Cube attain road bike

Cube attain road bike DEFAULT

For those who want to achieve their goal - the Cube Attain series

For those who want to achieve their goal - the Cube Attain series

With the Attain series, Cube offers its customers bikes for every situation in life. From the affordable entry-level model in aluminium to the super light carbon racer with disc brake and Ultegra Group, nothing remains to be desired. The seating position on these bikes is a little more neutral and relaxed than on the Agree- or Litening models, but still sporty enough to go on the hunt for seconds. These bikes are especially suitable for beginners, intermediate cyclists or racing cyclists who want to ride particularly long distances. Cube equips the bikes with a multitude of features that allow almost every use. The aluminium models offer, for example, holders for mudguards and space for 28C tyres. External conditions, wind and weather are therefore no longer an excuse not to start with a road bike.


Cube Attain in aluminium for purists

Cube has invested a lot of time and effort in the development of the new aluminium frames for the bikes. The idea has always been to design a bike that is on a par with the carbon models in stiffness and weight. With double-butted tubes, specially shaped seat struts and internally laid cables, Cube meets this challenge perfectly. In terms of comfort, weight and handling, these frames are currently among the best made of aluminium. The 12mm removable axle allows the use of disc brakes and the carbon fork provides sufficient suspension comfort and precise steering. Thanks to Smooth Welding technology, in which the pipe transitions are double-welded, the frame sets are extremely stable and torsion-resistant and also look perfectly finished. The Attain, with its Shimano Claris equipment and a total weight of approx. kilograms, is already a serious bike for touring and training. In the Pro version, Cube gives the bike a reliable disc brake and the Shimano Sora Group. In the Race version, the bike is equipped with the Shimano Tiagra Group and is suitable for more ambitious use. The top model "SL" is offered by Cube as a modern model with disc brake and as a classic model with rim brake. Both bikes are equipped with the popular Shimano group, which is known to many connoisseurs as the standard for high-quality racing bikes. The model with rim brake weighs approx. kilograms and is therefore barely heavier than its carbon counterparts. With the hydraulic Shimano BR-RS disc brake, the bike weighs just over 10 kilograms, which is also impressive given its abundant equipment. All bikes of this series look sporty and high in quality and have the typical cube design.

Cube Attain in Carbon - even lighter, even faster

The new Flex Carbon chassis from Cube is the basis for the Attain GTC and allows the use of disc brakes since this season. The front and rear removable axles provide increased rigidity and, together with the conical control tube, outstanding handling. The Cube CSL Race carbon fork and the Flex Stays on the rear suspension absorb all vibrations sovereignly and create a very good comfort. Cube proves impressively that a sporty and extremely efficient racer does not necessarily have to be uncomfortable. With the entry-level model in the series, the Cube Attain GTC Pro, Cube offers its fans a bike that is unquestionably superior in view of its price. The ingenious GTC monocoque frame is equipped with a continuous Shimano group and gets Mavics´ Aksium RS wheels. Weighing just over 8 kilograms, this bike is a good example of Cube's passion to make its high-performance bikes available to everyone. In the SL version, Cube replaces the with the noble Shimano Ultegra Group and adds a set of super-light Fulcrum Racing 77 wheels. Those who prefer disc brakes can access the Cube Attain GTC Race Disc. Equipped with the Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur and a total weight of just over 9 kilograms, which is superior in view of the somewhat heavier braking system, customers receive a precise and efficient driving machine for training and touring. The top model weighs approx. kilograms. The Cube Attain GTC SLT Disc uses Shimano Ultegra equipment throughout and the Fulcrum Racing 66 DB wheelset. The super poisonous Ultegra brake allows manoeuvres that would not be possible with other bikes. These great offers are complemented by the unique look that makes all bikes in this series look chic, elegant and aggressive. The Cube Attain, the perfect choice for everyone who doesn't want to forego comfort when speed is high.

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Cube Attain

Based around a comfortable aluminium alloy frame and carbon fork, the Cube Attain is an enjoyable bike to ride at speed or just cruising along, making it ideal for those just beginning their adventures in the world of road cycling. A competitive weight and impressive finishing kit go some way towards justifying the price tag, but there are cheaper options out there.

Ride

For road bikes at this price, my two benchmarks for comfort and ride quality are the Specialized Allez and Vitus Razor. I'm happy to report that the Attain is up there with them.

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The alloy frame we have here is really comfortable to ride. There is no harshness or road buzz resonating through your hands like aluminium frames of yesteryear and the experience is very impressive. I headed out for longer rides over a range of road surfaces and came back home without any feelings of discomfort or fatigue at any of my contact points.

