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Cube Agree C:62 Race Disc review

26 May 2020

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Verdict:

The Cube Agree C:62 Race is a versatile disc-braked weapon with surprising concessions to comfort

Cyclist Rating: 
Price: 
£2,499
For 
Stunning looks • Super brakes • Top comfort • Assured handling
Against 
Closer-ratio gears would make it better • Comparatively weighty compared to rivals

Need some ammo for your next Friday night Zoom/House Party/Microsoft Teams cycling quiz? Name a German bike brand. Chances are, the first to spring to mind starts with a ‘C’ and ends with ‘anyon’. However, Teutonic rival Cube has a range of more than 350 models and – unlike the direct sales giant of Koblenz – manufactures them on home soil, in the small Bavarian town of Waldershof.

Cube’s production plant employs around 450 staff, equivalent to around a tenth of the town’s entire population. You’re welcome.

The Cube Agree C:62 carbon road bike is available in three variants: the £3699 Sram eTap-equipped SLT; the £2999 Ultegra Di2 SL; and the bike I’ve been enjoying solo lockdown rides on, the mechanical Ultegra-wearing Race, which sneaks in a shade under £2500.

Cube reckons this is ‘an endurance speed machine that will bring out the best in every rider.’ After many weeks of solitude behind its cockpit, I’m inclined to agree (see what I did there?)

 

Packing it all in

We’ll deal with the potentially confusing ‘C:62’ tag (shared by many bikes across Cube’s range) first. The carbon composite frame of the Cube Agree was updated in 2016, from which point it has been made from 62% carbon content. The company’s Advanced Twin Mold construction is said to ‘minimise imprecise overlaps by accurately fitting individual carbon layers’ overlap regions during the monocoque building process.’

In theory, this brings weight down. The Agree C:62 also uses a solid core at the heart of the frame during construction, to reduce the folding of composite material, for a stronger end result.

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With the belly of the beast dealt with, what do we find at either end? The Cube Agree C:62 is built as much for comfort as for speed, with slender seatstays, a 27.2mm carbon seatpost, and slight carbon fork profiles. Each end of the bike is affixed to Newmen 32mm-section alloy rims via a 12mm thru-axle, eliminating any chance of misalignment and mitigating losses due to flex under load.

A brace of 160mm rotors is gripped by hydraulically actuated flat-mount calipers.

 

Nothing lost to progress

How far to ride each day in these peculiar times of Covid-19? I’ve been trying to limit my outdoor cycling activities to a local 35km loop (which, given it takes more than an hour, Michael Gove would certainly not approve of). However, it’s been ample on a number of occasions to reveal the calling cards of the Cube Agree C:62.

The outskirts of the flatlands not only offer pan-flat roads fraught with crosswind but also Ardennes-style climbs of the short and sharp variety. Despite concerns that the deepish-section Newmen rims fitted to the Agree might suffer in the gusts, forward motion has been plain sailing, and enforced by a small rear frame triangle and boxy, 412mm chainstays.

Power gets to the tarmac quicker than a panic-buyer to the toilet roll aisle.

Climbing any of the 500-metre hillocks on my loop has been joyful. The solidity of the Cube Agree C:62 frameset at the downtube and bottom bracket combines with twin thru-axles to provide flex-free muscling of the bike uphill, more often than not in the big ring; mainly due to the provision of a 32-tooth sprocket, more than my wattage.

But it’s this gearing that lets the package down slightly when I find I’ve misjudged an ascent. Changing up and down in the middle of the cassette is met with sizeable jumps between ratios; just enough to sap the bike of momentum. But it would be easily fixed with a close-ratio cassette.

 

Going down?

I’ll put this out there; I’m no fan of rapid descents. With the exception of a weekend in Mallorca many years ago, where the downhill tarmac of Coll de Soller partially exorcised my descending demons, a number of previous high-speed motorcycle get-offs tend to prevent me from full commitment.

However, the Cube Agree C:62 imbues me with such confidence that if I’ve learned one thing during the government-enforced lockdown, it’s been to embrace the power of gravity (I had planned on learning to knit, too, but that’s all gone to pot).

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A direct translation of steering input into directional change puts me on the right line to carve even bumpy asphalt, the hydraulic Shimano Ultegra braking set-up offers endo-inducing force at one end of its scale, but finely measured speed arrestment at the other.

Brush the front lever gently to scrub off speed and put a little weight over the front end, and the 28c Continental Grand Sport Race SL tyres (the widest fitment allowable with the Agree’s frame clearance) roll into turns, grip and track your chosen line like they're neurally linked.

 

Agreeable in every way?

The Cube Agree C:62 is a bike that flatters you, there’s no doubt about that. But there are a few niggles, however minor. Firstly, although very easy to adjust, the aero clamp that holds the carbon seatpost in the seat tube isn’t the prettiest solution.

Secondly, we’ve already touched upon the possible need for a close-ratio cassette, not only to make climbing even more pleasurable but also make rolling roads an utter smashfest.

Thirdly, is it worth £2,499? That’s the, er, 3102-dollar question… It’s a close call between the Cube Agree C:62 and the brand’s closest German competitor, the Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0.

This mechanical Ultegra-equipped, disc brake-stopped rival costs £100 less, already comes with an 11-30 cassette as standard, and weighs in the region of a whole kilo less than the Cube. But, while on price it’s unable to match the Far Eastern-manufactured might of its compatriot, taken in isolation, the Agree C:62 is quite some bike.

Rapid, comfortable, versatile, and crucially – if exclusivity is your thing – still a criminally rare sight on UK roads.

Spec

Cube Agree C:62 Race Disc  
Frame C:62 carbon frame, Cube CSL Evo Aero carbon fork
Groupset Shimano Ultegra
Chainset Shimano Ultegra, 50/34
Cassette Shimano Ultegra, 11-32
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Bars Newmen Advanced Wing Bar, carbon
Stem Newmen Evolution 318.4, alloy
Seatpost Newmen Advanced, carbon, 27.2mm
Saddle Selle Royal Asphalt
Wheels Newmen Evolution SL R.32, Continental Grant Sport Race SL tyres, 700 x 28  
Weight 8.36kg (size 53)
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