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Cube Stereo 140 Range Review

Cube Stereo 140 Review

  • Price Range: £2,499.00- £3,499.00
  • Discipline: Trail MTB
  • Usage: Mountain bike trail riding
  • Carbon frame on all models
  • Fully active suspension system
  • Modern trail geometry
  • Only one colour option on each model
  • Only three models for 2018
  • Sizing is a little small

Updated: 6th June 2018

Overview

The Cube Stereo 140 is a lightweight full suspension MTB that has evolved over the years into a very capable trail bike. Cube have had some great results in the Enduro World Series recently with riders like Greg Callaghan. While the Stereo 160 is their dedicated enduro bike, the Cube team riders will sometime choose the Stereo 140 for the less extreme stops on the EWS tour.

Sitting between the Stereo 120 and the 160 in Cube’s full sus MTB range, the 140 makes for a great all-rounder. While it is ideal for trail centre trails, the 140 is also lightweight enough for cross country adventures and capable enough for demanding enduro tracks.

Cube Stereo 140 HPC Frame

Frame

Monocoque Carbon

There are three models in the Stereo 140 range, the Race, SL and TM. Each bike shares the same carbon frame that has been redesigned for 2018. The HPC monocoque carbon front triangle is made using Twin Mould Technology. This manufacturing technique accurately aligns the individual carbon layers during the manufacturing process so that there is no superfluous weight. This makes the frame tough, durable and lightweight. The 6061 aluminium alloy rear keeps the tried and tested four bar suspension design from the previous models but now has hidden pivots for cleaner lines. The Geometry has been tweaked for 2018 with a slacker 66.5 degree head angle and slightly longer reach measurements.

The new Trunnion shock mount means that the shock takes up less space in the frame. This has allowed the designers to lower the top tube which lower the stand over height and makes the bike easier to manoeuvre. Cable routing is all internal and the neat entry ports in the head tube keep things neat and tidy as well as preventing any cable rub on the frame or fork. Boost hub spacing makes room for wider tyres and also allows for a stiffer wheel build.

The CUBE Stereo 140 is a great all-rounder, light stiff and efficient. It would make a great bike for long Alpine trails and all-day epics. Enduro MTB

Cube Stereo 140 HPC suspension

Suspension

Fully active, four bar suspension

The Stereo 140 Pro is framed around a true, four-bar, 140-millimeter-travel suspension and its geometry is up to date. Pinkbike

The 140mm of rear suspension travel is ideal for trail riding and the active four bar FSP4Link design means that the suspension keeps working even while pedalling and braking. The Race and SL both get a Fox Float DPS rear shock that features 3 position compression damping adjustment. This gives you the ability to firm up the suspension for climbing, maintain a good platform for pedalling on traverses and open it up completely for the descents. The Stereo 140 TM has more of an aggressive focus and gets Fox DPX2 shock for improved consistency on long technical descents.

All the bikes get a 150mm travel fork up front which adds a little extra capability on the descents. The Stereo 140 Race has a Fox 34 Rhythm fork with a Sweep adjust grip damper controlling the compression damping. The SL also gets a Fox 34 fork but the 3-position Micro-Adjust GRIP damper gives you a little more control over the compression damping. The more enduro focused 140 TM gets a FOX 36 fork which is significantly stiffer for more capable performance on challenging trails. Both the Fork and Shock are Factory versions on the TM so you get the very best damping performance.

Cube Stereo 140 HPC groupset

Groupset

‘One by’ or double ring

The Spirit of the trail bike is alive and well in the Stereo 140. Hot on the pedals and designed to make you feel fit and smoke your mates both up and down the hill. IMB

As you would expect from a bike that’s built to ride every trail on the mountain, the Cube Stereo 140 features a wide range of gears for both climbing and descending. Both the Race and the SL are fitted with a Shimano 2x11 speed drivetrain. The Race gets an SLX/XT mix while the SL gets the slick shifting of a full XT drivetrain. You get a SRAM 1x12 speed drivetrain on the TM. As well as offering a massive 500% gear range, this makes gear shifting more intuitive.

All the bikes in the range have hydraulic disc brakes with large rotors for extra stopping power. The Race and the SL both get Shimano stoppers with extra powerful SRAM Code brakes on the TM. Race Face takes care of the finishing kit on all the bikes and each features a dropper post so you can make the most of every trail section.

Cube Stereo 140 wheels

Wheels

Choose your wheel size

For 2018 all models of the Cube Stereo 140 roll on 27.5” wheels. These offer the ideal balance between rapid rolling and nimble handling, offer a playful feel and are great for trail riding. All the wheels and tyres can be run tubeless although you need to tape the rims on the 140 Race.

The wheels are different on each model. The Stereo HPC Race gets Answer Atac wheels while the SL gets lighter weight Fulcrum Red 55s. The 140 TM has Newman Evolution SL A.30 wheels with a wide 30mm rim that offers great support for wider tyres, especially when running low tyre pressures.

Nimble, playful and efficient, 27.5” wheels are the most popular mountain bike wheel size.

Cube Stereo 140

Best for

All-round trail riding and epic MTB adventures

Agile and confidence inspiring, the Cube Stereo 140 has a playful nature and is a fun bike to ride. Quick and capable, the 140 is ideal for trail centre loops and is lightweight enough for cross-country adventures. In the right hands the Stereo 140 is capable enough to take on more challenging enduro trails and the 140 TM is focused more towards this type of riding.

Note: Cube Stereo’s are sized small, size up for the best fit.

Cube Stereo 140 brake Cube Stereo 140 saddle
Cube Stereo 140 bars Cube Stereo 140 fork
Cube Stereo 140 down tube Cube Stereo 140

Cube Stereo 140 range models

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