Cube Attain Pro Disc 2017

The Cube Attain Pro is a carbon fibre framed road bike with disc brakes. It retails around €2500 and last May, I brought one. I have been an avid cyclist for a number of years. I have been riding a Felt z95 for the previous five years, and it had served me well but it was definitely time to upgrade.

The bike itself is good solid all round bike that is certainly a step up from the entry level Giants and Treks that dominate this end of the market. It’s lower end of mid-range or the upper end of entry level depending on how you want to slice it.

I chose the bike having done plenty of research and arrived at the conclusion that it was time I had a carbon frame and also time to go to disc brakes. The Cube has certainly met my needs and more besides. 80% of my miles are commuter miles so I’m looking for something comfortable and reliable that won’t complain too much when it’s subjected to the daily drenching that is the Irish winter and equally can handle the sometimes questionable surfaces we have on Irish roads. When I’m not commuting I’m a keen club cyclist and I’ve been known to do a few sportive rides including long distance multiday rides. Once upon a time I had a racing licence but those days are probably in the rear view mirror.

I have now been cycling this bike for seven months and in that time I’ve clocked up more than 10’000 kilometres. In that time I have had zero issues with the bike itself. It’s been able to take everything I’ve asked it to do and come through with flying colours.

In terms of the characteristics of the bike itself, it feels nippy and quick through corners and responds well when power is put down on exit. The frame feels stiff. I have subsequently sat back on the old aluminium Felt and it feels like riding a sponge so the difference is definitely notable. It will roll along smoothly with little effort on the flat which to be fair you would expect from any modern road bike.

I’m a big guy, 100kgs+ most of the time, so I don’t stress about a few grams here and there on the weight of my bike. That being said, it is obviously much lighter than the Felt. However I did the pick-up test (very unscientific) with my wife’s Boardman and the Boardman feels a little lighter. So if you’re a lightweight climbing junkie who does obsess about the weight you might want to bear it in mind. I’m never fast going up a hill so it means little to me.

It comes with Shimano Ultegra components except for the pedals which I opted to add. Really this was a vanity move, there was little difference between the standard pedals and the Ultegra. There’s lots of clearance for wide tyres, 28 or more fit easily. I have also fitted clip on mudgaurds for the winter and again, there was no issue with clearence.

The bike is an eye-catcher, you will stand out from the crowd at a sportive. The bright orange hubs, bright orange cables and flashing on the frame and saddle pop when set against the black background of the rest of the bike. It remains to be seen whether I will be able to get the same orange colouring when it comes time to replace wheels and cables.

Another distinguishing feature is a loud freewheel hub noise. This is not annoying and in fact proved useful to me when I was cycling in Wales during the summer, my ride partners commenting that they could always hear me coming up behind them on the descents.

Descending is where this bike really comes into its own. The big feature is the hydraulic disc brakes. It’s very hard to explain how much better disc brakes are when descending over rim brakes, particularly when it’s damp which is basically all the time in Ireland. The confidence that comes from knowing your stopping distance is greatly less than the person next to you is difficult to quantify. Safe to say that you can have a lot of fun on a road you know well throwing yourself down the hill in the complete knowledge that the brakes will slow you down to a reasonable speed in a much shorter distance than any rim brake you want to mention. The disc brakes are great on the commute as well, stopping suddenly when needed for the rogue car that pulls out in front of you or the ubiquitous dog off a lead on a cycle track.

I have two minor quibbles, the first being that I am slightly concerned about replacing components with like for like colours when the time comes. This is pure vanity. The second, and this is more to do with Shimano than the bike, twice the front derailleur has become clogged up with road gunk and refused to budge, no doubt brought on by the state of Irish roads in the winter and probably by a lack of TLC from me.

Ed Rating: 9/10

The Cube can do all the commuting, training miles, club runs and sportive rides that you would ever want and handle all of these things while keeping you comfortable and confident in your machine. I can attest from direct experience that 600+ kilometres in five days and not have a sore back, knees, elbows etc. I expect you could race on it as well but I have never tried so I won’t venture to comment. I can say with confidence that I’ve never had so much fun descending as I have on this bike.

You’re going to have to work very hard to find a better bike for your money in this price range.

PS: I purchased the bike from The Hub Bike for Life in Limerick. They have been extremely helpful at point of sale and also with after sales service. I would recommend them to anyone living in the Limerick area for all of your cycling needs. https://www.facebook.com/thehublimerick/

 

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