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We’ve had a Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 in for testing: With its matt finish and those huge tyres we think this is an attractive E-Bike. The powerful Bosch motor will propel you through everything with oodles of grip from the huge tyres. An E-Fatbike makes it possible to go anywhere. Sand, snow, brush, branches – you can roll over everything.
- Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Summary
- Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Product Profile
- Motor & Battery
- Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Hands On
- Cube Nutrail hybrid 500 – On the trail
- Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Summary
- About the Test
- Further information about the Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500
Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Summary
A big machine – but the handling feels right!
The Cube logo stands out brightly on the chainstays, whilst the rest of the frame is finished in a smart, matt grey. The downtube and tyres are well matched size wise, and the huge 120mm Manitou Mastodon forks fit well into the overall picture. This E-Fatbike just looks right. The same with the components adorning the bike. You’ll want solid shifting – you get Shimano XT with a matching shifter. You’ll want good brakes – no problem, the Magura MT5 brakes are reliable stoppers.
“The development of the Nutrail Hybrid posed two main challenges for us: We didn’t only want to make a brilliant E-Fatbike which would be fun regardless whether riding your daily trail or out on a more adventurous tour. But we also had to integrate a Bosch motor with all its fittings that would also cooperate with 4” tyres. The triple-butted tubes, Gravity Casing and clever design details allowed us to build a lightweight frame with very precise handling” – Michael Große-Hering, Product Manager at Cube.
The price for this bike is € 3699 | Bikemarkt: Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 kaufen
Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Product Profile
Measured standover height: 760 mm (Size L)
|Frame||Rahmen||Aluminium Superlite, Gravity Casting, ARG, Double Butted, Disc Only, Tapered Headtube, Internal Cable Routing|
|Fork||Gabel||Manitou Mastodon Comp, Tapered, 15 x 150 mm, 120 mm|
|Shifter||Schalthebel||Shimano XT SL-M8000, 11-Speed|
|Derailleur||Schaltwerk||Shimano XT RD-M8000-DGS, ShadowPlus, 11-Speed|
|Cassette||Kassette||Shimano SLX CS-M7000, 11-46T|
|Cranks||Kurbel||CUBE Fat Crank, 16T|
|Brakes||Bremse||Magura MT5, Hydr. Disc Brake (180/180 mm)|
|Wheels||Laufräder||Answer Fat Atac 80SL, 15 x 150 mm / 12 x 177 mm|
|Tires||Reifen||Schwalbe Jumbo Jim Kevlar 4.0", Addix Speedgrip, Tubeless Easy|
|Seat||Sattel||Selle Royal Voga|
|Seatpost||Sattelstütze||CUBE 120 mm Adjustable Seatpost, Handlebar Lever, Internal Cable Routing, 30,9 x 420 mm|
|Bar||Lenker||Race Face Ride 35, 760 mm|
|Stem||Vorbau||Race Face Ride 35|
|Motor||Motor||Bosch Performance CX|
|Battery||Akku||Power PowerPack 500|
|Price (RRP)||Preis (UVP)||3699 €|
Motor & Battery
Bosch Performance CX Motor – Details
Plenty of power with fat tyres – guaranteed fun!
The Bosch Performance CX motor has all the power you need, we already know this. But how does it handle with the extremely wide 4” tyres? In all honesty… it feels just as powerful as we are used to. Undeterred the Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 motor marches on and turns what could be a sluggish fatbike into an agile and fun E-Fatbike. The fat tyres can be accelerated quickly to 25km/h and announce themselves with a loud, rumbling buzz on the road.
The Cube engineers have “half-integrated” the Bosch PowerPack battery in a diagonal bed which we really like. The opening underneath the battery is sealed with a plastic cover to prevent muck getting into the downtube – a nice design solution.
- Motor: Bosch Performance CX
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Bosch Purion
33.4km / 719 metres ascent
1 hr 34 mins
Quoted figures for range tend to be on the optimistic side so we like to test bikes for ourselves, draining a whole battery and seeing how far the bike will go. For this test we managed 33.4km and 719 metres of ascending, staying in the highest power setting throughout. Please note that these values in no way represent rigorous or normalised testing, instead they should be seen as ballpark figures. Using lower assistance modes increases the range significantly too.
Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Hands On
Pretty – excellent finishing on the frameset.
The wide, massive volume 4” Schwalbe Jumbo Jim tyres look cool and really fit the overall appearance of the Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500, giving this E-Bike an imposing presence. It stands there, and a child-like surge of interest for what this bike is capable of is awakened. Our question, “Do we even need marked trails anymore or can we just ride into the wilderness?”
The frame is finished with matte paint and is unashamedly pretty. No distracting graphics, just the bright logo on the chainstays. The Shimano XT shifting guarantees quick and precise gear changes and the wide tyres have unfathomable levels of grip. We did notice that Cube have moved the motor chainring a little further outboard to accommodate those massive tyres and make sure the chain runs cleanly. Doing more isn’t possible, as excessive cross-chaining and hence wear would result.
Cube Nutrail hybrid 500 – On the trail
Extreme grip from extreme tyres!