In fact, I didn't really notice the bike that much, to be honest, unless I needed to, and that is no criticism of the Cube: it's just that it is so easy to ride.

The geometry is more relaxed than you'd find on a performance road bike, sitting more towards the endurance sort of level. For instance, this 56cm model has a mm top tube, a tall head tube of mm and a slightly slack degree head angle, which gives neutral handling and a slightly more upright position.

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The 1,mm wheelbase also brings an added feeling of stability, which gives the whole bike a feeling of confidence. I only really found it wanting when the speed crept up and the corners got a little bit technical.

Everywhere else, though, the front end turns in predictably and whether you are cruising around the back lanes or mingling with urban traffic, you feel totally in control. This also helps when riding on wet, slippery roads.

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The way the Attain behaves is just right for the type of rider it's aimed at, those who are possibly new to road riding and would find something more race orientated a little twitchy.

Stiffness levels are good thanks to the chunky box section of the oversized down tube and the wider than normal bottom bracket shell.

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Cube has gone down the press-fit internal bearing route rather than having a narrow shell to take threaded external BB cups.

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Out-and-out sprinting is hampered a bit by the overall weight of kg (lb), but if you need to give it a dig it's relatively responsive. The same goes with climbing – unless you're a very strong rider you'll be feeling the effort when attacking steep hills.

None of these are massive criticisms at all. For the money, the Cube behaves exactly how I would expect and the improvement in performance over a bike of this price five to ten years ago is marked.

The comfort levels seem to have been achieved by reducing the overall diameters of the tubes at the rear of the frame. The top tube narrows as it makes its way to the seat tube…

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…and from there the dropped seatstays are very slender to promote a bit of flex between the rear wheel and the rider.

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The top tube is also heavily sloped, allowing plenty of seatpost to be exposed, adding to the flex.

Frame and fork

According to Cube, the Attain gets a Superlite aluminium alloy tubeset which is double butted. If you haven't come across this before, it is where the tubes have two different wall thicknesses along the length, thicker at the ends for added strength to cope with the welding and stresses, thinner in the middle to allow a little bit of flex for comfort.

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It's not a bad looking frame. The welding isn't quite as neat as you'll find it on more expensive frames but it doesn't detract from the overall quality. It's also quite well hidden by the matt grey paint job.

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On that note, to my mind the whole bike looks more expensive than it actually is thanks to that grey and the bright yellow highlights of the frame and other little additions like the outer cables and underside of the saddle.

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The paint itself looks to be hard wearing, and Cube has gone to the trouble of sticking transparent protection not only on the chainstay but also the lower half of the down tube.

It's good to see internal cable routing making its way down to bikes of this price, and the Attain looks much smoother and cleaner for it. For the front mech and rear mech, the cables do only run inside for the length of the down tube, exiting at the bottom bracket right into all of the road spray from the front wheel, which isn't exactly ideal.

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Not so long ago the thought of a full carbon fibre fork on a sub-£ bike would have seemed ludicrous, but not any more. That is what the Attain comes with, and not only is the steerer carbon it is also tapered to suit the head tube, bringing additional stiffness for the handling and braking.

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Cube offers the Attain in a total of seven sizes from 47cm through to 62cm, with effective top tube lengths of mm to mm, which is quite a decent spread. You can see a full geometry table on Cube's website, follow the link up top.

Groupset

Unlike the Specialized and Vitus I mentioned earlier, the Cube comes with a full Shimano Claris groupset including the chainset, which gives the bike a complete look.

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Claris is Shimano's entry-level road groupset and follows much of the look of the Tiagra and Sora groupsets that live above it, although Claris has 8 sprockets (8-speed), while the others have 10 and 9 respectively.

Shifting isn't quite as crisp as the more expensive groupsets, but it is precise enough that you get a solid click from the shifter as you change from one sprocket to another. The shape of the hoods is also a comfortable place to spend your time.

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When it comes to ratios, the Cube comes with a 50/tooth compact chainset and an t cassette, so there are gears for either end of the extreme. It's quite a gappy cassette, though, meaning that you can quite often find yourself 'between' the sprockets.

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It's the CS-HG cassette, which uses a Megarange sprocket. This is where the largest sprocket is much bigger than the next, to give you a bail-out gear for the hills while keeping the rest of the cassette as close as possible.

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The Claris does a fine job of coping with the big jump. The sprocket sizes (number of teeth) are: 11/13/15/17/20/23/26/

The braking is okay, but I'd suggest you upgrade the pads. The standard ones from Shimano don't have that great a compound and even when bedded in don't offer a huge amount of bite or give that much feedback or modulation.

