2017 BULLS Monster E FS Review

Bulls Monster E Fs Electric Bike Review
Bulls Monster E Fs
Bulls Monster E Fs Bosch Performance Line Cx Chain Tensioner
Bulls Monster E Fs Bosch Powerpack 500 Battery
Bulls Monster E Fs Removable Bosch Intuvia Display Panel
Bulls Monster E Fs Rockshox Monarch Rt Rear Suspension
Bulls Monster E Fs Rock Shox Bluto Rl Solo Air
Bulls Monster E Fs Magura Mt Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Bulls Monster E Fs Shimano Deore Xt 11 Speed Drivetrain
Bulls Monster E Fs Electric Bike Review
Bulls Monster E Fs
Bulls Monster E Fs Bosch Performance Line Cx Chain Tensioner
Bulls Monster E Fs Bosch Powerpack 500 Battery
Bulls Monster E Fs Removable Bosch Intuvia Display Panel
Bulls Monster E Fs Rockshox Monarch Rt Rear Suspension
Bulls Monster E Fs Rock Shox Bluto Rl Solo Air
Bulls Monster E Fs Magura Mt Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Bulls Monster E Fs Shimano Deore Xt 11 Speed Drivetrain


  • Full suspension fat bike with a high quality mid-drive motor from Bosch and their updated 500 watt hour battery pack for extended range
  • Cool fluorescent paint job that extends all the way through the fork, rear shock housing, swing arm and battery pack, I think the battery blends in nicely and appreciate the metal base cup
  • Premium hardware here including tubeless-ready Schwalbe Jumbo Jim tires that can be ridden at lower pressure, light weight punched out rims and RockShox air fork
  • Eleven speed Shimano Deore XT drivetrain with chain tensioner, shift sensing software in the motor controller, Magura hydraulic disc brakes and thru-axles for improved stiffness

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2017 Monster E FS



Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Trail, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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2 Years Motor and Battery, 5 Years Frame


Europe, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55.6 lbs (25.21 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.7 lbs (2.58 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

7005 Aluminium

Frame Sizes:

18.11 in (45.99 cm)20.07 in (50.97 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

31" Stand Over Height, 76" Length

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Neon Yellow with Matte Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Rock Shox Bluto RL Solo Air, 100 mm Remote Lockout, 15 mm E-Thru Axle

Frame Rear Details:

RockShox Monarch RT High Volume with 120 mm Travel, Rebound Adjust, 12 mm Quick Release Thru-Axle

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 Shimano Deore XT, 11-40

Shifter Details:

Shimano XT Triggers on Right


FSA CK-760/IS Cranks, 15T Chainring


Wellgo Alloy Platform, Cage STyle


Tapered 1 1/8"


7° Rise (80 mm, 90 mm)


Low Rise, 720 mm, 25 mm Rise, 9° Bend

Brake Details:

Magura Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, MT-5 Four Piston Front MT-4 Two Piston Back Calipers, Magura MT Levers


Ergon GA30 Locking Grips, Flat, Black


Selle Royale Seta M1

Seat Post:


Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm


Alloy, Punched Out Square Holes, 32 Hole, 80 mm Width


Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Jumbo Jime, 26" x 4"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

Pace Star 3, Tubeless Easy Snakeskin

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Sticker Slap Guard, Chain Tensioner with Narrow Wide Teeth


Aluminum Skid Plate, Locking Removable Battery Pack

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line CX, Gen 2

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Torque:

75 Newton meters

Battery Brand:


Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

45 miles (72 km)

Estimated Max Range:

130 miles (209 km)

Display Type:

Intuvia, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Grayscale, Backlit LCD


Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (1-5), Odometer, Trip Distance, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Shift Assist Recommendation

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback on Left, 6 Volt Micro USB Port on Display

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 50%, Tour 120%, Sport 210%, Turbo 300%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Fat tire electric bikes offer a perfect blend of technology and adventure in my opinion… an unpowered fat bike is fun, sure, but the added weight and drag of larger wheels and tires means that most people are limited in how far and long they can actually enjoy the ride. Furthermore, if you actually do seek out the snowy fields and sandy beaches that those fat tires yearn for (as I did in this video review), they can become uncomfortable because the terrain isn’t always smooth! And once you’ve added suspension there’s increased weight and often some bob as you pedal along. So that’s where this whole full suspension fat tire electric bicycle concept fits in… In many ways, it isn’t that surprising right? We see full suspension motocross bikes all the time, in fact I think most motorcycles (even road bikes) offer full suspension. But they’re loud, heavy and usually illegal on bike paths, mountain trails and beaches. The Monster E FS delivers something special in this domain, an ebike that’s both capable of handling a wide variety of terrain and usually well accepted there. It’s made with some of the best consumer/performance level hardware on the market as of this review (Magura brakes, Shimano Deore XT derailleur) and is driven by one of my favorite motor systems around, the Performance Line CX from Bosch.

