BULLS Lacuba EVO E45 Review

Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Electric Bike Review
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Shimano Xt Dront Derailleur 44 30t Plastic Chain Guard
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Integrated Bmz Battery 37 Volt 17 5 Amp Hours
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Ci Backlit Display Panel Removable
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Ergon Gc1 Locking Grips And Bell
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 10 Sprocket Shimano Deore Xt
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Integrated Toplight Line E Responding Brake Light
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Sr Suntour Cts 2 Suspension Fork
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Tektro Dorado Hydraulic Disc Brakes 203 Mm
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Ebike High Step
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Electric Bike Review
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Shimano Xt Dront Derailleur 44 30t Plastic Chain Guard
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Integrated Bmz Battery 37 Volt 17 5 Amp Hours
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Ci Backlit Display Panel Removable
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Ergon Gc1 Locking Grips And Bell
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 10 Sprocket Shimano Deore Xt
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Integrated Toplight Line E Responding Brake Light
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Sr Suntour Cts 2 Suspension Fork
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Tektro Dorado Hydraulic Disc Brakes 203 Mm
Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Ebike High Step

Summary

  • 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 extra large 37 volt 17.5 amp hour battery pack so you can commute, go touring or trekking... upgraded display panel with realtime power feedback
  • A long list of high quality accessories and components including fenders, rear rack, integrated lights, smooth powerful 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes and a 20 speed drivetrain with Shimano Deore XT derailleurs
  • This bike costs more and weighs a bit more due to all of the extras and larger battery, the keyhole for unlocking the pack is dangerously close to the left crank and the battery cap doesn't fit quite right

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Introduction

Make:

BULLS

Model:

Lacuba EVO E45

Price:

$4,399

Body Position:

Upright, Upright Relaxed

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:

Europe, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand

Model Year:

2017

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

61.5 lbs (27.89 kg)

Battery Weight:

7 lbs (3.17 kg)

Motor Weight:

6.61 lbs (2.99 kg)

Frame Material:

7005 Aluminium

Frame Sizes:

18.89 in (47.98 cm)19.68 in (49.98 cm)20.86 in (52.98 cm)21.65 in (54.99 cm)23.62 in (59.99 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

27" Stand Over Height for Step-Thru Model

Frame Types:

High-Step, Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Satin Silver with Matte Black and Blue Highlights

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour CTS 29, 63 mm Travel, Lockout and Preload Adjust, 11 mm QR Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

11 mm QR Skewer

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

20 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore XT Derailleurs, 11-34T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Deore XT SL-M780 Triggers on Right and Left

Cranks:

FSA, 44-30T

Pedals:

Wellgo Alloy Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

FSA Tapered 1-1/8"

Stem:

Humpert Ergotec 6 Adjustable Angle Stem, 100 mm Length

Handlebar:

Low Rise, Alloy Ergotec Plus XL, 610 mm or 630 mm Length, 12° Bend or 14° Bend

Brake Details:

Tektro Dorado HD-E715 Hydraulic Disc with 203 mm Rotors, Tektro Dorado Levers with Motor Inhibitors

Grips:

Ergon GC1 Locking, Ergonomic

Saddle:

Selle Royal Respiro Moderate, Cool X Senium Mesh Ventilation

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy, Humpert Ergotec

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

31.6 mm

Rims:

RYDE Double Wall, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge Front 13 Gauge Rear, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Energizer Plus, 28" x 1.75"

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Performance Line GreenGuard, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, 45-70 PSI

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Velo Battery Protector Pad, Fuxon Integrated LED Headlight, Toplight Line E LED Backlight (Goes Extra Bright When Braking), SKS Plastic Fenders, i-RACK with Pannier Blockers and Spring Latch with 25 kg Max Load, SKS Rookie Mini Pump, FSA Bash Guard, Plastic Chain Cover, Hebie Auto Spring Kickstand

Other:

IP56 Ingress Rating, 2.5 lb 5 Amp Energy Bus Charger from BMZ

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Brose E45

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

530 watts

Motor Torque:

90 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

BMZ

Battery Voltage:

37 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

17.5 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

647.5 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

4.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Estimated Max Range:

130 miles (209 km)

Display Type:

BULLS CI, Removable Backlit LCD Display

Readouts:

Battery Level (5 Bars), Speed, Assist Level (None, Eco, Tour, Sport), Total Distance, Trip Distance, Trip Time, Trip Calories, Max Speed, Avg. Speed, Total Time, Time of Day, Average Motor Power, Average Rider Performance

Display Accessories:

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

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Cadence and Torque Sensing)

Top Speed:

28 mph (45 kph)

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Written Review

The BULLS Lacuba EVO E45 is the kind of electric bicycle I’d choose in place of a car. It can go far, it can go fast (28 mph vs. 20 mph on most electric bikes) and it’s fairly comfortable. With full length integrated fenders, a slim chain guard, twenty gears to shift through and integrated lights with a brake mode that goes extra bright anytime you pull the levers… this ebike is fully capable and safe feeling, adding to the LED lights is reflective tire paint that is visible from the sides so you are less likely to get blindsided. Given the longer distances and faster performance from this bike I think it’s important to also feel comfortable and tho that end you get name brand locking ergonomic grips from Ergon, a sturdy adjustable angle stem and a vented comfort saddle from Selle Royale. The battery pack offers 37 volts and a whopping 17.5 amp hours of capacity for extended range and I think that makes it a contender for trekking and touring rides as well as commuting. One feature that really stood out to me when testing this bike was the large display panel that communicates your leg power and the motor power with charts on either side of the dash so you can lear to ride more in sync with the bike and perhaps shift more efficiently. At $4,400 this is not the worlds cheapest electric bike but the Shimano Deore XT drivetrain, multiple size offering and two frame builds (high-step and mid-step) don’t come free. You do get a two year comprehensive warranty and BULLS is an international brand going on its second year in the USA as of 2017 with positive feedback from the consumers I’ve chatted with.

Some things I do not like as much about this bike include the kickstand, which springs back up automatically and makes the frame easier to tip accidentally. The battery can be charged on or off the bike but the rubber flap that covers the charging port on the downtube doesn’t fit into the slot very easily and might let dust and water in over time. The keyhole, where you unlock the pack, is also positioned in a sort of vulnerable spot right where the left crank arm rotates by… so it could get bent or even broken if you’re not careful. And while I love the aesthetic of this and other BULLS models, the battery pack mounts up into the downtube so getting it out requires a bit of extra care and coordination so that it doesn’t drop down and hit the ground. Note that the battery can be left on the bike without being locked on as well, this just adds one more consideration and process to forget or skip. I’m more a fan of other systems like Bosch and Yamaha that automatically lock the pack in once it’s seated. Finally, as with all current gen Brose drive systems, there is no shift sensing so you’ll want to be extra careful when riding and shifting… plan ahead so you don’t mash those gears and chain, just ease off the pedals to de-activate the torque sensor and then shift while spinning more gently.

So coming back to what works on this bike and where it would fit in terms of use. I think there are three big considerations when purchasing an electric bike for daily use and transportation. The reliability is important, the balance and handling and the fit. There are always ways to improve comfort with accessories or adjustments to the existing hardware but the Lacuba E45 already has that nailed down with the adjustable stem and range of sizes. I think I’d strongly consider the step-thru frame here vs. the more traditional “male” diamond high-step because I’d put the rack to use with a trunk bag or panniers and really hate knocking my knee on those things when swinging it over. One thing that impressed me with the frame designs was how stiff and solid they felt, even the mid-step, because of the triangular multi-tube designs. Yes, the low-step isn’t as low as some wave frames but it offers better performance. I was delighted to see that they even managed to squeeze a bottle cage in the triangle and added a second pair of bosses to the top tube! Again, excellent almost necessary additions if you want to ride long distance.

At the end of the day, I see this ebike as true transportation. You don’t have the speed limitations, the safety concerns or the quality questions that some other cheaper bikes present. It was very comfortable and built solid. Even if you did really push this thing and run out of juice before arriving at your destination, the 20 speed drivetrain ensures you could still lug this 61.5 lb bike up a hill without too much effort (though it would be slow). On the flip side, pedaling at full speed also felt comfortable and the frame handled well… no speed wobble here. The motor and battery blend in perfectly with the gray/black color scheme and keep weight super low and centered. The charger is a little larger and heavier than some others I’ve seen but it’s not the worst and you could easily toss it into a trunk bag for charging on the go. The carry rack has excellent pannier blockers on the side and is made by iRack so you can fit their branded accessories (kind of like Topeak does) or you could get something like this for $17 which has a zip-out pannier flaps and a shoulder strap for easy transport when you get off the bike… taking your gear along to keep it safe. The nice thing is, you don’t have to worry about taking the lights with you, the display is removable to reduce exposure and vandalism and the battery locks securely. It’s a great setup in my opinion. Big thanks to Bulls for partnering with me for this review.