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They are still better than a lot of entry-level brakes on the market, though, thanks to the stiffness of the callipers.

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Finishing kit

The rest of the kit is Cube-branded stuff and is exactly what you would expect for the money: durable and capable alloy components for the steering and for holding your saddle.

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The handlebar has a compact drop and reach, making it more accessible for getting into the lower half of the bar without putting you in too stretched out a position. The tops also swoop back towards you a little, which brings the distance from your saddle to bar down a little.

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The Natural Fit Venec Lite saddle is a little bulkier than I normally like but I found it pretty comfortable on the whole, and its padding certainly does a decent job of keeping road buzz at bay.

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Wheels and tyres

The wheelset is also from Cube, the RA Aero. They're solid enough wheels, and I certainly didn't have any issues with durability throughout the test period.

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The hubs ran smoothly and they remained true after riding on some pretty horrendous roads. The only real downside is that they carry a fair bit of weight so if there comes a time that you can upgrade to something lighter, go for it. As it is, they are up to spec for the type of wheels I'd expect to find at this price.

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Tyres are Continental's Ultra Sport 2, a durable and dependable tyre that I have ridden for thousands of miles over the course of the years. They don't really excel anywhere but offer decent levels of grip to give you confidence in the corners, and the rolling resistance is minimal enough that you still get a spirited ride.

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Value

As I've mentioned, for the price you are getting a good quality frameset and spec list compared to what you'd be getting even five years ago, but the Cube is up against some tough opposition.

The Specialized Allez is the same weight and comes with similar finishing kit, although the Cube does have the complete Claris groupset, and to be fair the Allez is only £49 cheaper, a gap that can be a lot less online.

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Over the last few years I've ridden a couple of versions of the Vitus Razor and I've always been impressed. For the Razor Rim, as it is now known, has changed slightly, and is able to take full mudguards again like the original version.

Its geometry is very similar to the Cube, so you will get a very similar level of performance and handling. It also has a Claris groupset but substituting out the chainset for a Prowheel version, and its fork has an alloy steerer. Even so, it is only g heavier but £ cheaper.

Conclusion

Overall, I like the Cube. Its frame and fork provide a very pleasant ride and the steering gives plenty of confidence without taking the fun away. It looks good too. It may be a little more expensive than some of the opposition, but you're still getting a lot of bike for the money.

Verdict

Great looking bike that delivers confidence and performance for those new to the sport

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Make and model: Cube Attain

List the components used to build up the bike.

Cube lists:

FRAME Aluminium T6 Superlite, Road Comfort Geometry

SIZE 47, 50, 53, 56, 58, 60, 62

FORK CUBE CSL Race, Full Carbon, 1 1/8"-1 1/4" Tapered

HEADSET FSA Z-t, Top Zero-Stack 1 1/8" (OD 44mm), Bottom Integrated 1 1/4"

STEM CUBE Performance Stem Pro, mm

HANDLEBAR CUBE Compact Race Bar

REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Claris RD-RGS, 8-Speed

FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Claris FD-RBM, mm Clamp

BRAKE SYSTEM Shimano Claris BR-R

CRANKSET Shimano Claris FC-R, 50x34T, BB-RS, mm (47cm), mm (50/53/56cm), mm (58/60/62cm)

CHAIN KMC Z7

COLOUR grey'n'flashyellow

HANDLEBAR TAPE CUBE Grip Control

SHIFT/ BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Claris ST-R

CASSETTE Shimano CS-HG31, T

WHEELSET CUBE RA Aero, QR/QR

TYRES Conti Ultra Sport 2,

SADDLE Natural Fit Venec Lite

SEAT POST CUBE Performance Post, mm

SEATCLAMP CUBE Screwlock, mm

WEIGHT 9,6 kg

Tell us what the bike is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about the bike?

Cube says, "When the open road calls, you'll want a bike that blends comfort and pace with easy handling. The Attain is our affordable introduction to the world of road riding and the allure of simple, unadulterated human-powered speed. We combined proven technology and years of experience designing aluminium road bikes with a carefully curated selection of reliable components, so you can just concentrate on enjoying the ride. Shimano's slick-shifting, smooth-braking Claris 2x8 components and grippy Continental tyres ensure you're all set to take on any road. Features like the slim, cross-ovalised seat stays - which help improve comfort on poor road surfaces - and the tapered head tube - which enhances steering precision - are typical of the attention to detail that does into every CUBE frame. And our Road Comfort Geometry is designed to make racking up the miles as comfortable and effortless as possible, allowing you to ride further and for longer. Where will your Attain take you?"

