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LUKE’S CUBE STEREO 170 RACE 29 £2,999

Big wheels, big travel, big fun – 2021 looks like a big year for Luke!

After spending last year on the Giant Reign 29 with its modest 146mm of rear wheel travel, I’m excited to be riding the Cube Stereo 170 for 2021, which pumps out a more enduro-friendly 170mm. It’s a burly bike built for hard thrashing on rough descents, which just so happens to be my favourite type of riding.

The spec on this shop-stocked bike is impressive for the price and rivals many direct-sales brands. It’s fitted with a Performance-grade Fox 38 fork and Float X2 shock, a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain (with NX shifter downgrade), Newmen Evolution SL A.30 wheels, Magura MT5 brakes and a cockpit from Race Face – all excellent kit. For 2021, Cube have fitted more robust EXO+ casing Maxxis tyres, which is an improvement over the Stereo 170 featured in our 2020 Bike of the Year test. Although these are tubeless-ready (along with the rims) they come fitted with inner tubes, so before I hit the trails I swapped these out for some Rimpact tyre

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