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Cube Fritzz 160 Race 27.5 Suspension Bike 2014

The perfect mix of components for a full-speed bike. Gripping brakes, Sram x.9 gears with type2 derailleur and Fox shocks on the Fritzz 160 HPA Race 27.5 with its 160mm of travel make this machine a first choice for enduro riders and tough all-mountain bikers. With its triple butted, advanced hydroformed 7005 high performance aluminium tubing, the frame is sturdy but still lightweight and features the trail motion rocker - responsible for the real working kinematics and the efficient ride control to avoid pedal bob or brake influence on the suspension.The frame is designed with Agile Ride Geometry to allow quick reactions and great handling, while all components are intended for the trail, including the Sram X9 Type 2 components with 1400 double chainset and Avid Elixir 7 trail brakes with four pistons for ultimate stopping power. A plush suspension with Fox 34 Float CTD fork and Fox Float CTD BoostValve shock with CUBE custom tune, both with CTD (climb-trail-Descend) modes, makes even tough terrain easier. Sun Ringlé Radium EM 27.5 wheels with industrial bearings and 25mm rim width offer enduro performance at low weight and the Race Face chester stem and custom 750mm easton haven bar give control even on the hardest trails.



  • Frame: HPA Ultralight, advanced hydroforming, triple butted, ETC 4-link, ISCG mount, AXH
  • Forks: Fox 34 Float 27.5 CTD O / C, tapered, 15QR, 160mm 
  • Shock: Fox Float CTD Boost Valve, 216x64mm, Climb / Trail / Descend fashion, LV air canister
  • Damper :Top: 30x8mm, bottom: 22x8mm


  • Chainset: SRAM S1400 22/36T, 175mm
  • Brake/Shift Levers: Sram X9 2x10 speed trigger
  • Front Derailleur: Sram X9, High Direct Mount, 2x10-speed
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9 10-speed, type2, medium cage


  • Rims: Sun Ringlé radium EM 27.5 wheelset, 584x25C rims, 15QR/X12, 32 spokes
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Hans Dampf Kevlar, Trailstar, Snakeskin, 2.35


  • Brakes: Avid Elixir 7 Trail hydr. 4-Piston Disc Brake (180/180mm)
  • Handlebars: Easton Haven custom, 750mm
  • Grips: Fritzz CUBE Grip, 2 clamp
  • Headset: FSA Orbit 1.5E ZS, top-zero stack 1 1/8 "(44mm OD), bottom, zero stack 1 1/2" (56mm OD)
  • Stem: Race Face Chester 31.8mm
  • Saddle: Selle Italia X1 Trail
  • Seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 31.6mm, 125mm adjustable seatpost, internal routing
  • Seatclamp: 34.9mm CUBE Screwlock

