A cross bike is worth its weight in gold come the English winter months and gives you the perfect excuse to get into racing cross too, I had a dilemma choosing a cross bike but ended up with the Cube Cross Disc Pro. Finding one in the first place was a mission and a half, in the whole of the UK pretty much every bike shop had sold out apart from one. That single shop was located in Grmsby- a 5 hour drive away. Worth every mile.
The frame is made from Cube’s Superlite aluminium and comes with a tapered head tube and internal cable routing. Clad in full Shimano the bike features Ultegra 6800 throughout with Shimano BR-RS785 hydraulic brakes, for $2,200 it felt like an absolute steal. The crankset is a cross-standard 46-36 with an 11-28 cassette at the rear, being the go to standard cassette for most bikes now. Built up with some bomb-proof Mavic Aksium wheels and rounded off with 33mm Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres it’s not the lightest combo with the wheels made out of steel but you they allow you to ride with confidence whether over roots or down long tarmac descents. Coming in at 9.9kg it’s not the lightest of bikes, especially with the handlebars, stem and seat post all proprietary components, but it’s fast and solid as a rock underneath you.
Since moving back to Singapore and only racing in 1 cross race I’ve switched out the knobbly tyres in exchange for some slick 28mm Continentals- reason being because it makes it the perfect wet weather bike for Singapore. Having a nice wide tyre underneath you and beefy 160mm rotors on the disc brakes means you’ve a) got a lot more traction than with 23mm or 25mm tyres and b) have consistent braking even when its torrential rain and like riding in a river.
The only gripes I have with the bike are that the stock tyres slip fairly easily through the mud and I sometimes found that I could have done with an 11-32 cassette over 11-28, especially through deep mud and steep slopes. That being said, it’s very hard to complain with what you get for the price you pay. All in all a superb bike.
The 2015 Cube Cross Disc Pro comes with a red and black paint job and retails for £1200/$2400.
(The 2016 model only comes with Shimano 105 and weights in at 10.4kg so I suggest you shop around and try to find yourself a 2015 model with all the bells and whistles.)