The Attain is an affordable introduction to road riding, thanks to balanced geometry and easy-to-live-with handling.

Where does this model sit in the range? Tell us briefly about the cheaper options and the more expensive options

This is the entry-level model of the Attain range. There are five other models in the range, with the Attain GTC SL priced at £1,

Overall rating for frame and fork

7/10

Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork?

Build quality is good for the price point, and although the welds aren't as smooth as some, they suit the look of the Attain and are masked over by the good paint job.

Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork?

FRAME - Aluminium T6 Superlite

FORK - CUBE CSL Race, Full Carbon, 1 1/8"-1 1/4" Tapered

Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork?

The Attain has a geometry that is closer to an endurance bike than a race machine throughout its range of sizes, thanks to taller head tubes and relatively short top tubes.

How was the bike in terms of height and reach? How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size?

The stack figure for this 56cm model is mm which is quite tall for a bike of this type, giving a higher, more relaxed position, with a reach of mm.

Was the bike comfortable to ride? Tell us how you felt about the ride quality.

Yes. The frame does well to cover up road buzz without reducing the majority of the feedback.

Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

Stiffness is certainly up to a level that I'd expect to see on a bike of this type.

How did the bike transfer power? Did it feel efficient?

Yes, on the whole. Its weight hampers it a little but you can get a good return on your effort.

Was there any toe-clip overlap with the front wheel? If so was it a problem?

No, none.

How would you describe the steering? Was it lively neutral or unresponsive? Neutral.

Tell us some more about the handling. How did the bike feel overall? Did it do particular things well or badly?

The handling is very balanced and smooth, which makes the bike easy and relaxing to ride while still managing to be fun.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's comfort? would you recommend any changes?

The saddle is more padded than I normally like, but I got on with it quite well.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's stiffness? would you recommend any changes?

I could get a small bit of flex out of the handlebar but not to the point where it became distracting.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's efficiency? would you recommend any changes?

Lighter wheels would make a big difference to climbing and acceleration.

Rate the bike for efficiency of power transfer:

7/10

Rate the bike for acceleration:

7/10

Rate the bike for sprinting:

7/10

Rate the bike for high speed stability:

8/10

Rate the bike for cruising speed stability:

8/10

Rate the bike for low speed stability:

8/10

Rate the bike for flat cornering:

8/10

Rate the bike for cornering on descents:

7/10

Rate the bike for climbing:

7/10

Rate the drivetrain for performance:

7/10

Rate the drivetrain for durability:

8/10

Rate the drivetrain for weight:

7/10

Rate the drivetrain for value:

6/10

Tell us some more about the drivetrain. Anything you particularly did or didn't like? Any components which didn't work well together?

When you consider how much an entire Shimano Claris groupset costs, you really can't fault the shifting. The brakes are good too, it's just that the callipers are let down by the pads a bit.

Rate the wheels for performance:

7/10

Rate the wheels for durability:

7/10

Rate the wheels for weight:

6/10

Rate the wheels for comfort:

7/10

Rate the wheels for value:

6/10

Tell us some more about the wheels.Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the wheels? If so what for?

Decent enough wheels for the cost of the bike, and proved to be durable throughout testing. Lighter wheels would improve the performance overall when the time comes to replace them.

Rate the tyres for performance:

7/10

Rate the tyres for durability:

8/10

Rate the tyres for weight:

7/10

Rate the tyres for comfort:

7/10

Rate the tyres for value:

6/10

Tell us some more about the tyres. Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the tyres? If so what for?

The Continental Ultra Sport 2 tyres are reliable and offer decent performance across the board. They suit the Cube very well.

Rate the controls for performance:

7/10

Rate the controls for durability:

8/10

Rate the controls for weight:

7/10

Rate the controls for comfort:

7/10

Rate the controls for value:

6/10

Tell us some more about the controls. Any particularly good or bad components? How would the controls work for larger or smaller riders?

The components all work well enough and are well shaped for the majority of riders.

Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes

Would you consider buying the bike? Yes, but it is up against some tough opposition.

Would you recommend the bike to a friend? Yes

How does the price compare to that of similar bikes in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

The Attain isn't a bad price for what you are getting, but others like the Specialized Allez and Vitus Razor Rim undercut it for similar quality rides and spec.

Rate the bike overall for performance:

8/10

Rate the bike overall for value:

6/10

Use this box to explain your overall score

The Cube Attain delivers a quality frameset and components for the money but there are a few brands out there providing the same for less.

