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If you want to get a fast, lightweight bike with your Cyclescheme certificate, this German giant has plenty of options.

Cube is Germany’s biggest bicycle company. High-volume manufacturing means the bikes are good value. Being based in Germany, where transport cycling is more popular than the UK, many of the company’s bikes come with, or will accommodate, practical accessories such as mudguards.

Cube’s range is enormous. The Trekking and Urban collections contain a particularly good choice of commuter bikes. Here, however, we’re spotlighting Cube’s road bikes. That’s ‘road’ in a loose sense, including flat-bar road bikes and cyclocross bikes. Prices below are RRP. You can expect to save at least 25% through Cyclescheme.


The bikes

Cube NuRoad Pro FE 
RRP: £1,049

 

Cube NuRoad Pro FE

The NuRoad Pro FE is priced just above the usual Cycle to Work limit. You may find it cheaper in the sales, but if not, many retailers will let you pay the difference up front.

The NuRoad Pro FE is fundamentally the same bike as the £999 NuRoad Pro, a carbon-forked, aluminium-framed gravel bike. As well as the frame and fork, both models share 2x10 Shimano Tiagra gearing, with a usefully low 1:1 bottom gear thanks to a wide range (for the road) 11-34 cassette. The disc brakes on both are TRP Spyre, one of the best mechanical options. And both have bump-absorbing 35mm-wide Schwalbe G-One tyres; the FE’s are a more road-oriented version. The big difference is the accessories. For a mere £50 extra, the Pro FE comes with: hub dynamo lighting; a rear pannier rack; and mudguards. Ideal!

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£1,049

£1,049

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£787

 

£714

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Cube Cross Race 

RRP: £999

 


Cube Cross Race

While many commuters would be better served by the NuRoad Pro FE, if you want a sportier, more off-road focussed bike – whether or not you’ll be shouldering it and running up a grassy bank in a race – there’s this: Cube’s entry-level cyclocrosser. It’s 1.4kg lighter than the FE, partly because it has a full carbon fork rather than one with an aluminium steerer but mostly because it doesn’t have a rack, mudguards, lights, or dynamo hub. It’s not designed for a conventional rear rack, so you’ll likely want a backpack for luggage. Some mudguards will fit; easily removable ones such as the Crud Roadracer Mk3 would facilitate mixed use.

Like the NuRoad, it has wheels with screw-through axles. These are stiffer than quick release ones, so you should get less brake rub, and they’re more secure. The Cross Race wheels have lightly knobbled tyres, which are grippier off-road but draggier on it. Brakes are the same: TRP Spyres. The drivetrain is one step higher up Shimano’s groupset hierarchy – 2x11-speed 105 – with a slightly narrower range; bottom gear is higher.

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£999.00

£999.00

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£749.25

 

£649.35

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Cube Attain Pro Disc 
RRP: £849

Cube Attain Pro Disc

The Attain Pro Disc is a tarmac-only road bike. It’s not a flat-out racer, despite its full-carbon fork and semi-aero wheel rims. It has a tall head tube so you don’t have to endure a back-achingly low handlebar. It takes mudguards – specifically, Cube’s own Cubeguard Attain Disc guards (£35.99) – although not a rack. And it has wider tyres: 28mm Continental Ultra Sport 2, which can be run softer than 25 or 23mm tyres for comfort without the same risk of pinch-puncturing. For a general purpose road bike for long leisure rides, fitness training, and commuting, these are all useful features.

As this model is cheaper than the NuRoad Pro FE or Cross Race, the drivetrain isn’t as spendy. But there’s nothing wrong with 2x9 Shimano Sora, and it’s good to see an 11-34 cassette. Brakes are again TRP Spyres. While there is an Attain with sidepull brakes, discs are a better option for an all-weather commuter/trainer for a couple of reasons: more clearance for mudguards; and reliable year-round braking performance that won’t damage rims. It’s nice to see screw-through axles on a road bike at this price too.

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£849.00

£849.00

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£636.75

 

£551.85

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Cube Axial WS Pro Disc
RRP: £849

Cube Axial WS Pro Disc 

This is the women’s version of the Attain Pro Disc. While the colour is different, the frame geometry is the same as the men’s in equivalent sizes. Don’t women have longer legs and shorter torsos than men? No, aside from catwalk models, that’s a myth. Many women do prefer a shorter reach to the handlebar but that’s largely down to differences in the plumbing and the angle of pelvic tilt that’s comfortable (or not). A different handlebar stem can fix that.

The Axial WS Pro Disc’s principal differences are the contact points: it has a suitably narrow handlebar (women’s shoulders are narrower, on average) and a women’s specific saddle (that pelvic issue again). The only other difference is the fork: its carbon fork has an aluminium steerer instead of being full carbon.

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£849.00

£849.00

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£636.75

 

£551.85

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Cube SL Road 
RRP: £599

Cube SL Road

Cube place this in their road range so we will too. It’s a flat-bar road bike, a hybrid that’s designed to stay on tarmac or smooth tracks. Frame and fork are aluminium. At 11.5kg it’s not much heavier than similarly priced road bikes, and it uses road bike gearing: 2x8-speed Shimano Claris with a 50-34 chainset and an 11-32 cassette. If you want to spend more time turning that big chainring, consider a set of slicker, easier-rolling tyres than the cyclocross ones provided, which suit mixed surfaces better. A 35mm width is good for comfort, however.

Since it’s pitched as a sports bike, it doesn’t come with mudguards or a rack. You can easily fit both front and rear. The SL Road’s flat bar has a few advantages over a drop bar: the head-up riding position keeps you vigilant on trafficked roads; the brake levers are always in immediate reach; and those brakes are powerful hydraulic ones rather than mechanical discs, because hydraulics are less expensive for flat-bar bikes.

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£599.00

£599.00

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£449.25

 

£389.35

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