With internally routed cabling, a sporty paint job and some additional metal shields in place, the battery pack truly blends in on this bike. And despite offering about 25% larger battery capacity than the previous Powerpack 400, the battery form factor is exactly the same and it weighs less than a half a pound more! You can still charge it on or off the bike and it’s even backwards compatible so if you already own a Bosch powered electric bike from the 2014-2016 timeframe you can swap them out or carry an extra along for increased range. Having tested and reviewed some of the other BULLS electric bike models recently, those with the more tightly integrated Brose battery/motor system, I gained renewed appreciation for how beautifully and simply the Bosch pack clicks in and locks. You don’t have to worry so much about bumping the key if you accidentally leave it in and you don’t have to physically twist the key to lock the pack… just when you unlock it, and this increases security. Going from there, the control panel and button pad that let you interact with the battery and motor are both very well done. You can switch assist levels on the fly without lifting your left hand and compromising your grip… just a bit of thumb work. And you can also cycle through display readouts this way. One of my favorite menus is range approximation because it dynamically updates depending on how you’re riding, what assist level you’ve selected and how much battery capacity remains in the pack. This is the sort of feedback that ensures you won’t get stuck way out in the backcountry with a depleted pack. This is especially relevant because the battery indicator only shows five bars vs. 10 on some other bike displays. That’s one of my minor gripes.

If you do get stranded on this ebike, no worries because it has a wide range of 11 gears for pedaling. And in the electric bicycle world, that’s quite a few! I found that the bike was operable on human power alone (especially on pavement) and enjoyed the rolling momentum that the tires offered once up to speed. It was easy to handle the bike on all terrain types we tested thanks to longer mountain bike style bars with locking Ergon grips and I appreciated the remote lockout on the Bluto suspension fork. Many of the hardware components chosen for this bike are of a higher build quality and designed to be light weight. At just under 56 lbs… this is what I would consider very light given how large it looks and the fact that it’s a fat bike with full suspension. It is missing a few things though, no kickstand means it could tip into your fancy car in the garage more easily and no bottle cages mean you’ll need a hydration pack. Part of me yearned for throttle on demand operation in addition to pedal assist but I recognize that this would change the class of the bike, exhaust the battery much faster and ad clutter to the cockpit. It might also delay how quickly the motor cut out resulting in sketchy performance on difficult technical terrain. Yes, this is a hard core capable bike that would handle serious riding. Bosch offers one of the most responsive, zippy feeling drive systems around and if you’re in the highest level of assist (there are four to choose from) it works very well, almost responding like a throttle without requiring exhaustive pedaling force. Almost as soon as you’ve stopped pedaling, the motor also stops and that’s a great feeling… but it works the other way too, responding especially fast as your cadence increases (ie. shifting to lower gears for climbing or maneuvering through an obstacle course of rocks, ice or fauna).

I honestly don’t have many complaints to share about this ebiket. Its great that given just how custom and unique a build it is, BULLS was able and willing to manufacture two sizes. Their two year comprehensive warranty is excellent and despite the perceived higher price point, I actually think you’re getting a good deal relative to what other companies charge for similarly specced builds using less interesting drive systems. Consider their hardtail Monster E model if you’re looking to save $1,000 and don’t mind a stiffer rear… In that case you could always add a seatpost suspension as a compromise. As someone with limited storage space, I tend to choose one high quality bike to “do it all” and that’s exactly what this offers. You get comfort, longer lasting parts and a bike that won’t quite. In a world with more and more 3″ tires it’s great to see an actual full sized 4″ wide fat tire bike that’s done so well. Powerful hydraulic disc brakes, thru axles, a tapered head tube and a custom replaceable metal skid plate make this bike extra tuff. Not to mention the chain tensioner with fully surrounding guide and narrow wide teeth. I love that you can easily and quickly take both wheels off for compact storage and transport and am glad that BULLS opted for the four bar rear suspension design to optimize traction, reduce bob and lower as much weight as possible. It’s a great bike, lots of fun and easy to use. Compared with some other full suspension fat ebikes I’ve tested, it offered a wider range of pedaling speeds while still supporting me with motor power. The motor is just more capable at high RPM and that’s how I prefer to pedal, it happens naturally as I shift down approaching hills, I don’t feel like the motor quits on me. As someone with sensitive knees, this has been one of my favorite fat bikes so far and I’m optimistic about how it could be used on so many terrain types and in so many seasons. Big thanks to Bulls for partnering with me for this review.


