Cube’s engineers have gone back to the drawing board with the 2018 Reaction Hybrid SL to create an even sleeker electric hardtail with a fully integrated battery which translates into better handling and better functionality! New for 2018, Cube have introduced the Bosch PowerTube battery, which has been fully integrated into the downtube of the bike, resulting in a much cleaner look, you’d hardly notice that this was an electric bike. The frame integration cleverly hides the powerful Bosch Performance CX motor at the bottom bracket. The motor itself provides a peak power of 250W and 75Nm of torque, creating the ultimate electric mountain bike experience. The new PowerTube battery provides 500Wh of power, enough for a full day’s worth of riding and is recharged in just a matter of hours. The electric system is all controlled via the bar-mounted Purion display which clearly displays all the important ebike information, as well as giving easy control over the assistance levels of the motor. A RockShox Judy Gold air fork provides 100mm of cross-country travel and also features a handy lockout switch, working in harmony with the electric motor to make ease of the steepest of climbs. Shimano’s XT and SLX drivetrain components put this bike at a great price point and certainly deliver on the trail. Smooth and accurate shifting comes guaranteed with very little maintenance to the system. A wide range 11-46T SLX cassette provides a great range which makes the bike extremely capable, even without the motor’s assistance. Powerful Magura MT Trail Customer brakes give a smooth and controlled stop to the bike, with a combination of 4-piston and 2-piston calipers to give the ultimate in control. Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres are fast and keep the bike firmly in control on the trail, giving the perfect balance of speed and accuracy. Bosch Performance CX motor, 250W, 75Nm Bosch 500Wh PowerTube battery Bosch Purion display RockShox Judy Gold 100mm suspension fork Description by Luke, Rutland Cycling Web Team.