BULLS Lacuba EVO E8 Review

2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Electric Bike Review
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Brose T Trekking Mid Motor Ebike
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Bmz Lithium Ion Ebike Battery
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ci Removable Lcd Display
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ergon Gp 1l Grips Button Pad
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sr Suntour Ncx E Air Suspension Fork
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Selle Royal Look In Moderate Saddle
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Bottle Cage Bosses Batter Led Indicator
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sks Plastic Fenders Carrymore Rear Rack
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Eight Speed Shimano Nexus Igh Hub
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Bmz Battery Charger
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Stock Mid Step
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Stock Diamond High Step
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Electric Bike Review
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Brose T Trekking Mid Motor Ebike
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Bmz Lithium Ion Ebike Battery
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ci Removable Lcd Display
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ergon Gp 1l Grips Button Pad
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sr Suntour Ncx E Air Suspension Fork
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Selle Royal Look In Moderate Saddle
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Bottle Cage Bosses Batter Led Indicator
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sks Plastic Fenders Carrymore Rear Rack
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Eight Speed Shimano Nexus Igh Hub
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Bmz Battery Charger
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Stock Mid Step
2018 Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Stock Diamond High Step

Summary

  • One of the most popular models in the Bulls ebike lineup, it comes in four frame sizes and three styles (high-step diamond, mid-step, and step-thru wave), motor and battery weight are low and center
  • Extremely stealthy, the drive system and battery are almost completely hidden on this frame and the motor produces very little noise because it uses a belt system inside, this reduces vibration
  • Compared to the 2017 model, the price has dropped by $200 but it uses a standard chain vs. a fancy belt drive, the internally geared hub is durable and can be shifted at standstill, the LCD display is easy to read because it's large, has a Micro-USB charging port, and is removable
  • Excellent rear rack with pannier hangers, basic integrated lights that help you be seen, decent plastic fenders that rattle a bit but won't get bent up, I like the chain cover and guide on the chainring, highly-adjustable air suspension fork

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Introduction

Make:

BULLS

Model:

Lacuba EVO E8

Price:

$3,799

Body Position:

Upright, Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Motor and Battery, 5 Years Frame

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

56.8 lbs (25.76 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.1 lbs (3.22 kg)

Motor Weight:

6.61 lbs (2.99 kg)

Frame Material:

7005 Aluminium

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:

Small 45 cm Measurements: 17.75" Seat Tube, 22" Reach, 16" Stand Over Height, 26" Width, 73.5" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru, Mid-Step, High-Step

Frame Colors:

Grey Matte with Metallic Red and Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour NCX-E Air Suspension, 63 mm Travel, Lockout, Preload Adjust, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 10 mm Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano SL-C6000 Nexus, 22T Sprocket

Shifter Details:

Shimano Nexus Half-Grip Twist on Right

Cranks:

Miranda Classic, Alloy, 170 mm Length, 44T Chainring with Alloy Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo C-098DU Alloy Platform, Anti-Slip Rubber

Headset:

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

Stem:

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

Handlebar:

Low Rise, Swept-Back, Alloy, 640 mm Length, 25-Degree Rise, 9-Degree Bend

Brake Details:

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

Grips:

Ergon GP-1L, Ergonomic Rubber, Locking

Saddle:

Selle Royal Look-In Moderate

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

STYX DDM-2, Alloy, Double Wall, 36 Hole

Spokes:

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

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Big Apple, 28" x 2.0" (50-622)

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

35-70 PSI, 2.5 to 5.0 BAR, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, K-Guard 3

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Fuxon Comus Integrated LED Headlight (70 Lux), Fuxon Comus R99-EB Integrated LED Back Light, SKS Plastic Fenders (60 mm Width), Carrymore Bolt-On Rear Rack with i-Rack Interface and Pannier Blocker and Spring Latch (25 kg, 55 lb Max Load), Horn Catena Plastic Chain Cover, Hebie 662-X6 Adjustable Kickstand

Other:

Locking Removable Mid-Mounted In-Frame Battery Pack, 2.6b lb 5 Amp Charger, Maximum 120 RPM Motor Support, ABUS Locking Core and Keys, IP56 Ingress Rating