  • Custom paint and decal job that includes the frame, rear swing arm and pivot point, suspension fork and rear suspension housing! EVERYTHING matches and looks awesome
  • Sturdy 15 mm thru axle on the front with 12 mm at the rear, keeps the larger heavier wheels tight and responsive, both offer quick release which is handy for repairs or simply transporting the bike since it’s so large
  • In addition to removable wheels, the battery pack and display console are also removable… I love that the battery can be charged on or off the frame and is backwards compatible with the older Bosch Powerpack 400 batteries
  • Top-end components from Magura, Rock Shox, Schwalbe, Ergon and Shimano that will hold up in off-road conditions and are backed by the BULLS comprehensive two year warranty
  • I was impressed that even with the larger capacity battery, full suspension setup and fat tires this bike weighs just ~55 lbs and I love that it comes in two sizes for improved rider fit
  • Most of the weight is positioned low and center across the frame, this improves handling and since it’s a mid-drive, reduces unsprung weight compared to a hub motor
  • You get 11 gears so pedaling feels comfortable at a wide range of speeds… even if the bike is turned off and the Bosch motor offers shift sensing to reduce wear
  • I love that they included a chain tensioner with a full hood to act as a guide (clearing debris and mud), it should reduce kickback from the rear swing arm and the narrow wide tooth pattern is designed to reduce chain slip
  • Punched out rims reduce weight, look cool and might add some cushion to the tires for improved comfort and traction at lower PSI
  • Sturdy metal motor cover… like a louvered push guard on a truck, designed to protect the sensitive bits but be replaceable if you encounter major damage
  • This is the only Bosch powered full suspension fat bike I’ve seen to date and is definitely my preference in terms of power, zip and responsiveness compared to Yamaha and other mid-drive systems, the chainring spins fast and is super quick to start and stop which is great for unstable terrain
  • The Bosch Intuvia display panel is large and easy to read, simple to use and doesn’t require that you reach far while holding the grips to operate, a remote button pad with tactile feedback is mounted very close to the left grip… I also like that the display panels has a Micro USB charging port built into the side for maintaining your portable electronics


  • The bike worked fine in the sand but requires pedaling (Class 1 pedal assist) and there are times when it’s nice to have throttle power just to power through soft terrain or get started again after stopping… the benefit of Class 1 is that it’s allowed on more trails vs. Class 2 throttle powered ebikes
  • The rear suspension joints and shock take up the space where a bottle cage or other accessory mount might have been fit… you can’t add a rear rack easily (unless you compromise with a beam rack) so you might end up using a hydration pack all the time
  • The Bosch battery doesn’t blend in with the frame quite as nicely as the Brose battery on some other BULLS ebike models but it is easier to remove and comes in a higher ~500 watt hour capacity here for longer range rides, I like that the built some metal plates around the base to help it blend in… and added those matching yellow stripe stickers
  • This is an expensive electric bike… you’re getting a lot of high quality hardware but if you ride it near saltwater without rinsing it afterwards or if you’re on other corrosive terrain frequently (salted snow?!) then it will wear out more quickly, there’s a trade-off with bikes like this where you can get one that’s pretty good for half the price and then completely replace it in a year or two vs. one very nice one that you need to care more about to extend


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Tim Star
4 months ago

Have you reviewed any of the M2S line of electric bikes?

4 months ago

Hi Tim, not quite yet! But I am in touch with them and hope to cover some of the M2S bikes for 2018 :)


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1 day ago

I have Chesters on my Bulls and Wah Wah IIs on my Haibike, and prefer the Wah Wahs on trails.

I also use crank boots, but the Wah Wah's won't work with them.

2 days ago

Nice with some fellow swedes here! The ebike sales in Sweden has really increased alot since the government subsidy was introduced.

I would check out pro-e-bike.se on the site https://www.allabolag.se/5562402015/heat-engineering-technology-europe-ab before deciding to buy from them. The economic numbers doesnt look that good.

