Cube knows a lot about women’s bikes, simply because Cube has a lot of women cyclists on its staff. And when you have a natural research and development team like that, you’re bound to get some superb products.
Cube Axial Wls Pro Bike – from £595.00
Axial WLS and WLS Pro
When it comes to women-specific aluminium road cycles, the two-bike Axial WLS range from Cube is as good as it gets. As well as featuring internal cable routing, a press-fit bottom bracket, a carbon fork and Aero Flex seatstays, for 2015 the Axial WLS’s excellent Superlite aluminium frame has had an extra 20mm added to the head tube for even more comfortable all-day riding. The range starts with the standard Axial WLS featuring a superb Shimano Sora groupset with triple chainset — offering a wide selection of 27 available gears — Shimano R501 wheels and a women-specific Cube saddle. And the range-topping Axial WLS Pro comes with Shimano’s fantastic new 105 11-speed groupset, Fulcrum Racing 77 wheels and one of the prettiest blue and red paint finishes ever seen.
The Axial GTC frame offers female riders the chance to experience a truly high-class composite frame designed around their body shape. This beautifully simple carbon-fibre frame is made using Cube’s Twin Mold process which allows absolutely exact lay-up of carbon, producing a monocoque body that is light, stiff and comfortable. A tapered top tube keeps control razor sharp, while a press-fit bottom bracket helps turn the entire rider’s effort into forward motion. The Axial GTC Pro comes with a Shimano Ultegra 11-speed gearset, Mavic Aksium wheels and a female specific Selle Italia X1 saddle. Meanwhile the Axial GTC SL comes with an enhanced carbon frame for improved performance, Shimano Ultegra groupset, and Fulcrum Racing 55 wheels.