Pros:

  • Not only does the bike come in a high-step and a mid-step frame style but there are four frame sizes to choose from and all of them have two pairs of bottle cage bosses! Many times I see electric bikes that don’t have these extra mounting points and that makes accessing water or accessories less convenient
  • This e-bike would make for an excellent commuting or trekking platform because of the premium rack (with pannier guards and clasp point) and full-length fenders… not to mention integrated lights front and rear and nice bell
  • The rear light is setup to get brighter when you activate the brakes, this make you even more visible when riding in low-light conditions and specifically when changing speeds
  • Massive 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes for smooth but powerful stopping, they’re designed to reduce the effort needed to brake and stand up to heavier loads if you’re trekking and carrying a lot of gear
  • Slim, light weight chain guard keeps your pants or dress from getting greasy and dirty, the kickstand is positioned far back on the frame to stay clear of your crank arms
  • Comfortable Selle Royal saddle, slim adjustable suspension fork, ergonomic grips and adjustable angle stem help you ride longer, even the handle bar (which is raised a bit) improves comfort and control
  • In addition to the lights, which help you see and be seen, are reflective striping marks on the tires, these increase your visual footprint so cars and other cyclists notice you coming from the side
  • The Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires are designed to be puncture resistant, they feature a Kevlar lining that resists thorns, tacks, glass and other sharp objects
  • The display panel is bright, easy to read and understand and its casing is sturdy, I love that it can be completely removed from the mount for safe keeping, I also like that they included two power graphs that show you real-time how much energy you are exerting and how much the bike is spending… it might change how you ride and shift the gears and ultimately help you conserve electricity on longer rides
  • Both wheels offer quick release making service and transport easier, the battery pack also comes off the frame fairly easily and can be charged separately
  • The Lacuba EVO E45 is one of the stealthiest electric bikes I’ve seen thanks to its completely integrated battery and compact mid-drive motor… it’s also very quiet
  • I love that the bike can go above 20 mph! This is useful for commuting, keeping up with traffic and just cutting down on the time it takes
  • You get an extra large battery pack here that’s designed to make trekking and touring possible or offset the air resistance drag of riding at higher speeds
  • Excellent two year comprehensive warranty provides some peace of mind, also, BULLS has been operating in Europe and other countries for years and seems to have a good reputation for quality
  • You get 20 gears on this bike so you can really dial in how you pedal, making it comfortable and capable for climbing or riding at high speed… it’s nice having those extra gears if you ride super far and run out of battery just short of your destination because the bike does weigh 60+ lbs, most mid-drive bikes are limited to 11 gears and don’t have a front derailleur like this so that’s one big advantage of the Brose motor system
  • The short travel suspension fork and medium width tires offer a good balance of comfort to efficiency and performance but if you’re riding far and hitting bumpy rattly terrain consider a 31.6 mm seat post suspension, SR Suntour (the same people who make the fork for this bike) make a good one called the NCX here

Cons:

  • If the bike hasn’t been used for a while the battery enters sleep mode and you have to press the power button on top of the pack as well as on the control pad, this confused me at first when going directly to the display pad as I thought maybe the bike needed to be charged or had an issues
  • The rubber charging cover for the battery didn’t fit easily and made me wonder if dust and water might get in over time… I like that the interface is magnetic so the plug doesn’t get bent or tip the bike if you trip over it however
  • Be sure to lock the battery to the bike as you can simply connect it without locking (many other bikes activate the lock when the battery clicks in?) also note that if the key is left in it could get bent by the left crank arm which rotates close past the keyhole
  • No shift sensing technology on this bike… considering you get 20 speeds to shift through I’d recommend being careful and learning how to ease off pressure when shifting to avoid mashing of the chain and sprockets, the motor uses torque sensing so it’s easy to pedal up to speed then back off while still rotating in order to reduce strain when shifting
  • I dislike the Hebie spring activated kickstand, yes it’s mounted in the correct place but the fact that it automatically swivels up makes the bike less stable and this thing is expensive, I don’t want it to tip and in my experience normal fixed kickstands work just fine :(
  • At roughly 2.2 lbs the battery charger is a little heavy and large, though I love that it uses the EnergyBus standard (sending data and electricity) because I believe it makes updates easier
  • Since the battery mounts up into the downtube vs. sitting on top of it I found that you have to use more care when removing it (so that it doesn’t just drop out and hit the ground)

