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German brand Cube offers a wide range of road bikes with a focus on performance, comfort and value for money, with smart design and choice of frame materials. Navigating a company's range of bikes can often be bewildering, but Cube’s road range is relatively easy to navigate. The German brand offers Litening lightweight race bikes, Agree carbon-fibre endurance road bikes, and an Attain lineup, in both carbon and aluminium, that’s more comfort focused.

The new Nuroad bikes look interesting too. These are aluminium framed with disc brakes along with mudguard and rack mounts and enough clearance for 40mm tyres. If you’re looking for something with plenty of versatility, this could be a good place to start your search.

We've picked out highlights from the new range. You can see a list of the full range with prices here.

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Attain HPA

Cube’s Attains are endurance road bikes that are designed with comfort in mind. They’re divided into the HPA aluminium models and GTC carbon-fibre models (below). You can get rim brake and disc brake versions of each.

ATTAIN Race Disc

All of the Attain bikes are built to a geometry that’s a little more relaxed than that of the Litening race bikes (below), with a shorter reach and a higher stack height for a position that’s designed to be more comfortable over long distances.

The Attain HPAs feature double butted 6061 T6 aluminium frames and aluminium steerer/ carbon legged forks. They come with compact chainsets to help with the hills.

ATTAIN

The cheapest model in the range is the straight Attain (above, £649) which is built up with Shimano’s entry-level Claris groupset and Cube’s own RA 0.8 Aero wheels. 

ATTAIN SL Disc

The Attain SL Disc tops the range at £1,299 with a Shimano 105 groupset and hydraulic disc brakes. 

Read our complete guide to Shimano road bike groupsets.

Buy if: You want a comfortable aluminium road bike for racking up the miles

Attain GTC

The Attain GTC models are made to the same endurance geometry as the Attain HPAs (above) but they’re built around carbon-fibre framesets that feature what Cube calls Flex Stays at the back, designed to absorb shock.

When we reviewed the 2017 version of the Attain GTC SLT Disc here on road.cc we said, “It isn't a lightweight, aggressive race bike, it's a bike for getting in the big miles in comfort. It's certainly up for riding fast, but smoothness is more this bike's thing. That's the most obvious characteristic of the ride.”

Read our review of the 2017 Attain GTC SLT Disc.

ATTAIN GTC Pro

The most affordable model is the rim brake GTC Pro (above, £1,399) which comes with a Shimano 105 groupset and Mavic’s great value Aksium RS wheels.

ATTAIN GTC SL Disc

The top model in the range is the Attain GTC SL Disc (above, £1,899). This one is built up with Shimano’s second tier Ultegra groupset, including reliable hydraulic disc brakes, and Fulcrum Racing 66 wheels. That’s a tidy parts package!

Buy if: You’re after a carbon-fibre endurance road bike that offers a smooth ride and stable handling

Litening

The carbon-fibre Litening bikes are designed with racing in mind. You can choose between rim brake and disc brake models all built to the same performance-orientated geometry that puts you into a low and stretched riding position.

LITENING C-62 Pro

The C:62 Pro (above, £2,499) features a full-carbon fork,  Shimano’s Ultegra groupset and Mavic’s lightweight and tough Ksyrium wheels. Other high quality components include a Fizik Antares R7 saddle and Continental Grand Sport Race SL tyres.

Find out about Shimano Ultegra R8000 here.

Read all about Mavic’s wheel range here.

LITENING C-68 SL

Two models in the range use C:62 while one model uses C:68, which is said by Cube to be stiffer and at 850g is also lighter. It's ridden by the Wanty–Groupe Gobert pro team. This Litening C:68 SL (£3,999) is built up with Shimano’s flagship Dura-Ace groupset and Mavic Ksyrium Elite Black wheels.

When we reviewed the Cube Litening C:68 Pro Blackline a couple of years ago we were highly impressed by the performance, calling it a “surefooted and stable race-orientated machine” that’s built around a “top notch carbon frame and fork”.

Buy if: You’re looking for a lightweight race-focused bike with a high quality components package

Agree

Cube describes its Agree range as “aero-inspired endurance performance”. All four of the Agree bikes use the same carbon-fibre as the C:62 Litening models (above) and they’re built to a geometry that sits somewhere between that of the Attain endurance bikes and the Litening race bikes. In other words, the riding position is a little more upright than you’ll find on a pure competition bike but it’s still performance orientated.

The Agree includes features like a semi-integrated seat clamp, slim seatstays and a narrow legged fork, all designed to reduce frontal area, although Cube hasn’t released figures relating to the bike’s aero efficiency.

AGREE C-62 Pro

The Agree C:62 Pro (above, £2,099) gets the mechanical version of Shimano Ultegra groupset and Mavic’s Cosmic Elite wheels while the top-level Agree C:62 SLT Disc (below, £3,499), with thru axles front and rear, is built up with Shimano’s excellent Ultegra Di2 (electronic shifting) components and hydraulic disc brakes.

ATTAIN GTC SL Disc

Buy if: You’re after an endurance bike with aero features and a performance edge

Nuroad

The brand new Nuroad models are aluminium bikes with disc brakes, and they’re designed to be versatile enough to cope with a variety of different surfaces – mud and gravel as well as tarmac.

NUROAD Pro

Cube says that they bridge the gap between road and cyclocross, and that’s a good way of putting it. Mudguard and rack mounts mean the Nuroads are also adaptable for all weather commuting, for example.

The 6061 T6 aluminium frame is made to a gravel/comfort geometry with stack and reach measurements fairly similar to those of the Attain although the chainstays and wheelbase are longer and the head angle is slacker. Both the frame and the alloy steerer/ carbon legged fork are thru axle and will take tyres up to 40mm wide (35-36mm tyres are fitted) so you can get plenty of comfort on rough roads.

