CUBE Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Review

Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Electric Bike Review
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Bosch Performance Line Cx Motor
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Bosch Powerpack 400 Ebike Battery
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Ergonomic Grips Bosch Purion Display
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Schwalbe Smart Sam Reflective Tires
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 9 Speed Shimano Deore
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Reinforced Sks Plastic Fenders Color Matched
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Electric Bike Review
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Bosch Performance Line Cx Motor
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Bosch Powerpack 400 Ebike Battery
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Ergonomic Grips Bosch Purion Display
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Schwalbe Smart Sam Reflective Tires
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 9 Speed Shimano Deore
Cube Cross Hybrid Pro 400 Reinforced Sks Plastic Fenders Color Matched


  • A sporty, value-priced, cross style electric bike with high-end Bosch Performance Line CX motor offering great power and torque for light trail use or steep-hill assistance
  • Available in a an impressive range of five sizes and two frame styles (high-step and mid-step), 700c wheel size is efficient but raises the bike, powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
  • Integrated lights run right off the battery for convenience and the tires have reflective sidewall stripes to increase your visual footprint, matte black frame blends with the battery, motor, and cables
  • Value compromises include a basic spring suspension fork without lockout, mid-level 9-speed drivetrain, fenders that rattle a bit, the smaller Powerpack 400 battery vs. 500 watt hour

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Video Review

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Cross Hybrid Pro 400


$2,599 USD

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Year Motor and Battery, 5 Year Frame


United States, Canada, Europe

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

50.4 lbs (22.86 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.4 lbs (2.44 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Superlite, Gravity Casting Bracket, Double Butted

Frame Sizes:

18.11 in (45.99 cm)19.69 in (50.01 cm)21.26 in (54 cm)22.83 in (57.98 cm)24.41 in (62 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Diamond 50 cm Stats: 19” Seat Tube, 21.5” Reach, 30” Stand Over Height, 27” Width, 72.5” Length, Trapez 46 cm Trapez: 17.5” Seat Tube, 21.5” Reach, 24” Stand Over Height, 27” Width, 71.5” Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, High-Step

Frame Colors:


Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NEX-E25 Coil Suspension, 63 mm Travel, 100 mm / 9 mm Hub, Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm / 9 mm Hub, Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Deore Derailleur, Shimano CS-HG300 Cassette 11-34T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore 2-Way Release Triggers on Right


Metropolis Urban AL-8, Alloy, 175 mm Length, 15 Tooth Chainring, Alloy Chainring Guard


Generic Plastic and Alloy Platform, Cage Style


FSA No.10, 1-1/8", Threadless, Internal Cups, Semi-Integrated


CPS Pro, 90 mm Length, 16° Angle, Three 10 mm Risers, 31.8 mm Clamp


CUBE Rise Trail Bar, 680 mm Length

Brake Details:

Shimano BR-M315 Hydraulic Disc, 180 mm Front Levers, 160 mm Back Rotor, Shimano Adjustable Reach Levers


CUBE Natural Fit Tour, Rubber with Lockers


CUBE Active 1.1 by Selle Royale

Seat Post:

CUBE Performance Post

Seat Post Length:

400 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


Alexrims ZX20, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 32 Hole, Reinforcement Eyelets


Stainless Steel, 14G, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Smart Sam, 700 x 40c (28" x 1.6")

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Performance Line, 50 to 85 PSI, Reflective Stripe

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


SKS Plastic Fenders (Color Matched), Integrated Lumotec Lyt LED Headlight, Integrated Busch and Müller Secula LED Backlight, CUBEstand Pro by Hebie Adjustable Kickstand


Locking Removable Downtube Batter Pack, 1.2 lb 2 Amp Compact Battery Charger

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

600 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

396 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Purion, Fixed, Backlit LCD Control Panel with Integrated Button Pad, (Hold - to Cycle Through Readouts, Hold - and Press Power to Change Units)


Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (1-5), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Lights

Display Accessories:

Micro-USB Port for Diagnostics and Software Updates Only

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 210% 60 Nm, Turbo 300% 75 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