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JoeinJP
6 days ago

WMV, what bike did you decide on? I've owned the Pedego City Commuter and was mostly happy with it...quality components and features, BB7 disc brakes, nice LCD display, integrated lights etc...the disadvantage being rear-heavy with the battery placement. My replacement after its theft was the Ejoe folding bike for more security, and while the balance is better, comparing a folding bike vs full-size is apples vs oranges, Ejoe just serving the purpose of commuting. Also the reason for my post is I'm looking at the Rook or Bulls Lacuba as a possible future purchase.

Rincon
1 week ago

Court: The very idea of having a single thread to contain every known issue with a manufacturer's products is itself defective. Consider Bulls' product line. They have 28 e-bike models for 2017, just in the US. If they keep the same number of models for 2018, that will be 56 versions of e-bikes each with their own issues just a few months from now. Who would dig through the "all known issues" thread in 2020 (112 unique model-years) to find what's wrong with their Lacuba? The larger the thread grows, the more unwieldy it gets, until it is completely unmanageable. It facilitates the immediate loss of valuable information. The thread will contain stale, confusing, difficult to locate, and absolutely muddled data amplified by cross-conversation dialogs. Let's assume there are three issues for each model per year. For Bulls in 2020 that's 3 x 112 or 336 cross-conversations in the same thread.

An issue regarding a bike, for each model year, is best organized in a single thread focused on that one issue. In that thread you will find specific comments pertaining to that issue and only to that issue. In a catchall thread you'll find everything about every model in every year with answers about one question intermixed with answers from other models and other years. As people reply referencing a model, but not a year, or an issue but not the model, the thread will become ever more muddled.

An all-in-one thread is optimistic and even hopeful, but really it is a simplistic answer to a complex data problem. Some people will undoubtedly use it. Most will continue to post and search for focused answers--with the thread title as their guide. But the all-in-one thread is not benign. It will make finding an answer MORE difficult as it grows by lumping together data for all models and all years and all issues. It will come up in virtually all search results, but the answer will be increasingly difficult to discern as the thread grows.

Perhaps you envisioned the all-issues thread to be a clean index of issues? That would be nice, but as @pxpaulx noted it would require a curator to cull the forum and post summaries and links with make, model, and year. That would be valuable. However the all-in-one threads have already devolved into the standard Q&A discussion and wandering-off-topic format.

This forum is a knowledge base. The thread is its basic unit of information storage. That means the thread is designed to contain a unique and focused bit of knowledge. The all-in-one thread controverts the native organization of this data at its most fundamental level. All-in-one Q&A as implemented is a repository for data noise and search pollution. I say this with 22 years of full text database design, programming, and management behind me. The EBR knowledge base will survive and continue to be useful, but that usefulness will be degraded as the all-in-one threads grow over the years.

pxpaulx
3 weeks ago

I'm now leaning towards getting a commuter bike instead of a mountain bike. Most of my riding will be on paved roads, and I now think I'll enjoy having the fenders, lights, and racks built into the bike. I'm leaning towards the izip bikes as they appear to be a great value and have the twist throttle. I'm trying to decide between the dash and the pro tour. Does anyone have any thoughts on each bike? Is the pro tour basically the same bike with a sleeker battery and fancier display system? I also saw that izip's website has a sale on 2016 dash for $1,000 discount. Has the 2017 dash changed much?

They are 2 different motors, one 350w the other 500w - both are speed pedelecs, max 28mph. Both of the batteries are only 417wh - this is a little behind the bigger players (or a lot...) - bosch and yamaha motors now come with 500wh batteries, and bulls has a brose bike with 650wh batteries as well. Also, don't pay retail - shop around (local if possible and online) and negotiate a price you're comfortable with.

