The perfect synergy of geometry, drivetrain and components is the most recognizable aspect of the AMS Pro. Riders aiming for results will love the position on the bike. The AMS Pro is sporty and comfortable at the same time. The 100mm of active suspension offers supreme control in both climbing and descending.
Strengths: - very nice geometry, adapted perfectly to my riding style
- the manitou shock has proved very well when blocked, making it feel like a hardtail, but responding very well when doing DH or jumps
- well equipped and you always have the option to upgrade components
- with 12.7 kgs, is the lightest you'll get in aluminum frames on a full susp
- responds perfectly on bumpy/technical tracks, very good handling
- climbs like a hardtail, I have taken my times down with this bike!
Weaknesses: - the original tires are not so good
Excellent value for the money!!
Compared to other bike brands, the CUBE AMS 100 (2012) has got very good components (XT, SLX and Deore), Rock Shok Reba fork, Manitou shock, etc...and the price is quite lower than Specialized or Trek; besides you'll always have the option to upgrade components, but you already have a very nice and light frame.
German-made is of great quality, lifetime warranty and has a very nice design!!
Shock can be block, making it feel like a hardtail, but responds very well on DH and bumpy roads.
Now I can confidently brake with just one finger, brakes respond very well.
Favorite Trail: El Cinto - Teleferico, Quito - Ecuador
Duration Product Used: 2 months
Purchased At: Top Bike (Ecuador)
Similar Products Used: first time full susp bike, before I had a Spec Rockhopper 2009
Bike Setup: original components
a Cross Country Rider
from Athens, Greece
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2011
Strengths: - Light, Very Fast, Amazing Suspension combination.
- Corners like a train, excellent handling & tire
- Excellent seat.
- Elixir hydraulics have amazing stopping power and
- Great set of components.
- Black anodized version looks very smart!
Weaknesses: - Handlebar could be shorter, but if you are a "trekkie"...
you will love it! :-)
- Pedals are total junk!
Just returned from a 10 mile ascend and descend on a
rocky mountain road I am quite familiar with. What can I
say, the bike is just excellent! This is a seriously fast
climber and an excellent DH bike. It makes the terrain
feel really "flat"...
I was between the Trek Fuel EX 8 and this one and I had a
hard time choosing because there were no reviews available.
Definitely made the right choice. I am not sure that the
price difference of the fuel ex 8 could be justified in
proportion with any possible suspension advantages over
the Cube AMS.
All the components on the bike are very good with fast
shifting, very comfortable seat and some serious breaking
The front suspension is just right! It has a very
important feature. No stiction. This translates to
excellent small bump absorption which again translates
to perfect handling when cornering fast. Apart from that,
is quite plush and as I said before it takes anything
you give it to. As for the rear Fox shock there is not
much to say. Perfect. (Before testing a suspension
always take the time to set the correct "sag" and rebound
depending on your weight!)
Another thing that I liked was that there is really no
discernible pedal bob even with the "Pro Pedal" function
off. I cannot say the same with the front suspension,
but when you lock it (from the handlebar) it becomes a
stiff suspension. The amazing part though is that it doesn't
loose the small bump absorption feature which is simpy
The tire combination is very efficient off road.
It rolls fast on cement, although Continental's
Race King roll faster.
The Avid Elixir brakes together with 185mm rotors can
bring this bike to a stop in no time with the press of
a single finger! I use on my hardtail the BB7s which
are also great breaks, but these are something else!
You really need to be careful with the front one...
Modulation also is great.
One think that amazes me (and this bike is no exception) is
the fact that no matter how good the bike is, the pedals
are always the worst! Here again, the pedals on this bike
are a total waste of time. When the Deity Decoy LT pedals
are available on CRC, these are going in the trash...
Finally, I've read some other reviewers complaining about
the frame's anodizing being thin. Please try the same
abuse on your car's color and see what happens...
I find the anodizing actually of a very high quality.
In this DH session, rocks were flying like crazy and some
of them hitting the frame. When I returned home I thought
that I had done a major scratching job on my frame.
To my surprise there were no marks.
