CUBE ACCESS HYBRID SLT 500
There are times when only the best will do - and we're here to tell you that this is one of those times. The Access Hybrid SLT encompasses everything that we know about building light, great handling hardtails for women... with the added power of Bosch's superb CX drive system and a stunning selection of premium components. Fox's smooth, precise-steering 34 Rhythm suspension fork works in harmony with the frame's accurate steering and Schwalbe tyres' tenacious grip to deliver trail-taming comfort and grip. Meanwhile, the Bosch drive system and Shimano XT 11 speed transmission components get your pedal power to the trail across a huge range of gears, putting every climb within your reach. Newmen cockpit components are designed to add ride-long comfort, and powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes ensure you're always in control. There's no better Bosch e-mtb for women... and no better way of expanding your trail riding horizons.
We know what you're thinking: the Access Hybrid SLT doesn't look much like a Bosch e-bike. That's because our talented design team have gone to extraordinary lengths to incorporate the sophisticated Bosch CX drive unit and PowerTube battery into the lines of the frame's tubes, giving this bike an appearance that's as subtle as it is elegant. But it isn't just about looks. The one piece, gravity cast down tube that houses the battery, for example, forms a massively stiff and strong backbone for the frame. Combined with a tapered head tube, a Boost rear axle and our Agile Ride Geometry, it means that the Access Hybrid SLT has handling that's always confidence-inspiring, agile and safe, no matter what the trail throws at you. Internally routed cables and the battery are safe from dust, dirt and water, but you don't need to remove the battery from the frame for re-charging. We even had room to add a bottle cage mount, so you can take more fluids to stay hydrated on longer rides. And all of this attention to detail is for one purpose only: to ensure that you can focus on the ride.
Agile Ride Geometry
We ran innumerable tests to develop the Agile Ride Geometry in our series of big wheel bikes. We also added the 27.5in wheel size to the very well received portfolio. Three important details lead to the very agile character. Increased fork offsets let us achieve the same trail as our 26in bikes without having to steepen the head angle, thus maintaining generous toe clearance to the front wheel. Secondly we shortened the chain stays without compromising the seat angle. We invented a patented construction to mount the front derailleur to give us more tyre clearance while keeping a conventional seat angle, leading to a perfect riding position for every rider size. Last but not least we kept the BB height the same as on our 26in bikes. These measures lead to a natural riding position. Every mountain biker will feel immediately at home on a CUBE 29er or 27.5.
Boost 148mm technology provides precise handling, on every trail, in every situation. The hub flange moves 3mm towards the outside on both sides. It increases the stiffness of a 27.5? wheel by 14% and, for a 29er wheel, by 21%. The reason is the spoke’s wider support in comparison to the 142mm hubs used previously.
Adaptable X12 Hanger
We optimized our new dropout design based on the Syntace X12 through-axle system, enlarging the area of the frame where the hanger is mounted. We can now fit the longer Direct Mount hangers. Shifting precision and stiffness is therefore improved. With the new design it's also possible to swap the whole contact area of the axle with the hanger should the system be worn out.
Integrated Cable Routing
Internally routed cables offer many advantages. Cables are protected from dirt for longer life, weight is saved thanks to the absence of external housing and the bike has a clean, sleek appearance.
X12 Through Axle
In this system, a cone is used to form a play-free connection. It is only necessary to tighten the axle from one side. The position of the wheel is done by an insert in the right-hand dropout which is secured by a bolt. The main advantages of the Syntace system are quick and simple changing of the wheel, reliable position of the brake disc and higher stiffness of the rear of the bike. This allows the assembly to be made lighter than a conventional through-axle.
Frame Safe System
To protect our high-end aluminium frames from damage, they are built with the CUBE Frame Save System replaceable derailleur hanger. The mounting thread is in the hanger and not in the frame as usual. In case of a crash, this hanger can be easily and quickly replaced by a new one.
This steerer tube design is stiffer than a conventional straight steerer and yields a more secure ride feel even in difficult terrain. Minimal flex at the front of the frame means the greatest possible steering precision. With the larger steerer, the forks become more rigid. At the same time weight is saved due to the absence of bearing shells as the lower bearing is fully integrated into the head tube. On all of our CUBE carbon models the upper bearing shells are also directly in the frame, so that once more a few grams are saved and the energy transfer is very direct.
Easy Mount Kickstand
The Easy Mount Kick Stand is a new system developed and designed by CUBE. The base of the stand is mounted from below to a fitting plate integrated to the frame and fixed with a through bolt. This kick stand is extremely stiff and solid through the enlarged contact areas between base and frame which gives a stable stand even with loaded panniers.
Wet Paint Surface
On polished, brushed aluminium and all HPC frames, the logos and graphics are applied in multi-layer wet paint. We use this surface treatment technology mainly to save weight.
Tuned Drive Position
Dropper seat posts are getting more and more widespread, but to integrate them optimally in the frame, they have to be factory fitted. With the Stealth Ready frames, it is possible to build in a dropper seat post with internally routed cables, which besides the clean look, helps prevent any cables getting jammed. The exit of the cable on the frame – if not required – will be sealed with a cover for protection.
This elaborate procedure with doubled weld seams has two advantages: On the one hand, it improves the firmness of theweld seams and minimizes the load peaks on the tube welds through energy flow and on the other hand, it helps the frameto a better and more organic look due to the smooth and hardly noticeable welds.