Bulls Bikes is German brand that has built their reputation around race bikes that started in 2007 when the first Team Bulls was formed. This included bicycle professionals Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm and together they garnered attention from cycling fans due to their consecutive successes in long-distance competitions. They won the legendary Cape Epic, Transalp and Trans Germany in their very first year. Besides endurance, cross country and marathon events, Bulls even has a downhill team (their DH bikes have not yet made it to America yet.)
Like many other brands just starting here in the States, Bulls is using the direct-to-consumer business model. They make several different kinds of bicycles for their European market and they continue to expand their US offerings this year with the Copperhead alloy hardtail, the Wild Edge Team 29 and a full suspension e-Bike.
Bulls Bikes Copperhead 29 RSi
The Copperhead 29 RSi is new for 2016 and it is their top of the line alloy hardtail. The geometry and construction is designed to keep this 29er agile and nimble, while retaining the advantages of bigger wheels. The frame is made from 7005 triple-butted aluminum and has internal cable routing, a tapered head tube and a press fit bottom bracket shell. The frame has a bit longer wheelbase than many other 29ers currently out there, which Bulls feels makes them more stable at race speeds.
Suspension duties are handled by a Fox 32 Float fork with 100mm of travel and a remote lockout to keep things efficient. The Copperhead has thru-axles front and rear and the Shimano XT 2×11 drivetrain is solid. This bike also features a side swing derailleur in order to make shifting easier and more stable. Claimed weight of a medium size Copperhead 29 is 25.35 lbs. The bike is available in four sizes (SM, MD, LG, XL) and one graphic (Black Matte/Shiny Yellow). The Bulls Copperhead 29 RSi is available now online and has an MSRP of $1,999.
Bulls Bikes Copperhead 3 RSi 27.5
For those of you out there that prefer your big wheels not so big, Bulls offers the Copperhead 3 RSi 27.5. This bike is also new for this year and features the same frame construction as the Copperhead 29, but is optimized for 27.5″ wheels. It has a Fox 32 Float fork with 100mm of travel, same Shimano XT 2×11 drivetrain and side swing front derailleur. Claimed bike weight is slightly lower at 25.13 lbs and it comes in the same 4 sizes and same grey finish with the same $1,999 price.
Bulls Bikes Wild Edge Team 29 +
The Wild Edge Team 29 + is a bike that we saw previously at last year’s Sea Otter Classic. The Wild Edge Team 29 series features a monocoque carbon frame that has been tested and developed in competition and endurance racing. The name might be confusing for some, as it is NOT a Plus bike. Rather the “+” designation means their top shelf Shimano XTR equipped model. This bike has a claimed weight of 22.70 lbs and the XTR kit and RockShox RS-1 fork results in a price of $5,799. There is also a Shimano 1×11 version available at $3,999 and a Shimano 2×10 version available at $3,399 (both with the RockShox RS-1 fork).
Bulls Bikes E-Stream EVO FS 3 29
Watch this highlight reel for some of the features and details of this interesting full suspension e-Bike.
The E-Stream EVO FS 3 is a full suspension mountain bike that features a Brose 250 watt electric motor. The frame is 7005 aluminum and the bike is available with 29″ or 27.5″ wheels. These bikes are not yet available for direct sale via their US website, but the retail price of the E-Stream EVO FS 3 29 is $4,499. Full specs are listed below.
E-Stream EVO FS 3 29 Specs:
- Frame: 7005 Aluminium
- Frame Size: 46/51/56cm
- Fork: Rock Shox Yari RC 29 Solo Air, 120mm, 15mm Maxel
- Shock: Rock Shox Monarch RT, 120mm
- Drive Train: Brose 250W
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT RD-8000-D-GS, 11-speed, shadow plus
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT FD-M786DT
- Shifters: Shimano Deore XT SL-M8000
- Crankset: FSA 38/28T
- Chain: KMC X11E
- Cassette: Shimano Deore XT CS-M8000-11, 11-40T
- Brakes: Shimano BR-M615 Ice Tech hydraulic disc, 180/180mm
- Handlebar: BULLS
- Stem: BULLS
- Seat Post: BULLS
- Saddle: Selle Royal Seta M1/BULLS
- Hubs: Shimano Deore/Formula
- Rims: BULLS HC-30D Lite
- Wheel Size: 29
- Tires: Schwalbe Rocket Ron Evolution Liteskin 29×2.25 TL-Ready
- Pedals: Wellgo
- Weight: 50 lbs (approx.)
- Powerpack: 37V/17.5Ah/650Wh / 3 modes: Eco, Tour, Sport
- Charging Time: approx. 3.4hrs to 80%, approx. 4.5hrs to 100%
Bulls Bikes Grinder 1 and Grinder 2
If you are into gravel grinders, be sure to read the write-up we published on RoadBikeReview of the Bulls Bikes Grinder 1 and Grinder 2.
For more info, visit bullsbikesusa.com.