BULLS ALPINE HAWK EVO Review

Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Electric Bike Review
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Evation Bottom Bracket
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo 36 Volt 7 Amp Hour Downtube Battery Bottle Bosses
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Remote Color Led Control Pad Drop Handlebars
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Remote Closeup
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Carbon Fiber Fork Schwalbe Durano Tires
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Shimano Disc Brake Hoods
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo 160mm Freeza Rotors Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Selle Royal Asphalt Gf Saddle Carbon Fiber Duroflex Seat Post
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Crank Arm Bottom Bracket Closeup
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Shimano Dront Derailleur 50 34 Tooth Chainrings
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Charger Battery Motor Tube
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Stock High Step Black
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Stock High Step Left Side
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Electric Bike Review
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Evation Bottom Bracket
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo 36 Volt 7 Amp Hour Downtube Battery Bottle Bosses
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Remote Color Led Control Pad Drop Handlebars
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Remote Closeup
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Carbon Fiber Fork Schwalbe Durano Tires
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Shimano Disc Brake Hoods
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo 160mm Freeza Rotors Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Selle Royal Asphalt Gf Saddle Carbon Fiber Duroflex Seat Post
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Crank Arm Bottom Bracket Closeup
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Shimano Dront Derailleur 50 34 Tooth Chainrings
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Fazua Charger Battery Motor Tube
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Stock High Step Black
Bulls Alpine Hawk Evo Stock High Step Left Side

Summary

  • One of the lightest electric bikes I've tested; carbon fiber frame, fork, and seat post reduce weight while dampening vibration for comfort; available in three sizes with matching crank arms, stem, and handlebar for optimal fit
  • Premium hydraulic disc brakes are easy to actuate in the drops or hood handlebar position, they use Shimano ICE TECH calipers with heat sinks built-in and the 160mm FREEZA rotors are specifically designed to reduce heat... and they look cool
  • Upgraded Schwalbe Durano tires feature RaceGuard puncture protection, both wheels are connected via 12mm thru-axles for increased strength and have quick release for easy removal; you can completely remove the motor and battery Drivepack and replace with an optional Downtube Cover to ride this as an acoustic bicycle at roughly 26lbs vs. 33lbs with the ebike systems
  • Relatively high price tag, Fazua motor is weaker than most competing products and the battery is about half the size, battery must be removed for charging and downtube Drivepack must be opened to physically power the system up after eight hours if bike is not being used

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

BULLS

Model:

ALPINE HAWK EVO

Price:

$5,799

Body Position:

Forward Aggressive

Suggested Use:

Urban, Road

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years on Battery, 30 Months on Drive Unit, 5 Years Frame

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

20192020

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

33.1 lbs (15.01 kg)

Battery Weight:

3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)

Motor Weight:

4.2 lbs (1.9 kg) (2.8lb 1.31kg Bottom Bracket Transmission)

Frame Material:

Carbon Fiber

Frame Sizes:

19.68 in (49.98 cm)21.25 in (53.97 cm)22.83 in (57.98 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

54cm Medium: 21.5" Seat Tube, 21.5" Reach, 31.25" Stand Over Height, 34.75" Minimum Saddle Height, 19.25" Width, 68.5" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Matte Black with Gloss Black and Gloss Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

BULLS Rigid Carbon Fiber, 45mm Offset, 100mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Thru Axle with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

142mm Hub Spacing,12mm Thru-Axle with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Two Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

22 Speed 2x11 Shimano RD-R 8000GS Ultegra Long Cage, Shimano CS-R8000 11-32 Tooth Derailleur

Shifter Details:

Shimano ST-R 8020 Paddle Shifters on Left and Right

Cranks:

FSA, Aluminum Alloy, 170mm (50cm Frame) 175mm (54cm and 58cm Frame), Shimano FD-R8000F Front Derailleur, 50-34 Tooth Chainrings, 110 Bolt Circle Diameter (BCD)

Pedals:

BULLS Plastic Platform

Headset:

Chin Heuer, Internal, Sealed Bearings, Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2"

Stem:

BULLS Branded Calloy, 7° Rise, (90mm for 50cm Frame, 100mm for 54cm Frame, 110mm for 58cm Frame), 31.8mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Satori X-Race, Drop Bars, Aluminum Alloy, 130mm Drop, 86mm Reach, 16° Flare, (400mm Width for 50cm Frame, 420mm Width for 54cm Frame, 440mm Width for 58cm Frame)

Brake Details:

Shimano BR-R8070 Hydraulic Disc with 160mm Freeza Rotors with Center Lock, Dual Piston Calipers with ICE-Tech, Shimano Drop Bar Levers with Hoods

Grips:

Velo 3mm Anti-Slippery Diamond Texture Grip Tape

Saddle:

Selle Royal Asphalt GF

Seat Post:

Carbon Fiber, Duroflex, Oval

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

DT Swiss E1800 Splined, Aluminum Alloy, 20mm Inner Width, 24mm Outer Width, 24 Hole, Clincher Style

Spokes:

DT Aero Comp, Wide, Straight Pull, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Durano, 28" x 1.25" (700x32c)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

4.0 to 6.5 BAR, 55 to 95 PSI, Performance, RaceGuard Dual Compound

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Clear Sticker Slap Guard, Optional Storage Bay Downtube Cover (Replaces Battery and Motor in Downtube, $80), Optional Remote fX (Requires New Version of Locker for $114), Optional New Locker System (Required for Remote fX, $47)

Other:

1.4lb Two Amp Charger with Magnetic Rosenberger Plug, Maximum 80 RPM Motor Support, Optimal 60 RPM Motor Support, AXA Locking Core, Small Q-Factor (Crank Spindle Width 133mm)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Fazua Evation

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

400 watts

Motor Torque:

60 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung 3200Ma 18650 10 Series 2 Parallel

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

7 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

252 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

20 miles (32 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

Fazua Remote, Fixed, Color LED, Buttons: Up, Power, Down, (Top LED Illuminates in Red or Yellow to Communicate an Error, See Dealer)

Readouts:

Battery Level (10 Bars), Assist Level (Green BreezeMode, Blue RiverMode, Pink RocketMode)

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Rear Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence, and Pedal Torque in Real Time, Green BreezeMode 75% 125 Watts, Blue RiverMode 150% 250 Watts, Pink RocketMode 240% 400 Watts)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This in-depth review was sponsored by BULLS North America. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of BULLS products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below and the BULLS electric bike forums.

Pros:

  • The Fazua Evation drive system is incredibly lightweight, it consists of three parts including the bottom bracket gearbox (2.8lbs), removable motor (4.2lbs), and removable battery (3.1lbs)
  • Unlike almost every other ebike drive system I’ve tested to date, you can easily remove the Fazua motor and battery (which click together to form the “drivepack”) and replace them with an optional $80 downtube cover to form a non-electric bike that only weighs a couple pounds more than if it were truly non-electric acoustic
  • The Fazua gearbox bottom bracket is physically smaller and narrower than most competing mid-drive systems I’ve tested, it features a minimum spindle width of 133mm and smaller q-factor… which is ideal for road bike applications like the BULLS ALPINE HAWK EVO
  • With 22 gear combinations to work with, the ALPINE HAWK EVO is a satisfying bicycle to pedal in all sorts of terrain, it climbs effectively and is easy to maintain at higher top speeds, especially because the Fazua Evation drive system is designed to decouple and freewheel without friction
  • Carbon fiber frame, fork, and oval seat post reduce the overall weight of the bike while providing some vibration dampening comfort, you could easily swap out the rigid seat post for a 31.6mm suspension seat post to further improve ride quality (the bike uses a shim to go from 31.6mm to stock oval post)
  • Sturdy 12mm thru-axles on the front and rear wheel, both offer quick release for easy maintenance and transport of the bike, I find that they keep disc brake rotors and calipers from rubbing as much as traditional 9mm axles with skewers which can flex under heavy load
  • Great enthusiast level groupset here, Shimano Ultegra derailleurs and shifters are known for being lightweight and durable, Ultegra is several steps up from the base that include Claris then Tiagra/Sora and then 105
  • Attention to detail with a clear plastic sticker slap guard that protects the right chainstay (especially important with a carbon fiber frame) and two bottle cage bosses (which is trickier to do when you’ve got a downtube integrated battery/motor setup)
  • Available in three frame sizes for optimal fit including 50cm, 54cm, and 58cm (including different crank arm, stem, and handlebar lengths), I think this is especially important for sporty fitness oriented ebikes without as much support or throttle operation because there tends to be more body motion and engagement with the bike
  • Upgraded Schwalbe Durano tires with Performance rating and RaceGuard Dual Compound design, this means that have a double layer of nylon fabric that offers good protection for lightweight sporty tires
  • The Fazua motor controller measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque to provide smooth natural power output… I never felt a strong lurch of on and off like many cadence sensing only ebikes
  • Hydraulic disc brakes are easier to actuate than mechanical, especially the rear brake due to longer brake line distance, this is a big deal for me given the multiple hand positions that a drop bar offers… I don’t get as much leverage for braking when my hands are up in the hoods
  • Upgraded ICE TECHNOLOGIES dual piston calipers with heat sinks amd 160mm FREEZA disc brake rotors construction are designed to quickly dissipate heat for more consistent braking performance in extreme conditions, they also advertise longer pad life, and less brake fade and noise
  • I was delighted to see two additional threaded eyelets on the seat stays which may allow for an aftermarket bike rack, you’d probably need a seat clamp adapter with two more eyelets to attach the top of the rack… but it appears doable
  • The charger is really compact and lightweight, I like that the wall-side cord can be unplugged from the charging brick and that Fazua went with the universal Rosenberger magnetic interface vs. making their own proprietary port, the magnetic plug will simply pop out of the charge port vs. pulling hard and possibly moving the battery or damaging the interface if you trip over the cable
  • With such a small and lightweight battery (3.1lbs) it would be easy to buy additional packs to load into bike bags or a backpack to extend your range, almost every single competing ebike battery I’ve seen is physically longer and much heavier
  • Impressive two year battery warranty and 30 month drive system warranty from Fazua (distributed by Quality Bicycle Products QBP in North America), plus a five year bike frame warranty from BULLS, I like that there are many shops in North America that carry BULLS products, so you can take test rides, get fitted, purchase accessories, and get help with tuneups
  • In Europe, the Fazua motor is limited to 25km/h (roughly 15.5mph) but the North America Evation has been upgraded to reach 32km/h (roughly 20mph) based on different legal framework for Class 1 ebikes, the power output remains 250 watts to 400 watts peak

Cons:

  • The battery cannot be charged while mounted to the frame! You have to unlock and physically remove the Drivepack each time you want to charge this electric bike, which is inconvenient and hazardous without a kickstand
  • If you’re using the default included handlebar Fazua display to operate this ebike, you’ll need to prime the battery by pressing a button at the end before the system can fully turn on… and this requires unlocking and half-opening the battery/motor drivepack, this is inconvenient every time you want to ride, especially without a kickstand to stabilize the bike… the one saving grace is that once the battery has been powered on, it will stay alert for about eight hours before going into sleep mode again, during this window of time, the display unit can be activated independently
  • In my experience, the Fazua Evation drive system feels weak compared to other mainstream ebikes, it doesn’t provide the same zippy feel when starting or maintain higher speeds as easily, it’s a Class 1 system that is limited to 20mph with a maximum pedal cadence of 80 RPM verses 100 to 120+ RPM offered by Bosch, Yamaha, Brose, Shimano, and Bafang
  • Priced at $5,799 the BULLS ALPINE HAWK EVO is definitely at the more expensive end of electric bikes, and in my opinion it’s a compromise between being an awesome electric bike or an awesome acoustic bike… it doesn’t do either perfectly because of the weaker motor and smaller battery and then a slightly heavier/bulkier acoustic bike setup
  • With a battery capacity of 252 watt hours (36 volts, 7 amp hours), this electric bike offers less than half the capacity of most other current-generation products which means less support and less range… the motor doesn’t uses as much power and the bike weighs much less than competitors, but there’s still just less support on offer
  • The control pad is very basic, there are three levels of assist and a 10-bar battery charge level indicator, you can’t tell how fast you’re going, how far you’ve ridden, or get other detailed feedback without using the optional smartphone app… there is no USB charging port to fill and maintain a phone while using the app and so far, the app has pretty limited features (at least in North America) with battery percentage, motor power level in watts, and current speed in mph or km/h
  • This is a little gripe that I have about many mid-drive ebike systems: when you pedal backwards, the chainrings do not cycle… the crank arms just spin, which could make servicing the drivetrain more difficult if you don’t have access to a bike stand
  • As with most electric road bikes, the button pad is most usable when steering with the flat portion of the handlebar, if you’re in the hoods or drops, you can’t really change assist levels or interact with the display
  • As with most road bikes, there’s no kickstand here, but unfortunately there are also no kickstand provisions! Given the increased weight of an ebike vs. non-electric and the nature of an electric road bike (maybe used more recreationally than pure performance acoustic road bikes) I would have liked the option to add a kickstand
  • I didn’t see any fender bosses and I’m also not sure if you’d be able to have a shop wire in lights, which you can do with some other ebike systems like Bosch
  • The multi-step motor/battery removal process can feel a bit precarious, especially because the battery comes out of the downtube in the down direction and tire being close and no kickstand… consider getting help or maybe laying the bike down on its left side so you don’t drop the battery or the bike
  • On their Bosch and Brose powered ebikes, BULLS is integrating the real wheel speed sensor into their disc brake rotors so you don’t have to worry about a spoke magnet and chain stay electronics that can get bumped out of place, this is not the case for their Fazua models including the ALPINE HAWK EVO
  • The stock handlbar mounted Remote display uses lots of LED lights, and it cannot be dimmed or turned off without de-activating the bike, I feel like the lights could be bright at night and a bit annoying to some riders… black electrical tape could help with this :) the display is also fixed vs. being able to swivel and it is not removable

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  • MSRP: $5,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

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  • MSRP: $3,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018, 2019

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  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

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  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018, 2019

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  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

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  • MSRP: $4,299
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Byron Mucke
7 days ago

Hi Court, Thank you for the review. It is great that you are starting to review some of the new e-road bike specific models. I would definitely love to see you review some of the higher end e bikes from Orbea, Pinarello, Wilier and especially the new Specialized (which have quite the sticker shock factor). It would also be great to see a comparison between the Fazua and Ebikemotion X35 system used on the Orbea Gain. I know it is a bit of a niche market but speaking for myself as an aging road cyclist who still rides everyday, I can see the value of having a very lightweight system that takes the edge off hills and allows you to extend your range for both road and gravel. Byron

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Court
6 days ago

Hi Byron! Thanks for bringing this up… I appreciate you specifying which e-road bikes you’re most interested in and I’ll add that to the list. It feels good to hear your compliments of the site and I’d love to focus on some bikes that you and others are really interested in ;)

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