Cube Stereo Super HPC 160 – Best bikes and gear of 2012

We’ve only made room for one big-wheeler in our ‘Best bikes and gear of 2012’ wishlist, and that’s the new Cube Stereo Super HPC 160. Its 650b (27.5lb) hoops help it roll over the small bumps better than a 26in bike, without giving it the ungainly feel of most longer-travel 29ers. Could this be the ultimate all-mountain/enduro speed machine?

Why we like it:

  • Rolling benefits of 650b wheels
  • Longer, lower, slacker and better looking than the old Stereo, with improved suspension
  • Very light for a 160mm bike – top-end SLT model weighs sub-10kg (22lb)
  • Sleek ‘Super High Performance Composite’ frame

RRP: £2,999-£6,599 / €3,499-€7,699 depending on model

More info: www.cube.eu