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Brose T (Trekking)

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:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Estimated Max Range:

130 miles (209 km)

Display Type:

BULLS CI, Removable, Adjustable Angle, Backlit Greyscale LCD Display

Readouts:

Battery Level (5 Bars), Speed, Assist Level (None, Cruise, Tour, Sport, Turbo), Average Speed, Max Speed, Total Distance, Total Time, Time of Day, Range, Trip Distance, Trip Calories, Trip Distance, Trip Time

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left (Power, Walk, Lights, Up +, Menu Change, Down -, Hold Light Button for Settings Menu and Press Menu to Cycle Through), 5 Volt Micro USB Port on Bottom Edge of Display

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Measures Wheel Speed, Pedal Cadence and Pedal Torque, Power Output: 50%, 120%, 280%, 320%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

I was told that the Lacuba EVO E8 is one of the most popular electric bike models that Bulls currently sells (for the 2017/2028 timeframe). I think that has to do with how feature rich and versatile it is… Whether you’re riding around the neighborhood for fun, going out for long weekend treks, or commuting to work on a daily basis, this platform pretty much has you covered, rain or shine. What you see in the main image and video review above is just one of the three frame style choices. The deep step-thru wave frame is meant to be approachable and comfortable but sacrifices stiffness and doesn’t look as masculine or sporty as the high-step. For those who have sensitive knees or hips and want to avoid the high-step but still want a bit of stiffness for improved handling, there’s a mid-step option! The bike is available in four frame sizes and you can select the one that fits your physical needs and ride style best. This kind of range is usually only available from the bigger European brands that sell globally, and that is the case with Bulls, they also offer a comprehensive two-year warranty and have a wide network of dealers to visit and test ride or get service from. The Lacuba EVO E8 is purpose-built with internally routed cables, a custom motor interface, and battery integration that is almost invisible from the side. Add to the beautiful visuals a motor that is super quiet and smooth, and this electric bike blends in with regular bikes almost perfectly. In the industry, people refer to this as being “stealthy” because you can fly below the radar and fit in more easily. Some of the compromises that I noticed about this ebike were cheaper “be seen” lights, and a headlight position that could bounce about vs. being suspended. A heavier, bulkier charger that fills the battery quickly but might not be as convenient to take along in a backpack. Fenders that can rattle a bit, an internally geared hub that won’t shift as quickly and adds a bit of weight compared to a cassette and derailleur, and a touch-sensitive menu button on the control pad that can be easily bumped and change your readouts by mistake (or be difficult to use if you’re wearing gloves). There are always trade-offs to consider when price and weight are a factor, and I think Bulls has done an excellent job of not only maintaining the price from 2017 but actually lowering it by $200 for 2018, by swapping the belt drive for a traditional chain. It’s still very quiet and reliable, but using a chain allowed the frame to be simpler and sturdier because they didn’t have to make a cut-out on the right seat stay to get a belt on. The only think I’d consider upgrading on this ebike, if I were buying it for myself, would be the rigid seat post. I’d probably get a 30.9 mm suspension seat post like this if I was riding frequently, just to reduce back and neck sensitivity when riding over bumps. As it stands, the highly-adjustable air suspension fork can be set to lower pressure for lightweight riders (who often suffer with stiff one-setting spring suspension), and the wider 2″ tires, swept-back handlebars, adjustable angle stem, and fatter ergonomic grips make this a very comfortable bike with upright ergonomics vs. forward.

