Published on January 16th, 2012 | by James Tennant4
Cube Analog Disc review
The Cube Analog has proved itself to be a real value for money, best-selling, entry–level mountain bike. The German manufacturer’s unique selling point is the rigorous DIN testing that all their bikes and components endure to be passed as fit to ride. DIN testing may be more familiar if you work in engineering, but to us ‘laymen’ it means they test the life out of their frames and more so, components – so if a fork, brake lever, seat post doesn’t pass, it doesn’t get fitted to a Cube bike.
The Cube Analog’s kitted out with a spec that’s above the bikes actual value. Cube made this their aim over the last few years and as a result, they have become one of the UK’s largest selling brands.
The Analog, unusually for a bike in its price bracket, comes fitted with a Rock Shox front fork and Shimano groupset. The Rock Shox XC 28 has 100mm of travel, perfect for smoothing out the rough ground and also features a Poploc to lock-out the suspension on the climbs.
Cube have fitted the Analog with a Shimano SLX shadow rear mech. With the Shimano Shadow system, you are less likely catch the mech on a passing rock or other obstruction meaning you are far less likely to end up with a bent (or snapped) mech hanger. SLX is also a grade of component more akin to bikes of the £700 price point and the 27 gears will get you up, and down the steepest hills.
The brakes on the Cube Analog are Shimano hydraulic disc brakes (hense the name – Analog Disk). They are a scaled down version of what you’d find on a motorbike, so they are going to stop you fast in the worst of weather conditions. The beauty of hydraulic discs is they doing get dragged through the mud like their cantilever cousins, so you are going to get a similar stop every time.
Other notable features of the Cube Analog is the Easton bars and stem, Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres, full Shimano groupset and its Alu Lite AMF 6061 frame.
In short the Cube Analog is the perfect bike for anyone who wants to get into mountain biking. It will be happy on the road or cycle path, but you’ll need to take this bike off road to really get the most of its potential. Light weight and strong build, make the the Cube Analog a really popular choice for entry level mountain biking and it will give you years of fun on or off road.