For this video review, I visited Cit-E-Cycles in Kitsilano British Columbia, Canada. It was the perfect spot for testing in wet conditions, steep terrain, and for having the different skew levels and frame styles offered by CUBE for their Cross Hybrid models. The Cross Hybrid Pro 400 is the more affordable offering which has a less-fancy but very capable Shimano Deore 9-speed, a coil suspension fork without lockout, and a standard capacity 400 watt hour battery. If you want to pay a bit more, you can go for the Cross Hybrid Race which comes in silver vs. matte black and has a Shimano Deore XT 10-speed with Shadow Plus clutch (to keep the chain tighter), an air fork with remote lockout, and the new Powerpack 500 watt hour battery. To me, this upgrade would make sense for people who plan to go off-road more frequently because the chain won’t bounce as much with the clutch enabled (just push the little grey lever into the up position) and that extra gear will aid in climbing. Both of these bikes are incredibly capable, possibly overkill, in terms of power because they use the Bosch Performance Line CX motor… that was built for full on mountain riding. Some e-bike riders in the UK have written to me about their rides with the Bosch Performance motor, riding in muddy terrain, which occasionally suffers from chain suck (where the chain continues on the chainring vs. releasing and traveling back to the derailleur), but again, the Shadow Plus clutch would reduce this. Is it worth paying more for? Probably not for me as a mostly-city rider… but I love that both versions offer knobby tires and are truly trail-capable for a bit of scenic riding during the weekend. You get capable Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm front and 160 mm rear rotors with adjustable-reach levers. That’s a big selling point for people with limited hand strength or smaller hands, even those who plan on wearing thick gloves for part of the year. And with five frame size choices, there may be some petite riders on this thing. I love the mid-step trapez frame option because it allows for easier mounting and I have some knee and hip sensitivity. Once you add a rack to the rear (for commuting utility) it becomes even nicer not to have to swing your leg way up high and over the back. So anyway, this is a fairly comfortable, but still sporty, electric bike that looks and rides familiar. Battery and motor weight are positioned perfectly, low and center near the bottom bracket. And, I love how the matte-black paint blends the cables, battery casing, and motor casing into the frame. I’m also glad that CUBE didn’t overdo the colors and graphics but you get a dash of blue on the frame, wheelset, saddle, fork, and even the stem.

Driving this bike is a more-than-capable Bosch Performance Line CX motor delivering up to 75 Newton meters of torque. It’s rated between 250 and 600 watts, but the main selling point for me is how quickly and smoothly it responds. The motor controller measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque 1,000 times per seconds. This means, you can start on an incline and not have to stand up or over-exert yourself to get going, as long as you have chosen a lower gear and turned pedal assist up to the highest Sport or Turbo modes. Sport mode has actually undergone some changes in 2017 which allow it to become EMTB mode (electric mountain bike mode) where you can get low or full power without having to click any buttons. This EMTB mode requires a software update that dealers can perform. It’s a neat feature that again, is probably overkill for a cross style bike. The motor casing on the CUBE Cross Hybrid models is very cool, more angular than the stock oval casing, and well protected underneath by two layers of plastic skid plates. The motor spins a 15 tooth chainring 2.5 times for every crank arm revolution and pulls the same chain you do, allowing you to both benefit from one of the nine gears in the rear. If you shift to an easier gear, both you and the motor will have an easier time climbing and this allows for better efficiency and range than most hub motor designs. You may also notice that both wheels offer quick release which is handy for transport and quick trail maintenance. Working on this electric bicycle is much like working on any other ordinary pedal powered bike because the drivetrain is so independent. Shifting is one way you can empower the motor, but that also puts the chain, sprockets, and derailleur in harms way because of the power being added to the system. And so, while it’s not perfect, the Bosch shift detection software algorithm does reduce strain a bit and sets the Bosch drivetrain apart from most other competitors on the market today. I still recommend easing off of the pedals a bit when shifting to signal to the motor to also ease back and allow for less force and subsequent wear. I want to call out the alloy chainring protector (which will help your pants stay clear of the chain and chainring when riding) as well as the clear plastic slap guard on the right chainstay. This is a key feature considering how close the chain comes to the chainstay tube when pedaling in the highest gears (smallest rear sprocket).

