The Cube Hardtail takes on a hard weekend

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Overview of Cube Analog Hardtail

We had the pleasure of borrowing this bike for a wet and wild weekend at the peak district, muddy tracks, off-road challenges and typical road riding all featured over the weekend. We really got the put the Analog through its paces and boy were we pleased.

Comfort

For a hardtail the Cube Analog 2016 was a pleasure, the front forks are coil sprung and whilst this meant that adjustment capabilities were minimal, it seemed to always feel ‘just right’. Although it does benefit from remote lock-out and rebound adjustment. Cube produce their own seat for the Analog which delivers comfort over a long ride, we had a lot of uphill and off-road on our weekend and compared to many hardtail bikes this one delivered all day comfort.

Handling

The frame on the Analog is, as you’d expect from Cube, absolutely solid, yet lightweight. Never would you lack confidence in the frame no matter how hard you push it. The tyres aren’t the best available, but give you everything you need if you’re a casual or experienced rider, it’s only when you’re really pushing the bike to its limits that you’d notice and want to upgrade the tyres.

Stopping Power

The 2016 Analog features Shimano M355 brakes, which if you’re not familiar with them, put it this way…they work, and they work well. They’re considered an intermediate level set of brakes, but for our weekend, they didn’t disappoint, especially when you consider that the complete setup weighs around 14KG, plus a 70KG rider, the stopping power was remarkably good.

Our Verdict

For a MTB in the £400-£500 segment this bike is on to a winner. Cube are a real favourite for us at Bike Review, and for a very good reason, they make class leading bikes. The Analog gives you everything you need in terms of spec and the ride is solid yet comfortable. The only thing to watch out for is the tyres if you’re an advanced rider wanting to push this thing hard.