BULLS Cross Mover Speed Review

Bulls Cross Mover Speed Electric Bike Review
Bulls Cross Mover Speed
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Bosch Performance Line Speed Motor Hesling Cortez Chain Cover
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Bosch Powerpack 500 Lithium Ion Battery
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Bosch Purion Display Basic Bell Adjustable Stem
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Magura Mt4e Hydraulic Disc Brakes For Ebikes
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Suntour Nex Coil Suspension With Lockout Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires Sks Fenders
Bulls Cross Mover Speed 10 Speed Shimano Slx Derailleur
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Kickstand I Rack Selle Royal Gel Saddle
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Busch Muller Toplight Line E Backlight
Bulls Cross Mover Speed 4 Amp Ebike Charger
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Stock Wave Frame
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Stock Diamond High Step Frame
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Electric Bike Review
Bulls Cross Mover Speed
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Bosch Performance Line Speed Motor Hesling Cortez Chain Cover
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Bosch Powerpack 500 Lithium Ion Battery
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Bosch Purion Display Basic Bell Adjustable Stem
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Magura Mt4e Hydraulic Disc Brakes For Ebikes
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Suntour Nex Coil Suspension With Lockout Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires Sks Fenders
Bulls Cross Mover Speed 10 Speed Shimano Slx Derailleur
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Kickstand I Rack Selle Royal Gel Saddle
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Busch Muller Toplight Line E Backlight
Bulls Cross Mover Speed 4 Amp Ebike Charger
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Stock Wave Frame
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Stock Diamond High Step Frame

Summary

  • A sporty speed pedelec with beautiful motor, battery, and able integration, the grey and black color scheme help the drive systems blend in, three frame styles to choose from (wave, step-thru, diamond)
  • Bosch Performance Line Speed motor offers ~28 mph support, shift detection, and 120 RPM pedal matching, so you can spin comfortably without losing support, smaller Purion display keeps the cockpit clean
  • Premium Magura MT4E hydraulic disc brakes with larger 180 mm rotors are ebike specific, they activate bright-mode on the rear light when pulled, both lights are integrated and the tires are reflective and puncture resistant
  • Great ergonomic options, the stem offers adjustable angle for upright or forward body position and is built onto a riser, ergonomic grips are decent but not locking, gel saddle and locking coil fork feel good, nice fenders, chain cover, and rack

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Introduction

Make:

BULLS

Model:

Cross Mover Speed

Price:

$3,999

Body Position:

Forward, Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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Warranty:

2 Years Motor and Battery, 5 Years Frame

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

53.6 lbs (24.31 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.7 lbs (2.58 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

7005 Aluminium Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17.72 in (45 cm)18.9 in (48 cm)19.69 in (50.01 cm)20.87 in (53 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Medium 50 cm Mid-Step Measurements: 19.75" Seat Tube, 21.5" Reach, 23.5" Stand Over Height, 24.75" Width, 73.5" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, Mid-Step, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Grey Matte with Shiny Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NEX E-25 HLO Spring Suspension, 63 mm Travel, Compression Adjust with Lockout, 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:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano SLX Derailleur, CS-HG50-10 11-36T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX Two-Way Triggers on Right

Cranks:

Miranda, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 22 Tooth Chainring with Alloy Guard

Pedals:

Wellgo Plastic Platform with Anti-Slip Rubber Tread

Headset:

Chin Heur, Sealed Cartridge, Threadless, Internal Cups, 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" Tapered

Stem:

Alloy, 0° to 60° Adjustable Angle, 90 mm or 110 mm Length, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Alloy, Low-Rise, 640 mm Length, 28 mm Rise, 25-Degree Backsweep

Brake Details:

Magura MT4E Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Dual-Piston Calipers, Three-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach and Brake Light Activation

Grips:

Velo, Ergonomic Rubber, Kraton Black

Saddle:

Selle Royal Look-In Moderate City

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

RYDE Taurus 2000, Double Wall, Alloy, 36 Hole

Spokes:

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

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 28" x 1.5" (700 x 38c) (40-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

50 to 85 PSI, 3.6 to 6.0 BAR, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, Performance Line SmartGuard

