de­signed to keep you com­fort­able even on the long­est of days in the sad­dle, but with its short wheel­base and head tube, be un­der no il­lu­sions that this is any­thing other than an ag­ile and swift ma­chine.

The rest of the bike has been dressed im­pres­sively. Shi­mano Ultegra 8000 11-speed makes the grade across the bike, and a com­pact chain­set and 11-32t cas­sette will get you up even the steep­est of climbs, while still al­low­ing you to give it the beans on the flat. In­ter­nal rout­ing not only en­hances the bike’s clean, sleek looks, but will also pro­tect ca­bles, keep­ing you shift­ing smoother for longer.

The much-re­spected Mavic Cos­mic Elite Disc wheelset shod with Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Prix 4000s tyres is the ic­ing on the cake — all in all, the Cube Axial WS C:62 SL Disc is a re­mark­able pack­age.

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