Yoann Offredo’s Cube Litening C:68X Race Bike | Team Wanty-Gobert Pro Bike

Yoann Offredo’s Cube Litening C:68X Race Bike | Team Wanty-Gobert Pro Bike


– This is the brand new Cube C:68X of Wanty Gobert rider, Yoann Offredo. Coming up I’ll be giving
you all the details of this brand new bike, also
the measurement, the weight, and the all important free hub soundcheck. Before I get onto that, though, make sure you subscribe to this channel and click on the bell icon so that you receive a notification every single time we put up a video. Now, at the Tour de France
at the start this year, I did a look at Peter Sagan’s
specialized S-Work Venge. And lots of you out there said, we always get to see these bikes, can we not see some of
the smaller manufacturers from the smaller teams at the Tour? So I thought I’d come and look at this, particularly as it’s a brand new bike. A brief bit of history about Cube, though, it was started by a young man at the time named Marcus Purner in Germany. He set up shop in the corner of his dad’s furniture warehouse but since then it has grown hugely. They now have a warehouse
space of 55,000 square meters. This though, is their
first ever aero road bike. And a long time in development, they spent a thousand hours doing computerized flow simulations to make this as aero as possible, as well as 100 hours
spent in the wind tunnel. And the result, they claim,
is that this frame set has 30% less drag than the previous model. Those aerodynamics, though, haven’t come at the cost of weight,
’cause it’s quite light by aero bike standards. The frame and the forks together come in at less than 1000 grams and that also includes
the seat collar too. That’s pretty impressive. Now, the riders at Wanty Gobert were testing this bike out
at the Criterium du Dauphine just a couple of weeks before
the Tour de France started. A couple of them had access to
it at the Tour of Luxembourg as well, a couple of weeks before that. So it is very new but they all have one of these brand new C:68
Xs for the Tour de France and they’re using them
only on the flatter stages. And as such, I am told
that every single rider including Yoann here, is
running a 54 tooth chain ring there at the front. Now, Yoann has had a decent race so far, but then he got sick so he’s
had to battle on through so I feel he’s been very happy
with the aerodynamic aid. They also of course had
to completely redesign or design for new, in fact, a
seat post for this frame set. 20 different types were experimented with before they arrived at this,
which has the back here that’s flat and a curved front. Very aero, but again,
it’s not at the sacrifice of comfort in this instance. In testing this they found
it to be as compliant as quite a few round seat posts out there. And then at the top, they’ve also got a brand new aero cockpit,
again, with full aerodynamics in mind, one piece handlebar and stem. And if it looks particularly chunky towards the back of that stem, it’s because that is where
the cables go through and down into the frame. Turning on its own. The measurements underneath, so it is a 12 centimeter long stem that Yoann is riding,
and 42 centimeter bars. Although having measured
them on the drops, center to center for me, they’re coming up at 43 centimeters. But they have got a little bit of a flair. So those are the all new components, the frame, the seat post,
the fork, and the handlebars. On it is a pretty much full
Shimano Dura-Ace DI2 Groupset so going from the shifters
and brake levers there at the front to the front
and rear deraileurs here. The crankset, which has a
Stages powermeter on it, and as I mentioned, it is
a 54 tooth outer chain ring but he is running a 39 inner. Now, Shimano generally
don’t recommend using that ’cause they say it doesn’t work, but talking to Mikey here at
