CUBE 20″ Compact Sport Hybrid Review – $3.5k Premium Compact Ebike

so it's always fun to share ebikes with friends and get some different perspectives and i'm here with my friend cheryl hi and i was so excited to get your feedback on this because you've done like downhill mountain biking and you're you're kind of like extreme off-road a little bit yeah and so i'm really excited about e-bikes because us downhill bikers every now and again like to have a little bit of ease and a little bit of help right especially when your muscles are a bit sore and i'm actually really considering getting an e-bike just so i have that difference of being off-road and being on my downhill bike and in the dirt and fun but i want to actually get around town and i can't really use my mountain bike for that so that's why i'm super stoked and excited to like get on this e-bike today well this is a really unique one i mean i just happen to have this and hopefully we'll do some more like reviews together in the future but um there are some downhill mountain bikes actually that are electric so you don't even need a chair lift right it's just so cool anyway anyway so this is like this only the second e-bike that you're ever have tried yeah all right the other one had a throttle or something you were out on vancouver island yeah yeah and we're just kind of buzzing around on that i'm sorry i can't remember the brand of it but it was um a lot of fun because i was like wait a sec i don't have to work so hard to get up this hill and it's not going to prevent me from actually going to a place that i might not normally go yeah so this is what's so great about e-bikes is i think that now it's going to give me more opportunity to ride longer and actually maybe approach some things that i thought might be too hard for me to do by just pedaling well yeah and i mean i don't know how into cycling your boyfriend is and stuff but being able to go together and sort of like not worry about the terrain or if someone has a knee injury or whatever anyway i i just thought that was really cool and i'm excited to get you on like kind of the mid-drive and this is a little bit more european the way it's set up and uh it's also it's a compact i mean that's the name of the bike so being approachable you're not like super petite but you know a little bit lower stand over height and stuff um what do you think about this bike just having not ridden it yet like are there any questions that come up for you yeah well the biggest question i think i might have is i have a bike rack and i want to know i know how to lift my mountain bike onto my rack yeah um but anything heavier than that i'm a little concerned about how i might do this bike and how i would get that there or for instance how am i going to lift it into my place up the stairs and and that kind of stuff so that's a great question yeah yeah so this is even though it is compact and it's a little bit shorter and stuff you might save some space it still weighs like 51.6 pounds the battery pack right here i'm really glad that they went with the bosch power pack because it's a lot lighter than the integrated power tube like bosch has a new one that's right inside the frame and it looks cool but this is actually i mean it's 5.7 pounds versus like 7.5 or something on the other ones and that's without even adding a case a lot of them have like covers so this battery and the way it's positioned right there towards the center and then the motorway this is like six and a half pounds a lot lighter the old performance line cx that was 8.8 pounds so i'm guessing i'm getting technical here but i'm really happy to see how much lighter this bike is considering they had these other heavier options to use and we were back at the house earlier we were talking about this bike and you lifted it up and i mean i was a little i was like be careful it's heavier than it looks like was it okay for you well you do i'm gonna try it again you're gonna do it again okay kind of pretend that i'm gonna lift with your legs right and then i would just stow the kickstand so i guess the best way to probably lift this guy would be to kind of use my legs and come up like this actually this isn't bad at all nice it feels like i can actually do that yeah yeah and you mentioned car racks so i don't do you remember the kind of car rack you have it's like rocky mountains yeah i've got a rocky mount um and it's actually pretty wide so i know that this would actually fit on there really well that's really good because these are i mean one of the things they did right with this bike is they've got these smaller 20-inch wheels which brings the whole thing down lower stand over height lower rack lower center of gravity that way but a lot of times comfort and stability are sacrificed with these small wheels because you have this higher attack angle that just like runs into obstacles instead of like smoothing them out with a huge wheel it's always it's always like a trade-off and so what they've done instead is they've got these super moto x tires these are 20 by 2.4 so 2.4 is is like that the width of the tire right there compared to like 1.75 or something on like a traditional road bike so i feel like that's going to give it stability you can lower the air pressure on these a little bit to give you some comfort i think the psi rating here is like 30 to 65 so depending on your weight and then how much cargo you have on it you don't want to go too low because you can get like a pinch flat and stuff but first if you're just riding around and you want to be comfortable these tires can do that and again there's no suspension on this the seat post is pretty custom this is like 430 millimeters tall so there's they're trying to make this frame fit a wide range of users like if you're tall you can put it way up you can raise the the stem there's an adjustable angle