Powering the CUBE Cross Hybrid Pro 400 is a… surprise! 400 watt hour Bosch Powerpack. This thing is proven, very well designed, and the mounting interface is forward compatible with the newer Powerpack 500 battery that offers 25% more capacity. Both packs are built into the same plastic casing which has an LED charge level indicator on the left side, a molded plastic loop at the top, and a proprietary charging port at the base. You can charge these packs on or off the bike and they only weigh 5.4 lbs and 5.7 lbs respectively. They are awesome in most ways, but not as hidden or sleek as some of the new proprietary battery designs from Brose (where the bike manufacturer designs the battery to work with the motor). The downside is style but the upside is easy and cheaper replacement, along with quicker access. I like this battery, especially on a black bike. Notice how it and the motor are about as low and center as they can be on the frame? That improves balance and handling. I love that for the diamond style high-step frames, CUBE managed to squeeze on some bottle cage bosses. I found that the seat tube length was extra long and wouldn’t allow the saddle to go all the way down because of these bosses (or maybe the motor mounting plate) so the folks at the shop told me that they occasionally use a hack saw to shorten the seat post. Coming back to the battery position, design, and integration, I love how it powers the backlit display and two integrated lights. I also appreciate how compact and lightweight the charger is… but believe that you get the slower 2 Amp charger with this bike. Bosch also offers a 0.3 lb heavier and slightly larger 4 Amp charger but seems to be including those with the higher-end bikes now.

Operating this electric bike is very easy. Once you charge and properly mount the battery pack, press the power button at the top edge of the Purion display panel. This is a display and button pad built into one, and it looks gorgeous. There are some downsides to the smaller size and those include more limited readouts, non-removability, and unfortunately, you cannot use the Micro-USB port on the side for charging your own portable electronic devices. It seems to be reserved for software updates and e-bike diagnostics at this time. I have found that interacting with the display can be frustrating at first, if you try to press the + and – power level buttons directly in because they pivot at an angle, with the hinge near the lower left edge. Press near the higher right edge for consistent and easier action. So, once the display is on, you will see your current speed, a readout about trip stats or your assist level in the middle, and a five-bar battery infographic at the bottom. I would prefer a battery percentage or maybe a ten-bar battery infographic… but at least there’s a range estimator readout to provide more feedback about the battery. You can access range, the odometer, trip meter, and assist level by holding the – button for a few seconds to cycle through. It’s a bit more clunky and definitely slower than the i button featured on the larger Bosch Intuvia display. This display is removable, does have an active Micro-USB port, and the buttons are easier to click. I am told that some shops can upgrade the display for you if you wish to pay more, but again, this thing does get the job done. Hold the plus button to activate or de-activate lights. Hold the minus button and tap the power button to switch units (mph to km/h). And, walk mode is enabled here! If you’re planning to occasionally walk through crowds, get off for steep hills, or haul groceries and supplies with this bike, then walk mode is a great feature to have. Just press the walk mode button near the base of the display and hold plus to get it going. Surprisingly, not all electric bike manufactures have enabled this feature, so it’s neat to see here from CUBE.

What CUBE has delivered with the Cross Hybrid Pro and Race is a very capable, efficient electric bike. Capable, because it can actually handle steep inclines and light off-road packed trails. Efficient, because of the mid-drive motor and larger 700c wheelset with medium width tires. The angled stem, ergonomic grips, suspension fork, and even the Selle Royal saddle do a lot for comfort and you could always upgrade the seat post to a value suspension post like this if you’re on a budget. This is, after all, one of the budget options from CUBE. In my opinion, the $2,600 price point is extremely good for what you get. The bones of this bike are solid and there’s a lot of potential for fun and utility. It looks great, comes with an excellent two-year comprehensive warranty, is sold through a select network of dealers in Canada and the US (as well as Europe), and it just works. I don’t see any major mistakes with this electric bicycle. In fact, I see CUBE going above and beyond to protect the chainring with that bash guard, keep the downtube nick-free with a plastic sticker guard, and keep you safe with lights and reflectors. They added the rack mounts and bottle cage option, they ran the cables through the frame to look nicer, and they went with reinforced rims for strength. Big thanks to CUBE for partnering with me on this post and to Cit-E-Cycles for letting me showcase a few different versions of the bike back to back so you could see the differences. Again, I love the mid-step because it makes riding more accessible and comfortable for me but still looks sporty and even masculine with the black paint.