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Clear Plastic Sticker Slap Guard, Hesling Cortez Plastic Chain Cover (Black), Alloy Rear Rack with Spring Latch and Carrymore i-Rack Compatibility, Flick Bell on Right, Standwell SW-RA031J Adjustable Kickstand at Rear, Fuxon DHL-F130-EB Integrated Headlight, Busch & Müller Toplight Line E Integrated Backlight, SKS Plastic Fenders

Other:

Locking Removable Mid-Mounted Battery Pack, 1.7b lb 4 Amp Charger, Maximum 120 RPM Motor Support

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Performance Line Speed

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

570 watts

Motor Torque:

63 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:

92 miles (148 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 55% 40 Nm, Tour 120% 50 Nm, Sport 190% 55 Nm, Turbo 275% 63 Nm)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Cross Mover Speed is one of my favorite 2018 models from Bulls, because it’s beautiful, comfortable, and fast! Over the years of reviewing ebikes, I have learned that with high speed comes more vibration and ultimately some neck and back stiffness. That’s especially true with efficient narrow tires and limited suspension. The Cross Mover does a good job of providing some suspension with the urban style coil fork because it provides compression adjust and lockout (for heavier riders and those times when you are on perfectly smooth pavement), and the tires aren’t so skinny that they leave you feeling every bump. The 28″x1.5″ Schwalbe Marathon Plus marries efficiency with safety and durability. These tires have Performance Line SmartGuard, which Schwalbe ranks as “Extreme” level protection, a 5 mm thick layer of flexible rubber that keeps sharp objects far from the inner tube. This is a big deal if you need your bike for daily commuting or are taking a longer tour across an unfamiliar region. Both wheels and the seat post collar come with quick release hardware, which makes changing flats and doing unplanned maintenance easier… but you might want to swap this out for security hardware if you park at a public rack daily. There are so many aspects to this electric bicycle, in large part because it is being produced in three very different frame styles. The wave deep step-thru is going to be less rigid and slightly heavier, but offer the easiest mounting and stabilization for riders with limited hip and knee mobility. The classic diamond high-step will be the sportiest and easiest to mount on hang-style car and bus racks. The mid-step (which they call step-thru) is my personal favorite, and what is shown in the video and images above. This frame combines stiffness with approachability. All three frames include bottle cage bosses which are positioned within reach, so you can grab your drink without getting off or really stretching. This might also be a good spot for a folding lock or mini-pump, and the locking cylinder used for the battery mount comes with a code so you can purchase ABUS accessories keyed-alike, and reduce clutter. Bulls has done an excellent job of reducing weight on this e-bike, it comes in around 53.6 lbs for the mid-step in size medium… even with the coil fork vs. air. The battery and motor weight are positioned low and center, and the Bosch Powerpack 500 is one of the lightest ~500 watt hour batteries I have tested. Considering that you get fenders, a chain cover, and a fully-featured rear rack (with spring latch, i-rack compatibility, and pannier rods) it’s very light indeed. Some quick complaints are the rattle sound that plastic fenders like these make on bumpy terrain (or when riding fast), the smaller Purion display panel which is not removable and has a disabled Micro-USB port (used only for diagnostics), the cheaper non-locking grips and basic pedals, and the headlight which is mounted on the suspension fork arch vs. the frame (and therefore will be less steady).

