CUBE Kathmandu Hybrid One 500 Review Short

The Kathmandu Hybrid One 500 is the entry point model for the Kathmandu line. It’s a feature complete ebike that that comes with fenders, a rear rack, and integrated lights. It’s available in two colors, four frame sizes, three frame types (high-step, mid-step, and deep wave step-thru as shown in the video), and sold predominantly through independent electric bike dealers. The drivetrain is a 10-speed 11-42 tooth cassette and Shimano Deore derailleur that does not include the one-way clutch line some of the higher models. The drive system is a Bosch Smart System Performance Line CX motor offering 85 newton meters of torque, it comes with the PowerTube 500 battery pack, and LED Remote with Intuvia 100 removable grayscale display.

Some of the drawbacks I noticed are no bottle cage bosses on the step-thru wave model, a spoke mounted magnet for the rear wheel speed sensor vs. a hub mounted design that would be less exposed, a fairly high weight of 58 pounds, regular 9mm axles with skewers vs. thru-axles, a charge port that is low on the frame and in the path of the left crank arm, a battery protection shield that is color matched and does not lock to the frame, no USB charging ports for smartphones and other electronics, the need to use the ABUS key to unlock the battery slot when re-inserting, the headlight is mounted to the fork arch which is unsprung (I prefer the crown or the stem or handlebar which are sprung and higher). Some positives are that the fender mounts directly to the suspension fork lowers, and CUBE offers a great warranty. All of the hardware is high quality, well fitted, and the bike should be fairly durable. Although the suspension fork has no lockout, it does have preload clickers to pre-load to match your weight and function properly vs. bottoming out or being too stiff.

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