  • CUBE produces higher quality but still good-value bicycles and e-bikes, and the Cross Hybrid Pro 400 aims for the lower price point of ~$2,600 while still delivering five frame sizes and two styles (high-step and mid-step)
  • You get an industry-leading two year comprehensive warranty and five years on the frame, CUBE is sold through dealers who provide quality build, fitting, and post-purchase service
  • All of the CUBE electric bikes I have reviewed offer purpose-built frames with internal cable routing that looks nice and stays out of the way, with the Cross Hybrid Pro 400, you also get an integrated mid-motor with angular casing that I prefer to the standard oval casing on other bikes, I like how low and tight the battery mount is as well
  • Rear rack mounting points and a seat tube bottle cage mount offer utility and convenience, the stock fenders are sporty (not quite as long as some pure city models)
  • Perfect tire choice, the Schwalbe Smart Sam is on the narrow efficient side and offers reflective sidewall stripes to stay visible in urban environments but also has a soft knobby tread for a jot on the trails
  • Adjustable-length rear-mount kickstand stays out of the way and has a sturdy spring to reduce bouncing if you take on some trail riding or encounter a rough street, it supports the rear portion of the bike well if you do add a rack, this stand can be lengthened without a tool! just twist it to extend
  • To me, this is a sportier bike, the Cross alludes to cyclocross but also a cross between urban and trail, so I love that they took comfort into account with ergonomic grips, a slightly higher 16-degree angle stem, and a suspension fork, consider adding a 27.2 mm suspension seat post to further reduce back, neck, and arm fatigue (just keep in mind that it will raise the minimum saddle height by ~3 inches
  • The Bosch CX motor is one of my favorites because it offers up to 75 Newton meters of torque, responds incredibly fast to pedal motion and power, and now offers EMTB mode so you can get a full range of power output without having to click up or down on the control pad (which can be distracting in busy or rigorous ride conditions)
  • I love that this e-bike has an integrated headlight and taillight! this improves safety and convenience, so you don’t have to add your own and remember to turn them on/off or have the chance of theft because they are bolted on and wired in, there’s also a decent flick-bell that comes standard on the bike
  • High-quality Shimano branded hydraulic disc brakes offer smooth, powerful stopping and the adjustable-reach levers accommodate small and large riders alike (which is great considering the wide range of frame sizes)
  • This bike just looks good, the matte black paint job hides black cables, wires, the battery and motor casing, and you get a gentle splash of color that matches (saddle, rim stickers, frame, fork, even the stem)
  • The Bosch Powerpack 400 and 500 use the same interface, so you could get this bike and eventually upgrade to a larger capacity, I like that the battery has a built-in LED charge indicator, can be charged on or off the frame, and has a little loop at the top for easier (safer) carrying
  • I wasn’t able to test the bike in water, but the bottom bracket and headset use sealed bearings to reduce rust and wear, and the battery charging port plug seated well to keep it clean and protected
  • As with many mid-drive electric bikes (especially those with traditional cassette and derailleur) both wheels offer quick release, this makes flat fixes, general maintenance, and even transport faster and easier… but consider replacing these with locking bicycle hardware (event the seat post clamp) if you commute and want to reduce the potential for theft
  • The downtube has a clear plastic sticker on it to prevent chips if rocks fly up from the tires, you also get a clear plastic slap guard on the right chain stay, and there’s a dual-layer plastic skid plate beneath the motor for protection and an alloy chainring guard to keep your pants clear… nice details
  • Minor plus here, the rims were upgraded for strength and had reinforcement eyelets to reduce the possibility of cracking under heavy load or off-road use
  • The Bosch Performance CX motor is very strong, and really benefits as you shift gears to either climb or reach the 20 mph top assisted speed, but it also offers shift detection to reduce wear on the chain, sprockets, and derailleur


