Cube Nuroad Race 2019
Cube’s gravel bike has the confusing word ‘race’ added to its name, but this is because the makers claim to have combined ‘all the best qualities of our road race and cyclocross series in a rugged, versatile and lively bike that’ll have you seeking out new routes to explore’. Like the other bikes at this price point, the Nuroad Race (grrrr) has an aluminium frame. The 6061 T6 Superlite frame has fender and rack lugs fitted as standard. The front fork appears to have an aluminium crown and carbon blades, while the groupset is Shimano 105 R7000.
The gearing is standard compact on the front (50-34) and an 11-32 cassette on the rear, making it the least adventurous on the list. The brakes are Shimano 105 hydraulic flat-mount discs. The Nuroad comes with Schwalbe G-One Allround tyres that are 35mm wide, but the makers say the bike can take up to 40mm tyres if required. It is an elegant looking machine with tasteful paintwork. Price? Around €1,399, and therefore the most reasonably-priced among the gravel bikes on this list.