Bike Check: Matt Walker’s Cube Two15 – Crankworx Rotorua 2016
I have just recently read this featured article on Pinkbike about the Cube race team rider’s downhill rig the Cube Two 15 (Aluminum) we really like what Matt Walker had to say about the bike and felt it was worth sharing with you.
“Being a downhill racer by trade didn’t stop Matt Walker winning the opening event at Crankworx – the Giant Toa Enduro. Backed up by a 3rd place in the Pumptrack Challenge, combined with a solid 5th place in the downhill, Walker is in the hot seat in the hunt for the King of Crankworx title. Matt has signed for the Cube Global Squad, which is a brand new team for 2016, created to pilot the all-new Cube Two15 – its first DH offering after the brand stepped away completely from downhill for a couple of seasons.
The aluminum-framed Two15 is a very different machine to the carbon Pivot Phoenix that Walker was riding in 2015. The switch hasn’t slowed him down. I’m going to hazard a guess that he was riding a large size frame from both brands, so he has lost around 20mm in reach in the Cube’s cockpit and the 63º head angle is half a degree steeper than the Phoenix. The Cube’s chainstay is 436mm which is 6mm shorter than the 442mm of his old bike, making the overall wheelbase around 23mm shorter at 1241mm. The Two15 uses a four-bar linkage to gain 215mm of travel (as its namesake suggests), and it could be said that it has a visual likeness to a… Trek Session.
⇑Magura MT-7 brakes boast huge stopping power. Wheels are the popular DT Swiss FR570s.
⇑ The aluminum frame sees internal routing, with the cables disappearing just behind the crowns of the Fox 40 fork.
Cube is a German brand and Walker’s bike is spec’ed with brands from the same country, including Magura MT-7 brakes; a pair of blue-line Schwalbe Magic Mary tires, emblazoned with the ‘First Ride’ prototype logo; and its DT Swiss wheelset comes from just over the border. The team’s title sponsor, Bliss, is another German mark. The rest of the build is completed with a SRAM XO DH 7 drivetrain, an MRP chain guide, and an SDG i-Beam seat and post.” Pinkbike.