Cube Aim SL Hardtail

Cube Aim SL Hardtail

If you are looking for a great quality bike that will not completely smash your budget, then look at the Cube Aim SL Hardtail. This is the 2019 version of the bike and currently Tweek cycles are offering at £449.00 (31st October 2019)

Cube are one of my favorite bike manufacturers in this price bracket and they always seem to put a good package together.

Wow Factor.

The Cube name is known well within the cycle community and the Kids recognise it as not an everyday brand. I personally like the version above with the walled tyres. This has a retro cool look. If you or the kids want something different to the norm then cube won’t let you down. I have said before that my son has a Cube and he loves it.

Value.

have a read through the specification and you will see that this bike comes with some relatively High End components. Rather than scrimp Cube have gone with the Deore 9 speed rear derailleurs which is a well-established MTB Gear set. This offers a range of 27 gears and also allows the opportunity for upgrades. The Breaking system is a higher quality Hydraulic system. You would not normal find the Shimano MT200 on a bike of this level. The wheels come with Shimano Centre lock hubs. This is the more modern technology that replaces the six bolt system and this will provide longevity. The fork is the Suntour XCM 100mm with remote lockout. OK this is not the best fork out there but it is a reasonable fork for a bike of this level.

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Frame

The frame is an area where Cube have a great reputation and this bike has the Aluminium Lite frame with internal cable routing. These frames are known for their strength and stiffness.

The Aim SL also features Cube’s acclaimed Agile Ride Geometry. Firstly, this sees increased fork offsets providing good toe clearance to the front wheel. Secondly, shortened chain stays and a specially mounted front derailleur provide more tyre clearance without compromising the seat angle. Lastly, Cube kept the BB height the same as on their 26 inch bikes. All this adds up to a natural riding position for all rider sizes.

The Aim SL’s frame is constructed using Cube’s Advanced Mechanical Forming process, this involves optimising the tubes without the need for material-wearing welding work. The result is a lighter and stiffer aluminium frame with tubes that also have an aesthetically pleasing, organic appearance. Internal cable routing also adds to the clean, sleek appearance and increases the durability of the cables by protecting them from dirt and the elements. Cube’s Frame Save System means the mounting thread is in the hanger and not in the frame, so should damage occur the derailleur hanger is easily replaceable.

Specification

Wheel Size Size Split: 27.5: 14″, 16″, 18″ // 29: 17″, 19″, 21″, 23″
Frame Aluminium Lite, AMF, Internal Cable Routing, Easy Mount Kickstand Ready
Fork SR Suntour XCM RL Disc, 100mm, Remote Lockout
Headset Cube No.10, Semi-Integrated
Stem CUBE Performance Post, 31.8mm
Handlebar CUBE Rise Trail Bar, 680mm
Grips CUBE Performance Grip
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M592, 9-Speed
Front Derailleur Shimano FD-M4000, Downswing, 31.8mm Clamp
Shifters Shimano SL-M2000, Rapidfire-Plus
Brake System Shimano BR-MT200, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)
Crankset Shimano FC-MT100, 40x30x22T, 175mm
Cassette Shimano CS-HG400, 12-36T
Chain Shimano CN-HG53
Rims CUBE ZX20, 32H, Disc
Front Hub Shimano HB-TX505, QR, Centerlock
Rear Hub Shimano FH-TX505, QR, Centerlock
Tyres Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 2.25
Pedals CUBE PP MTB
Saddle CUBE Active 1.1
Seat Post CUBE Performance Post, 27.2mm
Seatclamp CUBE Varioclose, 31.8mm
Weight (W/O Pedals) 14.3 kg

In conclusion

This bike has a great spec list for its price point and it is definitely a bargain at £449.00. There are cheaper bikes out there but you do get what you pay for. The only part of this bike that is not great is the Fork but, even this is a better fork than you normally get at this price.

if you want a high Spec Bike at a low cost then get over to Tweek and Buy it. Follow my link and it can be yours.