  • I’m glad this bike has a suspension fork but might be willing to pay more for the Cross Hybrid Race model to get lockout and air, the fork on the Cross Hybrid Pro only has preload which requires you to take both caps off and turn clickers manually in sync and I believe it’s heavier than the air fork
  • Note the smaller chainring and how close the chain is to the right chainstay, this is the result of the unique Bosch sprocket system which spins 2.5 times for every crank revolution, it improves chain grab but might rough your chainstay up and produce more noise
  • The Bosch CX motor is powerful, responsive, and efficient but it also produces more mechanical noise (even when pedaling with the bike powered off), you may notice a high pitched whirring noise when riding in the higher levels of assist at higher RPM
  • As cute and compact as the Bosch Purion display is, you don’t get a functioning Micro-USB charging port and the LCD is not removable as it is on the larger Bosch Intuvia which could expose it to more weather wear or scratching at public racks, some shops will let you pay more and upgrade the display panel
  • Minor consideration here, I was told that some CUBE electric bikes run large, and given the taller 700c wheelset here and possibility of a rear-rack, the frame might be bigger feeling and difficult to mount for some, so keep the mid-step trapez frame in mind as an option or consider going smaller in general… just note that the mid-step trapez frame does not have bottle cage bosses because they wouldn’t fit and you might need a crossbar adapter to mount this frame on some bike racks
  • When riding on bumpy terrain, I did notice that the fenders were rattling a bit, despite having additional support struts, I think plastic just tends to rattle more and since the bike doesn’t come with a rack to also support the rear fender, there’s just more play
  • As much as I love the headlight, how it runs off the main battery, is aimable up and down, and has side-windows for increased visibility for cars, it is mounted to the slider portion of the suspension fork and may bounce around more than if it were mounted at the head tube or handlebar
  • If you’re riding in really thick mud, the large sidewall of the motor casing and smaller chainring can allow for some chain suck to occur, the upgraded Race model has a tighter derailleur with Shadow Plus clutch to reduce bounce and possibly reduce chain suck too
  • The + and – buttons on the Purion control pad seem to work best if you press near the screen vs. down towards the left edge of the unit, they pivot in vs. pressing down evenly and this can take some getting used to or result in inconsistent selection if you don’t take the time to figure it out


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Marc Haberer
3 weeks ago

I recently purchased this bike after reading this review and doing a test ride at my local cube dealer. I am 5′ 10″, 32″ inseam and the 50cm model fits me perfectly. The CX motor is pure genius, it is always in sync with my cadence and torque giving me a very natural push in the first three modes. The turbo mode seems perhaps a little less natural and more like the bike is doing the driving. I upgraded to eMTB mode at the dealer and this is by far my favourite because its the most natural “bike” sensation. It does tend to wheelie off the line if you have it in too low a gear. This is the least expensive option out there for this motor so in my opinion its exceptional value.

I also put a body float on the bike and maybe its just me but I think that this in essential additon for commuting through pothole laden streets. Other additions include an ABUS Granite folding lock conveniently mounted to the seat tube bosses and I upgraded to clipless pedals. My commute has never been so good.

Negatives about the bike:

  • I added a rear rack and this caused a problem because it obscured the secula rear light. The secula light is kind of cheap and doesn’t really match the rest of the bike. I have since replaced the secula with a rack mounted supenova e3…its amazing.
  • I find that the paint on the bosch battery is extremely fragile. i have since covered it with helicopter tape to protect it but this is not the most attractive thing to have on a battery.
  • The kickstand broke after two weeks. The aluminum bracket attaching it to the bike split. I’m waiting to hear back from citecycles to see if cube will honour the warranty.
  • The charger is slow. I may get the 4 amp version and leave one at the office for charging.
  • Gearing is too low. I replaced the 15t sprocket with a 17t sprocket so now I actually can pedal on downhills.

Basically it didn’t come perfect but after a few extra bucks its almost there.