Wanty Gobert, the mechanic, he was saying it’s absolutely fine, they’ve had no problems
with it whatsoever. And the cassette is an 11
up through to 30 tooth. So quite a big range he’s got there for a bike they only use
on the flatter stages. The discs are also Shimano Dura-Ace, the front one is 160 millimeters, whilst the rear rotor is 140. On to the wheels, they are
provided to the team by Fulcrum. Who are actually a
subsidiary of Campagnolo. Many years ago I went over
to do a factory tour there for a GCN video, and they explained that they just created the name Fulcrum so that people that used Shimano weren’t put off using Campagnolo wheels. So we have in effect got Shimano and Campagnolo together here. Anyway, on the flatter stages they are running the Fulcrum Speed 55T, limited team edition wheels which are round about, of
course, 55 millimeters in depth. And then on those wheels
they’ve got those brand new Continental Competition
Pro Limited tubular tires. Offredo here is currently
running 25 millimeters both front and rear. And then beyond the wheels
we’ve got the bottle cages that are provided by Tacx. Pedals here are the Look Keo Blade Carbon and then right perched on
the top here, the saddle, is a Selle San Marco Regal Evo. And it’s a very very traditional
type of shape this one, the sort of saddle we saw lots
of the classics riders using in the ’90s and early 2000s. Many of the older riders
these days still use something like that,
even if it doesn’t look perhaps as sleek as some of the
more modern looking saddles, it’s very comfortable indeed. A few other things of note, this being his first
bike for the flat stages, of which we have one tomorrow, we’re filming this on the
first rest day in Albi. He’s got his Tour de France
transponder on down here which lets the organizers know where he is when he crosses
certain parts of the course including, of course, the finish line, and he’s got his number
band on here at the back, 196 is his number for the Tour de France. And then at the front there, something I haven’t mentioned yet, is the integrated head unit mount which is also designed by Cube
to be as aero as possible. And then finally, I love this, it’s a long time to be away when you’re at the Tour de France, you spend a few days before the start and then it’s three weeks
and two days after that in total, you’re away
for about four weeks. You miss your family, but
he’s got a constant reminder there on his top tube,
every time he looks down, of his wife and kids. So I’ve been doing some measurements. He’s a tall lad, Yoann Offredo, his saddle height from
the center of the cranks to this point in the
saddle is 82 centimeters. So to give you an idea, my own personal one is 80 centimeters so a full two above that. His reach from the tip of the saddle here to the center of the bars
is around 58 centimeters. And from the center of
the bars to the floor is coming in at just under 92. And finally, the cranks that he’s using are 175 millimeters long. And I should probably
point out that he’s using a 58 centimeter frame here. All that leaves me to do now is the all important free hub sound test. Are you ready? (wheel whirring) Really got that rolling. (wheel rapidly clicking) In my excitement about
the free hub sound test, I’ve forgotten something,
as you well know. To weigh this thing,
I’ve just done it though and it is tipping the
scales at 7.9 kilograms. Which is why, of course,
they’re using different bikes on the climbs and using
this one on the flat, where aerodynamics trumps weight. Right, that’s the end of
this particular video. If you’ve enjoyed watching
it, do me a favor, click on the thumbs up
icon just down below. And if you can’t get enough of your tech, we’ve got loads of it for you here on GCN. There’s a video from Tour
de France just down there.