Check out these reviews - a little more money than the izip brand, but they are running the best motors in the business (transx is a known company, but not as established as bosch or brose):

Bulls six50 E2 Street:

https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/six50-e2-street/

Bulls Lacuba 45 (there is a normal high step version along with the step through Court reviewed):

https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/lacuba-evo-e45/

Haibike also has a couple of treking and MTB Xduro 'S' versions that are 28mph as well - check out their website as Court hasn't reviewed any of this year's models yet.

...also and a new raleigh 28mph with a brose motor, though no suspension:

https://electricbikereview.com/raleigh/redux-ie/

E-Wheels
4 weeks ago

Absolutely new to Ebikes, and this website, and with that comes outstanding ignorance.

I'm looking for an Ebike that can make it up hills with a bit of ease (so mid-drive?), that doesn't have too many wires and cables, uses a hydraulic brake system, has a rear and/or front racks, doesn't make much or any noise when using the motor, and looks "professional" or "polished."

This would be a commuter/urban/cargo bike. I am in the USA, male, 5' 11,'' 160 lbs.

I've looked at how some of the specs for an Ebike effect performance (motor output in watts, battery voltage in amp/watt hours, motor torque in newton meters), yet I don't know to what degree all of these matter. I've also seen some bikes were the variables are almost identical yet the mile range difference is drastic.

I also don't know what brands are quality and which aren't. I also don't know how much I should be paying for anything.

I've looked at these bikes so far:

Faraday Cortland: (https://electricbikereview.com/faraday/cortland/)
Gazelle NL C7 HMB (https://electricbikereview.com/gazelle/nl-c7-hmb/)
Walleräng M.01 (https://electricbikereview.com/wallerang/m-01/)

The Faraday is what I first started looking at, but I have no clue if it has enough power or not/if it's worth the price. It is, however, quiet and looks amazing.

The Gazelle has great colors, but some of the main parts of the bike look non-durable or ready to break, there are many wires hanging about, and front basket is too clunky.

The Walleräng looks fantastic, has mid-drive, 500w motor output at max, and has (what I think to be) high quality parts and pieces, but it's seems a bit loud. Is that standard? This is the best ebike out of the 3 I have really examined.

For anyone willing to help me out, this is a sizable post, I am open to all knowledge of Ebikes, opinions on brands, opinions on bikes I've listed, and any suggestions you have of Ebikes that would be best fit for me.

Thank you in advance.
The quietest mid drive on the market at the moment is the Brose motor. If you combine the Brose system that with a Gates carbon belt and an IGH (Nuvinci, Shimano Alfine, Rohloff......) then you will probably have the quietest mid drive ebike you can get at the moment. If you want to research some Brose mid drive ebikes I suggest you check out the Scott E-Silence, Specialized Vado and Bulls Lacuba range. What is your budget.

vincent
1 month ago

Dave i dont have the bulls lacuba but rode it at crazy lennys in madison, it ROCKS

Very cool bike, if i could get 3 inch tires on it would buy it right away!!

I am adammant about plus or fat tires on my bikes or it would have come home with me lol

Saratoga Dave
1 month ago

Sorry you had such a colorful experience,but I would be very interested in hearing more about your opinions of the bike itself as you get familiar with it. I had thought my next one - and first torque sensor bike vs cadence - would be a Specialized Turbo of some flavor, but that ship seems to have sailed and I'm not loving the Vados. I'm getting very interested in the Bulls bikes, particularly the e45 Lacuba. My usual trip (non commuter) is around 30 - 35 miles mixed side roads and bike paths with lots of medium hills, right at and over the capacity for my battery, so I need to up the bike a couple of pegs.

I really love the way they've integrated the battery on the new ones, but again would enjoy following your experiences with mid drive and Bulls. I bet there's other Turbo aficionados with the same interest around here as well.

James Kohls
2 months ago

Time for an update!

Since I received my 2015 Specialized Turbo-X at the beginning of August last year, I still love riding this bike almost every day. The only exceptions have been when it was in for service @ ~1,200 miles and had warranty work done on the brakes. That and about 5 days where snow was too deep to ride. Otherwise, I’ve ridden this bike through an entire Minnesota winter with temps dropping to -10 degrees F (-23 degrees C). It has gone through ice, all types of snow and even torrential thunderstorms.

