Purchased a 2018 Cube Reaction Race 500

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  1. BazP

    BazP Finding my (electric) wheels

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    If your talking about the main compartment and not the pannier sides then a battery will easily fit inside the Topeak with plenty of room down the side. You would struggle though to fit two batteries but it is possible if you extend the top and place one on top of the other.
     
  2. bikey850

    bikey850 Finding my (electric) wheels

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    Hello,

    This is really useful.

    If you have fitted a rack can you take some pictures to show the fitting arrangement? I have the mudguard version so it's a bit more complicated how they fit so they don't foul the mudguard supports.

    Might it be worth asking Cube if they do a specific rack?
     
  3. GLJoe

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    I went and checked. A Bosch battery does indeed fit. Its a Yamaha battery that's almost impossible to fit as its a couple of inches longer, but it does squeeze into the Evans one as that shape is wedged at one end so gives a bit more length for the battery handle to fit into.
     
  4. BazP

    BazP Finding my (electric) wheels

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    Bike Rack 001.JPG Bike Rack 002.JPG

    The mudguard (Beavertail XL) from Halfords is actually a front and back combined and is attached to the rack front and back with zip ties.it is not fastened at all down at the bottom of the seat tube but is very stable.
     
  5. The Bear

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    That Beavertail mudguard looks like it gives great coverage.
     
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  6. BazP

    BazP Finding my (electric) wheels

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    Yes it's perfect and the tyres are 2.6".
     
  7. bikey850

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  8. The Bear

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    Ive just ordered from Amazon a Topeak Explorer 29er rack..

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    An adapter to fit my existing lights to the back of the rack..

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    And Topeak MTX DX bag, the one with side pockets but no panniers..

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  9. bikey850

    bikey850 Finding my (electric) wheels

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    Hi,

    The official cube rack arrived - fitted yesterday fine. It's a bit tight with the All Road original mudguards (they seem particulary wide) but with a bit of final work tinkering the fitting it should be okay. No rubbing at the moment (clearance at the top of the tyre is quite tight due to the knobbly tyres that come with the bike). Not been for a proper ride yet.

    Rack is good quality and light (max weight is 25kg as it's alluminium). Ortlieb panniers fit securly and it has a bracked for a back light. Cost was £40 online.

    Will try and post some photos.
     
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  10. The Bear

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    Fitted the Topeak Explorer 29er rack and the Topeak MTX DX trunk bag. Works perfectly and fitting was very easy.

    Waited until the wife had gone out so I could bring the bike into the kitchen to fit them ;)

    I dipped the thread of each bolt in ACF50 paste and filled the recessed heads with the paste as well, some Amazon reviewers mention the bolt heads rusting after a while. Left the bolts slightly loose until I knew everything was level, then tightened them up..

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    The MTX system allows the bags to slide along the grooves in the rack, and click into the frame to secure it..

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    I held off buying the Topeak rain cover as I have a Hi-Viz waterproof rucksack cover that I hoped would fit, and it does...

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    I went with the version of rack suitable for disc brakes, but now that its fitted I fully agree with what BazP said in post number 95.....

    ....I also don't see the need for the disc brake version as the standard version would still have fitted. Seems the disc brake version just makes the rack stick out a bit more at the sides, but I guess this will help protect the bike from knocks when falling over etc?



    Hopefully picking up some full size mudguards from Halfords tomorrow, so I will probably have to remove the rack to fit them. Just waiting now for the adapter to arrive that bolts to the rear of the frame and allows quick release lights to be fitted...

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  11. BazP

    BazP Finding my (electric) wheels

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    If the bag rattles a bit, as mine and my friends did, just tap the runners on the rack in one place with a plastic mallet to tighten.
    Mine was ok on road but a bit rattly on rough tracks.
     
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  12. The Bear

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    Fitted an SKS Beavertail mudguard (Halfords £15) to the rear to stop spray getting onto the new rack. The supplied fixings weren't suitable for my bike so I drilled holes and cable tied it to the rack..

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    And fitted the adapter to the rack to fix my rear light to..

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    Any idea what would be the best kick stand for this bike?
     
  14. Plodder Bob

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    Cube pro stand is best and a very neat job. I bought the cube universal stand initially but it comes with extra bracing that looks a mess . I put the universal stand on the wife’s cube access and treated myself to the pro version it was only a couple of quid dearer from tredz cycles . Had to wait a couple of weeks they were waiting on stock from cube arriving .
     
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    I was quite taken with the Top Peak rack and clip in bag combination but decided on a generic rack with Ortleib Panniers.

    I have to say I am a real fan of the Ortleib panniers having now used them since 2011 as they are completely waterproof, have a flexible carrying capacity and clip on and off the bike so easily and work on any other bikes you have with racks with either no adjustment if you are lazy or minimal tool free adjustment. The weight is also carried lower down. If you do not need to carry much you can just use one.

    They are also very hard wearing and long lasting and stand all sorts of abuse without issue.

    Oh did I say I worked for Ortleib, no only kidding!
     
  16. E Moses

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    I've seen these at Evans' Bikes. They looked pretty amazing. Congrats!!!
     
  17. Parky

    Parky Finding my (electric) wheels

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    Ordered one yesterday - thanks Bob :D
     
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    Ordered one as well. Cheers :)
     
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    I’ve ordered the same rack as you Bear (and have the same bike) but just wanted to find out how you’re finding those mudguards.
     
  20. The Bear

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    Ive only fitted the rear mudguard so far. I ended up drilling some holes in it and used cable ties to attach it to the rack. I slid it in from the rear :p, held it in position then marked where I wanted to drill holes, removed it and drilled the holes. It works well.
     
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