However, the one bicycle style we often see on a trail, on the street, and/or in a local park is the hardtail MTB; they're so versatile. With the right equipment, it can take you to work, aid in grocery shopping, and come the weekend, take it out for a spin through mud, dirt, stone, and grime.
This time around, we'll be exploring a machine that, wait for it, costs around $1,200 (€1,140 at current exchange rates), depending on who your middleman may be. Even though the Acid is priced this low, it still boasts abilities that should be just right for someone looking to buy an MTB just to destroy it as they have fun.
Overall, the Acid is built around a double-butted aluminum frame that includes internal cable routing. Since hardtails often have a suspension fork to reduce shocks as you ride the unbeaten path, you'll find a RockShox Judy Silver fork with 100 mm (3.9 in) of travel. It may not be the best fork or the most travel possible, but it'll do just fine for basic riding.
As I dove further into the Acid, it quickly became apparent why Cube remains a brand to consider for your next bicycle purchase. The drivetrain on this sucker is a Sram Eagle setup with NX shifters and derailleur and a PG-1210 cassette with 11-50T. That's the sort of gear I've seen dropped on bikes with bikes four times the price of this one. Funny enough, Shimano is also spotted on this bike and is supplying the hubs and brakes.
If you feel like taking this bike to the next level and turning it into a bikepacking monster, it may be difficult. Why? Simple because of the lack of mounts. However, plenty of aftermarket manufacturers produce cargo gear for bikes with no mounts whatsoever, even for suspension forks.
Ultimately, what you do with the Acid hardtail and how you transform it into your budget-friendly dream is up to you and your bank account. Nonetheless, bikes like the Acid show off why Cube has become a world-renowned name. What are you riding this summer?