Driving this bike is one of the sportiest, and smartest, electric bike motors around today. It’s the Bosch Performance Line Speed, which offers up to 63 Newton meters of torque and 120 RPM pedal support. This means that it can start and climb well (even if you’re not in the optimal gear), and it will allow you to spin quickly to reduce leg muscle power and focus on cardio if that’s your preference. It is my preference, in fact, because I have a knee injury. Some other mid-drive electric bike systems (even Bosch’s own Active Line motors) max out around 100 or 110 RPM, so you literally have to switch gears in order to ride faster. It’s less of an issue when your max speed is ~20 mph, but it becomes very noticeable with a speed pedelec like this. The Performance Line motors have taken a unique approach with their chainring spec that makes them quick and efficient for the motor, but louder and possibly less efficient for you as the rider (if the bike is turned off or you’re trying to pedal beyond the supported speeds). They have a reduction gear inside that spins the chainring at 2.5 revolutions for each crank arm revolution. Bosch representatives have told me that it improves chain retention, but it also makes swapping chainring sizes less straightforward… because they are proprietary. It means that the chain cover is smaller and the chain itself is lower, but might allow for increased chain contact with the right chain stay when riding over bumpy terrain. I trust Bosch, have enjoyed this and other motors that they produce on many other leading electric bikes over the years, I feel that the trade-offs are worth it. One thing that is definitely a pro here, is the two-year comprehensive warranty and support from a wide network of Bosch-Certified dealers. I visit shops all over North America and many have told me that the Bosch drive systems are some of their most reliable, and that the company provides quick support with hardware that does need fixes or replacements.

Powering the bike, both lights, and the little backlit LCD display panel is a ~500 watt hour Lithium-ion battery pack called the Powerpack 500. It’s slightly above average in terms of capacity, and very lightweight at ~5.8 lbs. Bosch has been making and selling the smaller Powerpack 400 since 2013, and both packs share the same case dimensions, mounting interface, and charger! That means you can use existing packs that you might already own to extend your rides, get replacement packs cheaper, and borrow or rent this battery on-location all over the world. Traveling with electric bikes can be difficult, because high capacity Lithium-ion batteries are not allowed on most commercial flights. Bicycles however, can be shipped pretty easily. The battery rental possibility really intrigues me with an ebike like this because I think it would make an excellent trekking platform. With a small tool kit, you can adjust the stem to be more upright and comfortable (for spotting traffic, chatting with friends, easing your back and wrists) or more forward and aerodynamic. With a speed pedelec motor, you are not going to get as much range per charge if you’re riding 20+ mph, due to air resistance… but that’s really up to you as the captain. You can always arrow down to lower levels of assist or simply pedal in such a way that the bike isn’t peaking out at the top ~28 mph speed. Other quick thoughts on this battery and the interface that Bulls has created. It’s sunk into the frame a bit to be as low as possible and blend into the design. It has a loop handle at the top for easier carrying and more secure transport in bags… you really don’t want to drop this $900 battery pack! It even has a 5-LED charge level indicator built into the left side, so you can remember if you charged it or not, without plugging it into the bike to check. I really appreciate how compact and lightweight the battery charger is as well. It uses a proprietary plug for safety, but doesn’t require any extra dongles or adapters to charge on vs. off the bike, and it puts out a higher 4 amps vs. just 2 amps on most others, so you don’t have to wait as long for a fill-up.

Activating the electric systems 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, 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 does keep the handlebars open for adding a GPS or phone mount, and may not get damaged as easily. This 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 in a crash or attract unwanted attention. I have grown to accept the Purion, but do have a few tips for use… The + and – button pads, which raise and lower assist power, are designed to 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 really the sweet spot, I’ve noticed that sometimes the lower left and 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 feel and hear the clicks of the button pad. Holding the + button will turn the lights on and off. Again, the brake levers have built-in sensors that cause the rear light to go extra bright for added safety (this is a European requirement, as are the longer levers with ball ends). Holding the – button will cycle through trip distance, odometer, assist level, and range. And, the range menu is dynamic, so you can see the bike calculate how far it thinks you can go before the battery completely drains based on the last mile of riding, your current state of charge, and the chosen level of assist. This helps to make up for the 5-bar charge indicator which isn’t as precise as a 10-bar or percentage readout seen on some competing displays. I’d suggest that you strive to keep the battery above 20% to avoid straining the cells and avoid extreme heat and cold while storing it. Back to the Purion, on the lower edge of the control pad 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.

