The Teamline colours are fair warning to your competition on the start line that this bike means business. It's equipped with the best of the best: a cutting edge Elite C:68 frame, complete SRAM XX1 group and RockShox SID RL suspension fork. Better, then, to race with the Elite C:68 SL 29 than against it. Bikes don't get any ligher or faster.
Maximum stiffness with a fantastically low frame weight, but still comfortable - that's the remarkable achievement of the new Elite C:68 frame. It's all down to its next generation carbon frame construction, with a fully revised design using the latest carbon technology and Advanced Twin Mould manufacturing. All the latest features are here: tapered head tube with inegrated carbon bearing shells, PressFit bottom bracket shell, X12 axle and internal cable routing. By positioning the rear disc brake mount on the chainstays we managed to scale down the seatstay diameter, increasing comfort without making any sacrifices to efficiency.
We sweated every detail to find the lightest and fastest components. The incredibly precise SRAM XX1 transmission is extremely light already, but speccing a RaceFace Next SL chainset allowed us to turn the performance all the way up to 11. The RockShox SID has won countless World Cups, making a perfect fit for racing thanks to its class-leading steering precision and suspension performance. CSW 3.9 wheels with incredibly durable DT-Swiss hub technology are fast, light and strong. Next generation, lightweight Magura MT8 brakes, an elegant Syntace Carbon cockpit and the Kind Shock LEV dropper post round off this peerless race bike.
Advanced Twin Mold
The Advanced Twin Mold process eliminates any dangerous folding by continuous control of carbon fibers during the curing process. This is made possible by an internal form which gives the perfect frame form during the layup process. Each individual fibre remains precisely in position as it cures. In this way less material can be used as the individual layers can be more accurately and reliably positioned. This production method also makes it possible to increase the carbon fibre proportion in line with anticipated loadings at specific points on the frame. All SUPER HPC models from 2014 on are manufactured using this high-tech method.
Agile Ride Geometry
We ran innumerable tests to develop the Agile Ride Geometry in our series of big wheel bikes. We also added the 27.5in wheel size to the very well received portfolio. Three important details lead to the very agile character. Increased fork offsets let us achieve the same trail as our 26in bikes without having to steepen the head angle, thus maintaining generous toe clearance to the front wheel. Secondly we shortened the chain stays without compromising the seat angle. We invented a patented construction to mount the front derailleur to give us more tyre clearance while keeping a conventional seat angle, leading to a perfect riding position for every rider size. Last but not least we kept the BB height the same as on our 26in bikes. These measures lead to a natural riding position. Every mountain biker will feel immediately at home on a CUBE 29er or 27.5.
Integrated Cable Routing
Internally routed cables offer many advantages. Cables are protected from dirt for longer life, weight is saved thanks to the absence of external housing and the bike has a clean, sleek appearance.
Integrated Post Mount
The post mount rear brake system is found on all carbon fiber frames and top aluminum full suspension models. Two bolts and the IS adpater aren?t needed anymore, and fewer parts means less weight. In this case we save 30 grams. This may not sound a lot. But there's potential to save weight in every detail.
Press Fit BB
With Press Fit bearings, the bottom bracket bearings are pressed directly into the frame and not screwed in as usual. This gives a wider bottom bracket shell and allows us to build a wider down tube and more broadly-spaced chainstays. Every millimetre of additional width gives a significant improvement in lateral stiffness.
Dropper seat posts are getting more and more widespread, but to integrate them optimally in the frame, they have to be factory fitted. With the Stealth Ready frames, it is possible to build in a dropper seat post with internally routed cables, which besides the clean look, helps prevent any cables getting jammed. The exit of the cable on the frame ? if not required ? will be sealed with a cover for protection.
This steerer tube design is stiffer than a conventional straight steerer and yields a more secure ride feel even in difficult terrain. Minimal flex at the front of the frame means the greatest possible steering precision. With the larger steerer, the forks become more rigid. At the same time weight is saved due to the absence of bearing shells as the lower bearing is fully integrated into the head tube. On all of our CUBE carbon models the upper bearing shells are also directly in the frame, so that once more a few grams are saved and the energy transfer is very direct.
X12 Through Axle
In this system, a cone is used to form a play-free connection. It is only necessary to tighten the axle from one side. The position of the wheel is done by an insert in the right-hand dropout which is secured by a bolt. The main advantages of the Syntace system are quick and simple changing of the wheel, reliable position of the brake disc and higher stiffness of the rear of the bike. This allows the assembly to be made lighter than a conventional through-axle.
C:68 Carbon Fiber Technology
CUBE?s highly innovative new C:68 carbon fibre technology allows us to build better bikes than ever. Typically, carbon fibre frames are around 60% carbon fibre, with the rest being the resin that bonds the fibres together. By distributing carbon fibres evenly, we can make thinner layers within the frame and reduce the amount of resin. Those fibres are a mixture of Ultra High Modulus, High Modulus Spread Tow and Intermediate Modulus carbon, each chosen for the needs of the particular area of the frame. Nanoparticles within the resin itself allows it to be distributed more evenly when under pressure in the frame mould. The result is a range of frames with 68% carbon fibre ? lower weight, higher stiffness, more fun.
Adaptable X12 Hanger
We optimized our new dropout design based on the Syntace X12 through-axle system, enlarging the area of the frame where the hanger is mounted. We can now fit the longer Direct Mount hangers. Shifting precision and stiffness is therefore improved. With the new design it's also possible to swap the whole contact area of the axle with the hanger should the system be worn out.
The Cube Elite C:68 SL 29 2016 Features are:
Frame: C:68 Monocoque Advanced Twin Mold Technology, ARG, AXH
Fork: Rock Shox SID RL, Fast Black, PushLoc, 15QR Maxle, Tapered, 100mm
Headset: FSA Orbit I-t, Integrated, Top 1 1/8", Bottom 1 1/2"
Bars: CUBE Flat Race Bar Pro Carbon, 740mm
Stem: Syntace F109, 31.8mm
Shifters: Sram XX1 Trigger, 11-Speed
Rear Mech: Sram XX1, 11-Speed
Chainset: Race Face Next SL Carbon, 34T, 175mm
Front Brake: Magura MT8, Hydr. Disc Brake 180mm
Rear Brake: Magura MT8, Hydr. Disc Brake 160mm
Rims: DT CSW MA 3.9 Straightpull Wheelset, 28/32 Spokes, 15mm/X12, 622x20C Tubeless Ready
Front Hub: 15mm
Rear Hub: X12
Tyres: Schwalbe Rocket Ron, Kevlar, 2.25, LiteSkin Front Schwalbe Thunder Burt, Kevlar, 2.25, LiteSkin Rear
Seatpost: Kind Shock LEV Integra Adjustable Seatpost, Internal Routing, 27.2mm