This last Thursday, I achieved my highest mileage on the battery riding about 35 miles and getting home with 60% remaining capacity! How? For starters, this was a group ride at a pace of only 10MPH average. Speed (in particular wind resistance) is the biggest killer of battery power. The second reason, due to the slow pace, I spent much of the time switching between ECO 40 and zero-assistance mode. On flat level ground in a nice low gear, switching to zero-assistance is very manageable. Mind you, this is not powered off, but the setting just below ECO. This prevents the cogging feeling/drag the motor would exhibit if powered off.

I recently added a BodyFloat suspension seat post which really helps make this a long distance trekking machine. That and swapping out the Trigger Sports for Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires have been the two smartest investments I’ve made.

With all that being said, one might be surprised I have been saving up for another eBike.

Why?

After owning my Turbo X as a first step towards switching away from driving, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will certainly become car free in the future. My plans are still to keep my car until it dies or become unreasonably expensive to fix. With my current use, it truly costs me less than $40 a month to keep around. But I want to be prepared to say goodbye to owning an automobile when that day finally comes.

When my brakes failed on the Turbo, back in January, I came to the decision that I really want a backup bike that equals or bests my current bike. Sure, I could get a 2nd Turbo, but why not add some utility.

If money were no object (which it is), my dream would be to buy a Riese & Muller Load or Packster. But I would also like a bike that helps me achieve a true 365 day ride schedule through the worst of what Minnesota winters can throw at me. So my second thought is to buy a fat bike. I’ve found my browser navigating itself to Specialized’s Levo Comp Fat page many times. I love Specialized and having a dealer less than 3 blocks from my house, that I trust, is worth its weight in gold. Then again, I find it hard to convince myself to spend almost twice as much on a backup bike as I did on my primary commuter.

I’ve even considered just buying another commuter bike with greater range. I really like the Bulls Lacuba, the Mustache StarckBike Asphalt and the HaiBike XDURO Trekkng S. My biggest fear with this route is, what if I like it more than my Turbo!?

Regardless, I have every intention of making 2017 the year I get a second eBike. More to follow…

Lenny
2 months ago

Hi all,
I am a 42 year old 6'0" chubby guy pushing 280 lbs and I need to get back on the bike to commute for health and sanity sake. I ride 16-22 miles round trip to work over some hilly roads. Right now on my commuter bike I take about an hour to do the trip when I am feeling good. I want an e-bike to speed things up a bit for the commute. I have narrowed down my choices between the Izip E3 Dash or the Bulls Lacuba Evo for a commuter e-bike and need some input. Price wise the Izip is a little easier to digest where as the Bulls looks like a better motor and battery. So looking for suggestions and input?

BULLS Lacuba EVO 45 or the belt drive version EVO are really high-quality bikes built for heavy duty use. BULLS also has bigger battery (650Whr compared to 418whr on the izip) which means you can do a complete roundtrip commute without recharging at office. Lower the capacity, more charge cycles for the same distance. If you are going to be putting 20 miles everyday, we suggest you go with the higher capacity version. There are lots of benefits to this. One day if you just want to use the highest level of assist for your commute, you won't have worry about running out of charge and you won't have worry about upgrading your batteries for 2 more years.

BULLS is slightly on the heavier side (although not so much compared to izip).

I would also recommend you look at Six50 E2 street. This would be a better commuter bike than the 2 you mentioned.

http://www.bullsebikes.com/product/six50-e-2-street/

vincent
2 months ago

I know the bulls is more money but between the 2 of those i would definitely get the bulls

That lacuba is a nice bike

have a rover too and although not in the same class as the bulls lacuba it is fine for the price
The fat tires are very comfortable to ride

Josh973
2 months ago

Hi all,
I am a 42 year old 6'0" chubby guy pushing 280 lbs and I need to get back on the bike to commute for health and sanity sake. I ride 16-22 miles round trip to work over some hilly roads. Right now on my commuter bike I take about an hour to do the trip when I am feeling good. I want an e-bike to speed things up a bit for the commute. I have narrowed down my choices between the Izip E3 Dash or the Bulls Lacuba Evo for a commuter e-bike and need some input. Price wise the Izip is a little easier to digest where as the Bulls looks like a better motor and battery. So looking for suggestions and input?

pxpaulx
2 months ago

If you do get to a bulls dealer, make sure to ride a brose powered model along with the six 50 you've mentioned. Either one of the e stream evo mtbs or the lacuba evo 28th. You also get the huge 650wh battery with the brose models which is really nice and extremely well integrated imho!

