CUBE Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 625 Review Short

The CUBE Kathmandu Hybrid Pro is the mid-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 (grey and brown), 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 an 11-speed 11-51 tooth cassette and Shimano Deore derailleur with one-way clutch to reduce bouncing and derailment. The drive system is a Bosch Smart System Performance Line CX motor offering 85 newton meters of torque, it comes with the PowerTube 625 battery pack, and LED Remote with Kiox 300 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 59.5 pounds, 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-installing, 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 up for improved visibility). Some positives are that the fender mounts directly to the suspension fork lowers vs. using plastic cuffs, and CUBE offers a great warranty. All of the hardware is high quality, well fitted, and the bike should be fairly durable.

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