The most affordable model, simply called the Nuroad, comes fitted with a 10-speed Shimano Tiagra groupset and Tektro Spyre mechanical disc brakes which have always impressed us here at road.cc.

Check out our gravel and adventure bike reviews.

NUROAD Race FE

The Nuroad Race FE gets a super-reliable Shimano 105 groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes, and is equipped with dynamo powered lighting, SKS mudguards and a Tubus Vega rack.

Buy if: You want a tough aluminium bike that’s versatile enough to handle a variety of surfaces and types of riding

Axial

Cube offers three Axial women’s road bike platforms.

AXIAL WS C-62 SL Disc

The Axial WS C:62 SL Disc (above, £2,499) is similar to the Agree C:62 Disc bikes (above). It’s built to a high-end spec with a Shimano Ultregra groupset, including hydraulic disc brakes, and Mavic Cosmic Elite wheels.

AXIAL WS GTC SL Disc

The Axial GTC SL Disc is similar to the Attain GTC with a geometry that’s designed for comfort. There are two models: the Axial WS GTC Pro (£1,499) with rim brakes, and the disc brake equipped Axial WS GTC SL Disc (£1,899).

The Axial HPA is the women’s equivalent of the Attain HPA, giving you an aluminium frame and a carbon-legged fork. There are three models, the entry-level Axial WS (below, £699) being built up with Shimano’s 8-speed Claris groupset, including rim brakes.

AXIAL WS Pro Disc

The other two models have disc brakes, the more affordable of them, the Axial WS Pro Disc (£849) coming with a next level up Shimano Sora groupset and Tektro’s mechanical Lyra disc brakes.

Buy if: You’re looking for a road bike designed specifically for women

Cross Race HPA

Cube offers three aluminium Cross Race HPA cyclocross bikes, all of them equipped with disc brakes.

The double butted frame comes with a top tube that’s shaped to be comfortable when you’re carrying it on your shoulder during a race, and both the frame and the carbon fork take 12mm thru axles.

CROSS RACE Pro

The base Cross Race mode is built up with a Shimano 105 groupset, Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes and 33mm wide Schwalbe X-One Allround cyclocross tyres. You get a compact chainset (with 50-tooth and 34-tooth chainrings) on this model, which is more suitable for the road and mixed surfaces than for cyclocross racing.

Read our cyclocross bike reviews.

The Cross Race SL, on the other hand, has a Sram Rival 1 groupset with just a single 40-tooth chainring and a wide ranging 11-36-tooth cassette.

Buy if: You’re after a carbon fibre cyclocross bike for racing or for using as a super-tough all-rounder

Cross Race C:62

The Cross Race C:62 bikes are built to a different geometry from the Cross Race HPA models (above), a shorter head tube and a slightly longer top tube creating a more race-specific ride position.

CROSS RACE C-62 SLT 360

The Cross Race C:62 Pro has a Shimano Ultegra groupset, including a race-friendly 46/36-tooth chainset and hydraulic disc brakes. Other impressive components include Mavic Aksium Allroad Disc wheels, Schwalbe X-One Allround tyres and a Selle Italia SC1 saddle.

If you’d prefer a 1x drivetrain, the Cross Race C:62 SL features a Sram Force 1 groupset.

Buy if: You’re looking for a carbon-fibre cyclocross bike for racing rather than for the road

SL Road

The SL Roads are flat bar road bikes with double butted aluminium frames and disc brakes.

SL ROAD

The base model, the SL Road, has an aluminium fork and Shimano’s 8-speed Claris groupset. Even at this price, you get Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for powerful stopping in all conditions.

Pay £799 for the SL Road Pro and you get Shimano’s 9-speed Sora components, while shelling out £1,049 for the SL Road Race (below) upgrades you to 11-speed Shimano 105 and a carbon fork.

SL ROAD Race

The Cube SL Road SL has some seriously impressive components: Shimano’s excellent Ultegra groupset and Deore hydraulic disc brakes and DT Swiss Spline R24 Disc wheels.

All of these bikes have mudguard and rack mounts so you could easily use them for year-round commuting as well as for fitness rides and exploring country lanes.

Buy if: You want a flat bar road bike that’s suitable for everything from weekend fitness rides to all-weather commuting

For more info on the Cube range go to www.cube.eu

Model RRP
Litening C:68 SL £3,999
Litening C:62 Race £3,699
Litening C:62 Pro £2,499
Agree C:62 SLT £3,499
Agree C:62 SL £2,999
Agree C:62 Race Disc £2,499
Agree C:62 Pro £2,099
Attain GTC SL £1,899
Attain GTC Race £1,599
Attain GTC Pro £1,399
Attain SL Disc £1,299
Attain SL £999
Attain Race Disc £949
Attain Race £849
Attain Pro Disc £849
Attain £649
Nuroad Race FE £1,499
Nuroad Race £1,299
Nuroad Pro FE £1,049
Nuroad Pro £999
Nuroad Women’s Series £999
Axial WS C:62 SL £2,499
Axial WS GTC SL £1,899
Axial WS GTC Pro £1,399
Axial WS Race £1,199
Axial WS Pro £849
Axial WS £649
Cross Race C:62 SLT £3,799
Cross Race C:62 SL £2,499
Cross Race C:62 Pro £2,199
Cross Race SL £1,499
Cross Race Pro £1,299
Cross Race £999
SL Road SL £1,499
SL Road Race £949
SL Road Pro £799
SL Road £599
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