3 weeks ago

Great feedback Marc! Thanks for going in deep with the parts you replaced. I also really enjoy eMTB mode and see CUBE as a good quality brand but with some value parts. Interesting to hear about the paint scratching off a bit easy on the Bosch battery pack. Hope it holds up well for you and again, thanks for sharing :)

Marc Haberer
1 week ago

Hey Court, thanks for the kind comments about the review. A couple of updates:

  • Mark Moore of citecycles contacted me and said cube will be replacing the kickstand free of charge! I guess it really is a comprehensive warranty so I’m happy to have bought from a reputable brand that backs its products.
  • I am regretful I did not go for the “race” version with air spring suspension and lockout (that model was $600.00 more). I am really now looking to upgrade the suspension to a rockshox paragon with lockout at a cost of $400.

Other than that I’m just really excited about spring coming up and having a viable replacement for my car for my morning commute.

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12 hours ago

The Swedish Bike Show in Stockholm this weekend wasnt much to write home about.

It was the big swedish retailers showing of their bikes and only some ebikes from standard brands like Scott, Merida, ecoRide, Wallerang, Crescent, Monark etc.

No smaller retailer with any for me more exciting and interesting brands where there like Bulls, R&M, Haibike, Stromer, Cube or Moustache.

I will go to Elovelo (ebike store in Stockholm) this week and test ride and compare R&M and Moustache.

The search continues!

13 hours ago

So im determined to get a bike with a middrive and Nuvinci Hsync automatic shifting system. I love the idea of setting my preferred cadeance speed and letting the bike handle the rest,

There is only one model that I like look wise and thats the Cube SUV hybrid 27.5. I love the 2.4 fatter tires, the look, the colors!

I found a place that stocks it for $4500. Motostrano has the same model for $5000. I feel strange about the idea of spending that kind of money on a 2015 model and not to mention, warranty/servicing concerns.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Different models?

Chris Nolte
4 days ago

@Voz, it’s not possible in simple terms since it’s not possible for a dealer to reprogram a motor without the OEM’s support and in this case I highly doubt Cube will do that.

That being said it technically could be possible to install these hubs on your bike provided the frame can accommodate them. I do think it’s not really worth the trouble and potentially too risky to make this sort of change as there is a good chance your motor won’t perform as it should and it’s possible that it with throw an error. The motor is specifically programmed to the cog sizes and type of drivetrain.

I hope this helps.

5 days ago

2017 Cube Touring Hybrid Exc 500 - Bosch CX 500w - 11 speed Diore XT
2018 Riese & Muller Nevo Nuvinci GH - Bosch CX 500w (on order - should be arriving within a week or so)

Alex M
6 days ago

Most any ebike will do what he wants.
He didn't mention transporting it in a car (I did, as an option, regarding folding bikes).

It boils down to budget and battery size. Delivery bikers that I saw in Wa and BC, were on step-through e-trikes with huge cube box about 4x4x4 ft. Those with smaller items were using e-scooters, rather than e-bikes. No trailers.

6 days ago

I have been riding my new Cube Touring Hybrid Exc 500 with a Bosch CX 500 watt battery, for a little over a month now. I added the Nyon display/navigation module ten days ago.

The Nyon is recording a whole bunch of very useful and interesting information. Below is a screen shot showing yesterday's ride (heavy rains today so I rode in the gym).

On a 14 mile ride over varied terrain with between 500 and 1,000 feet elevation loss and gain with an average speed around 16 miles per hour, bike weight of 60lbs, 210 pound rider, I use 30% of the battery power. I rode without charging for four days to make sure and went 43.5 miles mostly in eMTB mode, perhaps 30% in Turbo. I still had 10% left in the battery.

I am really pleased with these results and find the Nyon super useful in regards to trip planning, power management and health monitoring.

I am curious if anyone else with Bosch equipment has been doing these metrics. If so please do share as it would be useful to all concerned to share notes on this.

1 week ago

I have to read up more on it, I’m still a beginner in this area.

Regarding specifications I was referring to the Wallerang bike. I was a bit unclear.

Do you have any suggestion or input on what bike to choose? R&M, Moustache, Haibike or maybe a Cube?

1 week ago

There was higher end model of cube with what seems like (at least on paper) a better fork. I think I probably should have spent the money up front, but here I am so I’m moving forward and trying to correct the situation. Manufacturers make different models for different applications. It seems to me they put the cheapest thing that would work on this bike.