Have you got any response from Sunstorm? I might stop by their shop (Batteridoktorn) and check it out.

Nova Haibike
2 days ago

Of the four you listed, I would not recommend the Cannondale, because of the proprietary fork. While their Headshok is pretty reliable and easy to work on, it is still proprietary. Also, it is an ugly bike. LOL. The R&M is more expensive relative to the other two. The Bulls is the best value; it is the only one with an air fork.

A couple of other bikes that look good to me are the Moustache Friday 27 Speed and the Trek Crossrip+. I like the Moustache for its bulletproof wheels. It is a rigid bike, but to me that is a plus; it is lighter and there is no suspension to service...the tires will offer plenty of cush on their own. I like the Trek because (for me) there is nothing more comfortable for longer rides than a good set of drop bars.

Ravi Kempaiah
2 days ago

2 days ago

Hi Everyone!

Thank you, in advance, for reading this through and providing any insight or advice!

About 4 years ago, frustrated with the rising cost of public transportation, I decided to eliminate my dependence on it as much as possible and purchased a bike. It's a folder; Tern P24h and I've loved it. It's a workhorse and has taken all the that abuse I, and nature, could through at it. It also manages our many hills like a champ.

My ride is about 12 miles round trip. I use one form of public trans to get me in the City. It's a regretful compromise and also the reason I have a folder.

Lately I've been thinking about getting an upgraded ride for my commute and discovered the cost of a higher-end folder is close to that of an e-bike! Why pay for folding, when I could pay for power? :)

And this brings us to one of the main reasons I'd like to go electric: to exchange my current route for a picturesque, pub-trans-free route which goes up and down the Hudson River (for those who know the area). It's a 40 mile round-trip journey. I have taken this route with my folder and found that life keeps getting in the way of being able to build the endurance needed to make this a typical weekday commute.

Other reasons include just being able to take longer trips, pick up more groceries, visit friends with ease...normal stuff that probably most of us here want to do.

My budget is about $5k.

I've tried the Bosch CX, Performance, and Active line. I like Performance the best (if that's the one that reaches 28 mph).

These are four bikes I'm considering and I'd love your opinion about them, and am open to suggestions if you have a better option:

[*]Cannondale Contro-E 2017
[*]Bulls Urban Evo 2018
[*]Kalkhoff Endeavour Advance B10 Speed
[*]Riese & Muller Roadster HS

The main issue that concerns me is durability. I could put 10,000 miles on the bike in a year, in all kinds of weather and in all temperatures. Will these engines last? Which bikes are the easiest to maintain? Which need it the least?

Thank you for reading this and for offering any experiences and/or advice you have. I really appreciate it! :)

2 days ago

"...still some models"
XM700 is listed on Trek website as 2018 ; has it been discontinued ?
I think new model line up is announced late summer ?
I'd like to see the XM700 develop into something similar to the Bulls Urban EVO ; 500 Wh battery , 700c x50 tires , Suntour fork .

4 days ago

The Swedish Bike Show in Stockholm this weekend wasnt much to write home about.

It was the big swedish retailers showing off their bikes and only some ebikes from standard brands like Scott, Merida, ecoRide, Wallerang, Crescent, Monark etc.

No smaller retailer with any for me more exciting and interesting brands where there like Bulls, R&M, Haibike, Stromer, Cube or Moustache.

I will go to Elovelo (ebike store in Stockholm) this week and test ride and compare R&M and Moustache.

The search continues!

4 days ago

Hello fellow Swedes!
So im in the same position as you are. Been researching for over a year now.
Me and my spouse have moved from the city to the more rural forests of Närke and we want to go more sustainable.
To replace the diselvan as much as possible is our goal.

I've been reading everything and watched so many reviews from different manufacturers and i can't really decide.

So this Saturday we went and bought a rawbike from "blocket" for 12k SEK. It's a class II moped, 750w, 48v 15.4 Ah. 25km/h topspeed but i unlocked it to 35km/h. It's for my spouse so she can go to the bus and home.
We have a hill that is 3.5km long and has an elevation of 150m. I have to take that one home after working 12h nightshift.

For myself i cant decide what to buy. I'd like an electric ATV but there is only kidsized ones available.

The models i have researched so far:
Haibike trekking 7.5 or 4.0 (dual battery)
R&M - all of them, but supercomuter with 2x500w is the one i think.
Bulls Evo street http://www.pro-e-bike.se/sv/elcyklar-emtb-ebike/marken/bulls-six50-evo-street.html
Scott Sub Tour 10
Butcher and bicycles cargobike

Radrhino fatbike 750w - the Eu model is not updated with the larger battery yet according to their website.

