CUBE celebrate the Vuelta a España with the launch of the new Litening AIR C:68X series, its new, ultra-light road bike weighing in at just 799g for the frame. The bike is the result of a collaboration between CUBE and the UCI WorldTeam Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux.
Eagle-eyed fans may have already spotted our riders on a prototype Litening AIR C:68X at the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2021. The prototype has also been in use at multiple one-day classics as well as stage races throughout 2021 and 2022. Alongside stage wins at the Tour of Belgium, the Ethias-Tour de Wallonie, the Giro dell’Appennino and the Sazka Tour, the crowning moment of the test phase for the new bike was Jan Hirt’s victorious ride on the queen stage of the 2022 Giro d’Italia. To mark the start of this year’s Vuelta, CUBE presents its new Litening AIR C:68X series comprising a three-model line-up. With the peloton set to make its way into the hills on stage four from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Laguardia, this is likely to be the first official outing for the lightest CUBE road bike in the company’s history – featuring a very special paint job.
The designers at CUBE set out to develop a brand-new, ultra-light race bike with a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve with the Litening AIR C:68X: a pure-bred racer that’s extremely light and incredibly aerodynamic, yet comfortable to ride on long days out in the saddle. This bike is the perfect marriage of low weight and aerodynamic design. Using the premium C:68X carbon composite material, the engineers in CUBE’s in-house carbon lab were able to shave weight to an absolute minimum. At just 799g for a mid-sized frame, it’s svelte enough to easily build a 6.6kg racer (in the SLT option). The UCI-compliant, lightweight bike also comes with an integrated one-piece stem/handlebar, integrated seat clamp and tyre clearance of up to 31mm.
Super-light, incredibly low drag and packed with racing DNA: this is a bike built for speed!