Chris Nolte
2 months ago

+1 for Riese & Müller, it I might have some bias since I sell the brand. Technically you can tour on anything, but some of their bikes are setup particularly well for that.

The R&M Delite and Charger have dual battery options which can certainly add to the utility of the bikes.

The Bulls LaCuba could also work well or a Trekking bike from Haibike. I think getting something with a Bosch motor could be helpful since their are service centers throughout the world. It could make things a lot easier in the unlikely case that you have an issue with your motor system.

What sort of terrain and distances are you looking to do?

e-boy
3 months ago

I'm not asking for a one for all solution .
There is a section on EBR called categories , ie , City Style , Cargo , 28MPH , ect ...
I'm saying I'd like to see a Car Alternative section .
EBR reviewer Court , mentioned in his review of the Bulls LACUBA 45 , that he thought it was a good car replacement .
I'm simply curious what other eBikes in general forum members thought fit the category .

Actually the reviews first sentence is "The BULLS Lacuba EVO E45 is the kind of electric bicycle I’d choose in place of a car. "

Alex M
3 months ago

I'd like to see a car alternative / replacement category on the EBR website .
Are you writing an article on the subject, by any chance ? :)
You are using term "replacement" again. There is no such thing. Don't know why Court called that Lacuba " car replacement", - probably he didn't mean it literally. And there is no "one for all" alternative solution. It's about compromising and sacrificing. What people are willing to sacrifice, depends on the person's particular situation. Other members have defined what makes an ebike a viable car alternative, this should serve as a guideline. Creating "car alternative" category on EBR - I think this would be too much responsibility and likely it would be biased (inevitably so, due to everybody's different criteria).

Ex, velomobile https://electricbikereview.com/virtue-cycles/pedalist/ comes the closest to car in "looks", - could be important to some people. Better protection from weather, too - again, important to some and not to others.

IMO, any TRIke is closer to a car than a BIke. Those with big cargo basket will be closer yet. Somebody else wouldn't want to sacrifice comfort, stability and cargo-carrying for speed and ability to pedal it. It depends on how close to a car you want it to be - and again, what you need it for and where you'll be using it.

e-boy
3 months ago

I used the term car replacement as that was used by Court in his review of the Bulls LACUBA 45 .
I'd like to see a car alternative / replacement category on the EBR website .

Alan Acock
3 months ago

I had a chance to ride the Bulls LACUBA E45 which was called a good car replacement by EBR .
What other eBikes do you consider good car replacements ?
I you can ride the bike year around were you live, they go for it. I would recommend getting a trailer for calling groceries. Some much younger riders look confused when I pass them pulling a trailer behind my Trek XM700+.

Chris Nolte
3 months ago

Some accessories that would be helpful include, fenders, rack, lights.

I would look at the Bulls LaCuba E45 and the E2 Street. Some other bikes that have been popular in the shop are the Riese & Müller Charger and the Delite. Both have the ability to run two batteries which could be helpful for longer trips.

Chris Nolte
3 months ago

I had a chance to ride the Bulls LACUBA E45 which was called a good car replacement by EBR .
What other eBikes do you consider good car replacements ?
Can you tell us a bit more about the yourself, your location, average distances for commute, etc. This stuff can be really helpful in making recommendations.

Also - I'm interested to know how you liked the Lacuba E45.

e-boy
3 months ago

I had a chance to ride the Bulls LACUBA E45 which was called a good car replacement by EBR .
What other eBikes do you consider good car replacements ?

TheEdge008
1 month ago

Thank you, Court, for this most excellent video! Because of this review, I bought me a Lacub-R-a (lol) step-thru version from San Diego Fly Rides.

The Brose motor is really powerful and yet quiet, which was what I was looking for.

Most of the time on flats, I don't use the motor. When going against the wind on flats, I use Level 1 assist, sometimes. When climbing decently steep hills, I will go to Level 2. So far, I haven't found a need for Level 3.