here so it's a pretty versatile bike that way but comfort is something that you can't adjust as much unless you get a shorter seat post and i mean finding a suspension fork so and anyway i feel like those tires are pretty good i'm glad that they would fit in your car rack because getting this places could be a challenge like my car act didn't actually fit it super well okay yeah i was like it has that front clamp thing that comes down just like yours and it didn't go like it just almost went but it wasn't actually pushing so i had to wrap bungee cords around it and stuff like that mine adjusts either way so i'm pretty sure i could get that um that on the front tire no problem with this one other thing i have a question about yeah what if i'm feeling a little randy and i want to actually go on a little bit of dirt with this thing how does this handle on some gravel or dirt that's a great question i actually haven't tried it off-road but i'm guessing with back to like the tire pressure lowering it a little bit and being able to just put your feet down if you do start to slide out or something we might be able to find like there's some there's some gravel up there we can mess around on it sounds good um yeah and actually i think these tires we've got some puncture protection going on and they've yeah there we go so these are performance down here there's this little performance green guard so there is a layer of thicker like stiffer plastic that stops thorns and stuff from puncturing these quite as easily and then the reflective sidewall so the bike comes in two colors you've got glossy white here or there's this matte blue with some red accents the white's going to stand out a lot more the reflective sidewalls are great and i love how they put the the light so high like this because they could have mounted it a lot of times they do mount it way down here but this is a smaller bike and if you're driving in traffic or something you want to have that big visual footprint on the side we've got a nice integrated light in the rear and i guess if you're going off-road you can kind of just like aim this down and then spot the trail and yeah go on your adventure say that like i love it that it actually moves um up and down because when you do come to pedestrians yeah they'll be like yeah right you know when i've done my night riding before um so i'm always like trying to be conscious of having it in a spot where it doesn't meet someone's eyes this one actually has like a nice cut off on the top too so there's there's like the top of the beam is flattened out and doesn't shine up it only it kind of spreads out downwards and it's flat on the top specifically for that reason this is a european actually cube's a german company and a lot of the parts here a little bit more european where i think their legislation is a little bit more strict and considerate about traffic and stuff so good good eye uh do you want to hop on this thing yeah yeah okay so go ahead and straddle the bike here how do we start this that's a great question i was recommending like standing over it because just as a best practice if the bike is on um we don't want it to get away from you yeah yeah and actually the seat's a little bit high cheryl maybe we should do you think that's too high for you uh yeah let's let's give that address actually i'll give it a shot myself here okay yeah okay 27.2 millimeters on that and again 430 i think it only goes down to there without cutting the post because it's so long so if you're someone who's really petite you might physically have to like hacksaw that seat post yeah i think that's i think that's probably good there yep we'll do our best say i think it went down a little bit one of the other things as you're getting on uh these pedals cycle backwards and the kickstand is kind of blocking so if you ever have the kick stand down you're backing this bike out of a garage or something that's that's something to watch out for will you wheel it forward and kind of kick the kickstand sweet and then yeah if we straddle the bike again then turn it on we'll just kind of have a control of the bike right there's a little button on top of the the purion display this display is really simple all it has is like a plus and a minus to raise or lower assist so you could start without any assist and just pedal like a regular bike okay and as soon as you're ready for a little bit of juice you just press that plus button and you should feel it it's very dynamic the drive system on this bike they it's like overkill they went with the performance line cx it's a mountain biking motor up to 85 newton meters of torque with a recent like software update that bosch has pushed out and this thing is measuring your pedal speed your pedal torque and your rear wheel speed all three signals over a thousand times per second wow yeah yeah it's crazy it's got shift detection you got 10 gears and you know how to shift gears right yeah i like that the shifter on this they actually have two-way for the high lever so you can pull or push and that's great because a lot of times you might leave your your pointer fingers and stuff on the brake lever and you want to just use your thumb for shifting so i feel like again they they really went over the top with this bike it's like kind of overbuilt in my opinion but that's great if this is the kind of bike that you want to ride i mean even the rack did you notice this there's like a rack mount on there yeah yeah which is great because then you can really i mean to me it's like it would be an excellent city riding bike and just being able to zip around or maybe you can commute to work on it right yeah totally it'd be great for commuting i'm glad you mentioned the fenders and the rear rack but sometimes have you ever had like a basket for one of your bikes is that your thing yeah yeah okay right they don't