Age: 41  

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

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We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cube Attain. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • The Cube Attain is an affordable road bike.
  • The bike is available with carbon or aluminum frame options.
  • The tall head tube places riders in an upright riding position that minimizes discomfort to the lower back.
  • Cube’s frame design, on the Attain, places riders in a more comfortable riding position for tackling long distances.
  • A long wheelbase provides riders with stability and control, on the Cube Attain.
  • The bike's wide bottom bracket and stiff frame provide riders with efficient power transfer.
  • Internally routed cables give the bike a neat and tidy appearance.
  • The Attain's dropped seat stays are slim and offer flex over rough patches in the road.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes provide riders with great stopping power, even in wet conditions.
  • Transparent protection is included on the chainstays and lower portion of the downtube to protect the frame of the Attain from scratches.
  • The Cube Attain is available in nine models. This gives riders a wide range of options, ensuring that they can find a build that best meets their needs and preferences.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Cube Attain has a press-fit bottom bracket. Press-fit bottom brackets are harder to maintain and notorious for developing a creaking noise.
  • Some experts found the bike’s front end wandered through tight and technical terrain.
  • The ° head tube angle is too relaxed to utilize the Attain as a race bike, as it limits its speed and slows its maneuvering ability.
  • The bike has clearance for tires up to 28mm. Some test riders desired greater clearance for wider tires.

Bottom line

The Cube Attain is an affordable endurance road bike. The geometry of the bike is relaxed, when compared to many other road bikes, with it’s ° head tube angle. This limits its ability to utilize it as a race bike. With nine models available, there are many builds available to riders with carbon or aluminum frames. Some testers were disappointed by the press-fit bottom bracket and the front end's tendency to wander through tight terrain. Overall, this is a great entry-level road bike. Those looking for a race bike should look elsewhere.

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Cube Attain GTC SL

The Attain GTC SL is part of Cube's endurance range and it delivers a very good combination of comfort, both from the frameset and the geometry, and performance. It's not a bad weight either, and certainly feels responsive to your input, making it fun to ride fast as well as comfortable for longer, more sedate jaunts. I do find the mixture of Shimano Ultegra and components a little odd though.

Ride

The 56cm Attain GTC SL you see here has quite a tall head tube at mm, and the first time I headed out on it the front end did feel a little bit upright – especially as I'd been riding much lower slung bikes like the Orro Venturi Evo and Vitus Vitesse Evo Team eTap, both of which are much more race orientated.

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That feeling didn't last long, though, and once I'd adapted to the Cube I was surprised how racy and fast it can be. It can maintain speed over a long period too, the relaxed position being ever so slightly easier on your lower back but still allowing for a stretched-out position on the hoods or in the drops for faster sections.

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The handlebar has a very shallow drop, which means tucking down into them is accessible for all but the most inflexible riders and really allows you to exploit the performance on offer from the GTC SL.

With an all-in build weight of kg, the Cube is in the right sort of ballpark for the money but it does feel much more sprightly than the scales suggest.

A kick on the pedals away from the lights or when launching into a bit of a sprint sees the Attain respond well. There is plenty of stiffness around the lower section of the frame, especially around the bottom bracket area, and you feel like you are getting a decent return for your effort.

The standard Fulcrum wheels aren't the lightest, but they don't really dampen the spirit of the bike as a whole; you don't feel like you are dragging them around when really putting the power down. I did try the Cube with a set of 1,g Hunt Carbon Aero Disc wheels, though, and boy did they highlight just how much fun and speed you can wring out of the Attain.

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Cube has gone with a degree head angle, which tones down the speed of the steering a touch compared to a full-on race bike. It still delivers on the fun factor, but if you aren't the most confident of bike handlers it still lets you enjoy the descents and technical sections without the feeling that you need huge levels of concentration or skill to get you through the bends.

I'm a big fan of high speed descending and on my favourite test hill, which has a little bit of everything – off-camber bends, sharp corners and wide open fast ones, which test every factor of handling – the Cube performed well, especially on the faster, sweeping corners where you just need to pick a line and let the bike go.

In the really tight, testing chicane section I would have preferred a little bit more sharpness in the steering, but on the whole it's not really anything I'd overly criticise the Attain for considering its endurance DNA.

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The feedback through the frame and fork is really good too, which helps you know what the tyres are up to on the road's surface. You can feel if you are carrying too much speed as you enter the bend, and respond to it before you get into trouble – and even if you panic you are unlikely to massively upset the bike thanks to that neutral handling.

