BULLS Cross Lite E Review

Bulls Cross Lite E Electric Bike Review
Bulls Cross Lite E
Bulls Cross Lite E 350 Watt Bosch Centerdrive Motor
Bulls Cross Lite E Bosch Power Pack 400 Battery
Bulls Cross Lite E Ergon Gp2 Ergonomic Grips With Bar Ends
Bulls Cross Lite E Front View Fuxon Led Lights
Bulls Cross Lite E Rear View Sks Fenders
Bulls Cross Lite E Bolt On Rear Rack 25kg Qr Seat Tube Collar
Bulls Cross Lite E 10 Speed Shimano Deore Xt
Bulls Cross Lite E Schwalbe Marathon Racer 700x38c
Bulls Cross Lite E Wellgo Platform Pedals Kickstand
Bulls Cross Lite E Geometry Sizing Chart
Bulls Cross Lite E Electric Bike Review
Bulls Cross Lite E
Bulls Cross Lite E 350 Watt Bosch Centerdrive Motor
Bulls Cross Lite E Bosch Power Pack 400 Battery
Bulls Cross Lite E Ergon Gp2 Ergonomic Grips With Bar Ends
Bulls Cross Lite E Front View Fuxon Led Lights
Bulls Cross Lite E Rear View Sks Fenders
Bulls Cross Lite E Bolt On Rear Rack 25kg Qr Seat Tube Collar
Bulls Cross Lite E 10 Speed Shimano Deore Xt
Bulls Cross Lite E Schwalbe Marathon Racer 700x38c
Bulls Cross Lite E Wellgo Platform Pedals Kickstand
Bulls Cross Lite E Geometry Sizing Chart

Summary

  • Fully loaded urban electric bicycle with great accessories for commuting including an aluminum rear rack, full length fenders with mud flaps and integrated LED lights
  • Relatively light weight at under 50 lbs, this is due in part to the nicer air suspension fork which includes lockout, ergonomic grips with bar ends further increase comfort
  • Upgraded hydraulic brakes provide excellent stopping power and are easy to line up if you take the wheels off for transport (both offer quick release skewers)
  • Balanced frame with battery and motor weight low and center, zippy feel but the Bosch motor produces a bit more whirring noise at higher RPM's than some hubs, battery and display panel are removable for safe storage and charging

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Introduction

Make:

BULLS

Model:

Cross Lite E

Price:

$3,699

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Motor and Battery, 5 Years Frame

Availability:

Europe, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

48 lbs (21.77 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.2 lbs (2.35 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

7005 Aluminium

Frame Sizes:

17.7 in (44.95 cm)18.9 in (48 cm)19.7 in (50.03 cm)20.9 in (53.08 cm)22.8 in (57.91 cm)

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Matte Black with Gloss White Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NCX CR Air Suspension with 60 mm Travel and Lockout

Frame Rear Details:

11 mm Skewer

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore XT, 11-36

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore SL-M78-10-I Triggers on Right

Cranks:

FSA Cranks, Chainring Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

Tapered

Stem:

7050 Aluminum, Stem 305

Handlebar:

Low Rise Aluminum

Brake Details:

Shimano BR-M447 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front and 160 mm Rear Rotors, Shimano Levers

Grips:

Ergon GP2 Ergonomic with Bull Horn Bar Ends

Saddle:

Prologo Zero Space

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Spokes:

14G Front 13G Rear, Stainless Steel, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Marathon Racer, 700 x 38c

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Performance Line RaceGuard LiteSkin, Reflective Sidewall Stripes

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

SKS Plastic Fenders, Integrated Fuxon LED Lights, Bolt-On Carry Rack with Spring Latch, Pannier Blockers and a Mini-Pump, Rack is Rated at 25 kg Max Weight (55 lbs), Flick Bell, Slap Guard on Right Chain Stay

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line, Gen 2

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Torque:

60 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

396 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

85 miles (137 km)

Display Type:

Intuvia, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Grayscale, Backlit LCD

Readouts:

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 190%, Turbo 275%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The BULLS Cross Lite E is a well equipped commuter or even trekking electric bicycle platform. It’s powered by the massively popular Bosch drive system with a large easy to use display that’s removable, battery that can be charged on or off the frame and a mid-drive motor that measures wheel speed, pedal cadence and pedal torque up to 2,000 times per second! Riding this and other Bosch ebikes feels very responsive and zippy but the geared design produces a bit more noise – a distinct high pitch whir that becomes more pronounced as your pedal RPM increases. Honestly, there aren’t too many things to complain about on this bike… I feel that the mid-$3k price point is good considering it’s available in five frame sizes including a high-step and low-step frame, you get an upgraded air fork, full length fenders, upgraded grips with bar ends from Ergon (perfect for resting your hands on longer rides), a cargo rack with mini-pump and integrated LED lights. It’s packed with value but may be difficult to locate in person if you live in the USA. BULLS is new to the States but has been operating in Europe and parts of Asia Pacific since 1994. I enjoyed riding this and other models from them, some of which used different motor systems.