My requirements are Bosch CX and 500wh battery. I'd like a dual battery setup since i have 25km to the city and i want to make sure i can go home at max assist and speed if i need.
And yes i will buy a dongle for it if i get one.

I think there is not much that differs between these models. Motor and battery is key. The rest i "meh".

But then there is the Super soco moped with 2kw and 29Ah battery for 32k SEK with option for another battery.
With the new EU rules there is the speed bikes too. Elcykelguiden.se had an article about it and they mentioned this site:

2kw, 60v 18Ah and topspeed 60km/h for 23k and possible less if you are chosen as a testpilot. I sent an email yesterday.
I like fatbikes and have an Kona Wozo fatbike as my current MTB.

E-Bike or Moped or something in between... That is the question.

5 days ago

Have a 2016 FullSeven Xduro RC and it came with Rock Shox 120mm travel Recon solo air forks. They were OK, but nothing like the Pikes on my Bulls. Also liked the slacker 66 degree head angle on the Bulls as apposed to the 69 degrees on the RC. I found a great deal on a new 160mm travel Lyrik but wondered if installing the longer travel forks on the 120mm travel frame would mess up the geometry. Turns out it totally improved the handling far more than even hoped! Don't notice the higher BB (maybe 20mm), but it gave me about 1 degree slacker head angle and just makes the bike so much better for the rocky terrain I ride. Before the upgrade I preferred my Brose powered Bulls, but now with the new fork and the e-Mtb mode software upgrade it's a total toss up!

I'm wondering if the geometry of this series of Haibike frames are pretty much the same. A buddy has the same year Sduro AMT with 150mm front and rear suspension and it has a 68 head angle which is the same as I now have.

5 days ago

"What’s that!?!?!? It’s a mountain bike! It’s a commuter bike! It’s the Six50 E TR STREET." (From Bulls website)

Ravi Kempaiah
6 days ago


This can certainly do light off road given the 120mm travel.

1 week ago

i been looking hard at Rad products. i like the way they answer questions. I did ride an older model rad city and it was soooo nice. I also rode a BULLS EVO and that was really nice... different ride all together. I am checking used bikes now and shops that sell used. I think for noobs an accessible repair guy is key. I'm prolly going with the rad mini but its hard too make up my mind... i think carr--less folks with e-bikes are the new badass's in town

1 month ago

Very pricey I will stick with the Rad Rover.

Anders O
2 months ago

17.09 you must use turbo mode!

Don John
3 months ago

rich fucks

André M
3 months ago

The helmet of your friend fits well 😂

Nick Morris
4 months ago

The guy who does these reviews doesn't know that most people can't afford a fucking 5000.00$ bike......that's my review of him, reviewing these bikes.

5 months ago

Just cancelled my order for an Earth T-REX for one of these babies !!!

Phil M
5 months ago

Thanks for stopping at the stop sign unlike the other guy.  Once anyway.  You can't get angry with cars if YOU don't follow the rules of the road.

The Luxurious
5 months ago

10:55 made my Siri turn on

wide awake
5 months ago

A Kraken is the same price and ten times better!

tanmoy nath
6 months ago

i like this cycle

Michael Towler
6 months ago

I will go for one when they make a dual suspension with a 65 head angle, 160 Forks and a dropperpost .

Mark Hollander
6 months ago

Great bikes but what's with the random stop signs? In Aus we never have stops signs on the "main" road of a T junction, only for the side roads.

6 months ago

Welcome to America?! I don't know, each state and city is a bit different but we are starting to get more roundabouts because they cause fewer accidents and speed up traffic

Zekeriyya Altintop
6 months ago

dostum fıyatı nedır bunun ??

6 months ago


6 months ago

i wanted to buy this bike plz bring in nepal

6 months ago

Wow, you live in Nepal?! That's awesome, do you enjoy hiking in the mountains? I cannot say whether Bulls will bring this product to Nepal, but perhaps you could hire a company to import one for you?

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7 months ago

*Guys someone tell me a downhill mtb for 900-1000€ i live in italy tell me a model please*

7 months ago

maybe lose the hand gestures.

8 months ago

Someone tell that dude how to wear a helmet

Michal Sobota
8 months ago

This is one great looking bike

8 months ago

Hey, do a review on a electric bike that is very cheap and good