The fork legs are much narrower than some, and I did wonder how they were going to cope with heavy braking in the bends from high speeds, but I needn't have worried. Even when going from 50mph to a standstill as quickly as I could there was no noticeable flex in the fork and, thanks to the thru-axle, no twisting at the dropouts though the calliper is grabbing the rotor on just one side of the fork.

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Topping all of this off is an impressive level of comfort from the frame tubing. It's a stiff bike, but the frame does a very good job of cancelling out any resonation from the road surface – a bit of compliance, if you like, without sacrificing overall performance.

Frame and fork

The Attain follows a common theme: larger tube sections at the front end, down tube, bottom bracket junction and through the chainstays for stiffness and power transfer, while the top tube, seat tube and especially the seatstays are all much slender to promote compliance and therefore comfort.

 Cube Attain GTC SL - seat tube junction.jpg

Cube has gone for a press-fit bottom bracket which won't please all, but to be honest over the last couple of years I've had fewer and fewer issues with creaking from water and grit ingress. One of the benefits is that with the bearings being pressed internally into the frame, the overall bottom bracket shell can be wider without affecting the distance between the pedals (the Q-factor).

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This allows a wider down tube, chainstays and base of the seat tube, which increases the cross-sectional area and therefore adds more stiffness.

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The bottom bracket area is actually asymmetric on the Attain. The down tube and chainstay on the non-drive side sit out wider, coming out as close as possible to the crank without getting in the way. The other side is stepped back to give clearance for the chainset.

As is commonplace these days, the Cube has full internal cable and hose routing for cleanliness and that really does highlight all of the cool lines of the various tube profiles. It really is a boxy but interesting looking frame that still manages to flow at the intersections.

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I also like the matt red finish – it highlights the angles without making them look too harsh, and it's hardwearing too, although I'm not too sure about the orange decals they're a bit of a clash for my eyes. It's also available in Carbon/White too.

 Cube Attain GTC SL - top tube decal.jpg

The Attain comes with 28mm rubber fitted as standard and I'd say that is about the biggest it'll take, especially if you are using a wide rim. But to be honest I don't see any reason to go wider on what is essentially a high-speed road bike.

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Groupset

Back in the day, to make a bike look a bit more expensive many companies would upgrade the rear mech to the level above. Bunging a mech on a Tiagra-equipped bike gave you something to aspire to.

That sort of disappeared, though, along with FSA having a bit of a monopoly on chainsets fitted to bikes as original equipment, which helped calm my issues about everything not looking the same.

Here, though, Cube has reverted and gone for a mix, speccing the GTC SL with Shimano R STIs and brake callipers…

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and an Ultegra R chainset and front and rear mechs.

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I'm guessing it's a cost-cutting exercise – and Ultegra and disc brakes are very similar – but to me it's an odd pairing that just doesn't look right. I appreciate I might be in the minority here, but although it's great to have the Ultegra parts, for the money I'd be happy to have a full groupset for a more harmonious theme.

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Thankfully, both the shifters and the Ultegra components are top notch. Using the shifters and brakes alongside Ultegra – which I am pretty much always able to because of the number of bikes I test a month – I can detect the slightly sharper and quicker shifting you get from the latter. In isolation, though, you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference, and on the Cube you get precise gear shifts with a defining click as the chain skips across the sprockets and chainrings.

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Gearing-wise Cube has gone for a compact 50/tooth chainset and an tooth cassette. It's a slightly lower range than you'd find on a race machine but a welcome one for the riding the Attain is intended for. Those couple of extra bailout gears mean you can stay seated for a bit longer on the climbs and conserve a bit of energy.

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Braking performance from the levers and callipers is good. You know the drill – plenty of stopping power and modulation. It really is true, though. All of Shimano's hydraulic braking systems give you so much control, especially in the wet, and if you manage to lock the front up in anything but icy conditions you need to lay off the grip strength exercises.

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The SM-RTS mm rotors don't quite offer the same amount of bite as their Ice-Tech stablemates found on more expensive setups, but it is a minimal difference unless you are really hauling on the anchors.

Finishing kit

As for the rest of the kit, it's all Newman Evolution, with matching orange decals and made from aluminium alloy.

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The handlebar is ever so slightly wing shaped, and while it's nothing to really set your pulse alight it works well. I like the shape, and it certainly has plenty of stiffness without feeling overly harsh, helped a bit by the Cube Grip Control bar tape.

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For this sort of money I'd like to see a carbon seatpost; it doesn't affect comfort as much as some think, but it looks a little classier. The alloy post here does the job, though: it didn't slip and it's easy to adjust.