In conclusion, the Bulls Cross Mover Speed is one of my top pics for Class 3 commuter platforms in 2018. It almost seems too comfortable to be a commuter; the saddle is wider than I’m used to seeing and the riser stem doesn’t exactly match the traditional “high speed” ebike… which is usually more forward-leaning. In practice, I think it all works very well. I felt stable riding at 28 mph and even tried no-hands for a bit. The tires struck that balance of efficiency and stability, and the bike didn’t wobble. The wave frame is going to be more flexy if you go that route, but the suspension adjustments and mid-frame battery position really help. If you compare this layout to the other wave frames from Bulls with rear mounted batteries, it’s a lot more capable at speed. Keep in mind that for this review, I was on the medium sized mid-step frame and that I am a 5’9″ fit male, weighing ~135 lbs. A few other details that I wanted to share here are the nice trigger shifters, which allow for two-way action on the higher shifter and multi-step on the lower shifter. The headlight produces a bright beam and has cutouts on the sides so it helps you to stand out more than others. There’s an extra long reflector just below the saddle (attached to the seat post) which could be blocked by the back of a jacket or a trunk bag, but would otherwise help increase your visual footprint. And, the fenders did rattle when I rode over bumpy sections of road, but the rear fender appears to be attached to the rack and secured well. Big thanks to Bulls for partnering with me on this post and providing a bunch of demo bikes back-to-back for comparison. This was one of my favorites for many reasons, and it does cost a bit more, but I still think it offers tremendous value. Just a few years back, you could hardly find any Bosch powered e-bike for under $4k, let alone one with so many great accessories and a beautiful aesthetic. I’ll do my best to answer any questions in the comments below, and you can connect with customers and enthusiasts in the Bulls Forums as well.

Pros:

  • Beautifully integrated motor, battery pack, and internally routed cables, the drive system really blends into the frame nicely, creating a premium look
  • Excellent weight distribution, on all three frame styles the battery is mounted low and center on the frame, even stepped in a bit for added protection and a beautiful look
  • I think it’s awesome that this electric bike is being produced in four sizes as well as high-step, mid-step, and the low-step wave… this makes it approachable for people with knee and hip sensitivity and just a better fit overall
  • All three frame styles include bottle cage bosses! this is often skipped for mid-step and step-thru designs because there is less open room, but Bulls made it work for the Cross Mover Speed
  • Excellent tire choice, the Schwalbe Marathon Plus has a tough puncture resistant liner as well as reflective sidewalls, they compliment the integrated lights well, keeping you visible at night
  • Lots of utility on offer here with the plastic SKS fenders and rear rack, note the mud flaps on the fenders and i-rack compatibility, spring latch, and pannier blockers on the rack
  • Comfort becomes an important issue when you’re commuting regularly and riding faster with a speed pedelec like this, so I’m glad that they included a decent suspension fork, gel saddle, adjustable stem, and ergonomic grips, consider a 31.6 mm seat post suspension for even more comfort
  • The smaller Purion display panel keeps the handlebars clear for phone mounts and other accessories, it’s less likely to get bumped or broken than some of the larger displays and is easy to reach while riding
  • Decent 10-speed Shimano SLX derailleur with a larger 22 tooth chainring (55 tooth equivalent) to offer a slower comfortable cadence at high speed
  • The Bosch Performance Line Speed motor is extremely responsive, it measures rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque 1,000+ times per second and also detects gear shifting to reduce drivetrain wear on the chain, sprockets, and derailleur
  • The seat post clamp and both wheels offer quick release, which is great for maintenance and transportation, but you might want to get security hardware like this if you commute in a big city and park at public racks so that nobody messes with your setup or steals the nice gel saddle
  • I really appreciate the tight plastic chain cover, it seemed sturdier than a lot of basic covers, it didn’t rattle around a lot while riding fast, and it should keep your pant or dress clean and snag-free
  • The brakes on this ebike are very nice, you get larger 180 mm rotors, adjustable-reach Magura levers (for people with smaller hands or if you wear gloves), and they have brake light activators built-in! this means that the rear light goes extra bright whenever you stop
  • Great kickstand placement (clear of the let crank arm and supporting the rear rack, I appreciate the flick bell… even though it’s pretty basic
  • Awesome paint job, the combination of matte grey and gloss black helps the motor, battery, and wires blend in even more with the frame (not to mention the black fenders, rack, rims, spokes, fork, and other accessories)
  • The Powerpack 500 isn’t as hidden as the new Powertube 500, but it weighs less, costs less, and is easier to find when traveling (since you cannot easily ship or fly with large Lithium-ion batteries), there are also many existing Powerpack 400 batteries which work with this same interface, so you might already have a backup pack to extend your rides
  • The battery is extremely well designed, it charges quick with the included 4-amp charger, has a loop on top to make it easier and safer to carry, and has a 5-LED charge level indicator built into the left side
  • Bulls is an international brand with growing presence in the US, they have a broad network of dealers, aim for mid-level prices emphasizing value, and you get a two-year comprehensive warranty
  • The locking cylinder for the battery is made by ABUS and comes with a special code so you can order additional keys for the bike easily or get security locks (folding locks, u-locks, chain locks) that are keyed alike, so you won’t have to worry about multiple keys! check with your local shop to get this or visit the ABUS website to learn more

