The Editor and Hyde bikes have been a staple in Cube’s range for years. No wonder, you could say — as they combine the concept of a lightweight and sporty urban bike with a clean and maintenance-free drive. This is because a hub gear with a belt drive is used on both series instead of a conventional derailleur with a bicycle chain.
The fact that the bikes for the 2023 season are more attractive than ever, however, is rather due to the completely new colors. And although the Editor is actually the top model, the Hyde Race should be the real star this time: because with its “galactic’n’black” frame color, this bike steals the show from the others. So the silvery-metallic surface shimmers depending on the incidence of light also times in blue and purple and so actually reminds of a galaxy!
Sporty and maintenance-free: Cube Editor and Cube Hyde Race
But enough about the looks, now for the facts: Editor and Hyde Race share the same frame, which — like the fork — is made of aluminum. The wheels on both models are 28″ each and have 40 mm wide tires with the G-One Allround from Schwalbe. The saddle and cockpit are also identical, but the differences are found in the drive and brakes.
The top flagship Editor is equipped with a Shimano Alfine hub gear with 11 speeds, the hydraulic disc brakes are from the Deore series. On the Hyde Race, however, the equally hydraulic, but slightly cheaper MT200 brakes from Shimano are used. However, the difference is more drastic in the hub, namely the Alfine with 8 gears is installed here. In terms of weight, both models are almost on par: The Hyde Race weighs 11.5 kg and the Editor is only 100g lighter.
Worth mentioning is the variant with comfortable trapezoidal frame at the Hyde Race, which is not offered at the Editor. Apart from the shifting, the difference between the two model series is particularly clear at the checkout: so the Editor costs 1,699 euros, while the Hyde Race is significantly cheaper at 1,199 euros!
Affordable and comfortable: Cube Hyde Pro and Cube Hyde
As a cheaper alternative, there are still the Hyde Pro and Hyde variants, which, however, also have a slightly different concept. Both are less sporty and more designed for comfort, which is reflected among other things in a different frame geometry and the tires. This is here in 27.5 “format and equipped with 55 mm wide tires.
The Hyde Pro also uses a hub gear with belt drive, but here from Shimano’s somewhat heavier Nexus series with 8 gears. The total weight of the bike is then also at 13.4 kg at a price of 1,099 euros. The regular Hyde is by far the cheapest model with 849 Euros, but also stands out in terms of the drivetrain: a derailleur with 3×9 gears from Shimano’s Alivio series is installed here, which also requires a conventional bicycle chain.
All further info on the new Editor and Hyde models can be found directly on Cube’s website.