Published on April 16th, 2012 | by James Tennant2
Cube Acid 2012 mountain bike review
Cube Acid 2012
I always say that a proper mountain bike shouldn’t have a price tag of less than £500, but spend a bit more and opt for a bike like the Cube Acid and you start to see some really top notch equipment appearing on the bike.
Thankfully, Cube ditched the Rock Shox Dart fork from last year and have upgraded to the noticeably stiffer Recon. 3×10 gearing provides ample range and a full Shimano groupset really defines the Acid as a ‘propper’ mountain bike.
Frame and forks
The Acid’s Frame if constructed from aircraft grade 7005 aluminium, making it strong and light. Cube’s RFR or ‘ready for race’ geometry means you have a nicely balanced geometry not designed too much in the direction of climbing or descending.
The 2012 Cube Acid has been fitted with an even better fork than last years. The Dart was OK, but not really that inspiring, so Cube took on the advice and upgraded to the Recon. Recon’s are a nice plush fork and will survive with minimal maintenance, so you’ll spend more time on the trail than you will in the workshop.
The drive train on the Cube Acid is pretty impressive… infact I’d go as far as saying it’s a blinder. If you were buying a full-sus bike, you’d have to be spending many thousands to get your hands on a comparable kit list.
The Gearing is Shimano throughout, with an XT rear mech! If you aren’t that familiar with mountain bike parts, XT is one below the absolute top of the range so you get an impression of what spec you are buying. Not only that, but you get no less than 30 gears from the 10speed rear cassette and XT mech.
Braking comes from Hayes in the form of the Stroker Ryde hydraulic disc brakes, which are amongst the nicest Hayes make in my opinion and will certainly stop you in a reliable manner.
Wheels and tyres
Shimano hubs are fitted to the Cube Acid, along with cub’s own RFR AX24 rims. These aren’t the lightest wheels in the world but they do provide a more solid and somewhat less twitchy ride in the grander scheme of things, although wont accelerate as fast. Cube have fitted more XC orientated Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres (2.25) which allow the bike to roll fast and a quite grippy under traction and braking. You might want to swap them out for something more hardcore in the winter, but during the summer them more than suffice.
The Cube Acid is a perfect beginner bike. In fact if I was looking for a bike in that price range, the Acid would be my choice. The assortment of proper, grown up mountain bike parts and the solid ride make the Acid ideal as a first mountain bike, second mountain bike, XC/trail race bike, commuter (cycle scheme compatible) or weekend bike. Most of the upgrades you might be thinking of (like 10 speed) are taken care of, making the Cube Acid one of the best value for money mountain bikes on the market.