Cube has updated the Ella Hybrid series of e-bikes for the 2022 season — and with great results! Although the low-entry models already tried to score with their retro charm, the design of the frame and the integration of the e-drive were no longer up to date. The battery was not integrated into the frame and was also placed quite conspicuously behind the seat tube, resulting in an unusually long wheelbase with poor proportions.
But the new Elly Hybrid generation puts an end to this: the new frame looks compact and the battery is now neatly integrated into the top tube – all in all, the bike looks much tidier and more modern! And this despite the fact that the other components are largely identical. The proven Active Line Plus motor from Bosch is still used, with a torque of 50 Nm and particularly quiet operation. The system is controlled via the practical Purion display on the handlebars, and the InTube battery has a capacity of 500 Wh on all Ella models.
As far as the gears are concerned, Cube gives the customer a choice: the Ella Ride Hybrid models are equipped with a 10-speed derailleur from Shimano’s Deore series, the Ella Cruise Hybrid models with a maintenance-free 7-speed hub gear from Shimano’s Nexus series.
On the one hand, the fresh frame colours contribute to the retro design — by the way, the appropriately painted suspension fork (with 50 mm travel) deserves a commendable mention. On the other hand, the many silver or polished components as well as the tyres, saddle and handlebar grips in cream or brown complete the look.
The price for both drive variants is identical and at 2,549 euros can be described as quite reasonable – especially since the range of pretty retro bikes is quite manageable. The only flaw of the models is the rather high weight of a good 26 kg, which is, however, also due to the extensive equipment.
All variants and further information on the Ella Hybrid series can be found directly on the Cube website.