The one thing that I wish Bulls would offer is a dummy battery door so that the electrical contacts aren't exposed when I leave the bike outside, say on the balcony of our apartment.

You weren't kidding when you said that this bike is HEAVY! I wish someone out there would develop a motorized bike rack so that I don't have to lift it onto the mounts of a Yakima or Thule.

jeremy scarsone
2 months ago

Love your videos court! I just purchased this bike from Chris @propel. I can't wait to get it. Did you notice on the display in your review while you were thumbing through the modes it said the top speed was 84 mph. I wonder what's up with that, anyway thanks for the great reviews and keep them coming!!

Brian Jong, de
3 months ago

I have this bike and Bulls tells me that there is no 350 W version of the brose motor.  Only the 250 W version

Eric de Jong
2 months ago

Strange., because this info is from brose itself.

Eric de Jong
3 months ago

This is my reaction. My son was logged in without me knowing ;-)

lomaanu liya
6 months ago

nice videos bro and very good work and those bell sounds are osum....keep going..

Bernd Hachmeister
6 months ago

Hi. I love your reviews! FYI the automatic kickstand is a must have criteria by law for speed pedelecs - at least in Germany. Similar to motorbikes. It is to prevent you from crashing when driving a curve with the kickstand down. But they are a kind of bommer IMHO too.

Tommi Honkonen
7 months ago

Feminists triggered because you referred to the cyclist as man :D Even tho you corrected afterwards.

George Herman
7 months ago

How many people in these days can afford to buy a bike that cost almost 5 grand. I mean "really". Ridiculousness. Can buy a Honda PCX 150 that costs 2 grand less and gets 100 miles per gallon and goes up 65 mph. Makes no sense to even consider this.

George Herman
2 months ago

Good for you. Carry on.

jeremy scarsone
2 months ago

George Herman I just ordered one. Loved my rad rover so much I wanted to upgrade to something smoother and with more battery capacity

Claudia Moran
6 months ago

George Herman Someone with a steady job, who saves money for what they want can get anything they set their mind to. Besides, at least the bike benefits you with health, there is no price for that.

David Macdonald
7 months ago

nice to see a brake light

Flo Mo
7 months ago

Are not all your tested ebikes your favorites? :) You always say it. But I understand you. Many ebikes are great like this BULLS.

123bigred
7 months ago

at wallmart the best mens mountian bike costs 170 and it only has disk brakes in the front--you think they would offer something better

Fernando H. Dutra
7 months ago

Man ! Thank you for all the reviews. Im from brazil, and i always watch your videos. Can i give a suggestion ? Is more like a favor to me hehehe
Could you try the WIND SENSES ( is a brazilian pedelec bike ).
Also i saw your revier from vela, i learned a lot.
Anyway great job, and thank you for doing it.

scorpin king
7 months ago

you have a lot of e bikes but in my city there is no e bikes at all and if I buy it from the internet it will take a lot of money but I so huppy to see that tecnology and you do great becuase I am arabic person and watching you keep contiue

Chauncey Smith
7 months ago

great review.

Chauncey Smith
7 months ago

ElectricBikeReview.com looks like it .

ElectricBikeReview.com
7 months ago

Thanks Chauncey! This is one of my favorite ebikes so far for 2017 :)

Joseph M
7 months ago

How Much is it? What is the warranty, who makes the the battery and what is replacement cost?

ElectricBikeReview.com
7 months ago

Great questions! all of them are answered in the writeup which I link at the top of every video description: https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/lacuba-evo-e45/

3dkiller
7 months ago

a sweet commuter ebike, beautiful one, only downside is the 350w

Mike B
7 months ago

Good motors(systems) use nominal (normal) wattage in listing their motors.
Cheaper stuff uses the MAXIMUM wattage rating that motor can support for short times.
That 350w nominal is likely 500-600 max.
This ain't bafang. ;)

chgofirefighter
7 months ago

mid drive produce more power than rear drive motors. this Brose motor is Quiet 350W with 90Nm of torque is claimed the most advanced ebike system in the world.

FRANK ROBY
7 months ago

excellent.

ElectricBikeReview.com
7 months ago

Thanks Frank! Had a great time with this... it feels like they did EVERYTHING with this bike :P