Who doesn’t know those steep ramps that are just a bit too slippery to get up. You ride past, try it yet again – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. With this E-Fatbike it’s not a problem. These huge Schwalbe tyres create huge amounts of grip. Choose the right gear, put the motor in eMTB mode, get in the right position and you’ll just cruise up anything. Whatever surface, be it snow, sand, mud or grass, it doesn’t matter. This E-Fatbike goes anywhere!
Vague steering makes the going slower
When things start pointing downhill and the going gets a bit rougher the Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 can’t be pushed too far. Whilst you can run low tyre-pressures, they then end up feeling a bit squirmy – you can roll over everything but carving out precise lines is nigh on impossible. We don’t pull out all the stops on the way down and instead ride at the E-Fatbike recommended speed – leisurely. With our tester weight of 90kg we ran the Schwalbe tyres at 0.5 and 0.6 bar front and back respectively. Though they stay stuck to the ground and “smother” every bump, they don’t provide any useful feedback from the trail you’re riding.
We also try to avoid sharp rocks, or at least unweight the wheels. Whilst low pressure create a whole load of grip, it also makes tyres a bit more susceptible to punctures.
E-Fatbikes like getting dirty in the mud
Time to get dirty! Wet trails mean you’d be best wearing an overall and covering every exposed part of you with a wipe clean material. In the mud, this E-Fatbike transforms into a veritable “mud-slinger”. Muck starts spraying everywhere even at low speeds and we quickly give up on any hopes of staying clean.
We chose to ride particularly muddy and rough trails to let the Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 show what it’s capable of. At medium speeds we rolled along the trails, forging our path through the wood. The Magura MT5 levers are well-shaped and the brakes along with the wide tyres do a good job of slowing you down. The beefy Manitou Mastodon forks have a nominal 120mm travel, though with the recommended air pressure sat a little low in the travel for our liking. Putting the pressure up by 20psi reduced the sag. We really liked the own brand Cube dropper post that reliably allowed us to adjust our saddle height.
The Schwalbe Jumbo Jim tyres provide a huge amount of comfort. The tyre rolls smoothly over rocks, branches and rocks without being too bouncy. Playing with the pressures, we found that letting out about 0.1 bar noticeably improved the ride, though at the potential expense of some puncture resistance. We didn’t notice any effect on the steering.
We came out of the forest with 30 km ridden and a smile on our faces – the ride was a lot of fun. Our tip: if you don’t have a hose at home then save some change to use the one at your local garage and get rid of all that mud.
The largest fatbike tyres are larger than 4.5”. Though a 4.8” tyre could theoretically fit at the back of the Nutrail Hybrid 500, we wouldn’t recommend it as you may end up getting some chain clearance issues.
Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 – Summary
We have a thing for E-Fatbikes – there’s something quite cool about them. You might need something to drown out the buzzing of the tyres, but an eMTB like this is just a lot of fun. Loose branches, snow, mud, undergrowth or even rotting trunks – you’ll just roll over everything.
The Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 is an extremely fun E-Bike, which is fitted with quality components and rides well with its central riding position. As long as you’re clear that this a jack of all trades, but a master of none then you’ll have a lot of fun with those huge tyres on leisurely tours exploring wherever you want to go, through the underbrush or leaving your tracks across fresh snow.
- Central riding position
- Well-matched components
- Endless amounts of grip
- Noise, and more noise
About the Test
On our test runs we usually stay in the highest assistance mode and drain the battery completely at least once. We then publish our results on our Strava account.
Our loop has everything we need to test E-bike capabilities
- Tight uphill trails with roots, rocks and loam
- Flat trails with small climbing sections
- Fast and flowing downhills
- Long, loose trails downhill
E-Bikes are subjected to our route multiple times to allow us to draw our conclusions.
We tested the Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500 here:
- Trail-riding around Bamberg and Bad Kreuznach in Germany. The riding provides narrow and tight trails with technical rooty, rocky sections, steep and technical uphills as well as flowing downhills.
Tester: Rico Haase
- Name: Rico Haase
- Height: 183cm
- Weight (with riding-gear): 90kg
- Inside leg: 86cm
- Arm length: 61cm
- Torso: 62cm
- Riding style: Flowing and playful
- Preferred riding: E-Enduro, E-Trailbike but also XC, DH and Road
- Preferred suspensions: firm and reactive – I like feedback from the trail
- Preferred geometry: long reach, short stem, wide bars
Be honest – have you ridden an E-Fatbike? What did you think?
Further information about the Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500
Text & Edit: Rico Haase, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Photography: Rico Haase, Sebastian Beilmann
Cube Nutrail Hybrid 500
- 0 to 120 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 100 to 150 mm Travel (Hardtails and Full-Suspension)
- 120 to 150 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- 150 to 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- more than 180 mm Travel (Full-Suspension)
- Das hier angegebene Gewicht ist die Summe aus den Einzelgewichten (E-Bike, Fahrer, Rucksack usw.), welches bei unserem Reichweitentest zum Einsatz kam.
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