If you’re someone who wants to ride their bike to work daily in rain or shine, cold or extreme heat and not get sweaty, this would be a great platform. The range is easily 35+ miles per charge (up to 100 in lower assist levels) and since you can take the battery off for charging at your desk it’s convenient, even if you have to park outside on a public rack. For me, the Bosch Intuvia display has always been easy to understand and use and I love that it has a small button pad that’s external to the main display which sort of replicates the important buttons like up and down on pedal assist. Since the lights are wired in on this ebike you can control them with the Intuvia display and there are readouts to help you plan your trip which dynamically estimate range based on recent use and the level of assist chosen. And again, I like that the display comes off so you don’t have to leave it outside on the rack with your bike. Other highlights are the relatively low weight (considering all of the accessories you get), this is thanks in part to the upgraded air suspension fork which includes lockout for efficiency on smooth flat surfaces. I love the reflective sidewall strip on the tires and that they offer puncture protection. If you can find this bike in the correct size and are willing to spend a bit more than a hub driven ebike, you’ll get a great Shimano Deore XT drivetrain, quick release wheels and other little upgrades like the bell and bottle cage bosses which are standard on all sizes and frame types. I think BULLS did a great job here and even the color scheme is appealing in a way that’s not overly feminine or masculine. For those who want even more comfort, consider swapping out the default seat post with a suspension model like the Thudbuster ST or more expensive but incredible Body Float.

Pros:

  • Available in two frame styles (high-step diamond and step-thru) as well as five frame sizes 45cm, 48cm, 50cm, 53cm and 58 cm for improved fit and comfort
  • Excellent weight distribution with the battery and motor low and center on the frame, this improves balance, handling and makes maintenance easier and more familiar to shops
  • At 48 to 50 lbs depending on the frame style and size chosen, this is a relatively light weight electric bicycle (especially considering it has fenders, a rear rack with mini-pump, kickstand and lights), the air suspension fork helps a lot
  • Upgraded Ergon brand ergonomic grips with bar ends for changing hand positions on longer rides, this combined with the suspension fork adds a lot of comfort, consider a 30.9 mm Body Float seat post for an even nicer ride if you get a sore neck and back, Thudbuster makes a Short Travel ST version that would also work and cost less
  • Awesome Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires with RaceGuard puncture protection and LiteSkin reflective sidewall strips, this pairs with the integrated LED lights for safer night and morning commuting
  • The Bosch battery pack is removable for reduced weight when lifting the frame, this also makes charging and safe storage of the battery pack easier (store in cool dry locations vs. extreme heat and cold)
  • The Bosch motor is extremely efficient, on a commuter bike like this with smooth hybrid tires it should offer 35+ miles… up to 100 if you’re using the lower levels of assist and aren’t climbing much
  • There’s a cool range readout on the display panel that samples how you’ve been riding and dynamically estimates how far you can go in each level of assist (there are four levels), this helps you plan and conserve on longer rides
  • The Bosch drive system can sense when you shift gears and it halts power to the motor momentarily to reduce mashing (when the chain strains and slips between sprockets), it’s not perfect but better than nothing!
  • The Intuvia display panel is backlit, easy to read, removable, has a Micro USB charging port on the side to help maintain your phone or other portable electronics and works with a remote button pad that’s easy to click without taking your left hand off the grip, in this case the display also activates your bike lights!
  • The motor is extremely responsive and relies on a controller measuring wheel speed, pedal cadence and torque up to 2,000 times per second! It makes starting quick and easy, even up hills
  • I like that the fenders are really tight and narrow but still go all the way (especially up front) to reduce splashing and keep your shins and feet dry
  • All models have bottle cage bosses! This means you can add a bottle cage, mini-pump or gear box easily
  • Prologo Zero Space performance saddle for more active riding, this is a name brand nicer seat that isn’t as squishy but won’t chaff your legs or be uncomfortable to pedal with, nice upgrade for a commuter bike that’s more performance oriented

Cons:

  • Only available in one color scheme but I think it looks pretty nice and sort of unisex, matte black with gloss white and metallic blue accents
  • The motor design is geared and when you pedal at higher speeds there’s a distinct high pitch whirring sound, it’s not too bad but some gearless motors and other centerdrive systems from Brose and Impulse are quieter
  • The BULLS electric bikes aren’t available at many retail outlets in the USA yet, they have been operating in Europe and parts of Asia for many years (since 1994) but if you live in the US the Cross Lite E may be difficult to find and test ride

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Rachel
2 years ago

Where can I buy a BULLS Cross Lite E in the United States?