Cons:

  • The headlight is mounted to the suspension fork arch instead of the head tube or handlebar, this means it will bounce up and down as the suspension activates rather than being sprung and stable, I do appreciate the side cutouts however, so it shines in more directions than just straight
  • It’s difficult to say just how well the adjustable stem will hold up over time, but I have noticed that they sometimes loosen and the locking teeth within can wear down, keep an eye on this part and tighten it quickly if you notice any rattling (this is especially relevant on a speed pedelec, which will take more energy from riding faster)
  • The higher-end Bosch Performance Line motors tend to drain the battery quicker, produce more noise, and create some drag because of the reduction gearing, this only happens when pedaling unassisted or pedaling over the max speed (~28 mph in this case)
  • The pedals aren’t especially wide or grippy, but they won’t cut your shins as much if you slip off, because of the rubberized tread, I would probably replace them with some lightweight Magnesium Wellgos like these
  • Very minor gripe here, the grips are not locking which means that you can twist hard and they will slowly spin out of place, I might replace them with some sporty Ergon models like this with multiple hand positions for long-ride comfort
  • The charging port on the bike frame is positioned very close to the left crank arm and that means the cable could get snagged or the connector could get bent if you bump the cranks while charging… just be extra careful or charge off-bike, and then make sure it clicks back on securely before riding
  • It would be nice if the Purion display panel was removable, could swivel to reduce glare, and had an active Micro-USB port like the larger Intuvia panel, but some shops can help you upgrade to this other control system if you want and are willing to pay

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One of the first Gravel Grinder style electric bikes to make it to America! Made with premium components, high performance lights and a purpose built frame in three sizes. Capable of high speed 28 mph performance, the Bosch centerdrive motor measures bike speed, pedal…...

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

A fully equipped speed commuter capable of 28 mph operation, running on the proven Bosch Performance mid-drive motor and updated 500 watt hour Samsung battery. Extra large 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes offer smooth solid stops without requiring exorbitant hand…...

2017 BULLS Lacuba EVO E8 Review

  • MSRP: $3,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A versatile urban electric bike well suited to commuting, touring and trekking because of its efficient mid-drive motor and larger than average battery capacity, durable internal gearing and belt drive. Available in five frame sizes and three frame styles including wave, mid-step and high-step diamond…...

BULLS E-Stream EVO FS 3 27.5 Plus Review

  • MSRP: $4,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

A stealthy full suspension all-mountain electric bike with longer travel 150 mm suspension, fully adjustable air fork by RockShox, color matched to frame. Larger 37 volt 17.5 amp hour battery pack to assist with steeper climbs and longer…...

2017 BULLS Monster E FS Review

  • MSRP: $5,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

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,…...

BULLS Lacuba EVO E45 Review

  • MSRP: $4,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

Available in four frame sizes, two styles (high-step and mid-step) with an adjustable stem, active-comfort saddle and ergonomic grips, this bike can fit well and feel good at speed and over long distances. Capable of 28 mph top speeds, this is a Class 3 electric bike with an…...

BULLS E-Stream EVO FS 3 27.5 Review

  • MSRP: $4,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

An all-mountain electric bike with beautifully integrated battery, motor and display... it blends in more than most other e-mountain bikes I've tested and runs quiet. Sturdy 15 mm thru axle in the front and 12 mm axle in the rear…...

