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Cube Editor, has anyone owned one?

  • 10-09-2021 4:42pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,384 ✭✭✭

    Currently using a Genesis CDA 10 as main commute.

    Looking at getting the Cube Editor

    Has anyone used one and would there be much difference going from dropped handlebars to straight?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,957 ✭✭✭Flaccus

    Completely different geometries and gear setup.

    I have a drop bar and also had a Cannondale Bad Boy 1 which uses a similar Alfine internally geared hub and gates belt drive system instead of a chain.

    Great for short journeys which is what it is designed for, but possibly limited gearing. You won't be going up very steep hills. Position is more upright too. And the bike weighs over 11KG+. So if short trips (say under 20KM) is you thing I imagine it's a great bike.

    Almost zero maintenance. The only thing you need to really do is make sure the belt tension is right. There's an app for measuring the tension. And it uses an eccentric bottom bracket which has to be adjusted in order to increase or decrease belt tension. You actually need a freewheel pin spanner. But the adjustment takes only seconds.

    And from time to time you index the gears, which requires turning the barrel adjuster on the shifter and eyeballing a color index on the rear hub. I only ever had to index my gears once in over a year.

    Every one or two years (depending on mileage), the Hub will have to be re-greased but your LBS will take care of this as it typically requires disassembling the hub, draining it of fluid and dunking it in grease and then reassembling.

    Regarding changing gear, it's recommended not to do it under load, you simply stop pedaling and change gear. You can also change gear while stopped. Which is an advantage. Belt driven bikes with IGH's are great. They are virtually silent.

    The only minus I can think of if the bike suits your use case, is they typically don't have dropouts so in the case of a puncture you either fix it by patching tube without removing wheel or do what a lot of fixie riders do, and bring a 15mm wrench with you. It's also a bit of a faff removing a wheel with a Gates belt drive as you have to rotate the hub with a hex key to release the gear cable from the hub. But do it once and it's easy the next time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,079 ✭✭✭CantGetNoSleep

    I haven't owned one - but I did once go from a road bike to a Canyon Urban for my commute (didn't have a belt drive). I loved the flat bar and different riding position, but for 8km or so each way and mainly inside the city / in traffic.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,384 ✭✭✭phelixoflaherty

    Thanks million for the replys. Due a BTW upgrade and most of my journeys are urban.

    Have always had drop bars except for a Raleigh chopper