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14 thoughts on “Cube Aim SL Hardtail

  1. Thank you for the awesome review!  I had to convert the Euros to USD, and found that it’s roughly 513 USD, and that is a good price as well!  I love riding backs around where I live, and this would be a great christmas gift for my wife, and for me! I had actually never heard of this brand before, so thank you for introducing me!

    • It does seem to be that the US does not have the Cube brand readily available. Cube is a very big name in quality cycling in Europe and the UK. This time of year in the UK it is a great time to find bargains. Our 2020 models all kick in around now so there is a money to save on a 2019 model. 

  2. For the price, the cube aim  SL hardtail is really a good purchase for money. Simply awesome to behold. I like every bit of this bicycle. Though I do not ride that much but my son is a big fan of cycling and getting this at a very cheaper rate would be just perfect. The specs, and the price are the two main reasons I would be going for this. Thank you for the post

    • Yes it is a true bargain. The spec alone should put it up in to the £600 price group. This is a brilliant time to grab a cycle related bargain.

  3. Hi Mark. My wife and I have reached an age where we need to seriously look at keeping fit. I have been checking bikes out on the net as we believe this might be our solution. My brother and his wife drop in to visit us often on they’re extended holidays, and they always bring along a pair of bikes, so we though we might purchase a couple and join in with them when they go touring. 

    The ‘Cube Alm SL Hardtail’ that you have written your review on  seems like it might be just the right bike for us. I like the fact that it’s light weight, yet strong, and the price is reasonable. I will definitely be taking a look at this bike. Jim

    • Thanks Jim. The Cube brand is big in Europe and they are known as a quality brand. This bike represents a great end of season bargain. There are many bargains to be had this time of year. Go grab a bargain.

  4. I agree The Cube definitely has the retro cool look and I can see how it is so popular with the kids. The walled tyres pop out and add to the cool factor. That it is budget friendly is an added bonus. With holiday season just around the corner this is perfect timing, as The Cube would make for the perfect kid’s gift. I’m glad to see that the frame is both light and durable. I know a few parents who would find this post helpful and I’ll be passing it along to them. Excellent recommendation!

    • It is a great time to buy a bike. The 2019 ranges are finishing for the 2020 ranges at Christmas. If you manage to find an end of line deal like this then you can get big bargains. Thanks for reading.

  5. Wow, this article actually brought back memories, I had a bike I always ride to school then but now, I hardly get time to catch up with it. I really like the features of Cube Aim SL G Hardtail, and also the price is pocket friendly for those who actually knows the worth of bikes. I think I’ll go back to riding cos this article really made me feel it again, thanks for sharing it, it’s very useful 

    • Glad you liked it. This time of year is a good time to buy. This is just one bargain I found but there are many bargains to be had. I love getting out on my bike every day it gives you a sense of freedom.

  6. Wow, The Cube Aim Bike has quite a lot of nice features! I never heard of a “Fork” before, well when referring to a bike anyways. You seem to know a lot about bikes!

    I have always used a regular mountain bike bought from the local big box store. There have been a few times I thought about doing some research to get a good bike worth spending good money on. I do love the retro look of this bike!

    Now, with an aluminum frame, it seems this would make it so lightweight and fast. Is this bike good for long travels or bike racing?

    • It is a great quality bike. It is ideal for long trail rides but it is not really a race machine. If it was a race machine it would be a lot more money. This is quite a high range bike at a low range discount price. It is a great bike for the money.

  7. I’ve owned about six to seven bikes since I’ve been able to ride one and I really know what it takes to own a bike with utmost quality, this offer is a very good and sensible one because Cube makes really lovely bikes that worth more that even what is charged for them. Cube Aim SL Hardtail is really strong, what I like most about it is the frame. I’ll get one for my girls as soon as possible. It’s nice of you to share.

    • I like the brand and they always build a good spec machine. My son has an older model and it has been great. This bike is on a bargain offer at the moment. The 2020 model is a lot more money. Grab a bargain.

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