Driving the bike is a proven Brose T mid-motor. It’s compact, exceedingly quiet, smooth, and dynamic. Some cheaper motors rely purely on pedal cadence and will only help you up to a certain pedal speed. The Brose motor cotroller, by contrast, listens for rear wheel speed, pedal cadence, and pedal torque to deliver a natural experience. It does not incorporate shift detection like Bosch and some Impulse systems, but that’s less of an issue with the internally geared hub here. The Shimano Nexus Inter8 is a mid-level part that provides a good range of pedaling options as well as some self-protection mechanisms. If you try to shift while pedaling hard (or if the motor is pushing hard), you may hear some clicking and notice that the gear does not change. As you ease off a bit and the motor slows down, the gear will click into place. This behavior is different than traditional sprockets and derailleurs that will basically force a change and compromise the chain and teeth on the sprockets, wearing them out quicker. For cyclists who have ever had their bike tip over and bend the derailleur or those who have experienced dropped chains and lots of greasy noisy operation… internally geared hubs can seem like a dream because they are so durable and clean. The chain on this bike never changes position, there’s just one chainring up front and one sprocket in the back, and Bulls opted for an alloy guide on the chainring so it’s almost impossible to have the chain fall off. To me, this is almost overkill because the Lacuba EVO E8 isn’t designed to assist you over 20 mph and is not setup for extremely bumpy off-road use. Still, it doesn’t add much weight to have the full chain guide vs. a chainring guard, so I see it as a nice little upgrade. Coming back to the motor performance briefly, this thing will assist with up to 120 RPM pedal strokes, which is the highest that any systems I have tested offer, and that means you don’t have to switch gears as frequently to go faster. If you’re willing to pedal fast, this motor is willing to support you all the way. For those who do enjoy shifting but may not be as familiar with triggers, the Shimano Nexus half-grip shifter on the right portion of the handlebar is intuitive to use and has a little window to help you see which gear has currently been selected. One of my favorite features of most internally geared hubs like this, is that they can be shifted at standstill. Imagine pedaling fast and then stopping at a traffic signal without remembering to shift down (to prepare for a low-speed start). That’s not a problem here, just shift down to the lowest gear while you’re stopped and kind of ease off the pedal to allow it to click into place, then you’re ready to go again!

Powering the bike, it’s beautiful backlit display panel, the integrated Micro-USB port at the base of the display, and both front and rear LED Lights is a high-capacity Lithium-ion battery pack from BMZ. This thing offers nearly 650 watt hours (compared to ~500 wh on most ebikes I see for 2018) and it clicks up into the downtube of the frame to be protected, low to the ground, and hidden. The first Lacuba EVO E8 model I reviewed in 2017 had a foam sticker underneath the battery pack, to keep little rocks and dirt from nicking the plastic casing. The newest design has a tougher rubber coating that protects more of the casing and blends in a lot better. The battery seats securely and can be charged on the frame, though a port on the top side of the downtube, near the locking key port. This charging port has a re-designed rubber cover that seats in well enough to keep dust and water out, and when you plug the charger in, it uses a magnetic EnergBus Rosenberger standard (RoPD) that will simply pop out if snagged vs. bending or tipping the bike. This port is actually on the battery pack itself, only a cutaway in the frame allows you to reach through, and of course, the battery can be charged when taken off of the bike too. If you decide to do this however, be careful, because the battery weighs ~1 lb more than competing packs due to the higher capacity. And, since it comes out downwards below the frame and doesn’t have an integrated handle, it can be a little awkward to get off. Avoid dropping this pack because replacements are upwards of $900. I usually remove battery packs when storing them, to avoid extreme heat, cold, and rain. I may also remove the pack to reduce weight when transporting the bike with a car rack, and this is one area where you might need to spend some additional money, to get a sturdy platform rack like this, unless you get the high-step frame and are okay lifting it higher and hanging it from the top tube. Okay, so the battery is pretty great overall, it should provide excellent range with the efficient mid-drive motor if you shift gears thoughtfully, and there’s even a range menu in the display that can help you estimate how far until a charge top-off is needed.