91 comments

  1. Cube is like one of those lesser well known exotic bike brands that don't charge a premium unlike the usual big name manufacturers. Glad that this vid came around!

  2. 7.9kg for a pro bike, ridiculous, discs have their place but pro bikes are not one of them, pros barely even use their brakes

  3. Cube just has one of the best values for money of the bike industry in their whole range of bikes! And it got even better over the last few years.
    Love it!

  4. 1000 hours of computer simulation, now with all that development you can exclusively buy a product nearly identical to all the others on the market. Apart from that it is produced in Germany, i will not buy europen products anymore from within the UK, never mind though, identical products are available world wide.

  5. They need to spend another 1000 hrs making them look better. Their colour choices are the worst on the market and in the peloton.

  6. These claims of 10% this, 30% that. What have you been selling us before?! I realise if it's their first aero road bike this is not a surprise, but I still resent the marketing tactic.

  7. I know this one is probably different, otherwise a pro team wouldn't use one, but a friend of mine had a cube a few years ago, and it was absolutely terrible. Poor bearings, didn't ride well at all and the frame dimensions were really weird, giving him all kinds of injuries. I think it was a Cube Attain with Tiagra groupset. I hope they do better these days, because that bike was a disgrace.

  8. Every manufacturer invest hundreds of hours in aero flow model computation only to come up with more or less the same aero frame. #UCIsadRules

  9. Cube, the most underrated bike Company out there, I own a Cube road bike, they are top notch hands down 👌👌👌👌👌

  10. Nice bars and a good looking ride, hats off to young Marcos for getting the CUBE name to what it is today. Thanks Dan for a well put together, clear and close insight to another pro bike. All the best Andy

  11. I can spin my most basic yet strong as an ox Fulcrum CX sport wheels and they spin for A LONG TIME… #goodbearings 😉

  12. Nice video! Great that smaller brands get shown aswell 😊👍🏻 i love my CUBE cyclocross bike and their HQ is just a few minutes by car away from my home 🙌🏻

  13. I never understand why these pro bikes are always so heavy for the aero models. My Aeroad is 7kilos flat. With 80 mm deep wheels and stock components… (?!)

  14. in germany CUBE is fairly common, your neighbor rides one, his granny rides one, her grandson rides one, his girlfriend rides one and her niece too. It's the type of bike regular people buy who have no clue of bicycles or don't care and instead just go into the next best store and buy one. not saying they're bad quality, just entirely free of any prestige. But on the other hand, if you ride a canyon ultimate fifty other people in your town got one too.

  15. „It’s their first aero road bike”
    (…)
    “It’s 30% faster than their previous model”

    Sorry, but I had to xD. That’s bike manufacturing and promotion in a nutshell. I really like how Cube road bikes look though. At least these premium low weight/aero models.

  16. Despite all these new aero bike looking exactly the same I'd imagine there's actually a fair amount of difference between them when you get down to the small details. If it can take 20 attempts to just get a seat post right then that tells you just how much they look at the micro fine millimetre effects of the tiniest changes. You have to wonder if we'll ever see another truly different bike again and if any brand will risk being different and caring about the aesthetics more than total outright performance.

  17. You can add me to the Cube owners fanbase. My 29er hardtail has been perfect and came with decent kit all round including the wheels, unlike my Cannondale.

  18. Coming from a traditional bike (holdsworth competition frame, screw on freewheel etc) why are these free hubs so blooming loud, the drag of the ratchet mechanism going over the pawls when freewheeling must sap some of the speed, when it all seems about Watts and aero these days I simply don't understand, old freehubs are very quiet, why so loud now?

  19. Well I'm using Campa wheels with a Shimano groupset. Sue me.
    Also, Cube is really nice. I have an XC bike from them and it was really good value, rides nice and the specs are awesome.

  20. Those Cube Bikes are one the most bad manufacturer out there ….quality is awful!! I had to repair so many of them! Inside the Carbon Frames,i pulled out some cutted plastic bags glued to the carbon layers! Terrible internal cable routing,high tolerances in the productions prozess …resulting in creaking noises everywhere etc. They do not belong to the TDF ! Wtf !!!!

  21. Cube is not a “lesser known “ brand in Germany . They are very popular. I have one of their E mountain bikes.
    An insanely nice bike for a very reasonable price.

  22. nice bike no doubt…but (there is always a but :))…just checked prices of cube bikes and a big NO. would chose canyon over cube any day (and canyon seems even cheeper).

  23. Why are those free-hubs so noisy? That would drive me crazy! In fact, I won't ride with people in my cycling group who run those noisy hubs.

  24. Frame and fork weight 1kg…dura ace…carbon tubs…carbon everything. Where the hell is the weight coming from??? My caad12 with 105 and 34mm deep alloys weighs less than that!

  25. Finally.. I think im one of those who asked GCN to feature the Cube bikes kf Wanty Gobert… since TDF 2017. 🙂 Thanks for featuring this bike.

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