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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-02-2014, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Mountain Bike Day!! Cube Analog 29er

With the first icy conditions of Winter arriving here in the UK
I needed to buy something to keep me spinning out over the
coming months. Picked up this Cube Analog (2013 model) for
a good price at my local bike shop.

Now I'm no mountain biker for sure and my first run out today
proved that I can't really ride flat pedals so just headed straight
back to the shop and had them fit me a pair of clipless which are
compatible with my road bike shoes/cleats. The difference is amazing
as my feet kept slipping off the flats due to me being used to being clipped
in on my road bikes.

The Cube feels really heavy in comparison but very well built bike and
will ensure I get through the Winter without losing too much condition.
Just ordered some Knog Frog Strobe lights as well so I can get out for
a blast in the dark evenings.









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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-02-2014, 05:44 PM
 
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Re: New Mountain Bike Day!! Cube Analog 29er

Ya the mountain bike will always be heavier, don't get bit by the weight weenie bug on that thing! Nice ride!
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Very nice set of wheels there Paul!!! I hope you didn't have to sell any of your amazing guitars to afford the bike Makes me wish I could get out for a ride but it's either been pouring rain here or icy and cold - can't win =(
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Ya the mountain bike will always be heavier, don't get bit by the weight weenie bug on that thing! Nice ride!
Thanks!! Yeah, I don't think you need MTB's to be super light anyway, stability counts for
more I'd say.

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Very nice set of wheels there Paul!!! I hope you didn't have to sell any of your amazing guitars to afford the bike Makes me wish I could get out for a ride but it's either been pouring rain here or icy and cold - can't win =(
Cheers Ron. Yeah weather not great here either. Starting to get pretty chilly. I've to ride
with latex gloves under my full finger gloves, works a treat. For my feet, sandwich bags on first (lol!!) then socks, then tin foil over socks then into a pair of Sidi shoes. I've overshoes ordered as well which will give some more protection from the elements. You must have some great MTB country where you live.
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Cool bike.

Here's my old school tank. It weighs around 50 pounds. Yes, that 's a Super Monster fork on the front (12" of travel, 1 red solo cup of fork oil in each leg).

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I've no beef with flat pedals, but the kind you have there, with basically a spindle and a steel cage, are awful. The DMR kind with the big platform and pins are much better.
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Cool bike.

Here's my old school tank. It weighs around 50 pounds. Yes, that 's a Super Monster fork on the front (12" of travel, 1 red solo cup of fork oil in each leg).
Thanks. Love the look of your bike and that indeed is quite a set of forks on the front.
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I've no beef with flat pedals, but the kind you have there, with basically a spindle and a steel cage, are awful. The DMR kind with the big platform and pins are much better.
Agreed. Awful stock pedals that came with the bike. After riding about 1 mile in them
I continued my journey straight back to the shop and had the clipless (pic 5) fitted right away. I don't think I could ride flat pedals of any type to be honest.
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Congrats on the new bike! Back in the states I rode my touring bike through the winter... and the steel frame shows it! Here in Greenland I'm riding around on a Giant Talon 27.5, and I picked up some really nice DH Shimano Saint pedals for around 60 USD on Amazon. They are super grippy, and I don't find that they are any stiffer than any other pedal even with the DH label, still spin great. I'm curious if you have to worry about the brakes freezing up? I've had to switch to mechanical disc brakes (AVID BB7) here due to the -30F temperatures that pop up every once in a while here.
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Congrats on the new bike! Back in the states I rode my touring bike through the winter... and the steel frame shows it! Here in Greenland I'm riding around on a Giant Talon 27.5, and I picked up some really nice DH Shimano Saint pedals for around 60 USD on Amazon. They are super grippy, and I don't find that they are any stiffer than any other pedal even with the DH label, still spin great. I'm curious if you have to worry about the brakes freezing up? I've had to switch to mechanical disc brakes (AVID BB7) here due to the -30F temperatures that pop up every once in a while here.
I'm surprised to hear about freezing issues. What brakes? I could maybe see it with Shimano's mineral oil stuff, but everyone else uses DOT 4/4.1/5, so those should be all but impervious.
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I'm surprised to hear about freezing issues. What brakes? I could maybe see it with Shimano's mineral oil stuff, but everyone else uses DOT 4/4.1/5, so those should be all but impervious.
I really wish I could speak on the oil type, I never changed the line oil myself since the purchase, but the brakes were slushy feeling and would lock up. Could be the M395 brakes, I know they weren't the best, just glad the Avid's are holding up. Oh and unfortunately I have to leave the bike outside which doesn't help.
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Congrats on the new bike! Back in the states I rode my touring bike through the winter... and the steel frame shows it! Here in Greenland I'm riding around on a Giant Talon 27.5, and I picked up some really nice DH Shimano Saint pedals for around 60 USD on Amazon. They are super grippy, and I don't find that they are any stiffer than any other pedal even with the DH label, still spin great. I'm curious if you have to worry about the brakes freezing up? I've had to switch to mechanical disc brakes (AVID BB7) here due to the -30F temperatures that pop up every once in a while here.
It never really gets cold enough in the UK for anything to freeze up on the bike. That's some serious low temperatures you have to ride in. What sort of kit do you wear to keep warm??
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Usually the temperature hovers around -10C if the winds aren't too bad. I wear normal clothes a beard and some of these Omni-Heat thermals for my legs, but they will make the legs sweat so my recreational riding has cut down a ton. I have a nice Fjallraven Parka, and a Bomber hat which has synthetic rabbit fur in it which is super warm, though another sweat trap. My commute is about 5 miles so it's not to bad. Gloves are the biggest issue, but I have some Columbia Omni-Heat gloves that worked well in the States and have been holding up out here. The only thing with gloves not made for cycling seems to be that they wear and start to fray at the seems around the handgrips.

On the other hand, it's an easier battle than deciding if you want to get drenched in the rain or drenched in sweat in the rain! haha
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Thats a good looking bike!!!!! Enjoy the winter blasting.

Still running my 99 hardtail Specialized Rockhopper.
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Congrats on the new bike! Enjoy!!

I almost went with a Cube too. I was looking at their carbon 29er hardtail. I read a few reviews and it seemed a little stout for me. I'm pretty light.

So my wife and I went into a bike shop in Sun Valley Idaho after spending a week in the wilderness in September. I walked in the back door - turned the corner - looked up, and this was sitting on a rack with a price that I couldn't refuse. 5 minutes back into civilization and I'm the owner of a new carbon hardtail 29er. The real deciding factor, besides the price, is that Trek has a lifetime warranty on their frames.

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