CUBE Stereo Hybrid 160 SL 500
The Stereo Hybrid 160 SL 500 from CUBE is a high end, high spec full suspension eMTB with 160mm travel designed to tackle tough trails at speed.
Completely revised for 2018, the Stereo Hybrid 160 SL has a completely new frame built around Bosch’s new PowerTube battery technology. The result is a stunning e-bike with supreme good looks. The star of the show is undoubtedly the one piece, gravity cast down tube. This incredibly rigid structure provides the backbone for the entire bike. The combination of Performance CX and huge 500Wh battery delivers the kind of manners expected out on the trail. Bosch’s CX motor is capable of delivering a massive 75Nm of torque. Even the steepest of climbs are achievable. A tuned, angled drive position ensures the very best performance and ground clearance. Thanks to revised kinematics, the Stereo Hybrid 160 SL handles better than before. The new geometry facilitates a more potent configuration, capable of taking on any trail.
The sleek looks continue to the rear, where the seat tube protects the rear shock from water and mud thrown up by the rear wheel. A more progressive rear end makes the most of all 160mm of available travel. The Stereo Hybrid 160 SL certainly provides the perfect blend of pace, balance and agility that defines the very best full suspension trail bikes. The rear end is Boost compatible for improved steering accuracy too.
On the front is a great pair of Fox 36 Float GRIP forks with 3-position damper. The 160mm travel is capable of taming the most difficult terrain with ease, and is more than sufficient for standard trail riding. On the rear is a 3-mode Fox Float DPX2 EVOL which provides more than ample control over the most demanding bumps and hollows. Gearing is provided via a top notch 11-speed Shimano XT that complements perfectly the wide range 11-46T cassette. Some very nice Shimano XT shifters ensure clean and precise indexing, which is both effortless and responsive. Bosch’s Purion display sits neatly out of harms way on the bars, operating four levels of assist including the new eMTB mode.
The wheelset on the Stereo Hybrid 160 SL is a treat. On the front is a tubeless-easy 2.6″ Schwalbe Nobby Nic which is complemented by a Magic Mary on the rear. Set on CUBE E30 tubeless-ready rims, this great tyre combination provides a perfect balance to the bike. Shimano XT hubs are a joy and provide the centrepiece of what is a high performing, robust and dynamic wheel. A set of Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes pinching on a 203mm/180mm rotor combo keep the 160 SL under control when required and are highly responsive. A really nice Fox Transfer Performance Elite dropper post ensures flexibility in the saddle for even the harshest rides.
Great handling, agility and power are at the heart of the Stereo Hybrid 160 SL. Thanks to a 2018 makeover, this full suspension electric mountain bike really stands out in a crowd.