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On paper this is an excellent bike at a good price, but the wheelbase is very short so that you cannot fit mudguards or use toe clips. Hence I returned it as dangerous and am buying something else. No use as a hybrid
The Cube Cross Comp SL is a hybrid and according to the Cube website has "a slight penchant for off road use but does not shy away from the asphalt..". I would say it is the other way round; the 700c wheels and stiff unsuspended frame make this a pretty fast roadbike that will handle trails and light offroad use.
I bought the bike for a commute that takes in both roads and a gravel/dirt cyclepath. The bike handles all of the cyclepath with ease but to be honest I would not want to be going over anything rougher. The qualities that make it fast on the road make for a bumpy ride on the trail. It is ideal for my purposes, fast light and robust. It weighs just over 10k and even with rack, panniers, lights etc added feels light and responsive. It is great for the acceleration and general swerving about needed in town.
The quality of the welding on the alu frame is clearly visible, the paint job is a nice robust matt black and the whole bikes just looks sleek and fast. The Shimano Diore LX groupset is entry level MTB racing standard and certainly robust enough for anything the bike will be asked to do, with the gear indexing on the 9 speed block working beautifully straight out of the box.
The only downsides are the cheap pedals and the road racer style saddle which looks great but hurts like hell. On bikes of £500 upwards many manufacturers will keep the spec high elsewhere but skimp on the pedals and saddle in the knowledge that riders will soon swap these components for their personal preference. I have already fitted Shimano SPD pedals and plan to add a Brooks saddle as soon as I can afford it (doesn't look as sexy but my ageing English bum deserves soft English leather). The front wheel was slightly out of true on unpacking but perfectly rideable and easily fixed at the free first service by the supplier. Apart from those niggles the bike is perfect for what I need and has given no problems. All I have had to do is make the inevitable "shakedown" tightening and adjustments that any bike needs in the first few trips.
Don't be put off because you have never heard of Cube, this is a great bike and good value at this price point; find a dealer and go for a trundle..
A hybrid equipped with durable parts and light wheels.