Purchased a 2018 Cube Reaction Race 500

The Bear

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Just ordered a 2018 Cube Reaction Hybrid Race 500 from my local bike shop this morning
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Went with the 23" frame but no stocks of that size in the red, so ordered the black. Got a bit of a discount for attending their recent Cycle Fest event. It should be with me next week

Thanks for everyones help over the recent weeks
as to be honest I found it a bit of a mine field choosing the correct ebike, as theres so much choice.

I initially wanted a road/hybrid bike for commuting, which with a non ebike would have made sense, but having tried a few different ebikes at their Cycle Fest I realised that a mountain bike would cover more bases. The motor overcomes any resistance from the tyres which helps make an electric mountain bike perfect for my short 5 mile commutes, whilst also allowing me to play in the mud if I choose. I also discovered from trying out all those bikes that the Bosch CX motor would be great for me. Cant wait for it to arrive....


 

Gaz

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Needs pedals! :p

Gaz
 

Robbieg

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Looks really nice, Cube make some great value for money quality e bikes, keep us posted on how you get on with it
 

xena

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Yay, exactly the same as mine then. Even down to the colour. Bit bigger tho. Really looking forward to hearing how you get on with it
 

The Bear

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I will certainly be letting you know how I go on when I get it


Before buying it I nipped into Evans Cycles as they had a 2017 Cube Reaction Hybrid HPA Pro 500. They let me have a go on it outside and it was really nice. It was the 21" and fit me quite well but I couldn't help but think a 23" would be a better fit. With a bit of discount I might have bought it, but decided to hold out and went to my preferred shop to get the 2018 Race instead.

Ive got a week or so to concrete a ground anchor in my garage, and see if my house insurance will cover it.

I'll be looking for some mudguards for my winter commute, and lights of course.
 
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I will certainly be letting you know how I go on when I get it


Before buying it I nipped into Evans Cycles as they had a 2017 Cube Reaction Hybrid HPA Pro 500. They let me have a go on it outside and it was really nice. It was the 21" and fit me quite well but I couldn't help but think a 23" would be a better fit. With a bit of discount I might have bought it, but decided to hold out and went to my preferred shop to get the 2018 Race instead.

Ive got a week or so to concrete a ground anchor in my garage, and see if my house insurance will cover it.

I'll be looking for some mudguards for my winter commute, and lights of course.
Don't forget shock pump for front shocks and shock lube, shop or youtube should be able to suggest suitable one.
 

Paddi

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i'm actually looking at this model the now , originally i was wanting the Turbo levo HT , but Dales in Glasgow don't do them anymore , and i really like the look of this Cube bike... so any feedback would be great before i purchase
 

The Bear

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i'm actually looking at this model the now , originally i was wanting the Turbo levo HT , but Dales in Glasgow don't do them anymore , and i really like the look of this Cube bike... so any feedback would be great before i purchase
Some on here have this bike already, and they all seem very pleased with it.

I rode the 2017 Cube Reaction HPA Race 500 yesterday at a different shop and it was really nice to ride. Had it been available in my size I would probably have bought it.




But the 2018 model does look slightly better with the battery partially sunken into the frame.

 

The Bear

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Don't forget shock pump for front shocks and shock lube, shop or youtube should be able to suggest suitable one.
Is this something I actually need? Will I need to keep topping up the air and lubing the forks? Ive never had air for before.
 

The Bear

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So any recommendation for mudguards for this bike?

I'll be needing them over the winter for commuting. I quite like the look of the ones that Cube fit to their 'all road' models, but they are £50..

 

xena

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I was comparing the 2017 and 18 Race versions before I went for the 2018 and there were a few other differences too. Some I forget, but definitely different tyres (2.6 compared to 2.3 I think), also different rims, forks, maybe cassette? And improved dropper post options. Anyway, all the 2017s were sold out, which was the main thing that swung it!

Nice having room for the bottle cage tho!

Keep us informed of mud guard choice as I still haven't purchased yet, and got stinking on the way to work the other day!
 
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Gaz

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So any recommendation for mudguards for this bike?
I bought OEM Whyte mudguards for my bike (thinking I'd be getting the best for the bike), and could have done so much better if I'd gone for good branded generic ones. If you look at how short the front one is on your photo, it's not going to protect your feet or legs to half way up your shins, and the spray/splash area's going to be about halfway up the battery. I'm expecting to replace my front guard with one that's much lower at the back, and with much less flex in it coz my recent attempts at what seemed like a good extension have proved anything but successful :(

Gaz
 
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DangerousDave79

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They look good. I have a sexy looking front fender on rear wheel at the moment, I feel that if it stopped me getting wet it would be even better...
 

The Bear

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Bear

Just ordered the following mudguards and lights for my own Cube. Will let you know how they perform.

SKS Velo 65 Trekking Front and Rear Snap-On Fender Set, 26/29-Inch

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008OPUCA6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Brite-R Duo 2x CREE XM-L T6 LED Bicycle Front Head Light inc. 7200mAh Recharageable Battery + Charger

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00I5NA91E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Those mudguards look decent. I’d be interested to know if you think they’d be ok for 29” wheels.
 
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Is this something I actually need? Will I need to keep topping up the air and lubing the forks? Ive never had air for before.
They should pressure for weeks if not months but good to have one for varying pressure. Lower/softer for commuting, harder for offroad.

You spray this around top tubes to help them slide, protect from corrosion and also cleaning. I'd recommend doing weekly if commuting or after every MTB ride. Look for youtube videos on it.
Servicing is shop job.
 

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