The LCD display panel that comes with this electric bicycle is quite good. It’s much larger, brighter, and more feature-rich than a lot of competing products… even from Bulls. I think this is because the Lacuba EVO E8 is an urban product, not a mountain bike where you want to keep the handlebars clean and streamlined in the event of a crash. This display stick way up high, is easy to see, and can be adjusted to angle directly towards you (though you cannot easily swivel it without tools once it’s locked into place). You can navigate all of the different menus without taking your left hand off the grip, just reach your thumb over to click the little button pad. Powering the bike on requires a press on the top-edge button, activating the lights uses a little top left-side button, walk mode is the lower left-side button, and then there’s a + and – main button on a sort of rocker. These are your primary touch points, more or less assistance. You can ride the bike without any assist, as was demonstrated in the video review by Tony (a random neighbor who was curios and asked to take a test ride). It’s an efficient bike, especially if you have the tire pressure set near the upper limit. From here, you can click through four different levels, designated by four boxes, to receive a 50% to 320% boost. The higher you go, the more zippy the bike will feel and the easier it will be to reach the maximum 20 mph top speed. This is a Class 1 electric bike, so there’s no throttle mode, you have to pedal, but this is the most widely allowed ebike type and is treated as a standard bicycle in most locations. And again, because the motor and battery are so hidden and quiet, people might not even notice what you’re riding. As someone with a sensitive knee, ebikes like this have allowed me to continue commuting to work and getting a healthy stretch when traditional bikes left me struggling in the wind and with larger hills. As mentioned earlier, this display can be twisted to be removed for protection when parking (or you can use the included set screw to secure it more permanently from the back) and it has a little Micro-USB port near the bottom to charge your portable electronics. If you want to explore the different menu settings, and change the units from miles to kilometers and back, you can hold the light button for a few seconds and then navigate through. There’s just one more button to talk about here, and that’s the menu button on the center of the control pad… it looks like two overlapping boxes, inside of a circle. This is a touch sensitive button that cycles through the readouts of the display and gets you to that range menu. I struggled to figure this button out at first and then fumbled with it on camera, when trying to show how range updates dynamically as you change assist levels. It’s easy to activate the menu button when trying to arrow up or down on assist and this is one area that I feel Bulls could rethink or improve in the future.

There’s a lot to praise and celebrate with the 2018 BULLS Lacuba EVO E8 electric bike. It’s almost like three bikes in one because of the frame and sizing options. I love that the key for locking the battery here comes with a code card so you can order locks from ABUS that will use the same key cut, and avoid clutter. I appreciate the overbuilt chain guide, the little flick bell, and the premium Ergon ergonomic grips. Tony, the random neighbor who took a test ride during the review, came back thrilled, and I think there were just so many new and premium parts on the bike that he had never seen… it really surprised him. Yes, these parts do cost more, but I think Bulls is offering a ton of value here at a very reasonable price, and even at ~57 lbs, I feel that the bike is not heavy. Remember, the high capacity battery, internally geared hub, reinforced frame, rack, fenders, lights, larger gel saddle with bumpers, and kickstand all add weight. Thankfully, they also add a ton of utility. And, stopping the weight of this bike should be easy, even if you have weaker hands or smaller hands, because it comes with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The front rotor is mount bike sized at 180 mm and provides a greater mechanical advantage. The tires on this bike are wider than most 700c size, at 2-inches, an that adds a bit of weight but also improves stability and comfort. I was a little surprised that the smaller frame size (the one I tested) didn’t come with 26″ diameter tires vs. 28″ because that would have lowered the frame and offered a stopping advantage. But what you get instead is a lower attack angle to smooth out cracks and higher air volume to provide more give. It’s the same direction they went with for the Cruiser E model. Compared to that bike, I found the Lacuba Evo E8 to be quieter and suffer less from speed wobble and frame flex. This would be my personal choice, but I have to admit that the aesthetics and sturdier fenders on that model are very appealing. I like that the rear fender connects to the cargo rack here, and that the rack is positioned further back so that the saddle can be lowered way down if you have shorter legs. The hydraulic disc brake levers are also adjustable for people who are petite, so the levers can be brought back further. I’d like to thank Bulls for partnering with me on this post, and providing their entire 2018 lineup for me to explore back to back so that I could get deeper insights. As always, I’ll try to answer questions in the comments below and I appreciate your own thoughts and feedback to help others, you can also engage in the BULLS ebike forums to share your own pictures etc.