unfortunately fit court on on my mountain bikes but that's that would be so cute and a lot of my mountain bike friends would be like we're never riding with you again all your stuff would rattle right out like flying everywhere yeah but yeah so what they've actually done a really good job here mounting it to the head the steer tube because a lot of baskets the cheaper ones they just kind of hang on the handlebars and they're bouncing around they impact your steering if you park that tips to the side so this bike it's like a it's like a little utility bike too i mean it's it's cute i like it a lot anyway so we we got distracted so that's kind of it press plus press minus ride along be safe okay and i'm excited to hear what you think because this is really this is probably more advanced than the last bike that you tried yeah i think so yeah there's there's a few extra components on it for sure but um i'm excited to give it a try too go get it awesome i'll see you guys yeah right on yeah she's some little gear shift in here there she goes all right let's go i think she's turning up the juice yeah cheryl's a pretty capable rider and look she's she's breaking i think she turned on the lights nice it's got a good turning radius did you turn on the light no i did because your rear light was that went on okay so check this out i didn't mention this i didn't want to over complicate it but if you hold the plus button it activates the lights i wonder if you were pressing the plus yeah your way you're all the way up in turbo you're having a blast so yeah we might we might have activated the lights we were talking about how this one has like a cutoff on top and so it kind of aims and spreads the beam down before but that rear light even though it's daytime it's got two leds so i could really see that when you're riding awesome what do you think how did this feel you know the first thing was is like turning ratio on my mountain bike compared to this i'm like what i can like stunt turn this mad like i could just make a really quick turn um and it just started to go but actually i what i like about this bike over the last one i rode is that i still feel like i'm doing the work and it's not as much of a like kick off like it's just like a a little bit more of an assist which is nice right so then that way i don't have to worry about not getting my exercise and still using it as a bike but at the same time if i reach a big hill like there's one up there yeah um i'd like to kind of try it maybe up there and then that way when i start to approach the hill i could just use that assist a little bit more there i love the turning ratio i love the fact that um i mean even though the seat post is a bit long i still i feel like it's at a good height for me you were stable enough yeah it was completely stable it was beautiful but it's a great ride fantastic yeah and as someone i really like the boss drive system it's got really good sensors in there so as you shift gears it'll actually ease off a bit so you don't grind them yeah and for you and you're like veteran mountain biker you know how to shift gears appropriately but for a lot of people if if this if you're just like getting into cycling and you're going to use this to commute every day and you aren't shifting as thoughtfully it can it can wear the drivetrain out so the fact that they even went with such a high-end derailleur here this is the shimano z it does have a one-way clutch which tightens it up it's a short cage derailleur so it won't hit the ground it's not sticking out too much so it won't hit curbs as much i mean there's still some it's a bit vulnerable down there but they did the best they could and then 11 to 36 tooth cassette with 10 speeds like you said this is probably more natural like a traditional bicycle but with that that extra boost that assist to help you climb you want to go give it a try i'm going to go i'm going to go up that hill now sweet sweet good luck i feel like i'm cheating a little bit though i love it that's awesome oh boy [Music] wow whoa nice breaking too dime as well um really nice brakes on here so explain the braking system to me court yeah right so it has these shimano hydraulic disc brakes and they've gone with a 160 millimeter in the rear but 180 up front and considering these are 20 inch tires or 20 inch wheels you get an enormous mechanical advantage over them so of course stopping is you might almost want to be like a little careful because i could see people especially on gravel like you know one of the things that i come back to with hydraulic versus mechanical and you might have something to add to this as someone who you've been cycling for a while have you what are your thoughts i mean how did the brakes feel to you well the brakes felt like um i felt safe using them abruptly and i think that that's going to be a really big selling component for this bike specifically for city riding exactly is that you're going to be behind a car they're not going to see you maybe well they might with the bright white you know and i feel that a lot of folks at city ride aren't really conscious of the drivers around them and i always want to assume i also ride motorcycles too so i come from that vein of thought of just being safe and being seen and also being able to stop those are the things that are going to keep me safe anytime i'm riding a motorcycle or a bicycle and now that you've got the motor component to this and you can go a little bit faster yeah you could sneak up on a vehicle very quickly and they might not see you there right or just expect it they're like that's a bike like they're really zooming on this thing so exactly on that note i i like to hit the technical spec so we mentioned 85 newton meters of torque 340 assist feedback that means if you're putting out 300 watts it's multiplied by 3.4 times it's really that's that's the