Cube Nuroad C:62 Pro review – Gravel Bikes – Bikes

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Bavarian brand Cube brought the original Nuroad back to the mainstream in 2012. Over the ensuing decade, the gravel bike space has grown, diversified and mutated to offer a myriad of options for those between us looking to get off the tarmac and explore the great outdoors more.

The Nuroad’s roots were like a mix of combining the sportiness of the best road bikes with the toughness of a cyclocross bike, all wrapped up in the comfort and functionality of a classic touring bike.

That means you get a lightweight carbon frame and fork, sporty geometry and proper functionality, like front and rear fender mounts, rear rack mount and lowrider mounts on the fork.

It even comes with mounts for a chainstay-mounted kickstand, something criminally underutilized by British cyclists. 45mm tire clearances will serve gravel riders well and the bike, fitted with guards, will still take a fat 40mm tire.

Cube Nuroad C:62 Pro Specifications

Shimano provides its GRX FC-RX600 crankset and 1x RX600 crankset.
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The Nuroad C:62 carbon frame has a claimed weight of 1100g, respectably light for a bike of this type.

It’s a nicely finished frame with all the brackets neatly integrated, and the pseudo-integrated clamp (borrowed from the Agree road bike) retains the practicality of a traditional clamp but with a sleeker look for this attractive frame.

The meat of the bike comes entirely from Shimano’s GRX family, mixing the high-end RX812 (mechanical) rear derailleur with a 1x RX600 crankset and RX400 brakes and shifters.

For those of us more familiar with Shimano’s road line, that’s like mixing an Ultegra rear derailleur with a 105 crankset and Tiagra shifters. The wide 11-42 rear cassette comes from the Japanese brand’s SLX MTB range.

Everything works perfectly together and the lightest 1:1 ratio will allow you to pedal the toughest climbs, while the top 42/11 ratio is more than enough to keep up with your road friends on rolling tarmac.

The Newmen alloy stem is very neat, with a flattened shape that gives it a very premium look.

The Cube Alloy Gravel Race Bar comes with a very subtle flare that is just enough to clear your wrists without putting the shifters at an odd angle.

Out back, an alloy-headed carbon seatpost is topped with a natural-fit Venec saddle. This short nose saddle is very current in its shape, and I was also impressed with its comfort. There’s plenty of padding, but it’s not too soft and has a good relief channel.

The short nose Venec saddle has just the right amount of padding.
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The Nuroad rolls on Fulcrum’s OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Racing Red 900 DB wheels. OEM means they are not available in stores, only as stock parts on complete bikes.

They are a good option for fat tires, with their 22mm internal width. They’re 2-way ready (tubeless compatible) and like all of Fulcrum’s offerings, they’re well-built and hold up to a lot of punishment.

With a 1950ga pair they aren’t the lightest, but on a bike at this price you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better.

Geometry Cube Nuroad C:62 Pro

The steep seat angle puts the Nuroad firmly in road bike territory.
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The Nuroad is an interesting shape. Its 71.5 degree head angle is a degree and a half more slack than a full road bike.

However, it hasn’t been loosened enough to make it “all-terrain” only. The 73.5-degree seat angle is decently steep for a road bike. Add to that a low stack (for a gravel bike) of 578mm and a long reach of 388.8mm (56cm/midsize bike).

The chainstays, however, are long at 439.5mm and the 1,041.2mm wheelbase is also long.

The 46mm offset of the fork, when combined with tire size and head angle, results in a trail of 70mm. This puts the potential for steering response in the realm of endurance bikes. That’s a good thing for a bike that aims squarely at being a great all-rounder.

Driving impressions of the Cube Nuroad C:62 Pro

The Cube is on the road end of the off-road spectrum, and the Gravel race bar transmits plenty of vibration when you hit rougher ground.
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The positioning of the Nuroad C:62 Pro in the Cube lineup as a gravel bike, and therefore its inclusion in our Gravel Bike of the Year category, does it a disservice in some ways.

Yes, it’s a very capable off-roader, and I love that the riding position is on the road side of the off-roader. The result is a bike that’s quick on tarmac and quick to navigate through road sections of a trail-to-trail ride.