Pros:

  • Designed and accessorized for comfort, the medium-sized gel saddle, adjustable stem with swept-back handlebars, name-brand ergonomic grips, and adjustable air suspension fork make a big difference… even the 2″ wide tires are fatter than average which provide cushion and stability
  • Available in four frame sizes and three different styles! You can aim for stiffness with the high-step or approachability with the mid-step and wave models, the wave will experience the most frame flex but with the top assisted speed of 20 mph, this shouldn’t be as much of an issue, especially for relaxed neighborhood rides
  • Beautifully integrated motor and battery system, you can hardly tell it’s an electric bike at all given how compact and integrated the systems are, the motor is also extremely quiet
  • Internally gered hubs tend to be cleaner and more durable than cassettes and derailleurs, the chain doesn’t have to jump to different sprockets so it will be less likely to fall off when riding and it won’t be strained by the mid-motor as much
  • Full-sized fenders and a longer chain cover with chainring guide will keep your pants, skirt, or dress clean while riding, feet and shins may still get a bit wet if you pass through deeper puddles
  • I feel that the grey/red color combination could work well for any type of rider, it’s gender neutral, and I love that the tires have reflective stripes and you get integrated LED lights here for safety, especially because the frame is a bit darker color
  • It’s a minor praise, but I appreciate the addition of bottle cage bosses here, they could be use to transport fluids and make it easier to reach vs. using a trunk bag with a bottle holster like this
  • The 647.5 watt hour battery capacity here is quite a bit above average compared to most of the electric bikes I see and test which are around 500 wh, this will allow you to ride further but the pack does weigh about one pound more at ~7.1 lbs
  • Brose motors are quiet and smooth, the T (trekking) model is a bit more mellow than the new S model making it well-suited to neighborhood and urban riding, it’s very compact and hidden behind the chainring on this ebike and because it uses a Gates carbon belt system inside, it doesn’t vibrate as much when pedaling
  • Weighing in at about 57 lbs, I would consider this product to be lightweight given that it has the larger battery, fenders, rear-rack, lights, and a custom approachable frame, the high and mid-step models might be even lighter but I could not weigh them
  • By adjusting the stem, I was able to create a very comfortable upright body position for the ride tests, and I loved how big and bright the display panel was, it’s easy to read and use while riding and I appreciate that it can be removed easily for protection when parked
  • High-quality Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable-reach levers, the rear rack is setup to handle clip-on panniers like this and keep them from rubbing on the wider tire, the kickstand is positioned well to stay out of the way and offers length adjustment
  • I love that the suspension fork uses air vs. spring because that means you can lower the pressure if you’re a lightweight rider (like me, at ~135 lbs), the fork also has lockout so heavier riders can reduce bob when pedaling and dive when stopping, it has a quick release skewer so be sure to lock your front wheel, the seat, and the frame when parking
  • This was one of the most popular electric bikes that Bulls made in 2017 and they managed to lower the price by $200 for 2018! I think it offers great value at $3,799 considering all of the features, the premium motor, and the larger battery… they cut the price down in part by removing the belt drive and going with a standard chain
  • I would consider this bike to be more tough, there isn’t a derailleur that could get bumped out of true, the chainring has a full guide to prevent drops, and the Brose motors are known for being higher quality and require no maintenance
  • Schwalbe makes high-quality tires and the Big Apple model used here offers some puncture protective lining so you won’t get flats as easily
  • The battery pack has been improved since 2017, the base now has a tougher rubber guard to keep dirt and rocks from scratching it while you ride and the locking core and charging port are positioned in a safer spot, I like that they still use a magnetic charging port to allow the cable to pop out if you trip over it vs. tipping the bike and bending the plug end piece
  • I love that the display is removable because it’s so big and beautiful… I wouldn’t want it to get scratched or marred up by the sun and rain at the bike rack, and this display has a Micro USB port built into the base to fill your phone or other portable electronic devices on the go!