Weight: 13.7 kg


  • Adaptable X12 Hanger: Cube optimized their new dropout design based on the Syntace X12 through-axle system, enlarging the area of the frame where the hanger is mounted, allowing the use of longer Direct Mount hangers. Shifting precision and stiffness are therefore improved and it's also possible to swap the whole contact area of the axle with the hanger should the system be worn out.
  • Advanced Hydroforming: The new STEREO, FRITZZ and HANZZ models are built using Advanced Hydroforming. Conventional hydroforming processes cannot achieve these custom shapes and technical advantages. As this manufacturing method reduces the number of welds, the weight is reduced while durability is increased.
  • Anodized Surface: Anodizing is a chemical surface treatment process. The treatment hardens the surface, making the aluminium 1000 times more scratch-resistant than before.
  • Efficient Trail Control: Cube's Efficient Trail Control series works so that everyone can have more fun on the trail. With 27.5 and 29er wheel options their frames cover the widest range of riding on every terrain you can imagine. The low leverage ratio and linear rate curve makes the bike very sensitive, avoids bobbing and offers full usable travel all the time. Steep seat tube angles and slack head tube angles make these dream machines ready for action on the descent where you can use the full amount of travel to be on the safe side.
  • Agile Ride Geometry: Cube ran innumerable tests to develop the Agile Ride Geometry in their series of big wheel bikes. Three important details resulted. Increased fork offsets allows for the same trail as Cube's 26in bikes without having to steepen the head angle, thus maintaining generous toe clearance to the front wheel. Secondly they shortened the chain stays without compromising the seat angle. A patented construction to mount the front derailleur gives more tyre clearance while keeping a conventional seat angle, leading to a perfect riding position for every rider size. Last but not least the BB height remains the same as on their 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.
  • Aluminium Lite: 6061 aluminium alloy requires a heat treatment for the finished product. It is a stiff, very corrosion resistant, fatigue resistant, high-elongation material suitable for light tubesets with high stiffness.
  • Fox Customised Setup: Sophisticated suspension kinematics are only able to work correctly if the associated shock is properly tuned. Cube have researched and found a specific shock setup in cooperation with Fox Racing Shox, using extensive testing for almost every Cube full-suspension model.
  • FSP4Link: The key requirement is for continuously active and fully usable travel, with the rear triangle unaffected by pedalling or especially braking forces. There are a number of ways of achieving this – CUBE favours a four bar design with a chainstay pivot. Here, one of the pivots is located between the dropout and the chainstay, ensuring that braking does not have a negative effect on the movement of the rear wheel. By carefully positioning the remaining pivots, we obtain the finest riding qualities for our full suspension bikes both uphill and downhill. This fact is proven by many top test results in leading magazines over the last few years.
  • 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. Integrated
  • Integrated Post Mount: The post mount rear brake system is found on all carbon fibre frames and top aluminium full suspension models. Two bolts and the IS adapter aren’t needed anymore, and fewer parts means less weight, in this case saving 30 grams. This may not sound a lot. But there's potential to save weight in every detail.
  • Press Fit BB: With Press Fit bearings, the bottom bracket bearings are pressed directly into the frame and not screwed in as usual. This gives a wider bottom bracket shell and allows the use of a wider down tube and more broadly-spaced chainstays. Every millimetre of additional width gives a significant improvement in lateral stiffness.
  • Lazer Design Surface: On high performance aluminium frames, graphics and text are laser-cut into the material, making them indestructible for a lifetime.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Big Bike, Fun to Ride, Easy to Use Haven't seen any reviews for Cube Fritzz Race model so maybe I'll be the first... This is my first full suspension bike. I grew up riding mountain bikes and dirt bikes. Have only ever purchased hard tails. Last HT was purchased in 2006. I grew up on the East Coast in US and road mainly XC and single track trails in rolling terrain. Much like Surrey in the UK. Wanted a full suspension bike so I can join friends in the Alps this summer and fit in. Plus it was time for a new bike. I read and read and read about FS bikes and learned as much as I could. I test road 5 different bikes, including some Santa Cruz, Whyte, and Yeti. Didn't get to ride the Cube on trails, but checked it out a couple times. Pretty much narrowed it down to the Whyte and the Cube because they both offered a lot for a great price, and went with Cube for the sole reason that the frame has been around a little longer...with their Stereo bikes...and has proven itself in the biking community. Overall my experience with ChainReactionCycles has been good. Purchase went smooth and delivery was quick. The bike came in a massive box, fully assembled minus the handlebar. Derailleurs were set fine, setting the fork and suspension sag was easy. No paper manuals were included so you're expected to download those if you need them for any reason. My riding review is based on a recent week long trip to Wales in April 2014. I rode a couple mountain trails that were recommended in the Pete Bursnall North Wales MBK guide, and rode the Beast trail at Coed y Brenin. Overall put about 50 miles on the bike. The days I rode the mountain/sheep trails the weather was rainy, windy, and quite miserable. The mountain trails were basically sheep paths that trial bike riders use for practice...or just the sheep. Lots of loose rocks, some boulders, soggy grass, mud...a little bit of everything. After pushing it up several steep climbs, the ride back down through soggy grass and loose rocks was simple and incredibly fun. Both the forks and suspension performed fine for me. I noticed a little pedal bob if you don't use the climb feature on the suspension when riding up. The tires absolutely saved me from some disastrous dismounts, but found the rear tire slipped on wet rocks going up at a pressure around 35psi. I let it out to about 30 and it worked a little better. I was hesitant to let it out more due to the rocky nature of the trails. The second day I rode around on the mountains I had an issue with the e-Thirteen bash guard/chain guide. After getting about 8 miles out and riding down a decent hill I noticed the cranks wouldn't turn. One of the bolts securing the bash guard to the frame had come loose and was blocking the small chain ring from rotating. So the cranks would only move a quarter turn. The only way to get to the bolt was to remove the crankset. I couldn't get the 8mm hex bolt to turn because the 10mm crank cap had been torqued too much and was secured with green Loctite. So the cap was pressing on the crank bolt. I ended up having to walk 5-6 miles and took it to a shop and the only way to loosen the cap was to tap it with a metal punch. That loosened the cap and we could then turn the crank bolt. Result basically destroyed the cap, but the cranks are still functional so I could at least remove the bash guard. The screw that came loose on the bash guard had been ruined from rubbing with the small chain ring. I think it wasn't installed properly by the manufacturer. There is a torque rating, but none of the screw were tight. If I put it back on these will get Loctite... So after that mess I took the bike to Coed y Brenin a couple days later. Rode the Beast trail and the bike was perfect. Climbed fine, not fast, but fine. Went down fast and over everything they had to offer. I didn't take any spills and contribute that to the bike, not my abilities. The warranty may cover the components that failed (that verdict is still being reviewed by the CRC warranty department). I wanted to write this review before the weekend is out because otherwise I wouldn’t do it, and it takes a few days for their warranty people to respond, so this review is before that response. As the bike goes, I may change out the rear tire with a 2.2. The Hans Dampf tires are supposed to be 2.35, but they look much larger. I think a slightly smaller rear tire will ride a little faster going up hills. But if you're on mountains a lot and like just going down, keep the Hans Dampf rear, it will save your collar bone! The bike overall looks massive. It's not too heavy, but the tires and the long handlebars make it seem quite large. I'm 6', 175lbs and the large 51cm frame is the perfect size. I can't really lower the seatpost anymore so if you are not quite 6 feet tall, I would recommend the next frame size down. After completing my first 50 miles and first Wales trip I would absolutely stick with my decision with this bike. The only change I would make would be to do a complete once over with every bolt and screw to make sure everything is tight. The components worked fine, but human error during the installation process of the e-thirteen bash guard caused the issue I experienced. Could have happened with any brand bike. I'm looking forward to several more years of awesome riding on this bike. 26 April 2014
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