BULLS SIX50 E FS 3 RSI Review

  • MSRP: $4,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A loaded full suspension mountain bike with premium electric drivetrain from Bosch offering 75 Nm of climbing torque with the CX motor and a 400 watt hour Samsung battery. RockShox air suspension with 120 mm travel front and rear for solid trail or all…...

BULLS Monster E S Review

  • MSRP: $4,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

Premium hardtail electric fat bike with all the fixins, highlights include rear rack bosses, tubeless-ready tires and punched out rims, RockShox air fork with remote lockout and high torque Bosch CX motor. Quality 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano for excellent stopping power and modulation, impressive…...

BULLS Outlaw E45 Review

  • MSRP: $3,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A sporty looking, fairly comfortable speed pedelec capable of ~28 mph top speeds, it's running on an optimized geared hub motor design with heat pipe technology for maximum performance. Unique mid-mount battery box fills the main frame triangle keeping weight low and centered while…...

BULLS Sturmvogel E EVO Review

  • MSRP: $3,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A beautifully designed urban electric bike painted white for visibility and modern appeal, white walled tires, reflective sidewall stripes, LED lights. Extra sturdy and durable thanks to a 15 mm thru-axle on the front wheel (with…...

BULLS TWENTY9 E FS 3 RSI Review

  • MSRP: $4,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A full suspension, Bosch powered, cross country style electric bike with efficient 29" wheels, it's available in three sizes for good fit and would feel taller and larger for riders with long legs but still fits some shorter riders given the angled top tube. Quick release for both wheels ads convenience for fixes and transporting the bike, I love…...

BULLS Cross Lite E Review

  • MSRP: $3,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

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…...

BULLS E-Stream EVO FS Enduro 27.5 Review

  • MSRP: $5,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

An enduro style full suspension electric mountain bike with longer 160 mm suspension travel, seat post dropper, 27.5" wheelset and premium hydraulic brakes. Downtube-integrated battery pack is out of sight and keeps weight low and centered across the…...


Kevin Willis
4 months ago

Another superb review review Court. I like the integrated Bosch Speed motor on this e-bike. Thanks for in detail discussing the gearing: the difference between high and low gears. Now I know that higher gears require less force from the rider and because of this the rider must pedal/spin at a higher cadence in order to maintain the same speed achieved in a lower gear. I hope I have it right now?

Three things I did not like were the smaller width tires, lack of rear suspension – not even a seatpost suspension – and the Purion vs Intuvia display. I am hoping all these minor limitations will be overcome by the Bulls 2018 SIX50 TR Street e-bike. The Bulls website mentions Schwalbe Super Moto X tires and a full suspension with a rear shock. However there is no mention of the type of display. I also would not mind a more forward riding motion. I’m thinking to install some bar ends if necessary. I am willing to pay the $4,799 list price if the SIX50 has these improvements. I also plan to purchase an extra battery to extend my range. Therefore, I await your review of the SIX50 TR Street!

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court
4 months ago

Hi Kevin! I’ll try to answer your questions and clarify about gearing. Low gears require less pedal force but won’t let you go as fast, they are great for starting and climbing. Even if you are willing to pedal fast with low gears, some mid-drive systems cannot keep up, that’s why the 120 RPM is nice here, it lets you pedal fast and go fast without having to change gears as often. The Speed ebikes from Bulls are using larger chainrings because that moves your range of gearing higher so you can pedal comfortably at high speeds. High gears are not as easy to start or climb with, but are necessary when reaching higher speeds… otherwise, you and the motor could not keep up and your top speed would not be achievable. For an urban bike, made for environments with mellower hills and efficient tires etc. the higher gearing is just right.

