Launched ahead of this year’s Tour de France, Cube’s flagship race bike has undergone a serious aero makeover.
Cube’s newest iteration of the Litening is built to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible, it’s a bike designed for racers. The standout features of the new models include an integrated bar and stem, fully internal cable routing and the fact that it’s only available with disc brakes. Like the majority of road bike manufacturers, Cube are of the belief that the rim brake is a thing of the past and have designed the new Litening frame solely around disc brakes.
By utilising their experience from the standard-setting Aerium time trial bike, Cube were able to follow a similar process involving Computer Fluid Dynamics and wind tunnel testing when designing the new Litening. The result is a frame with a 30% reduction in drag and crafted from the next-generation C:68X carbon fibre, Cube even say it’s designed to be minimally affected by crosswinds.
The fully UCI-compliant chassis design integrates frame, fork, stem, handlebar and seat post into a structure that’s as efficient through the air as possible. It’s also highly configurable to suit every race and rider – internal cable routing for Sram and Shimano electronic gears is standard, as is a removable front derailleur mount, and there are multiple bottle positions available and the frame has clearance for up to 28mm tyres.