Updated: 29th March 2017
From trail centre loops to Enduro World Series (EWS) racing, the Cube Stereo 140 is a is a capable full suspension mountain bike for all-day shredding. Sporting 140mm of rear suspension travel, the Stereo 140 is available with both nimble handling 27.5” and rapid rolling 29” wheels. With carbon fibre composite and aluminium framed versions with a range of component specs, there is sure to be a 140 to suit your budget.
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.
The Cube Stereo 140 is available in three different frame options: one aluminium and two carbon. The HPA (High Performance Aluminium) models are made with 7005 series aluminium, which is then heat treated and triple butted, to shave off the grams while maintaining strength and stiffness.
Both carbon frame options are built using an advanced twin mould technique which optimises the carbon layup and ensures that each frame features optimum weight and stiffness characteristics. The C:62 frames feature 62% carbon and 38% resin which is typical of most carbon frames and offers a great stiffness to weight ratio. The C:68 frames up the game with 68% carbon fibre, which makes these frames even lighter.
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
The Stereo 140 Pro is framed around a true, four-bar, 140-millimeter-travel suspension and its geometry is up to date – Pinkbike
All the Stereo 140’s feature 140mm of fully active rear wheel travel. The FSP4Link design is a four bar design, with a chainstay pivot located near the rear wheel that isolates braking forces so the suspension keeps on working efficiently even when you pull hard on the stoppers. The rear suspension is controlled by the very capable FOX Float DPS Shock.
Up front the majority of the 140’s feature a Fox 34 Float fork for a well-balanced suspension feel. With the 140 C:62 and 140 HPA SL the front travel is upped to 150mm with a RockShox Pike RC fork, which makes these bikes a little more capable on challenging trail sections.
Most models feature the Performance versions of the Fox Float shock and fork with the slicker Factory version on the C:68’s.
Shimano or SRAM? You can choose your preferred groupset with the Cube Stereo 140.
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. The HPA Pro & Race and the C:62 Race & SL 29er each feature Shimano XT 2x11 speed drivetrains. As you need to co-ordinate front adn rear derailleurs, these drivetrains are more complicated to use but offer a slightly wider range of gears than the 1x11 speed SRAM drivetrains on the HPA SL and C:62 SL 27.5. You get both easy shifting and a very wide range of gears with the SRAM XO1 Eagle 1x12 speed groupsets on the C:68 models.
Keeping the groupsets consistent, the brakes are matched to the drivetrains with either Shimano or SRAM brakes. Both offer the powerful all-weather stopping power you need when charging hard over challenging terrain.
While 27.5” (650b) wheels offer the ideal balance between rapid rolling and nimble handling characteristics, there is no denying that 29” wheels carry speed better over rough terrain. It is perhaps for this reason that the Cube Action Team often choose to ride the Stereo 140 29er over the more ‘enduro’ Stereo 160 27.5”.
Both the C:68 and C:62 carbon models are available with either 27.5” or 29” wheels, so you can choose whether you want the fastest wheels or ones that are nimbler and thus more playful. With the HPA models you are restricted to 27.5” wheels which is no bad thing as this is the more versatile of the two sizes offered.
29” hoops are undoubtedly faster rolling, but most riders will prefer the more playful feel that the 27.5” wheeled bikes offer.
With a lively, playful nature that is both agile and confidence inspiring, the Cube Stereo 140 is a fun bike to ride fast and will appeal to riders who like to shred trail centre trails on a regular basis. Not restricted to way-marked loops, the 140 is lightweight enough for XC adventures and, in skilled hands, is capable enough for enduro racing.
SRAM or Shimano, 650b or 29er; you get a lot of choice with the Stereo 140, and with a competitive range of price points, you will be sure to find a model to suit your component preferences and your budget.
Note: Cube Stereo’s are sized small, size up for the best fit.