New bicycles – Cube “Aim” hardtail MTB

Now that Zosia is able to ride on two wheels and is getting more and more confident as the weeks go by we thought it was time to invest in bicycles for mummy and daddy as well. With that in mind we did a little research – called Michael Dembinski – and then popped off to see what was available at Ski-Team.

We had previously looked around supermarket bikes, particularly from Decathlon, and whilst they seemed okay we were not sure of the quality of the parts and they didn’t seem all that cheap either for what we wanted. Ski-Team were clearly operating at the good end of the scale, in fact our bikes were almost the cheapest they had! Ours cost around 1,500 PLN each (after 10% discount for using a certain brand of card to pay) but you could easily pay 4x that amount and even as much as 13,000 if you wanted! That’s a big difference from the few hundred you can get a bike for but compares very well to the prices in Decathlon for something not as good.

We were after bikes to use around the area near home, that means 90% parks and other uneven surfaces and 10% roads and paved surfaces. We therefore ended up looking for things with aluminium frames, chunky tyres, a bit of suspension & good gearing. It came down to a choice between “Gary Fischer” and “Cube” and after some consultation and checking we went for the German designed and made Cubes. The prices were pretty much identical but the Cube has a better spec. They have a very good quality feel to them although being a cycle novice I have no hard evidence to back that up. Those who know more might be able to see that, or disprove that, from the specs in the links below.

I’m sure the bikes are capable of far more than we are but these aren’t things you buy often so hopefully this is all we’ll need for many years. You can read more about the bikes here or here if you wish.

I must say I was generally happy with Ski-Team’s choice and service (by Polish standards) but the work they did fitting things like security chain holders and bidon holders left a little to be desired so if you do buy there please get deeply involved in the locating of these things. For example, the security chain has to slide out of the holder upwards (as seen on the photo of my bike below) but they’d fitted the damned thing so far up the seat spoke that it was impossible to get the thing out without removing the saddle. We’ve now given up with that and just hang them around the handlebar central hub.

We gave them their inaugural run today, twice around Młociny park with a refreshment break at McD’s! Considering it is a fair number of years since I rode a bike that far it doesn’t feel too bad. Maybe tomorrow things will be aching! In an ideal world I’d like to be able to raise the handlebars just a smidge but it looks as though there is no way to adjust the height of them. They are fine where they are if there is no adjustment but I can’t help feeling I’m being a bit stupid here. There is a joint that looks like it does something with the handlebars but I think it might just be sideways adjustment rather than up-down.

Here are a few photos –

Ians bike

Martas bike

Gears

Handlebars

Suspension

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14 thoughts on “New bicycles – Cube “Aim” hardtail MTB

  1. Nice bikes, Ian. Happy Riding. I myself have been thinking of getting a bike. (again) I went to a local art show at the library last week and one of the ladies working the show had her bike in the hall. She said it was a hybrid (can ride like a road bike or in the city) sounded just like what I’m looking for. She said she paid $400 for hers. Not sure what that would = in PLN. We have some nice bike paths here in the city. Great way to get out and smell the roses.

  2. I’d love to get a bike again but I’d really like a recumbant – but that’s because my preferred type of biking is road biking. Maybe at some point – who knows – but I do know one thing: I will have to save up.

  3. Serious looking kit! Nice geometry, evidently capable of hitting the technical trails – and that price – very attractive for the spec. A sound purchase – may they bring you years of cycling satifaction.

  4. Very nice bikes, but they are more like a heavy 4×4 SUV and not like a city/forest trekking bike.

    ps: You should visit the Police with your bikes ;)

    “Każdy właściciel jednośladu zainteresowany taką formą oznakowania roweru będzie mógł zgłosić się naszej jednostki Policji w Warszawie przy ul. Dzielnej 12, w dni powszednie w godzinach 12.00 – 16.00 a w ten weekend (8-9 maja 2010r.) w godzinach 12.00 – 16.00, aby skorzystać z „engravera”

    http://srodmiescie.policja.waw.pl/portal/rs/424/14304/Nie_daj_szansy_zlodziejowi__akcja_znakowania_rowerow_dla_warszawiakow.html

  5. Spiffy!

    You’re making me almost want to take a photo of my bike, but it’s kind of silly since it’s just a cruiser with a big, comfy seat (20-speed, tho’ it’s not a serious bike). In fact, I haven’t even ridden it since I had its last tune-up in the fall and the tires are flat again.

  6. Raising handlebars: There should be a 6mm Allen bolt running vertically into the headtube. It looks like there’s one on your Cube. Slacken off until the handlebars are loose, then grabbing the front wheel between your thighs, gently pull the handlbars up to a higher position. WARNING: the handlebar stem will have a maximum extention mark engraved on it. Do not extend beyond that! Once raise, tighten the Allen bolt securely. Now set off and see whether the riding position isn’t more comfortable.

    If you still find it too low, I have a raised handlebar stem with a good six-inch rise on it that’s surplus to our riding requirements. (Doesn’t look nowhere as gnarly as the one on your Cube, though!)

  7. Michael, I’ll try that, thanks. It only needs a very small adjustment so I’m sure there’s enough tube to allow that.

    I tried the bolt you mention but it didn’t seem to help although I wasn’t tugging on the handlebars at the time. You mean the one you can just about see in the picture of the handlbars running down into the front tube?

    The only other bolt is slightly lower down and runs horizontally.

  8. Yes – the vertical bolt. It attaches to a wedge-shaped nut inside the steerer tube (or head tube); when tightened up it keeps the handlebars moving together with the front wheel. Loosen it off, then you will need a fair amount of effort (with the wheel held firm) to move the handlebars; once they are moving, slooooowly draw them upward until you get the right amount of extra height. Then tighten up again. Hope that helps.

  9. Nice bikes scatts! I bet you (like us) will tire of getting covered with a stripe of mud up the front and back and you will add some mud guards – highly recommended!

    Have fun

    Bob

  10. Hi dude
    Been thinking about getting one of these? how do you find the size? what size frame are the bikes? are the brakes ok?

    cheers

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