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Stubby saddles have become very popular, but it's rare to see one as standard on an off-the-peg bike. The Cube Natural Fit Nuance Lite is just mm long and I loved the shape. I found the padding pretty much spot on too: not too soft, yet not too firm, as Goldilocks would say.

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Wheels and tyres

Fulcrum makes some good wheels – often not the lightest or the cheapest, but durable and always delivering on ride quality. The Racing 77 DBs fitted to the Attain have a shallow alloy rim and a pretty weighty build, with 28 spokes front and rear. They never put a foot wrong when it came to taking plenty of abuse on crappy road surfaces.

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They use Fulcrum's two-way fit system, so are tubeless ready.

Tyre-wise Cube has gone with Continental's Grand Sport Race, in a 28mm width.

Continental offers a quality range of tacky compounds, found even on its entry-level tyres. The Grand Sport Races offer a decent amount of grip in the bends, even in the wet, making for plenty of confidence in the corners or when taking roundabouts at speed.

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Rolling resistance is a bit average, so an upgrade along with some lighter wheels will really unlock the performance of the Attain.

As for durability, they can't really be knocked. In about miles of testing they haven't picked up a single mark or show any signs of wear.

Value

At £1,, the Attain GTC SL isn't bad money compared with some similar options.

I really liked the Orro Pyro Evo Hydro, which had a very similar ride feel to the Cube – fun, easy to live with while delivering on the performance front, and comfortable too. It's quid cheaper than the Cube, but you aren't getting the Ultegra components, and the Orro is a fair bit weightier at kg.

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Another similar riding and handling machine is the Lapierre Pulsium SL Disc. It's a really comfortable endurance machine that also deserves a lighter set of wheels. It comes with a full groupset, but the price is a bit higher at £2,

Conclusion

Overall, my groupset-mixing reservations aside, I really like the ride quality and the handling of the Attain GTC SL. Cube has delivered a really good frameset that's relaxed enough in its geometry that you can really tap out the miles, but if you have one of those days when you really want to get out and just smash it about it'll also deliver the fun factor.

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Verdict

Some slightly unusual component pairing, but it's all attached to a very good frameset

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Make and model: Cube Attain GTC SL

List the components used to build up the bike.

Cube lists:

FRAME

GTC Monocoque Twin Mold Technology, Flat Mount Disc, Road Comfort Geometry, AXH, 12xmm

SIZE

50, 53, 56, 58, 60, 62

FORK

CUBE CSL Race Disc, Full Carbon, Flat Mount, 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" Tapered, 12xmm

HEADSET

FSA I-t, Top Integrated 1 1/8", Bottom Integrated 1 1/4"

STEM

Newmen Evolution , mm

HANDLEBAR

Newmen Evolution Wing Bar

REAR DERAILLEUR

Shimano Ultegra RD-RDGS, Speed

FRONT DERAILLEUR

Shimano Ultegra FD-RBM, mm Clamp

BRAKE SYSTEM

Shimano BR-R, Hydr. Disc Brake, Flat Mount (/)

CRANKSET

Shimano Ultegra FC-R, Hollowtech II, 50x34T, mm (50/53cm), mm (56/58cm), mm (60/62cm)

CHAIN

Shimano CN-HG

COLOUR

red n orange

HANDLEBAR TAPE

CUBE Grip Control

SHIFT/ BRAKE LEVERS

Shimano ST-R

CASSETTE

Shimano CS-R, T

WHEELSET

Fulcrum Racing 77 DB

TYRES

Conti Grand Sport Race SL,

SADDLE

Natural Fit Nuance Lite

SEAT POST

Newmen Evolution, mm

SEATCLAMP

CUBE Screwlock, mm

Tell us what the bike is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about the bike?

Cube says, "The Attain GTC SL is a masterpiece of both aesthetics and function, even if we do say so ourselves. A high-performance race bike in its own right, it combines the sublime comfort of a high-tech carbon frame with the speed-enhancing safety of the latest in disc brake technology. The ultimate high-speed endurance machine? We like to think so. Shimano's peerless Ultegra gears, compact and elegant disc brakes and a Fulcrum Racing 77 wheelset blend the taut, elegant and surprisingly comfortable carbon frame to make a consummate long-distance mile-muncher. Carbon fork blades and deliberately slender seat stays help filter out harsh vibrations from rough road surfaces, while 12mm axles front and rear combined with a tapered head tube and cross-ovalised down tube ensure that all your effort goes into propelling you forward - and that the powerful brakes can bring you quickly and safely to a stop, whatever the weather. Efficiency, comfort and performance: it's all in the Attain GTC SL's genes."

