Has Cube just made urban transportation easier than ever with its new Longtail Hybrid cargo bike?

The Cube 725 Hybrid
The 725 comes with a large range accessory options (Image credit: Cube)

The cargo bike concept shows no sign of stopping anytime soon with some of the best bike brands introducing new models almost weekly. German brand Cube has now launched its new lineup of compact cargo bikes which feature extra-long luggage-carrying capability. Hot on the heels of Specialized recently introducing its new Globe Haul LT e-cargo bike, and also UK bike brand Raleigh entering the rapidly growing market with its foldable Raleigh Modum e-bike, the cargo bike market is certainly a competitive place to be launching new models. We had a nosey at what makes the Cube Longtail Hybrid 725 range stand out from the rest.

The Cube 725 Hybrid side on parked

The new models are available in two options, either the belt driven Hybrid 725 or chain driven Sport Hybrid 725 (Image credit: Cube)

Cube says its compact cargo bike is all about versatility for everyday use with its longtail that takes inspiration from classic trekking bikes but features a stable, elongated luggage carrier, claimed to be perfect for load-carrying practicality. It can transport up to two children, and has a 40x60cm Eurobox option or the choice of generously sized panniers on the sturdy luggage carrier. Cube says the bike is rated to carry 40kg up top and 10kg at each side, giving 60kg in total, with the option to upgrade with a front rack to add a further 20kg of cargo-carrying capacity. 

Similar to the Specialized Globe Haul LT, the Cube 725 comes in the brand's 'One Size' concept that makes adjustability super easy with a telescopic seatpost and height-adjustable Speedlifter stem, which make the bike suitable for a wide range of riders from 1.60 to 1.90 meters. Cube says it will deliver a confident ride for virtually anyone. The compact wheelbase and 26-inch wheels are also aimed to deliver confidence and the familiar handling and comfort of a standard bike. 

The Cube 725 Hybrid with luggage

The compact wheelbase and 26-inch wheels give familiar handling and a confident ride (Image credit: Cube)

It's available in two options: the Longtail Hybrid, which is belt driven, and the Longtail Sport Hybrid, a traditional chain drivetrain bike. Power in both comes from Cube's longstanding power partner Bosch, with the powerful fourth-generation Bosch CX Line motor and 725Wh battery pack aimed to make the bikes easy to use.

A vast range of optional accessories are also available. As mentioned, children can sit comfortably on the padded bench seat or the luggage carrier is compatible with conventional child seats to safely carry children who are too small to ride on the bench seat. There is also side protection to keep feet and trouser legs away from the spokes. Wooden step boards can be used as footrests for the kids or as a platform to carry parcels. A rail keeps a Eurobox or other larger items safely in place or doubles up as a handrail for the children. 

Matching pannier sets with 45 liters at each side give bags of extra space to pack shopping or other essentials. Cube has also designed its own luggage interface with its inhouse accessories brand ACID to enable a plethora of luggage and carry options like the additional front rack that gives room for another 30x40cm Eurobox or a bag. 

A lockable storage compartment with flexible partitions in the down tube keeps valuables safely under lock and key. The down tube can also take a compatible luggage rack with two mounting points. 

Rider loading the Cube 725 Hybrid

There is a plethora of luggage and carry options available (Image credit: Cube)

Pricing and specification

Cube says the Longtail Hybrid will be available at Cube dealers in the coming weeks and will come in two versions: the Longtail Hybrid 725 in either Gray and Reflex or Blue and Reflex colorways, and the Longtail Sport Hybrid 725 in either Swamp Gray and Reflex or Flash White and Reflex.

Pricing for both starts at  $TBC / £3,999 / €4,499 with further details on all models and matching accessories available at Cube.eu.

Cube Longtail Hybrid

The Cube 725 Hybrid

(Image credit: Cube)
  • Engine: Bosch Drive Unit Performance CX Generation 4 (85Nm) Cruise (250Watt), Smart System
  • Battery: Bosch PowerPack 725
  • Charger: Bosch 4A
  • Display: Bosch Kiox 300
  • Shifters: Enviolo Cargo Manual
  • Drive belt: Gates CDX 151T
  • Brakes: Magura MT5, Hydr. Disc Brake (203/203)
  • Rims: Cube EX35, 36H, Disc, Tubeless Ready
  • Tires: Schwalbe Pick-Up, Super Defense, 65-559
  • Saddle: Natural Fit Sequence+ Comfort
  • Front light: ACID Front Light PRO-E 110, 5-16V, DC
  • Rear light: ACID Pro E-Rear Mudguard
  • Kickstand: Ursus Jumbo 80kg
  • Mudguards: ACID 75
  • Bell: Reich Ring Bell
  • Price: $TBC / £3,999 / €4,499 

Cube Longtail Sport Hybrid

The Cube 725 Hybrid Sport

(Image credit: Cube)
  • Engine: Bosch Drive Unit Performance CX Generation 4 (85Nm) Cruise (250Watt), Smart System
  • Battery: Bosch PowerPack 725
  • Charger: Bosch 4A
  • Display: Bosch Kiox 300
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M5130-GS 10-fach, LinkGlide  
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M5130-R10, 10 Speed, LinkGlide  
  • Brakes: Magura MT5, Hydr. Disc Brake (203/203)
  • Rims: Cube EX35, 36H, Disc, Tubeless Ready
  • Tires: Schwalbe Pick-Up, Super Defense, 65-559
  • Saddle: Natural Fit Sequence+ Comfort
  • Front light: ACID Front Light PRO-E 110, 5-16V, DC
  • Rear light: ACID Pro E-Rear Mudguard
  • Kickstand: Ursus Jumbo 80kg
  • Mudguards: ACID 75
  • Bell: Reich Ring Bell
  • Price: $TBC / £3,999 / €4,499 
Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm