BULLS Cross E8 Review

Bulls Cross E8 Electric Bike Review
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Active Line Plus Ebike Motor
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Electric Bike Charger 4 Amp Large
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Powerpack 500 Rack Mounted Battery
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Purion Compact Display Control Panel
Bulls Cross E8 Plastic Chain Cover And Fenders
Bulls Cross E8 Shimano Alivio Drivetrain Eight Speed
Bulls Cross E8 Sr Suntour Nex E 25 Basic Coil Suspension Fork
Bulls Cross E8
Bulls Cross E8 Electric Bike Review
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Active Line Plus Ebike Motor
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Electric Bike Charger 4 Amp Large
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Powerpack 500 Rack Mounted Battery
Bulls Cross E8 Bosch Purion Compact Display Control Panel
Bulls Cross E8 Plastic Chain Cover And Fenders
Bulls Cross E8 Shimano Alivio Drivetrain Eight Speed
Bulls Cross E8 Sr Suntour Nex E 25 Basic Coil Suspension Fork
Bulls Cross E8

Summary

  • A feature-complete city ebike running the new Bosch Active Plus motor, it's lighter, more efficient, and quieter than previous Active Line iterations, and the compact design is very hidden
  • Integrated lights and reflective tires keep you safe, the unisex color scheme is professional and crisp, available in deep wave or mid step-thru frame styles and three frame sizes for a great fit
  • The rear rack is sturdy and protects the Bosch Powerpack 500 very well, it locks into place using the same key that opens the frame lock and you get a quality security chain too, nice kickstand and bell accessories
  • The suspension fork is basic but provides a bump up in comfort, it compliments the adjustable stem, swept back handlebars, ergonomic grips, and gel saddle, great hydraulic disc brakes for easy stops (adjustable reach levers for people with large or small hands)

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Introduction

Make:

BULLS

Model:

Cross E8

Price:

$3,199

Body Position:

Upright, Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Cruising, Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Motor and Battery, 5 Years Frame

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

56.4 lbs (25.58 kg)

Battery Weight:

6 lbs (2.72 kg)

Motor Weight:

7.05 lbs (3.19 kg)

Frame Material:

7005 Aluminium Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.72 in (45 cm)19.69 in (50.01 cm)20.87 in (53 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 50 cm Measurements: 20" Seat Tube, 22.5" Reach, 17.5" Stand Over Height, 24.75" Width, 73" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Matte Black with Shiny White Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NEX E-25 Spring Suspension, 63 mm Travel, Preload Adjust, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Alivio Derailleur, CS-HG31-8 11-34T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Miranda, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 44 Tooth Chainring with Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo C-128DU Alloy Platform, Cage Style

Headset:

Chin Heur 919MBW, Cartridge System, Threaded, Semi-Integrated, 1-1/8" Straight

Stem:

Alloy, Quill Style, 0° to 60° Adjustable Angle, 90 mm or 100 mm Length, 30-Degree Rise, Adjustable Height, 25.4 mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Alloy, Low-Rise, Swept Back, 600 mm Length, 28 mm Rise, 25-Degree Upsweep, 37-Degree Backsweep

Brake Details:

Shimano M315 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Rear Rotor, Dual-Piston Calipers, Three-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Velo, Ergonomic Rubber, Kraton Black

Saddle:

Selle Royal FreeWay City

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

Double Wall, Alloy, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14G Front 13G Rear, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

CST Supero Optima Safe, 28" x 1.4" (700 x 38c) (40-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

50 to 75 PSI, 3.4 to 5.1 BAR, Reflective Sidewall Stripe

Tube Details:

Dunlop Valve, Presta Valve

Accessories:

AXA Victory Frame Lock and Plug-in Chain (Keyed Alike to Battery), Clear Plastic Sticker Slap Guard, SKS Chainblade Plastic Chain Cover (Black), Alloy Rear Rack with Spring Latch and Carrymore i-Rack Compatibility, Flick Bell on Right, Standwell Adjustable Kickstand at Rear, Fuxon DHL-F130-EB Integrated Headlight, FUXON Comus Integrated Backlight, SKS Plastic Fenders

Other:

Locking Removable Rack-Mounted Battery Pack, 1.7b lb 4 Amp Charger, Maximum 105 RPM Motor Support

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Active Line Plus

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Torque:

50 Newton meters

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

13.4 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

482.4 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

37 miles (60 km)

Estimated Max Range:

118 miles (190 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Purion, Fixed, Backlit LCD Control Panel with Integrated Button Pad, (Hold - to Cycle Through Readouts, Hold - and Press Power to Change Units)

Readouts:

Speed, Assist Level (Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Battery Level (1-5), Trip Distance, Total Distance, Estimated Range, Lights

Display Accessories:

Micro-USB Port for Diagnostics and Software Updates Only

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output Relative to Pedal Input: Eco 40% 35 Nm, Tour 100% 40 Nm, Sport 180% 45 Nm, Turbo 270% 50 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

Bulls has been one of the first electric bicycle manufacturers to adopt the new Bosch Active Line Plus motor, and I was impressed with the initial rides on the Cruiser E model, which also uses it. This motor was developed to compete with lighter, quieter, more compact alternatives like the Shimano E6000 and Bafang Max Drive. It suits this particular bike well, because it’s geared for neighborhood and city use. The Cross E8 is a fantastic platform for commuters, because it comes with lots of safety, utility, and comfort upgrades. The frame geometry is more upright, with an adjustable angle stem and swept back handlebar. You can get it in three sizes, and choose from a sportier mid-step frame (what they call step-thru) or the deeper wave frame seen in the video and photos above. The big trade-offs are approachability vs. frame stiffness, and for some reason, they didn’t include bottle cage bosses on the wave model… That’s a minor gripe here however, because the handlebar is wide open and could accommodate an easy to reach cup holder like this. The step-thru frame uses a mid-mounted battery that keeps weight lower but it still has a rear rack for hauling cargo. Bulls has chosen the more compact Purion display panel for this bike, which isn’t removable, but is more simple to use and costs less than the Intuvia. There’s plenty of room on the rear rack for a trunk bag or panniers, and narrower pannier hangers have been added along the sides to work with the clip-on design bags like this. I have some concern about the position of this hanger rod because it’s so close to the battery pack and inline with the main support arm above (vs. being set out a bit for easier clip-on). I welcome your feedback about how your panniers work with it… There’s also a potential for fabric hang-over bag panniers like this to rub on the fenders and tires as you ride (especially with a cross wind). The battery positions a bit of weight towards the back of the bike, and higher than would be ideal, but that’s often the trade-off for wave style frames with the wide-open main tube. Rounding out the package are plastic fenders and a chain cover that will be durable and lightweight, but a bit noisier than heavy duty aluminum alloy (you can hear them rattle a bit during portions of the test ride). The eight-speed drivetrain is very capable in combination with an efficient mid-motor, and uses Alivio level components that are several steps up from entry. With this and other Bulls e-bikes, you get quality hardware on the most important parts of the bike… except the tires in this case, which are just average. it comes with a comprehensive two-year warranty and ever expanding dealer support in many parts of the world (Bulls is a German brand) as well as the United States and Canada. The price point is a bit higher than some of the older Bulls city models, but motor power and battery size have both been upgraded while weight had gone down by several pounds compared to the Cross E from 2017.

Driving this bike is the Bosch Active Line Cruise… Plus! It’s the higher torque, sportier version of the Active Line (which were both redesigned for the 2018 season). Rather than using a smaller proprietary sprocket and reduction gearing as the older model and current Performance Line motors do, it uses a very standard sized chainring. Weighing in at 7.05 lbs, it’s roughly 1.75 lbs lighter than the 8.8 lb high performance motors, but only offers up to 50 Newton meters of torque vs. 63 and 75 for the CX. It also only supports pedal speeds up to 105 RPM vs. 120 RPM but is extremely responsive, still measuring rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque over 1,000 times per second! One of the things I love about all of the Bosch drives is that they start and stop almost instantly when you start and stop pedaling. They feel natural when operated at the lower levels of assist but start to feel zippy and fun at the highest “Turbo” level. Mid-drive motors are great for keeping weight low and center, and simplifying both wheels (which offer quick release in this case). As you shift gears to pedal more efficiently, the mid-drive motor benefits. However, it also pulls the chain through the same sprockets and derailleur. This can increase wear on those parts, but Bosch is one of the few drive systems producers right now to offer shift detection. By listening for pressure changes, the motor controller eases back on power when it thinks you might be shifting gears. Pretty neat… and useful when you’ve got eight speeds and are pedaling around a 56.4 lb bike. Yes, you can pedal this thing without even turning on the motor, it does not create additional drag. I want to call out the alloy chainring guard that Bulls added to reduce chain drops but would love to also see a full chain guide (another metal plate on the inside). I cannot say for sure, but the sidewall of the motor casing may provide this sort of guidance and make an aftermarket guide unnecessary.

Powering the motor, integrated front and rear lights, and the compact backlit display panel is a high-capacity Lithium-ion battery pack. This is the rack mounted Bosch Powerpack 500 (if you get the wave frame), and it weighs just a touch more than the mid-frame downtube mounted Powerpack 500 at ~6 lbs vs. ~5.8 lbs. Bosch has always done a fantastic job with their battery packs and you can see the attention to detail here with an integrated LED charge level indicator and integrated handle at the rear. You can charge the battery pack while mounted to the bike frame or separately, and the charger is a compact and lightweight (~1.7 pound) unit that provides faster than average 4 amp fills. Part of what you’re paying for here is reliability, proprietary safer and sturdier plug design (that doesn’t require a dongle adapter for charging on the bike vs. the battery directly), and backward compatibility. Yes, the older Powerpack 400 rack batteries will work with this bike. You might be able to find a good deal on one of the older batteries, or perhaps you already have one? And, this could extend your range or be an option for traveling with the bike. Leave the battery at home and borrow or rent one on location… most bikes can be air shipped, but high capacity batteries cannot. In short, this is one of the best batteries around, but it’s expensive to replace at ~900. To really care for it, I suggest storing in a cool, dry location and avoiding extreme heat and cold. Top it off every few months if you haven’t gone for a ride, and try to stay above 20% capacity to avoid stressing the battery chemistry.

Activating the display and motor on this bike is fairly straightforward. You charge and mount the battery then press the power button on the top edge of the little display panel, which is mounted within reach of the left grip. This is the Bosch Purion display panel, one of the nicer compact offerings on the market right now. It cannot be swiveled to reduce glare easily, is not removable for protection, does not show as many menus, and does not have an active Micro-USB charging port like the larger Bosch Intuvia display. However, it keeps the handlebars clean and may not get damaged as easily. For those who really want it, I believe that many shops can order the larger Intuvia (which came stock on the older Cross E) and install it for you. The Purion is a very popular display panel for electric mountain bikes, which often strive to go “below the radar” and limit fancy e-bike accessories that could get broken or attract unwanted attention on the trail. I have grown to accept it and see how it might even be beneficial on a relaxed bike like the Cross E8 where some users might not be as tech savvy or interested in a complex readout. However, I do have a few tips for use… The + and – button pads that raise or lower power for assistance click in at an angle. They are attached near the left edge of the control pad and pivot in towards the LCD. The right edge is their sweet spot, sometimes even the middle can be difficult to click in or just inconsistent. The screen itself glows faintly in white at all times, which shouldn’t draw much power, and is handy when it’s early morning or later at night and you need to read it. Once you get the hang of things, you really don’t have to look down at all because you can notice the tactile clicks of the button pad and feel the boost in power while pedaling along. Holding the + button will turn the lights on and off. Holding the – button will cycle through trip distance, odometer, assist level, and range. This range section is dynamic, so you can see the bike calculate how far it thinks you can go based on the last mile of riding, your current state of charge, and the chosen level of assist. I did this in the video review and got an estimated range of 48 miles, even on the highest level of assist! That’s amazing, and it’s because of the Bosch Active Line Plus motor being so efficient… On the lower edge of the control pad, mirroring the power button, is a walk-mode button. Press it once and then hold the + button to have the motor slowly assist you when walking the bike. It’s useful for crowded non-bikeable areas, or if you get a flat tire, and not all companies have it enabled. I like that Bulls has left it open, and found that it’s useful even for climbing stairs with the bike or just pushing through the grass. The main readout on the display is your current speed and the numbers are very clear and big (even though the screen looks small). It works great overall, perhaps I am just a bit spoiled by the larger displays because I do enjoy technology and am also near sighted ;)

One thing that always stands out to me about Bulls products is the balance of quality, style, and price. This is not the cheapest city e-bike, but it does deliver a lot of value. It’s one of the only electric bicycles I have seen with a frame lock (also called a cafe lock) for the rear wheel and a chain that interfaces with it. Nice locks can cost over $100 and being able to use the same key as the battery pack is just convenient. The hydraulic disc brakes are another delighter, you get a larger 180 mm rotor up front for added stopping power and cooling, and both levers are adjustable for easier use if your hands are larger, small, or wearing gloves. The flick bell is nice but pretty cheaply made, and the grips feel comfortable but aren’t locking like the nicer parts on the higher-end models. I really like the kickstand design and position, you can park the bike and then pedal backward to do drivetrain maintenance because the chainring actually turns. So many other mid-motors don’t have this feature (even the Bosch Performance Line). I did notice a bit of a hard stop feeling when the motor goes from active to inactive in the higher levels of assist. I’m sure Bosch was trying to make it as responsive as possible for safety, and it accomplishes this to such a great extent that you don’t even need motor inhibitors on the brakes. It’s satisfying to pedal with just a little bit of force and have the motor match you vs. zipping on and off in a hard sort of way… but again, the hard stop is there for safety when you aren’t pushing anymore. This bike is so efficient, that I had no problem reaching ~23 miles per hour during the test ride. That’s a great feeling, because it shows how the motor, wheels, and other parts are not producing a lot of drag or inefficiency. The biggest considerations are whether this more active style suits you vs. a lower and squishier beach cruiser with 26″ wheels and balloon tires. Those tend to weigh more and forego many of the nice accessories found here. Bulls does have the Cruiser E model, but it had a bit of frame flex and speed wobble during my test, and I was actually surprised that it also used efficient 700c 28″ wheels, though they were 2″ width vs. 1.4″ here. Big thanks to Bulls for inviting me out to see many of their latest ebikes back to back, and partnering with me on this review. I’ll do my best to respond to comments below and in the Bulls forums, where other owners and enthusiasts might also help :D

Pros:

  • Great ergonomics and comfort accessories, the suspension fork is basic but definitely improves ride quality (you can increase preload by removing the caps and using the clickers), the gel saddle, adjustable angle stem, swept back handlebar, and ergonomic grips all contribute… you could swap out the rigid seat post to a 30.9 mm suspension post like this for even more comfort
  • Hydraulic disc brakes provide the best stopping power without straining your hands, these ones use upgraded Shimano hardware, have a larger 180 mm front rotor to increase the mechanical advantage and cooling, and you can adjust the reach of the levers if you have small or large hands
  • Beautiful design, the black and white color scheme is unisex and professional, the fork and rear rack match nicely, the frame is easy to approach and stand-over for people with knee and hip issues or balance concerns
  • Integrated lights run off of the main battery pack and can be activated through the display panel (just hold the plus button for a few seconds once it is powered on), permanent lights like this are less prone to theft and less wasteful because they don’t use disposable cells
  • In addition to lights, I love that this ebike has nicer tires with reflective sidewall stripes, this increases your visual footprint from the side, great for commuting and city riding applications
  • You should stay cleaner on this bike because of the plastic SKS fenders and minimalist chain cover, they aren’t as sturdy as alloy fenders and do make some rattling noise (not too much when I rode over the cobblestone pattern), but aren’t as expensive or likely to bend, and they also weigh less
  • Great rack design, it’s welded to the main frame and won’t come loose or rattle like some bolt-on racks, it has dedicated pannier hangers on the sides, is i-rack accessory compatible, has a spring latch on top, and is positioned far forward enough to allow for the saddle bag accessory or for you to drop the seat really low without getting in the way
  • This battery can be charged on or off the bike and uses a faster 4 amp charger so you don’t have to wait as long, the charger is compact and relatively lightweight at ~1.7 lbs, it’s one of my favorites
  • Both the battery and frame lock (with included chain insert) use the same AXA key, so you don’t have to worry about mixing up multiple keys or losing more stuff
  • Both wheels and the seat post collar use quick release, so you can do repairs easier or break the bike down for transport, consider replacing these with locking hardware like this if you’re in a city environment and worry about theft or tampering
  • The new Bosch Active Line Plus motor is compact, lightweight, and very efficient! It’s one of the quieter mid-drive systems that Bosch makes but is still pretty capable (great for relaxed neighborhood and mild city use), it uses a normal sized chainring and doesn’t have the reduction gearing drag that some Performance Line motors do
  • Decent drivetrain, the 8 speed Shimano Alivio component group is three steps up from entry level and provides good range for urban use, I like that the Bosch Active Line Plus motor lets you pedal backwards and move the chainring (for easier chain cleaning and servicing)
  • Bulls has a great international presence and expanding reach with new dealers in the USA, the Bosch drive systems offer 2 years of comprehensive warranty coverage and can be serviced at many dealers (even those that do not carry Bulls specifically)
  • Minor pro here, but the kickstand is mounted out of the way and directly below the rear rack, so it should stabilize both the battery and any cargo that you add, it’s a nice design
  • Bosch electric bike motor controllers offer shift detection, which reduces strain and wear on the chain, sprockets, and derailleur, this is pretty unique in the bike motor space
  • You can hardly see the motor from the right side of the bike, because it’s about the same size as the chainring, and if you had panniers on the rack, this ebike would blend in almost completely because all of the wires are internally routed and it’s laid out so well, the quiet operation also makes it stealthy
  • This ebike comes in three sizes, so you can really optimize fit and feel comfortable handling and riding, I’m an average sized guy ~5’9″ and tested the medium size frame in the video review above, for reference

Cons:

  • Adjustable stems can sometimes rattle loose and then the metal teeth will start to wear and strip, just keep an eye on this part and tighten it occasionally if you notice that it’s not as tight as it used to be
  • The Bosch Purion display panel is simple to use, easy to reach, and it stays out of the way… but it is not removable, cannot be easily angled to reduce glare (unless you don’t tighten it down as much), and it doesn’t have a functional Micro-USB power port like the larger Bosch Intuvia (some dealers can help you upgrade if you want)
  • Minor complaint here, the Fuxon headlight is mounted to the suspension fork arch which goes up and down when you ride over bumps, this can shake the light and create an inconsistent beam vs. having it mounted to the head tube or handlebar
  • Rear-rack batteries position weight further back and up high, which isn’t ideal for handling, but this frees up the middle of the frame and I feel like the alloy rack design here is stiffer and less prone to flex vs. a bolt-on rack
  • It seems like there was plenty of room on the seat tube and up high on the main tube (downtube) for adding bottle cage bosses on the wave frame, and they could be used for things like mini pumps, folding locks, or water (or left empty if you were worried about kicking them) but Bulls didn’t add them for some reason, I believe that the mixte step-thru frame does have them, which is nice
  • Minor consideration here, the chainring has an alloy guard on the outer edge but nothing on the inside, an extra plate here could have made for a full guide which would prevent chain drops
  • This is a theoretical consideration, the pannier bars on the side of the rack didn’t have much space behind them for clips to easily slide down, I have seen other pannier rods that bow out a bit to make it easier to use… there’s also a big opening below the rack where some panniers could rub on your tires vs. having a pannier blocker rod there
  • Most deep step-thru wave frames compromise a bit of frame stiffness in order to keep the standover height as low as possible (and not add too much reinforcement metal and weight), the wave frame option for the Bulls Cross E8 does suffer from a bit of flex, but at least it has the welded-on rack and a reinforcement tube at the middle of the frame
  • The stock pedals are fairly light, but don’t offer as much space or durability as something like this, I noticed that the demo bike had sharp parts where the pedals had been bent and scraped up
  • The plus and minus buttons on the control pad don’t click directly in, but rather pivot towards the LCD screen, the result is that it’s easy to press up high (towards the right edge) but doesn’t click in down near the left, I prefer this could be frustrating if you have shorter fingers or aren’t looking down while you press and it’s just not as nice as the Bosch Intuvia button pad in my experience
  • The 700c wheelset with 1.4″ tires favor efficiency over stability and lower frame height, they aren’t as comfortable as the fatter tires that many competing models run and don’t have puncture protective linings

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Ravi Kempaiah
50 mins ago

In my personal opinion, this is one of the sleekest and great looking/performing 29er. Perfect for single tracks. I rode this back in 2016 for about 100 miles off-road and was impressed.

When I googled, there were some scattered reviews for this product. This is from someone else, not me.
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Very few times does a product over deliver this much!

Background: I built a 3D printed kepler drive roadbike and climbed mt. washington with it. Great for a road bike, but not a sophisticated enough control system for technical single track riding.

The riding I do is very rocky, see a video of me at my local trail here: [youtube]https://youtu.be/4ZLbgR_U-Ng?t=57s%5B/youtube%5D , which means a bafang or TZ mid drive kit would be smashed on the first ride.

My criteria for a new E-bike was as follows -Performance off road (good suspension, drivetrain, BB clearance etc.) -Torque sensing, natural riding experience -Intergrated design -Low noise -Range

I ended up selecting the Bull E-stream evo 29er FS http://http://www.bullsebikes.com/product/e-stream-evo-fs-3-29-4/ as it looked to have all the features I needed. Can't recommend the dealer in Madison enough!

I have 5 hours of single track riding here in new england so far, so here are my first impressions. https://i.imgur.com/M2gRIU4.jpg

First the riding experience of the Brose motor system is exactly what I was looking for. It is silent, and reacts so quickly to my pedal inputs that I never am search for power when I need it, or pushed through a corner or obstacle when I don't want to be. The 650Whr battery is really over kill for most of my rides, as I can finish up a 1.5hr single track ride and still have 4 out of 5 bars left over. I can't wait to go for a longer all day ride and see how it performs. Almost all of my riding is done at level 2 of 4 assist, as this feels most natural and controllable in the woods. Riding roads or double track is the only place where the top assist is helpful, which allows a 19mph pace with very little effort on the riders part. The other (non)noticeable feature of the brose is the lack of noise, really silent in level 2, and even level 4 is hardly noticeable unless I am climbing out of the saddle. The lack of noise and integrated design really make it a stealthy Ebike.

The only part of the bike I would change is the weight. It only apparent when trying to loft the wheel over rocks, or hopping off features. I am excited to try a bike with the lightweight Fazua drive, as it should have enough power and range for me, while weighing less.

Overall I can't see the point in DIY at this time if you are looking for a natural riding experience in technical single track. For the price you can't source a non-powered bike of this level, a mid drive kit, and a battery.

justin70
1 day ago

Did you end up getting this bike? How do you like it? Any update or review?

elyhim
2 days ago

Class I emtb? Haibike, Pivot Shuttle, Kenevo, Trek Powerfly, Bulls, Cube, JAM, Canyon, Santa Cruz, Scott, Ghost, Moustache, LaPierre. All have good and bad I guess. What brand is going to have LBS support? Lifetime warranty? Backwards compatibility?

What makes a current good e-MTB? Progressive geometry, full suspension, dropper post, warranty, local support, component, component upgrade possibilities, battery life, torque.

Think about what kind of riding you will be doing. Cross Country (XC), Trail, All Mountain, Downhill/Enduro? There are specific companies focusing on particular types. Making the decision about the type of riding you want to do is central to what you start looking for.

Primarily look for emtb from mtb companies.

Edit: Component 1X systems deore or better, clutch drive train.

Ken M
6 days ago

There are smaller "value oriented" brands like Magnum, Juiced, FLC, & Rad that have pretty good bikes with component groups that tend to match their value goals. I believe the best of the value oriented brands is PIM as their component groups tend to be a bit higher end and they engineered their own hub motor that is pretty powerful. For the most part they will either have geared or gearless hub motors because integration of a mid-drive motor is more costly at lower volumes so the larger OEMs like Giant, Trek, Specialized will tend to go with mid-drives. The best off-road enthusiast bikes will be exclusively mid-drives for obvious reasons that I have touched on.

You seem to be looking at high quality brands like Kalkhoff and Cannondale which should also include Bulls, Haibike, R&M, etc. You can get a great bike from any of these companies but the price will be higher as they do have more infrastructure to support (down the road that will likely be a good thing especially if you go with a mid-drive eBike). Strommer is a very high end brand that utilizes gearless hub motors because they understand the benefits of that technology in fast pedelecs as I think Grace does as well. Don't go with a mid-drive just because so many in the industry "claim" it's the best technology - mainly these motors comply with European low power regulations while providing adequate performance.

bob armani
1 week ago

Good points here Mike. I ask myself the same questions. Example: Why do consumers shop at Whole Foods, Nordstrom, Neimen Marcus, Macy's, etc, when they can get similar products at half the cost at other brick and mortar stores or online. Do they think b/c it costs more that it is better quality. Not sure. I personally have priced compared and I do not see that much of a difference in value/quality.

Like others have indicated:

I personally like to have a hub motor for flat terrain, long commutes with a high speed motor. I want to own a mid-driven motor ebike for hilly and rough terrain with large knobby tires for rock gardens etc, b/c I think the mid-drive will simply perform better and give me a better riding experience. It was not a budget issue for me, just focusing on the best bike that will fulfill my needs. When I test rode many different bikes, I could clearly see from the get go, that each bike was designed for a specific need/purpose and that was how I could decide which one to buy. I do have to admit that sometimes my interest is sparked by simply the color, design, and good looks of a specific ebike instead of focusing on my personal needs for that specific bike. Probably would put that one under lights in my living room as a show piece. LOL!

Mike's E-Bikes
1 week ago

Just throwing this out there to see what people think who have owned both a mid drive and a hub drive ebike.

Thus far, after selling ebikes for 3 years, and following, researching, testing, riding them since the late 90's, I'm having a hard time identifying why someone would want to pay typically $1000 to $3000 more for mid drives, versus a comparably equipped (i.e. same quality/level of brakes, derailleurs, rims, tires other bike components) hub drive ebike.

In 3 years, I haven't had anyone who owned hub drives, come back and tell me they have had issues with chain failures, derailleur failures, or even motor issues. Whereas, I have had multiple people come in, who bought their mid drives elsewhere, needing to have many of these things replaced or repaired. Also a small handful of complete failures on various brands of mid-drives.

Yet there are so many more models of mid-drives these days, than hub drives being advertised (not sure if more mid drives are actually being sold here in the US than hub drives) by the various OEM's.

The other thing I'm seeing is a lot of mid drives that are 'on sale', with original prices around $3500 to $5000, now priced at half or even less. Lots of Haibikes like that, Bulls, and other European brands. How can dealers afford to carry that inventory and price them so low ? With the traditional margins in the industry, half price would put them well below dealer cost. Very perplexing. How do they stay in business that way ?

Also, many of the mid-drives are rated at 250 watts, or maybe 350 watts, yet with hub drives you can easily get 750 watts, or even 1000 watts being offered (despite 1000 being over the Federal 'legal' standard of 750 watt). Sure you can use gearing with mid drives to achieve higher than normal torque levels (i.e. 90 NM instead of maybe 40 to 60 NM), but low wattage and high torque means a significant trade off in terms of internal gearing wear and tear, and a lot of extra circuitry and software algo's to keep things in check. High torque can be achieved with hub drives the same way - appropriate gearing ratios. Some mid drives do feel a little smoother than some hub drives, but once you are riding regularly, the difference doesn't seem noticeable enough to affect the overall daily ride. The assist and the power seem more important to me, and the mid drives seem to overall top out much faster (unless you get a more expensive Class 3 designed mid drive). Torque sensing vs cadence sensing can be done in both hub drives and mid drives, so it really comes down to personal preference/budget on sensing for the motor assist.

I'm just curious in hearing some honest feedback, and whether it was more a budget issue that people chose a hub drive instead of a mid drive, or whether it was some really important attribute that people who bought mid-drives were willing to shell out so much more money ? Maybe I'm missing something ? Maybe there are people who just like to spend a lot of money on an ebike because of their perceptions that come from how these ebikes are being marketed by industry ? I don't know. Maybe the early adopters of ebikes feel spending more money translates to better quality somehow and they have deeper pockets by being higher income buyers than mainstream population ? Again, not professing to know, just posing some people suppositions.

P.S. Not trying to start a mud slinging thread here either. More interested in the thought process in how people got themselves into one type of drive vs the other. I may sound biased, but I really would like to understand what it is that makes people willing to spend so much more money for a mid drive than they have to for a hub drive.

Va. Bch. Electric Bike Center
1 week ago

That 17.5ah bmz battery should do 36 miles standing on it's head..that's a big battery for a mid drive.
How do you like your e45?

Babrassiler
2 weeks ago

I just purchased the Bulls Lacuba e45 and have been commuting approx. 36 miles a day on it. I've been having to carry the charger with me to top back up to 80% so I can make the trip home in the evening. I'm a little worried that I'll damage the charger in my pannier so I've decided it's time to purchase a second charger.

The Lacuba uses a Rosenberger connection so I was initially considering purchasing a second charger identical to the one that came with the bike (approx. $180) however after doing some research I noticed that the Satiator gets very favorable reviews and can charge other batteries. I'd like in the coming years to purchase a cargo bike so the Satiator would be the way to go. The BMZ battery on the Bulls is a 37V, 17.5Ah. Should I purchase the 4808 model which has a range of 24V-52V?

Reid
2 weeks ago

I am a sucker for cheap lights and not so cheap....rechargable or, perhaps I will hardwire this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013JGJDZ4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 if it proves worth the trouble:

It is coming from China for the grand total of $4.85 cents.

I dream on that it will be highly visible in bright daylight and also provide pretty good side visibility at night,

due to the antique style bulls-eye-lens.

MisterM
2 weeks ago

Maybe something like https://shop.m2sbikes.com/products/full-suspension-electric-fat-bike

Class 4 probably means big motor like Bafang Ultra (Biktrix/M2S/Luna) with good sized batteries. Luna sells their Ludicrous controllers that get bikes moving.

fnord
2 weeks ago

My use case will be pretty much a car replacement, to get around my hilly city. I've tried a couple of bikes, one being the Bulls Lacuba Evo e45 and found it underwhelming. I think I want something that has class 4 capabilities. I don't necessarily want to go illegal speeds, just want something that can launch fast and get ahead of cars.

Why don't I just get a 150cc scooter? I don't have a garage and my last motorcycle got totaled just parked on the street minding its own business. I figure with an ebike I can bring it into my apartment.

Doing research, I've narrowed in on 1000w mid-drive bikes. Am I on the right track?

Namely,
-FLX Blade
-Luna / Giant Momentum with the BBSHD upgrade

The FLX Blade looks great, except I'd probably have to put street tires on it. And the riding position isn't ideal - too leaned forward.

The Luna looks like it would be great, except it doesn't have disc brakes. I suspect a bike with a motor that powerful would be dangerous with caliper brakes.

Anything else I should consider? I imagine my ideal bike to be something with a very upright seating position and pulled-back bars, like a cruiser or a dutch style city bike, preferably with an internal hub instead of a derailleur, but I'll take what I can get :)

Thomas Jaszewski
2 weeks ago

Roshan did a very good job with that bike, but I expect good things from him. The geometry looks better than many others. In the end it's all about fit and position. I just can't justify the expense of a fatty. I'm so glad you're a good fit! And I respect the differing opinion. But AGAIN, I think Roshan put more thought into his bikes than many other OEM's, regardless if they're many times over bigger. Thanks for the picture! IF I wren't a builder I'd put Biktrix bikes at the TOP of my list. One of the best sellers in the market. low bullshit, high support!

David Keenan
4 weeks ago

I'm a big fan of your channel.You give great reviews. It shows just how many ebikes are out there. Have you done a long ride review ? A bike you have or someone else has ride for a year or so ?

jnormanton
4 weeks ago

I believe the bike is over priced.

Jonathan Vaucher
1 week ago

this bike is overpriced. A good chinese ebike with hydro disk brakes an 800 hub geared-hub + 52V 17Ah, cadence sensor + twist thottle + fenders + heavy duty rack + bikes lights. 1450 USD here in NYC... Yes the bosch mid-drive is something else and sexy. But i`d rather have 1 ebikes for 1450 than one for 3200 usd...

Arnold
4 weeks ago

Perfect simple utilitarian urban bicycle.
I really need those plastic fenders, my bicycle have inox steel and I always take off because of the weigh.
Great video man!
You should do more vids like the one in NY if possible. That was not only a video but a therapy, because you showed people how is possible to really ride a bicycle in New York city.

B
4 weeks ago

Another over priced E-bike. I bout a full size montague folding mountain bike put a 1000 watt mid drive motor on it and a14ah battery only cost me a little over $1,700 bucks goes 40 mph had no major issues what so ever only a few flat tires.

JOE ESTEP
4 weeks ago

Is your mommy proud of you yet?

first name
4 weeks ago

Dude!

BrownFrown22
4 weeks ago

Please review the Sun Ron light bee

Max Power
4 weeks ago

If that's a Selle Royal saddle, why isn't it using one of their saddlebags that clips directly in? Helps for an uncluttered seatpost.

Chris Cross
4 weeks ago

If someone played a drinking game while binge watching your videos and took a shot every time you said "and I weigh 135lbs" . . well, they would be in no fit state to ride a bike after :)
Great vid as usual and sweet practical bike too !! Thnx.

Max Power
4 weeks ago

Same would apply if you took one every time he mentioned having a sensitive knee. Watched his videos for a year before finally pulling the trigger on an e-bike. Still watching every new video because I might want a second one and there's no better channel for this info.

artdrectr
4 weeks ago

It wouldn't be EBR without a 'Hey guys!'

James Mason
4 weeks ago

Chris Cross thank you I noticed that I didn't want to say anything

Steve Aldebaran
4 weeks ago

Not a Man bike! To costly and low performance! Build your own!

Chris Cross
4 weeks ago

Or just earn more money and buy what you want and spend more time riding it not building it?