The Schwalbe G-One in its all-round form is also the ideal rubber for this hike. The small, block-patterned tread works much better than it’s entitled to on wet, soggy trails. In the dry they are brilliant and on the road they are some of the fastest gravel tires I have tried.

The 45mm tire clearance is ideal for gravel riders.
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The drivetrain really shines, despite such a pick-and-mix approach to GRX components, with crisp, quick shifts and the spring-loaded clutch in the rear derailleur keeping everything secure even when bouncing down rutted descents.

It’s the ruts and bumps where the Cube gravel bar falls a little short, though. The bar is stiff and feels great on the road when sprinting out of the saddle or pedaling up a climb.

However, when hitting rough dirt and rocky trails, it transmits a lot of vibration once you exhaust the damping of the 40mm tires.

Also, the top section is narrow and its oval shape just didn’t gel with my hands, as well as the wider, flatter top sections of my favorite gravel bar shapes.

The RX400 hydraulic disc brakes come from Shimano’s GRX family.
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The Natural Fit saddle, on the other hand, is great in shape, not overly padded but firmly flexible and shiny to protect my posterior and prevent tiring vibrations.

This is a saddle I’d be happy to pay top dollar for and would fit my own bike in a pinch.

I was impressed with how the Nuroad reacts to input handling.

On the road, it feels like a classic endurance bike with a neutral, stable feel that easily carves lines through the corners on fast, open descents.

Cube’s lightweight C:62P carbon fork features lowrider mounts.
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It’s an easy-going bike and there’s no jerking from the front end on the road.

Off-road, the long wheelbase and steering geometry keep it straight even when the road gets choppy, but it’s not so lazy that it becomes a handful to correct if you get stuck in tractor tread.

The overall weight of the bike seems modest on paper, but that was no problem, the Fulcrum wheels never feeling like the nearly 2kg package that they are.

Cube Nuroad C:62 Pro Bottom Line

The Nuroad is more than capable of navigating off-road sections, but comes into its own when driven fast on the road.
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The Nuroad stands out among most of its gravel peers as a bike that is far more road-touring influenced than anything else.

Frame mounts, only two bottle mounts, no top tube mounts and mounts for traditional front and rear racks may not be to the liking of bikepackers.

However, I would say that for most modern touring riders, traditional panniers are still the most practical option.

There’s a high-end Shimano RX812 rear derailleur, while the rear cassette is taken from the SLX MTB range.
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Cube even added the functionality of a kickstand holder, so your fully loaded bike won’t fall off.

The way the bike rides and feels is squarely in the midrange.

It’s not as nimble and nimble as Cervélo’s Vielo V+1 Strato SRAM Rival AXS XPLR Disc or Áspero Rival XPLR Etap AXS 1 Disc as a fast gravel bike, and it doesn’t handle as fast as the Roadmachine BMC Endurance X. It’s certainly not as out there as Bombtrack’s Audax either.

The Nuroad is ready and willing to take on longer days.
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What Cube has with the Nuroad C:62 Pro is the perfect long distance commuter bike.

This bike, equipped with guards, a rack and, yes, even a kickstand, would be the most practical of the fast bikes for anyone who travels longer distances.

You’ll have a capable bike that’ll cut it with your fellow riders or fend for itself on non-metallic roads. Plus, if you’re in the mood for a weird weekend, it will do that too.

2022 Gravel Bike of the Year | How we tested

Testing for our 2022 Gravel Bike of the Year category has begun on a loop around Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

This fast-paced blast takes in wide, well-paved gravel roads, real mountain bike trails, and forest firefighting roads, with the journey taking in towpaths and bridleways, and the return taking some tarmac . This is exactly the kind of multi-terrain course we want a gravel bike to excel at.

Following this, each bike was then taken on a 70 mile / 113 km route over mixed terrain with many elevation changes.

The bikes were then ridden back-to-back for a few weeks, during which we weighed the pros and cons of each, ultimately making a decision on the best gravel bike tested based on handling, choice of specs and – arguably most important of all – how much fun it is.

Our 2022 Gravel Bike of the Year contenders are:

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Thanks to our sponsors HUUB, Lazer, 100% and Garmin for their support in making the bike of the year.

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