maximum support it can give you it is a very capable motor especially in that highest level assist but there are these three other levels you know eco tour sport um before i get too much into that with the brakes being hydraulic there is this adjustable reach feature where you can kind of bring the levers in a little bit maybe if you have smaller hands i like that this has these sort of ergonomic grips and they're they're locking and this comes back to like the setup how did the saddle feel to you by the way actually it feels great i don't think i'd switch the saddle out on this bike um i'm used to having um quite a hard saddle because of mountain biking and i also have a dropper seat so nice as you can see i actually have to stand because that actually gives me a little bit more bang for my buck too especially if i want to do a little bit of strengthening um and and sometimes if i'm going down a hill that's always like the kid comes out of me and i like like pedals and you know and also another way this is going to sound silly but another way i test a bike and the capacity of how it actually steers is i take my hands off it and i see how safe do i feel yeah how is the wheel going off wonky here on me and i mean i do this on my mountain bikes too so i did this on this one and it drove in a straight line it's almost like i had a perfect wheel alignment and i was like wow this is so cool so that to me the safer that i feel that means that the more i'm going to be able to ride it in the city and the more likability it would be that i would get on a bike like this and ride it around town so well put and one of the things i like to do when i'm doing ride tests and stuff is that no hand maneuver and it's like i don't want to be a bad example or something but there's something you know we're on a street there's not a lot of traffic it feels pretty stable and you're kind of testing the bike you obviously you felt very confident because you put your hands like way out until right now like the titanic right yeah like on the front of the bow that was pretty awesome um so all of these great features you know i mentioned a couple complaints it's like okay you know their bike weighs a little bit yeah um you got the kickstand placement and stuff but the fact that they got the water bottle cage right here they didn't skimp on that and you could put a folding lock or a bottle it's within reach or some mounts up here you got lots of options for panniers or like a trunk bag and it's it's clear the saddle got the lights this is a really premium setup and it's it's confidence in building in that sense but it's also this is 39.99 usd i mean is it is it worth it like who would who would want to spend that money for this if okay i i would if i was specifically getting this bike only for getting around town or um actually wanting to commute a little bit and getting away from transit i would i would pay the price because i'm working at a place right now that i'm able to actually do that and i could commute but it's like am i gonna do that with my like you know seven thousand dollar mountain bike probably not you know what i mean because there's a likability that um and that i'm gonna wear my tires down it's not designed for me to be riding on the road but this is designed for that and i would actually i would i mean i think working professionals would probably spend the price although um you know for for younger folks they might not actually want to spend the price on something like this and go for something you know at a better price point um or student might um yeah but who knows maybe if the student doesn't have a car at all and this is the way for them to get to school quickly no license no insurance and not have to rely on transit totally then it's a it's a great investment could you actually see yourself right i mean the battery on this goes from something from like 30 to 80 miles per charge it really depends on what level of assist and how much engagement the way you described this before is like yeah i'm actually working but yeah i mean you're also up in turbo and you felt like did it feel like you could climb with this pretty well just a minute yeah like absolutely like not not a problem at all i and i mean to be honest anybody else listening okay good um to be honest that's the worst thing for me as a mountain biker is that you get that thrill and that joy of like being at that top of the hill and coming down but then if you want to go do another run you've got to like oh my goodness how tired am i am i really going to do another run am i going to either walk my bike up that big long hill to get back up to the top yeah i would love to have some assistance and you and i we're like night people we were just talking about how waking up early in the morning and then i mean you're all excited like i got my new e-bike and i'm gonna commute to work and then it's like early and cold and you're like i got that hill and i got the wind with a very capable drive system a lot of that becomes less of an issue and you actually can ride every single day the comfort thing you haven't you know it'd be interesting to get your thoughts like riding up these driveways or me you know through the rocks a little bit i speaking for myself i think these tires are a little full right now it just came straight from city cycles that's the e-bike shop they kind of load me bikes to try occasionally and do reviews like this i would lower the tires but there's no suspension you're coming from full suspension mountain bike if we're talking about a 10 mile commute by bike which this is very capable again this is capable of at least 30 miles comfort wise you know do you have any thoughts about that i i was probing with the saddle and with the grips yeah you know i ergonomically speaking i'm thinking that you're pre you're you're center of balance and you're just