1 week ago

Well Cube themselves seem to put the fork you mention on so it's probably not the worst choice. Double-check the measurements and go for it.

1 week ago


I have a Bosch Performance CX mid drive in a Cube frame. It has the usual 11-36 cassette and derailleurs, etc. I have seen the Bosch OEM videos showing the Shimano DI2, Rohhoff and Nuvinci IGH’s with gears being changed automatically and using just the Intuiva display and controller for gear changes on the Nuvinci.

I would like to consider adding a Nuvinci N380 with the Harmony controller and a cable to plug into the Bosch CX motor.

Ok, so, will this work? If there are any firmware or setting changes can a Bosch dealer program this or will it simply not work?


1 week ago

Looking for a little advice. The Suntour shocks that came with my ebike (cube cross pro) are garbage. I am an active rider and I find that they are wallowing from side to side, when I’m climbing or of the saddle. Preload adjustment seems to have little effect. Ride quality at high speed (45km) on crappy broken up roads is bad. I want a good shock with lockout, was looking at RockShox paragon gold. Does anyone have any experience to say whether this upgrade would be worthwhile?

1 week ago

@Cube Mike congrats on your new purchase. You are gonna love your Cube bike and the reaction is a great bike for the $$$. If you are looking for a 500Wh powerpack we have them in stock and ready for shipping.

We are Dangerous Goods certified so you can rest assured knowing the battery will be sent out to you in full compliance.

all the best,


Mafdxg Gfff
3 months ago

You are BORRINNIG!!!!!!!

Gheorghe Falcaru
4 months ago

You are the best!

4 months ago

There's a 2017 Reaction Hybrid 500 in the background! The blue-grey-white one! It's exactly the model I bought after all my other bikes had been stolen! Amazing!

Tony Edgecombe
6 months ago

I have the Allroad version of this bike, not sure the exact difference as the Cube range is quite large. So far it has been pretty good apart from a few loose screws which was probably the bike shop assembly.

I had to replace the back light as it was on the wrong side for the UK and once I added a rack it was obscured.

The Bosch drivetrain is excellent, it powers up the hills.

Johannes Nilsen
6 months ago

sealed cartridge bearings, is absolutely necessary in my opinion, much less service intervals, but of course you have to service it after few months with fresh grease.

Johannes Nilsen
6 months ago

flimsy plastic seal is a good tell it isn't sealed cartridge bearings,but other than that, its not as easy to tell without the knowledge about a lot of headsets, I can tell for most of them. so for example, Chris king is sealed, the very cheap bikes all have old school headsets.
IF you see no bearing cup on the bottom of the head tube you got integrated headset, which have the bearings sitting directly in the frame, so easy to remove and install, but According to Chris king this is bad engineering,
many mountain bikes have integrated headsets, even full suspension bikes, but there are also many that use press fit, Santa Cruz is a one of them, but they use threaded bottom brackets, instead of press fit.
6 months ago

Right on, yeah it's an important hardware upgrade for most ebikes in my opinion... but not something I have figured out how to identify without taking the bike apart

Johannes Nilsen
6 months ago

bike bobbing, that is caused by wrong suspension setting, which the user cant easily alter on these forks, too high rebound the fork will be a pogo stick, too little air or too soft spring it will dive, if you got both this results in less control, and possibility of crash caused by this,but for mountain biking, high-speed and low speed is recommended. so the air fork is definitely the way to go,at least for these types of bikes.
6 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Johannes!