I think Cube has delivered the bike it set out to design. The frameset is really good and balances that blend of performance versus comfort well which is important for an endurance machine.

Where does this model sit in the range? Tell us briefly about the cheaper options and the more expensive options

This is the top end of the Attain range. Below it sits the GTC Race, SL, Race and Pro which are all disc equipped. The standard Attain is rim braked – you can read our test of it here.

Overall rating for frame and fork

8/10

Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork?

The quality is very good; there is a smooth transition from each tube and the paint takes plenty of abuse.

Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork?

The frame and fork are both carbon fibre. Cube doesn't give away many details though.

Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork?

The head tube is quite tall, which gives a position that is a touch more relaxed than a race bike, while the head angle is relaxed which gives neutral steering.

How was the bike in terms of height and reach? How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size?

This 56cm model has a stack of mm and a reach of mm, pretty typical for this style of bike in this size.

Was the bike comfortable to ride? Tell us how you felt about the ride quality.

Yes, the frame has been well designed and really delivers impressive comfort levels.

Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

Cube has focused on the bottom bracket area which really delivers plenty of stiffness.

How did the bike transfer power? Did it feel efficient?

It's held back a little by the heavy wheels but on the whole, thanks to the stiffness of the frameset and the weight, it does feel efficient.

Was there any toe-clip overlap with the front wheel? If so was it a problem?

No.

How would you describe the steering? Was it lively neutral or unresponsive? Neutral.

Tell us some more about the handling. How did the bike feel overall? Did it do particular things well or badly?

The handling is well balanced. It's right where it needs to be for this type of bike: quick enough to be fun but neutral enough to help if you aren't a confident descender.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's comfort? would you recommend any changes?

I liked the short saddle, striking a good balance on the padding front.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's stiffness? would you recommend any changes?

You can't fault the Shimano Ultegra chainset when it comes to stiffness.

Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's efficiency? would you recommend any changes?

I'd upgrade the wheels and tyres to really exploit the performance of the frameset.

Rate the bike for efficiency of power transfer:

8/10

Rate the bike for acceleration:

8/10

Rate the bike for sprinting:

8/10

Rate the bike for high speed stability:

8/10

Rate the bike for cruising speed stability:

8/10

Rate the bike for low speed stability:

7/10

Rate the bike for flat cornering:

8/10

Rate the bike for cornering on descents:

7/10

Rate the bike for climbing:

7/10

Rate the drivetrain for performance:

8/10

Rate the drivetrain for durability:

8/10

Rate the drivetrain for weight:

8/10

Rate the drivetrain for value:

7/10

Tell us some more about the drivetrain. Anything you particularly did or didn't like? Any components which didn't work well together?

A bit of a mixture but, aesthetics aside, everything worked well.

Rate the wheels for performance:

7/10

Rate the wheels for durability:

7/10

Rate the wheels for weight:

6/10

Rate the wheels for comfort:

7/10

Rate the wheels for value:

6/10

Tell us some more about the wheels.Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the wheels? If so what for?

Decent enough wheelset but their weight does limit the performance of the Cube.

Rate the tyres for performance:

7/10

Rate the tyres for durability:

7/10

Rate the tyres for weight:

7/10

Rate the tyres for comfort:

7/10

Rate the tyres for value:

6/10

Tell us some more about the tyres. Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the tyres? If so what for?

Decent grip and rolling resistance from what is an entry-level tyre.

Rate the controls for performance:

7/10

Rate the controls for durability:

8/10

Rate the controls for weight:

7/10

Rate the controls for comfort:

7/10

Rate the controls for value:

6/10

Tell us some more about the controls. Any particularly good or bad components? How would the controls work for larger or smaller riders?

All-round decent performance from the components. I'd like to see a carbon seatpost for this money but it's not exactly a deal breaker.

Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes

Would you consider buying the bike? Yes

Would you recommend the bike to a friend? Yes

How does the price compare to that of similar bikes in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

If the mixing of groupsets doesn't bother you then you are getting some Ultegra components on the Cube that you don't get with the Orro and Lapierre mentioned in the review, which are similar money.

Rate the bike overall for performance:

8/10

Rate the bike overall for value:

6/10

Use this box to explain your overall score

The heart of any bike is its frameset and this is where the Cube delivers. The ride quality is great and the performance matches that so, while I'd question a few of the component choices, as a whole the Attain GTC SL is a very good bike if you want to go fast in relative comfort.

Age: 41  

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

Sours: https://road.cc/content/review/cube-attain-gtc-sl

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