going to get on it for a sec you want to do me a favor yeah hold the you can hold this yeah hold up for me there and i'll move us right here a little bit and then if you just put the tire kind of between your legs and brace it like that and then you just hold me upright for a moment if that is able to do that i'm just going to kind of get up on it and then we'll see here see for ergonomics for my body yeah i'm like five six and a half 124 pounds so it's actually perfect for someone like me wow ergonomics wise because you can see how i'm sitting here and then when you stroke down like here you're you're you're basically your knee should be slightly bent yeah but not completely bent so a lot of times people will ride their bikes like this where their knee is bent but then you're not actually getting the stroke and the ergonomics in the body yeah actually where the seat is for me right now and where the hands are here um i'm actually i've got my elbow slightly bent i still feel that i can come forward a little bit but my center of balance is actually right over top of the bike fantastic steel is good for a lot of people and perhaps maybe my size as well sure you do like massage therapy and yeah i mean you have so many skills and so hearing you talk about alignment it reminds me when i got fitted for my bike and i'm glad that this just happens to work i could just kind of like set it up you know just threw it together before we came out here um but yeah getting full leg extension like you're talking about full leg extension i would like to have my feet on the ground a little bit more and that's why so many people ride like like a frog right exactly right i would like to have them down just a little tiny bit more but when you put take my feet up onto the pedals you can see that that's actually where it's supposed to be okay right yeah so i you know when i work with beginning mountain bike people always say you know you're going to get up on the pegs when you're when you're coming down and you can do the same thing with the city bike and then when you're getting on and off it i mean and because of this this beautiful spacing we have right here you can simply just draw yourself forward and come down onto the bike very very easy and lots of clearance safety wise yeah um the pedals i'd probably switch the pedals out um these ones are plastic they're gonna get wrecked pretty quickly um especially just you know even though this bike has a kickstand um i'm always one to definitely get you see these little knobbies on the pedals yeah these are really great for wearing um you know uh the the mountain bike shoes that i have because they're they've got little spaces in them that actually kind of go and clip a little bit into these that i will give you a little bit more grip and anything that i say that makes you feel more safe on a bike is definitely what you want to go with now if you get into the the metal petals um then you're gonna probably get even a little bit more grip off of them with just everyday average shoes right right now with these pedals i feel like what i'm wearing here for runners yes yeah um these aren't something i would normally wear but uh for biking but i did this purposely today so that i could just see was this like if i wanted to get to work wear just a pair of regular runners or if i wanted to ride around town and wear a cute outfit for a date yeah yeah right you know and you don't want to put that basket you know why you know bring the whole mountain gear out you know so and i actually feel with the gear i'm wearing and i mean i could actually feel like i could do even more right so fantastic yeah and so still in safe is a good thing there's there we just wanted to make sure that worked we got the fun signal yeah um there's more to cover on this there's a few more things it's got the quick release and we've got this really cool like stem set up here that telescopes up and down but it also swivels and i just want to show that because i got your help cool so if we right here just a second push this silver thing up oh there you go i love it yeah so this would be great if i needed to store it somewhere then right exactly or even you could which you know what on the back of my car rack i would put it like this because that's happened where it wasn't quite secure and then your bar hits your window and so this would prevent that or fitting two bikes like your mountain bike most mountain bikes have really wide handlebars and sometimes you have to like put them in different directions but they're still colliding a little bit this is a really i mean it's pretty fancy go ahead and bring it back but it's it's not uh just a little bit more there we go it actually locks into place you can raise those right um that's as high as it will go right there so coming back to the different body types that this would fit um go ahead and bring it down to where it was comfortable for you was that that about right yeah i'd say like you know just for ergonomics wise you probably kind of want to have your shoulders just and then your elbows and your elbows and your wrists probably in line like this and this is going to prevent you from kind of um ergonomically speaking for the lower back a lot of riders actually might not ride bikes because of lower back issues yeah so i'm thinking on a bike like this this is actually going to promote you to stay in that really nice um posterior spine so that you can allow yourself to actually sit yeah a little bit more evenly on the center of the gravity of the bike and then also not be hunched over like this and rolling over into your text neck yeah right a lot of us are doing all day long with the adjustable stem i mean again i just feel like they did such a good job with this they use high quality parts that are really well labeled and and everything like these fenders these are custom