I have reviewed the 2018 SIX50 TR Street but not yet posted… It is using the Bosch Purion vs. the Intuvia, but many shops can swap this out for you for $150 or something like that. It sounds like a great fit for you, the stem could be flipped to increase the forward body position, you could definitely get bar end grips like this for variety in hand position. It’s an awesome bike, and you might even get a discount if you buy a second battery at time of bike purchase. I hope to post my review soon but perhaps these details help in the meantime :)

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Mark Peralta
5 hours ago

Things that we want to know from you on the things that you prefer;
1. Price bracket.
2. Drop bars or not. If you want drop bars then the list is limited to about 5 ebikes.
3. If non drop bars, do you prefer hub drive vs mid drive. The drive train on hub drives tend to last a long long time (shorter life than normal for mid drives), If you get Bulls that has Bosch power with chain ring having 22 teeth count (equivalent to 56 teeth) then the drivetrain may have longer life compared to other mid drives.

Nova Haibike
6 hours ago

For a road style e-bike, I would look at the Trek CrossRip+, Bulls Dail-e Grinder, and the Giant Road-E+ 1. These will do 50-62 miles as long as you aren't only using the highest level of assist. The Trek and Bulls come with a rear rack, and the Bulls has fenders and front suspension as well.

jhoblo
4 days ago

I caution anyone from getting a proprietary system. I want to be able to fix things myself rather than rely on a dealer.

rich c
4 days ago

I read zero reviews when I bought my first ebike. Just bought a Sondors fat bike for $500 off Craigslist. It has over 1,700 miles on it now. Second ebike purchase, I drove 3 1/2 hours to a dealer that only sells ebikes. Intent was to buy a Bulls mountain bike. Rode 4 bikes, liked them all, but bought a demo Haibike, over 2,000 miles on it. Recently bought a tad pole e-recumbent trike, sight unseen, unridden, only based on reviews. After riding it for the first 3 to 4 times, I still hated it. Certain I would have to sell it on Craigslist. But I'm stubborn when I spend $3,500 for something. I made new seat mounts for a better position, bought shorter cranks, changed a couple options in the controller, and built up some new muscles for that style of trike. I have almost 400 miles on it now, and do enjoy it for crushed stone rail trails. Still don't enjoy it a lot on road travel. So with these miles and experience, I'm a strong advocate for LBS. NOTHING will replace demo time in the saddle. Secondly, sounds like you will be fine as a bike mechanic. Not that common for ebike riders. Most on-line purchases require the owner to do the wrenching when a failure occurs.

Dmitri
5 days ago

Can someone explain to me how Bulls gets a fatbike-compatible chainline on the Bosch motor? I imagine there's some serious hackery going on because, unlike Yamaha, it's far from obvious how to get a suitable (e.g., 75mm) chainline on a Bosch motor.

Babrassiler
6 days ago

I'm doing a 36 mile round trip on a Bulls Lacuba e45 speed pedelec. I only have about 2.5 miles of open road before I have to drop my speed and mix with congested traffic. With a tail wind I can average 18mph and use 50-60% of my 650 wh battery. If I have a headwind I use even more battery. Based on your new commute I'd think you'd need a 1000 wh battery, I've heard that it's easier to get up to the magical 28mph with a rear hub motor with my mid drive 23-24 is the sweet spot after that you have to really work.

Camac
7 days ago

I don't believe I have met your 'old' wife so how would she know .;)

No this sudden outburst from me was prompted by reading a review which claimed to be "a useful analysis of hub vs mid drive setups". There was a number of long paragraphs extolling the virtues of the hub drives and very little on the mid drives. It mentioned a problem of breaking chains which got me thinking. (dangerous)

( for the last 15 months I have ridden a Bulls MTB)

Dmitri
1 week ago

You make it sound like 1kWh is enough... I'm not sure it is. If I had to estimate the amount of 18650 cells you could stick into the triangle of a typical frame, I'd estimate available space to be worth 2.5-3kWh (@36V of course) if we were to incorporate dual powertube-style batteries (R&M Supercharger-style). If I had to guess how many cells I could stick into my Salsa Blackborow, the answer is 'a huge amount'. And without the price distortion that Bosch, Yamaha and others introduce to the battery market. Charging $700 for 500Wh (basicaly a bunch of 18650 cells and a proprietary magical BMS) is weird.

