On paper the GTC Race is a winner when you look at the price and spec. It features a quality carbon frame and forks that rolls on Easton EA50 wheels with Shimano Ultegra groupset hung from on it.
The 1150g frame features oversized carbon tubes in the front triangle with a gusset-like set up around the headtube, and has an oversized bottom bracket region that uses a press fit BB set up. The rear end features over sized tapered chainstays with seat stays that flow seamlessly into the toptube. This combination of the oversized BB, headtube area and chain stays keep the GTC Race stiff and the power going where you want it. The Cube CSL forks do a good job and while they’re rock solid side-to-side offer a little fore and aft forgiveness to take out any road sting.
The tried and tested Shimano Ultegra groupset works perfectly and helps to keep weight down. The drive chain is stiff working faultlessly and braking couldn’t be better. When you add the Easton EA50s this bike is looking tricked out. These feature 30mm aero profiles that help to save a little time even if they add a few grammes. What did impress was that Cube has fitted Schwalbe Ultremo tyres that not only hold the road superbly but fair well on the scales too.
Steering is taken care courtesy of Syntace and both bars and stem are quality products. The Racelite bars are a good all rounder which are great for tucking in on the hooks for flat out power, yet offer a forgiving climbing position on the tops. Cube have finished off the GTC Race with a quality Selle Italia X1 saddle that offers plenty of padding and drew few complaints.
The overall ride is forgiving and while it’s not as perky as some race thoroughbreds it will appeal to a wide audience. This means you can sit in the saddle for longer with less fatigue. Steering is precise and not overly twitchy –once again it’s forgiving and easy to handle. Unlike the current trend, the headtube isn’t overly long, which means you can set it up low and racy if you like or throw in a few spacers if you prefer something more upright. This makes the Cube a versatile bike that can be set up to suit all distances whether you’re racing or training on it. Just add some tri bars and you’re ready to go on a superbly spec’d bike for the money.