so this is acid that's like done by cube that's their accessory line look how far down it goes i actually was scuffing that on curbs when i was going off earlier and it in some ways it's like is it too long but it's got really good support and it's not vibrating whole lot it connects directly to the rack in multiple points i i really scrutinized this bike before we came out here like what what's the trade-offs here and for me the biggest ones were just the price and the weight for for someone who wants this type of bike i consider this to be like top of the line right now and that's kind of it i mean i feel like we've we've covered everything here is there anything you feel like we missed or you want to add you know one thing i'd like to do and i'm wondering if i can just do it i'm going to go on the rocks i'm going to go up on the rocks but those people might come screaming at me outside the house what are you doing on my property there is there's this field that's it's kind of like a dirt lot over there you could kind of ride through and get a little bit of off road do be careful i mean i know we're having fun out here and everything but with the smaller have you ever ridden like a folding bike before with the small wheels this is this is this is the first time i've ever ridden a bike with small small wheels it's just a little jarring is how i feel about it so approach carefully this technically is not a folding bike and that's one of the benefits like a compact electric bike like this you're getting some of the benefits of a folding bike but you're getting the frame strength and just the performance of a more of a full-sized bike and so with that said will you go for it let's do it take your time and even just going up these driveways here and getting a feel not bad did the bike power off you still got support yep cool i feel like i have pretty good handle on things so if you do get any rocks or any kind of gravel on the road or a dump truck all of a sudden is in front of you and a whole bunch of gravels on the road you'll be safe i just made it through those those treacherous rocks there fantastic sure i'm so glad you could make some time to meet me out here and to help with this uh she's going doing some family trip stuff hopefully in the future we'll see her again you've got so many great insights you guys i love you i hope this helps you to understand the cube compact sport hybrid the cube makes great products i think and my goal is just to help you make an informed decision and answer all your questions so ride safe out there check out electricbikereview.com for all the specs the cube website didn't really cover a lot of them but i've measured them by hand here we spent some time looking at it back at the house and that's about it what is this class one name oh that's a great question cheryl yeah i'm just seeing a little sticker it says class one 250 w 20 250 watt 20 mile per hour so this is the most um legal electric bike to ride there are three classes so class one is 20 miles per hour pedal assist only in north america in europe it's 15.5 miles per hour but then class two is with a throttle still 20 miles per hour that's what you had about the island yeah that was it and that just it felt so much faster for some reason i guess maybe because i'm used to riding a dirt bike yeah and riding street bikes that i'm used to that kind of throttle action and i'm a little bit more um quicker to my timing this just takes me a little longer so actually this bike could probably keep me more safe wow it's so it's like it's nice that you know there's nothing wrong in my opinion with the throttle it's a nice way to get started because as unless you have a bike like this that is so responsive like the second you start to put power like leg power into those cranks you really don't have to strain your knees or anything it's so responsive and and powerful with the cx motor that it helps you you know but for a lot of bikes that have maybe a hub motor and cadence sensors they're just you have to do that first portion of work and with the sensitive knee like i have from my injuries a throttle is pretty appealing in those situations but then it's class two and you can't go on as many mountain bike trails and things and so if you want a bike that is semi-off-road capable or you just like that european like i'm pedaling i'm engaging with the bike class ones where it's at and then they have class three which is like high speed commuting which goes up to 28 miles per hour uh okay yeah which again it's not it's not allowed on quite as many trails either so this is just going to be the most versatile universally accepted platform i do want to mention back at electricbikereview.com there's like a comparison tool and i have a whole category called compact and so there there are some other bikes out there that do have mid drives that also have a throttle that's compact it you know in most cases it's not quite as advanced as the bosch system and i want to point out that even though this display it's compact it's easy to read and everything it's got a couple extra things we didn't discuss here where if we hold the minus key we go from trip distance to total distance like an odometer hold it again we get range which dynamically updates so we're in turbo and it said something like 50 45 kilometers go down to eco which is the lowest level now it's telling us 105 kilometers so there's you know you really can get a workout you can just kind of like shave the weight of the bike by going to that eco mode and get long range or you hit the hill and you just click up to sport or turbo and you get the performance so i think i was on turbo the whole time wasn't i think you were yeah actually do you want to do another you know if we if just take it around on eco for a second and then so and to stay in eco it's the bottom button yeah it's it's