Johannes Nilsen
6 months ago

kickstands are useless, wind will blow the bike over.
6 months ago

For me, it's not pointless because I park in a garage and would rather not lean the bike against my wall or car... and there's no wind inside :)

Johannes Nilsen
6 months ago

4:00 ''Off-road oriented'' this is clearly not, if you I go off road with it I would destroy most of the bike.
6 months ago

It really depends on the definition of off-road, maybe I should use the term "light hard packed dirt trail" more ;)

Johannes Nilsen
6 months ago

I have lifted this exact model of bike(the blue bike), its crazy heavy, That's the battery and motor of course adding the weight.
6 months ago

Right, these systems usually add 12 to 18 lbs depending on battery and motor type and capacity

Paul van Lieshout
6 months ago

Correct. I own exactly this bike. These NEX E25 front forks do have pre-load adjustability under the caps. And since it is the E25 version (E-bike, 25 kph), they are heavy-duty and come with double springs. Thus; left and right. They are adjusted, by Cube, pretty much correct on SAG, according to the frame-size they are fitted on (read; riders weight). If you feel the need to alter the pre-load, just pop the caps off and use a 5mm allen. Use the same amount of clicks left and right. Clockwise is more pre-load. If for one reason or another, you get confused, loosen both until the stop and turn both sides 0 to 15 clicks in, where 0 clicks is the correct SAG for 90lbs, to 15 clicks which is the correct SAG for 190lbs.

Jessy Cliche
6 months ago

I was at that shop this spring and that's the exact bike I was looking into buying! (Wasn't there at the moment but they had a bunch of other nice bikes). Nice shop and staff, real friendly!

Vafa B
6 months ago

hi Court
love your channel and reviews are great. like the additional cube reviews!

if you are still in the Vancouver area I have a 2017 cube 140 full suspension hybrid pro 500 for you to review. send me a message and let me know if you would like to take it out for a spin.

can't wait for the 2018 cubes to come out! and for your review

6 months ago

Can I ask what size you are and what size the bike is? I am 5'10'' looking for the right size 18'' or 20''?

Javan Russell
6 months ago

Guy's got a nice little shop.
6 months ago

Yeah, the selection is all good quality and the neighborhood is nice for doing test rides :)

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago

Nice Review again. Keep on. :)

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago good to hear.Will watch them. Have fun in las vegas. You make the Best ebike reviews on yt!
6 months ago

Thanks Martin! I'm heading to Interbike in Vegas later today so posts may slow for a bit but I'll have a bunch of new stuff to share soon

6 months ago

Court take a look at the (Cube Stereo Hybrid Team 160 Action Team 500 2018 ) Available next February it's the best looking and best equipped e-bike I've seen and I will be buying one if nothing better comes along which I seriously doubt.

Vafa B
6 months ago

same here that is a crazy nice bike
6 months ago

Sweet, thanks for the tip Frank! I will definitely keep an eye out for this own and strive for a review

6 months ago

We haven't ridden a Cube bike yet, but they sure are handsome! Thanks for sharing Court.

6 months ago

Thanks, you make it look easy but this stuff is hard work! I live in ATX, we should grab a coffee or something. Feel free to email me at when you're in town. - Ryan
6 months ago

Sure thing! By the way, your channel looks cool, maybe we will cross paths at some point and do a video or something!

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago

eBikeaholic i wonder why... ;)

6 months ago

Martin Schmidt it sure is, straight out of Waldershof. Some of the German brands are best in the biz right now.

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago

eBikeaholic cube is a german Brand.

Julia M
6 months ago

What is the EMBT upgrade, can explain /elaborate and that be done on the Active Line

Valentin Miholic
5 months ago Hi, Does this bike come with the eMTB mode pre-installed or do you need to upgrade it first in order to get the feature. Thanks
6 months ago

It's a software update that makes Sport mode into EMTB where you get the full range of low and high power so you don't have to switch from low to high assist and mess with buttons, it basically turns it into a full range torque sensor vs. limited range. Does that make sense? Like one assist level that can give you a full range of power.

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago

Julia M No Just on Performance line cx. Dont know why. They Could Update the older models also. Emtb Mode makes Bosch the Best in the game. Also quality and reliability is Best of the Best.

Seb K
6 months ago

Well 51 minutes since the upload and listed a new video 1 minute ago . Youtube getting better .
6 months ago

Nice, sounds like the notifications are coming up quicker :)

Mr Jhonny
6 months ago

2nd like!!!!!!!!!

Mr Jhonny
6 months ago

6 months ago

Not bad at all :D

Mr Jhonny
6 months ago

Im in good shape today im in time!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Rumor
6 months ago

Keep up the good work. Well done. Review the Legend Etna.