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court
2 years ago

Hi Rachel! There are a few shops scattered about (and I’m sure more on the way). BULLS has a dealer map tool on their website that should let you find the closest one and I believe one or two of the shops will sell online and ship to you. Feel free to contact me for more help if you can’t find one and I’ll reach out to BULLS directly to see what the deal is.

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Len
2 years ago

This is a great bike and we sold quite a few of them. Would like to mention few things that was missed in the written content. This particular model has Bosch CX drive which is a superior drive compared to the older performance line. It’s one of the lightest, fully featured commuter ebike in our store. Felt Sport-E is lighter but it doesn’t have the suspension fork or the stury rack.

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court
2 years ago

Great feedback, thanks!

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Travel & Profit
1 year ago

Why do you have to still pedal? I have an electric long board, I rarely ever have to kick. Are there Ebikes you don't have to pedal?! Lame...

joes joey
2 years ago

nice!! seems like a good bike!

melonbarmonster
2 years ago

$3,650

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

I was told $3,699 but maybe that's slightly off?

DrZarkloff
2 years ago

I'd like to know how well it would pedal if you had to rely on human power. The gear ratio doesn't look like it would work well. It looks more like a moped gear ratio. They work good as long as it runs but you can rely on the human pedalling.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Surprisingly, even without power many of the higher end electric bikes are fun to ride. Right now I've been riding a Stromer ST1 Limited around town (many times unpowered so my friend can keep up) and also a Specialized Turbo Levo Expert (which I took up a mountain trail unpowered and did fine with). I'm in pretty good shape and I know how to shift well but the extra ~20 lbs isn't a deal killer for me. The gear range on the Bulls Cross Lite seemed pretty standard, didn't have me concerned during the demo ride

Jone Gomez
2 years ago

The only problem that I see with E-bikes nowadays, is that it doesn't matter what you get, you'll sure find another model/brand that has something more, regardless the price tag, which is good because that only means we are experiencing the boom of E-bikes and that's a good thing for future improvements. Good times 👍

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Not yet, I haven't seen many in shops but am in touch with Cannondale to check it out hopefully soon

Jone Gomez
2 years ago

Wow that looks neat, have you reviewed that one already? Although not cheap the price point is not that crazy, which only makes more attractive.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Yeah, there are lots of sizes, colors, levels of components and design approaches. I like the Cannondale Centro-E with the Lefty shock for example, neat alternative that would probably offer a good city experience: http://goo.gl/7qCi5z

ilikewasabe
2 years ago

basically with that additional usb port, its the perfect vehicle to hunt some pokemons!!!

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Haha! Yeah... this exactly XD

name surname
2 years ago

Really nice review and filming dude! Underrated channel for sure..

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Thanks, doing my best and always experimenting with new ways to shoot and really show what's going on with the systems. More reviews to come! I'm actually behind on posting due to some website updates and maintenance :O

LiveCheapAndProsper
2 years ago

You might have added that a step through also offers the advantage of steeping through the frame when luggage or a child on the back, makes swinging your leg over, a near impossibility. Sadly, I don't see any value for money in the Bulls Cross Lite, think something like a Raleigh Motus Cross Bar (albeit 250 Watt Bosch) at half its price, will get a commuter from A to B just as quickly, and perhaps more comfortable, judging by the look of the bulls seat. I realize if you start critiquing the value of bikes, you won't get to review so many ebikes, but the outlandish costs of some ebikes, seem detrimental to the movement into greener transportation. Apart from that, your reviews as always are excellent. Thank you.

LiveCheapAndProsper
2 years ago

Having owned 6 ebikes, tells me that you have made poor choices, not that your experienced. My last ebike (under $1500) lasted me 10 years before I decided I needed an upgrade. My current steed is used to travel to work so I need dependability. Its an old steel frame bike (I detest aluminium bikes) with Mac 500/1000w and 20AH LifePO4 that has done its job admirably without a single hiccup for over a year (4000+ km). Given my $1000 conversion meets 100% of my needs, the Bulls offers me no advantages for the extra $2-3K. Perhaps it does for you, but it doesn't for me, period.

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Yeah, this was an interesting bike to cover because it uses the Bosch drive system with 350 watts for the US which has historically been priced at or above $4k and not necessarily available with so many extras. The Haibike Trekking models from 2015 were both $4k+ for example and very similar: https://electricbikereview.com/brand/haibike/page/2/ but now many bikes are getting cheaper. I agree that if there was a smaller and lighter 250 watt Bosch motor it could be a great choice for an efficient bike like this

TwoWheelWarrior
2 years ago

Looks like they really paid attention to the details...

ElectricBikeReview.com
2 years ago

Yeah, I think they dialed this one in. Love that it's available in five sizes (three high-step and three step-thru)

Simon Colby
2 years ago

20 tooth front sprocket! Nice!!