there now so if you want to change you press plus again but it's just each click changes the assist level i see okay and then the final thing to show you is it's the holding the minus that's what changes the readout so now it says here's the level you're in eco if we hold it it goes trip distance odometer range so those are the three things if you want to change from kilometers to miles hold minus and tap power that changes units so there are a few things you kind of it's a little bit you know there's some steps because there are fewer buttons the cool thing about bosch is they do have like an intuvia display kiocks purion is the one that we're here but they have another one called nion that's coming out to the united states and canada in uh later 2020 so awesome their system can be upgraded which is which is you know back to like yeah you're paying a lot but you have a lot of options and they do the firmware updates for the motor so if i just leave it the way it is now and then if i pedal it's just going to basically kick in same thing just a lot less support so before you're getting up to 340 percent 85 newton meters of torque now you're getting 40 newton meters of torque and like 50 support so it's a lot less maybe you could even play with tour and eco and let me know what you're thinking okay so just if i just don't touch anything on here leave it on eco and give it a try yeah give it a try all right let's see what that says good luck i'm excited now oh yeah this is a big difference for sure she says big difference but she's still zipping along looks like we got someone playing guitar and singing in there it's pretty cool it's riding much more like a bike now a lot more like a bike a lot more like a bike try tour do the next one up okay this is it yeah so if you want to work out eco yeah yeah there you go right get to the hill you're tired uh but you don't you still want a bit of a workout definitely the next one up and then turbo if you're just really tired sweet sweet yeah there's some good options in there it's nice to see you i liked uh i like the fact that it has those three options because then that way you can really choose um what you're doing like let's say you want to get to work you know you need to get there just use the turbo option right totally especially if you know you're going up hills the whole way there and when you come home you can just put it on the eco option and get a little bit of a ride in a little bit of a pedal that's fantastic cheryl i know you've got we're probably making you late i hope not but thank you for spending so much time with me today to look at this bike your insights are just phenomenal and it's fun invited out i want to do this again i love this we'll do it we'll do more it's great we'll get some mountain bikes how about that that'll be fun let's get some mountain bikes with e capability on them rock on well i'll bring you back and then i'll hit i've got a few more technical specs that i'll do it a little bit later all right thanks court thanks take care tons of fun i love shell she's just great so there are a few things that kind of skimmed over and i want to be as complete as possible because this is a pretty fancy bike one of which is really nice rims here and look at this we've even got those eyelets and that creates even more strength so the rims don't crack as easily and it makes it easier to adjust and true the rims that is nice it costs extra and it makes this bike a little bit sturdier for carrying heavier loads the way that the tubing is set up here i already talked about how it reduces frame flex and the way that the rack the optional front basket rack isn't going to turn when you turn the bike it's going to it's going to be able to handle more weight and this rear rack back here i'm guessing this is rated for like 25 kilograms 55 pounds it does not say but just going by what i've seen before and it's got the paneer hanger and then the little loop at the bottom for a bungee cable if you want and a platform on top with a clasp it's a nice rack and it's positioned well and there's enough space for like probably a full-size pannier to to hang down then notice this this alloy guard okay it's not a full guide but it does keep your pant legs or your your dress end from touching the chain getting snagged getting dirty uh the chain did fall off when i was i think transporting it to my house on my car rack because it was bouncing around and i got to get my hand a little bit greasy putting the chain back on track but it did and i i i think it's pretty well protected there at least it's not going to fall off to the outside of that chain ring and this is a really nice derailleur this whole setup is is done really well i love how the cables are all internally routed so it's really clean they're not going to snag on anything and we've got this like plastic shield around the bosch performance line cx motor it's the new fourth generation really compact beautiful just everything has done really well you can see the charging port for the battery it's a little bit low it'd be nice if it was up higher but the keys for the battery pack are from abus which they're they're the nicer one i mean this is a it's a pretty good company they make locks and stuff and actually these keys they come with uh your plus like a key code so you can actually get a folding lock that matches your battery and then maybe you mount that right there on the frame and that way you only have one key to worry about or check this out really easy to miss but there are these holes right here on either side and that's actually for mounting a frame lock which puts a rod through the spokes here and it basically secures the rear wheel so someone would physically have to pick your bike up and run away with it they can't ride it away that's really nice and i reviewed another bike with a frame locker cafe