Bottom Line: If you are having second thoughts about the
CUBE AMS Pro, don't! Its simply a great bike!
You cannot go wrong with that.
Bike Setup: Fox Float PR23, Black Anodised, Reba U-turn Front Shock, Elixir R Brakes
a Cross Country Rider
from London, UK
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2010
Strengths: Very light/fast at only 11.5kgs, great climber, good value for money, RP23 shock/ Fox F100RLC shock work well together, wheel/tyre combo very fast and light, highly specc'd, looks great, different.
Weaknesses: Anodizing on frame may be a tad thin, stem quite long for some at 120mm although I don't mind it, seat very firm, standard bar was too straight and long for me so was replaced. Grips not the most comfortable.
Despite not having a chance to test ride this bike (where are all the CUBE's in London!) I recently bought this bike online as my first full suspension model and I am very happy with my decision. I'm stoked with it's lightness (lighter than my Rockhopper hardtail!), speed (rockets along with low rolling weight due to tyre/wheel combo), comfort (back no longer killing me after an hour or more riding bumpy trails and looks the goods as well. The front Fox fork has a nice progressive feel and the setup out of the box was just right for me. The handlebar mounted lock out worked really well although it can get accidentally disabled by your index finger. I pumped up the rear shock to 200psi from about 160 (I weigh about 85kgs) which sorted out the rear "semi-lockout" perfectly for me. The shifters work beautifully, I don't think shifting could get much quicker, no indicator means you have to look down if you forget which gear you're in. I survived 3 laps of the Gorrick Tunnel Hill event yesterday and I noticed I was much more competitive than my last race and passed quite a few guys on the uphill sections, testament to this bikes low weight. The brakes squeal a bit, but hopefully that'll quieten down a bit eventually. I bought a Cube chain stay protector and will probably upgrade the handlebar to a shortened Easton EA90 mid rise apart from that though, it's bloody perfect! Don't buy one though, I like the slight exclusivity. :-) BTW I'm 6"0' with long legs and I bought the 20" version which fits me perfectly.
I've replaced the bar with an EA90 mid rise and it feels like a better position, the long 120mm stem still means it's quite racy though. Bad news was my chain snapped during a race forcing me to retire, thought it would last longer than a few hundred miles. Also I've noticed a slight scuffing of the anodising on the frame where my brother tried to rub some dirt off it with his hand (dumkopf). The seat is pretty rock hard and took a bit of getting used to, would still prefer something with a bit more padding on it for the longer rides but this is a race bike after all.
This perhaps isn't the most comfortable bike in the world to ride all day but it is a very fast one (provided the legs are fast too :-) )
Bike Setup: Standard apart from Easton EA90 monkeybars.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 31, 2009
no its AM style.
Outstanding Climber, always ready to race geometry.
Fast on the decents, bites hard into the corners.
Floats over most uneven-ness.
Extremely stiff, and light.
Love the linkage, looks sexy.
Weaknesses: Do not get the one with the manitou shox, save a bit more for the fox rp23 version.
i personally feel that the available travel is a little to little for the bike to be Am capable, nevertheless, this bike lives up to its name-AMS!
For those looking for a blend in XC and AM, this is the perfect bike for u. Get the fox rp23 version.
Very versatile bike, on road, off road, on road, off road, and in between as well.
Bike Setup: Fox F100RLC, manitou Radium RL, XT drivetrain, XTR combo shifters and hydraulic brakes. Thomson seatpost mated to a fizik gobi saddle. ritchey WCS stem and synchros handlebar. XTR hubs laced with DT Swiss 4.2d, wrapped with top quallity 2.1 inch Kenda Excavator tyres.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 20, 2008
Strengths: great genuine 4-bar frame, top class spec, light enough to be a top class climber and perfect geometry to attack descents.
Weaknesses: formula k24 brakes in 180 mm are overkill on a marathon bike(in the uk, maybe not the alps where the bike was designed for)
top class marathon bike; great spec on great frame. put the k24 brakes on my mountain cycle fury-perfect.if you want to go a long way fast this is a great ride.got to 24.5 lbs-still room to make lighter.this bike is designed for the last 20kms of the marathon where places are earned