How good does this new 2021 Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC 625 Kiox E-MTB look?! This latest generation Cube Stereo Hybrid definitely gets its DNA from the mtb-enduro scene, with a healthy amount of suspension travel in the front and rear this capable E-MTB has been designed specifically to cope with the demands of aggressive downhill trail riding; the addition of a powerful Bosch Drive Unit Performance CX Generation 4 motor just means you won’t need an uplift to get back to the top of your favourite trail.
Cube have spec’d the Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC ActionTeam with a light, but tough C:62 carbon frame featuring Monocoque Advanced Twin Mold Technology mated up with an Aluminum 6061 T6 rear FSP 4-Link triangle. With agile trail geometry, Boost 148 rear hub spacing and a fully Integrated battery the cockpit gives a spritely, responsive feel with the bike’s weight evenly distributed throughout the build.
One thing you’ll notice straight away is the Kashima coated Fox 38 Float Factory fork giving a whopping 170mm of super-plush travel featuring 3-position low speed compression adjustment; big 38mm wide stanchions and a 15x110mm thru-axle guarantees super-responsive steering even under load. Cube have matched the fork with a Kashima coated Fox Float DPX2 Factory EVOL rear shock giving 160mm of rear wheel travel and the Kashima goodness doesn’t end there! A matching Fox Transfer Factory dropper post lets you get the saddle out of the way quickly for steep drops and encourages you to seek out even more extreme line choices.
With a fourth-generation Bosch Performance CX motor you get proven technology from the ‘go-to’ e-bike motor manufacturers giving a natural feel and just the right amount of torque to give you the required burst of power to make the technical, loose-surface climbs as much fun as the demanding downhills that you’ll eagerly seek out. Cube have included a Bosch Kiox on-board computer which can be used with their eBike Connect smartphone app. The robust Kiox unit with colour display ensures you can see all your data at a glance and record your trips and other stats before sending all relative data to Bosch’s ‘eBike Connect’ online portal via your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection.
With a full Shimano XT groupset featuring a simple 1×12 drivetrain, made up of an e*thirteen Plus Crank with 36T chainring upfront combined with a massive 10-51T cassette out back you’ll never find yourself lacking just the right gear ratio regardless of whether you’re trying to complete a tough uphill section with no dabs or are hitting the firetrack at highspeed for a quick route home.
Cube have finished off the Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC 625 Kiox with tough Newmen Evolution 27.5 wheels wrapped with Schwalbe’s Magic Mary SuperTrail and Big Betty SuperGravity 2.4in tyres to give you dependable traction and grip on the ups and downs regardless of the trail conditions.
If you’re looking for an enduro-spec’d E-MTB with loads of plush suspension travel and a proven chasis and components that’s built to cope with the demands of aggressive trail riding then look no further than the Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC 625 ActionTeam. Cancel that uplift, you won’t be needing it; shred the downhills and beat your mates back to the top of your favourite hill with this rowdy E-MTB Enduro bike.
Learn more about the Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC 625 ActionTeam here
Blog written by Johnny Dodgin
All photos by James Vincent