lock recently and someone in the comments had said you know oh they mounted it on top of the seat stays which is more vulnerable if someone comes at it with a hammer or something so you really want to mount it below and that's what cube has set this up for it's totally ready for um a frame lock now they are even though they're giving you the nicer power pack 500 high capacity they're giving you the slower 2 amp charger compact this weighs like 1.2 1.3 pounds but it's only 2 amp versus 4 amp which means it's going to take a little bit more time to charge that battery and you know not probably not the end of the world this is still a very efficient system but considering they got the cx motor which uses more energy it's nice that they went with the higher capacity battery so i'm going to insert the key twist it and then i want to be careful here that doesn't fall off because there isn't like a retainer mechanism it just sort of comes off we got that loop you can take this off 5.7 pounds take it with you charge it off the bike or on the bike it's a pretty good setup again the charging point right here is it's kind of in the way of that left crank arm but so is the kickstand so i guess with compact bikes there's only so much space to fit all that in and frankly i think they've done a good job just with positioning and it's got a little cap and everything when you put the battery back on just make sure you hear it click right and then maybe even pull on it because i have ridden off before and had the battery just fall right off which is like such a bummer it kind of breaks your heart you don't these are expensive and you don't want to you don't want to damage that okay guys you're connected to that 27.2 millimeter rigid seatpost you could always replace it with a suspension post it might be hard to find one that's as long as this so if you're someone who's really tall and you've got that all the way up you know keep that in mind i do have the minimum saddle height maximum saddle height stand over height all those measurements back at electricbikereview.com and my goal is just to help empower you if you get this bike you can set it up perfect for yourself and there are suspension posts like thudbuster they have like a longer version so instead of 300 or 350 millimeters which is kind of standard for posts you can get something that's closer to this which is again 430.

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44 tooth standard steel chainring with that nice alloy guide up front to keep your pants clean in the back we've got 11 to 36 tooth 10 speed cassette really nice setup there almost overkill compared to what you really need for just riding around the city especially with such a powerful motor the crank arms by the way they're 165 instead of 170 so they're a little bit shorter and i think that's to reduce the potential for pedal strikes which is when your pedal's down and you turn and it hits the ground like that so they've done a really good job with the drivetrain same thing with that shimano z derailleur in the back the short cage it's got the one way clutch this is one of the nicer like mountain bike rated derailleurs i've seen on any electric bikes again it feels a little bit like overkill but maybe that's how they were able to get the the short cage and i mean i might as well get that upgrade if the bike's going to be costing a little bit more like this so i'm in turbo level of assist because that's going to make the motor more pronounced you can get an idea of how it sounds uh i have noticed that when i stop pedaling there is that clunk feeling right like i'm pedaling pedaling i'm getting a assist and then when the assist shuts off i feel clunk like that like into my foot it might just take a while for the motor to break in and feel a little bit smoother i welcome your feedback on that but it's something i've noticed with all of the newer full-size chainring bosch motors there's no reduction gear here you can cycle the pedal backward actually cycles through the drivetrain which is good for maintenance and chain lubrication and stuff but there is that little bit of a clunk so it's a minor gripe just something to think about let's go surprisingly quiet i'm always really impressed uh i'm pedaling at like a medium cadence here but this thing can go all the way up to 120 rpm which is great especially if you're approaching a hill and you downshift to make it easier to pedal but then your cadence speeds up you don't want the motor to cut out on you and this is the cx it's the mountain bike motor very capable so i'm going to try to demonstrate that i'm going to go to a lower gear and a pedal fast and give you an idea of how fast that motor actually contributes interesting i mean i think i was outpacing it a couple times you could hear it kind of easing back but some of that might be a factor of like i think we're at 20 miles per hour so there you go now i'm going to climb a hill a little bit and shift through the gears you can try to listen for the shift detection it is software driven it's not perfect so there's still some banging it's a good idea to ease off when you're shifting gears just so that the drivetrain shifts smoothly doesn't damage the teeth or the chain very nice very responsive well guys i think that's finally it this was a fun one went extra long because it was cheryl's kind of second time on ebike and i like to get those first reactions and just different insights everyone has a different experience i feel like i learned something every time i go out and i wanted to share that with you all this is the cube compact it's the sport edition and uh i enjoyed it i think it's a really cool bike i hope you did too i'll be covering other bikes in the coming weeks and months and years and i love you guys ride safe we'll see you next time you

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