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Test reviews 07/04/2019

CUBE Reaction C:62 - Test Winner "Mountainbike"

“Low weight – Great value for money – Incredibly versatile – Comfortable

CUBE has pulled out (virtually) all the stops on its carbon-framed €2,000 Reaction. From the Fox fork to the 2x11 transmission and muscular brakes – both from Shimano's reliable XT groupset – no expense has been spared. And speaking of groupsets: The CUBE is the only bike in our test to run two chainrings up front. The 2x11 system is perfect if it's a wide range of gears you're after – great for biking in the mountains or crossing the Alps. Overall, the CUBE delivers a balanced ride and stays comfortable on the trail. Weighing in at just 11.2kg, not only is it one of the lightest bikes of its class, but the light wheelset also means it responds eagerly when the urge to sprint overcomes you. The riding position on the Reaction is what we'd call sporty and compact, with enough weight over the front end to bring the steepest of climbs within reach. The bump-smoothing Fox 32 fork is a great choice – the specced Rhythm model isn't the lightest around but it delivers safe, predictable steering to get you down the trail safely.”

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