Cube Attention 2012 Review
As far as entry-level mountain bikes go, you won’t find many that offer better value for money than the Cube Attention. Cube bikes are Germany’s largest cycle company, and over the last few years have been building themselves a reputation for being one of the best, and most popular bike manufacturers out there. Cube’s rigorous DIN testing (it’s a stress test to us non-engineers), that’s applied to every single component and the fact that they generally up-spec the components compared to rivals, means Cube’s range has become a favourite.
Frame and Suspension
The Cube Attention's frame is made from Alu Lite AMF 6061 aluminium and the geometry is what Cube calls RFR – Ready For Race. The RFR Geometry is comfortable and not too ‘steep’. The 70 degree head angle is steep enough to allow for effective riding, but not too steep that it affects the ride of the bike too much.
Up front, the Attention is fitted with a Rock Shox XC28 fork with 100mm travel and a remote pop-loc that is controlled by a lever on the bars. Although it’s not the most amazing fork in the world, it’s more controlled and plusher than a lot of the unbranded forks you’d find on similarly priced bikes.
Wheels and Tyres
The Alex ZX 24 rims that come as standard on the Cube Attention are pretty good for the price. They aren’t the heaviest rim by a long shot and the Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres are a perfect all-rounder – so whether you are riding on or off road, in mud or at a trail centre you’ll have a great ride.
The Cube Attention has a full Shimano Groupset. 30 gears are provided by an SLX rear mech and finished off with Shimano’s Deore range, which isn’t a bad component but you are already getting a lot for our money so the bike remains great value.
He Cube Attention is the perfect bike for anyone who would like to get into mountain biking. The RFR geometry provides a comfortable riding position for a day of riding or a race off road and the component list provides great quality and value for money. The Attention could be ridden to work if you have a shorter commute and would be available on a cycle to work scheme if you wanted a bike that could get you to work in the week and thrash at a trail centre at the weekends.