And BTW the battery you link to is just a bespoke battery, it will not clip into your frame. There are Yamaha-compatible aftermarket batteries but https://www.ks-bikes.de/Beltrona_f%C3%BCr_Yamaha_36V_612Wh_17Ah_Sduro_Rahmen_Akku_E-Bike_Pedelec_1.html -- I'm not sure it's worth it.

DanInStPete
1 week ago

@Dmitri Thank you for all that info. So for aftermarket batteries it pretty much comes down to where you can carry it.

I found this while searching for Yamaha batteries: https://ebikemarketplace.com/products/sea-lion-36v-battery?variant=30491286533&_vsrefdom=adwords&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrpiv1IzJ2wIVzSWBCh0f0A30EAQYASABEgLHl_D_BwE

It has a key but not sure if it’s designed to click in to the Haibike frame. 756 Wh would be very nice.

Since the technology is already available I don’t understand why manufacturers keep producing underpowered ebikes. Stromer gets it. Juiced gets it. Bulls is getting there.

And I just bought an underpowered Haibike FullNine 6 (Yamaha), since I was able to get a great deal on a 2017 closeout. But I would have preferred a Bulls with the 650 Wh battery.

Robie
1 week ago

Welcome
Ditto on Bulls FS 3 plus. Love mine . Those plus size tires are so nice. At the bottom of your post, you click edit , and then change your post. And then click save.

Parkcity
1 week ago

Correction. I’m not sure how to amend the post. It should have read.
I zip peak fs 3 and bought a bull evo fs3 plus.
I’m considering a bulls evo 45 ds 3 plus

Bruce Arnold
1 week ago

Generally speaking, low end torque and top end speed are a trade-off. You can have one or the other but not both.

Lucky
3 months ago

Hi Everyone,

I've been shopping for an electric bike for about 6 months, have taken test rides and have been haunting the forums and Court's reviews to try and narrow choices so I can get on a new bike this spring.

After trying various throttle assist and non throttle assist bikes at the Electric Bike Expo, a Haibike Yamaha bike at a store in San Diego, Trek Electrics, and Magnum bikes, I liked the XM700+ lowstep the best, and have honed in on a Bosch 28MPH speed pedelec...but the Haibikes and the Bulls bikes with similar specs are interesting. The Haibike I tested seemed big and awkward, but I am not sure if I tried the smallest frame on that one...the salesperson in the store in San Diego was not helpful (I'd be buying a Haibike online and not at that store because of this).

There is a Trek sale this week, and if it's going to be the XM700+, not a bad time to pull the trigger.

Do you guys think that the Haibike or Bulls Bosch Performance Speed bikes have more to offer, quality or component wise?

- We live in North San Diego in a VERY steep hilly area.
- I am a 5"2" female with a 29" inseam.
- I'd like to be able to touch toes of both feet on the ground when stopped.
- Low Step Bikes much preferred

Questions:

1) Do the Haibike and Bulls have "better" components than Trek?

2) Has anyone here compared the following in person: XM700+ , the Haibike XDURO Trekking S 5.0 (2017) or 9.0 (2018) and the Bulls Cross Mover Speed?

3) Other quality Low-Step Bosch 28MPH Performance Speed bikes I should consider?

4) Anything else I am missing here?

Thanks in advance for your help and replies!

- Susie

TroyArn
3 months ago

these electric bikes are nice but the prices are flat out crazy.

Shadow Girl
3 months ago

Check out Biktrix, I think they have some the best value for mid-drive bikes. Court hasn't reviewed their bikes for years, and they are much more upgraded then they were originally.

Alex
3 months ago

That looks like a perfect bike 👍

CLOTHED IN SHADOWS.
3 months ago

Great review as always Courtney 👌👌👌.
You're the best Ebike channel on you tube 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏.

"CLOTHED IN SHADOWS"👤

trekkeruss
3 months ago

They should have put two sets of bottle bosses on the top tube.

Armando Aleman
3 months ago

Macho Macho man! Pentagon Pentagon Pentagon

pj520
3 months ago

Looks nice but I hate noisy plastic fenders. Good review as usual!

ArthurDentZaphodBeeb
3 months ago

PowerTube design looks so much nicer.