Cons:

  • The deepest wave, step-thru, frame does experience some frame flex, this reduces pedal efficiency and may contribute to speed wobble of the front wheel depending on how much the rider weighs, how the body position is setup, and whether the rear rack is loaded… it’s not a big issue, just keep both hands on the bars if you notice a bit of wobble on the front wheel at higher speeds
  • The headlight is aimable but positioned pretty low towards the front fender and wheel, it may not shine directly down onto the street and just isn’t as powerful as other options I have seen (it seems like more of a “be seen” solution than a “light the way”), it’s also mounted to the suspension arch which will bounce up and down vs. the head tube or handlebars on the bike which are suspended
  • The grip shifter is intuitive but not as fast as triggers, and sometimes internally geared hubs will not shift as quickly (especially if you are pedaling hard or the motor is helping), it’s not a major gripe but it can take some getting used to
  • The stock pedals are a bit basic, if you are a larger rider with big feet or someone who is heavy and want a more sturdy platform, consider swapping them with something affordable but tough like these Wellgo pedals
  • The plastic fenders do rattle around a bit if you ride on bumpy terrain, tubular Aluminum alloy fenders would be quieter but add weight and cost and steel fenders could get scratched and rust, so I think these make good sense here and I love that the rear fender attaches to the rear rack for extra strength
  • The pack detaches downwards and requires a bit of hand strength and balance to hold when unlocking, so just keep an extra close eye on it and make sure the bike is stable fi you decide to remove the pack, most people will probably just leave it on the bike and charge that way for convenience but it can reduce the weight of the bike and protect the battery from extreme heat and cold by removing it
  • The center button on the control pad (located near the left grip) is touch sensitive… and I found that it was easily activated even when I really didn’t want to change menus, I think I prefer a standard button vs. the touch interface because its more intentional and probably works with gloves better
  • The battery charger is a bit bulky and heavy, it weighs ~2.5 lbs but puts out 4 Amps vs. most standard chargers that just put 2 Amps, I do like the magnetic end piece but make sure not to drop it in the sand or little iron filings may stick to it

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A tough, sporty looking, high-quality, kids electric bike that can reach ~15.5 mph with four levels of pedal assist, smaller wheels keep the frame low and approachable. Premium accessories including tires from Schwalbe, a Shimano Altus 8-speed drivetrain, and Tektro hydraulic disc…...

BULLS Cross E Review

  • MSRP: $2,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

Well priced considering the quality Bosch-made electric drive system, four frame size choices, and three frame styles (high, mid, and low-step). Integrated LED lights and premium Continental tires with reflective sidewall stripes help to keep you…...

BULLS E-Stream EVO FS 2 27.5 Plus Review

  • MSRP: $4,099
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

One of the cleanest looking full suspension cross country electric bikes I've reviewed, the battery and motor are built into the frame and match the matte black paint perfectly. Extra large battery capacity for longer rides, EnergyBus magnetic charging standard works on or off…...

BULLS SIX50 E 1.5 Review

  • MSRP: $3,099
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

A hardtail trail ready e-bike with comfortable plus sized tires and a spring suspension fork (with lockout), sturdy tapered head tube, rigid thru-axles, and Boost. Capable as a commuting platform if you prefer a mountain bike vs. hybrid or city…...

BULLS Cross Lite E Step-Thru Review

  • MSRP: $4,099
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

An active, sporty looking, commuter style electric bike with low standover height, available in three frame sizes to improve fit and comfort. High-end drivetrain and motor systems, you get eleven gears with a tough mountain bike level…...

BULLS SIX50+ E FS 3 Review

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

An all-mountain electric bike with plus sized tires for improved stability, traction and comfort, 150 mm air suspension with compression and rebound adjust. Battery and motor mount design are tighter than older Bosch systems, weight is kept low…...

BULLS E-Stream EVO 45 FS Review

  • MSRP: $5,199
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

A high quality full suspension e-mountain bike that's also a speed pedelec (capable of 28 mph top speeds), solid hydraulic disc brakes, wide thru-axles with Boost Technology. Adjustable 150 mm RockShox suspension front and rear, four-bar rear swing arm to reduce brake…...

BULLS E-Stream EVO 3 Carbon 27.5 Plus Review

  • MSRP: $4,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A Carbon fiber electric cross country mountain bike with premium components and ultra-integrated motor and battery system, excellent weight distribution. The Brose motor is quiet and responsive offering up to 90 Nm of torque output,…...

BULLS DAIL-E Grinder Review

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

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…...

BULLS SIX50 E2 Street Review

  • 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…...


KD
6 months ago

Hey, nice review of the 2 recent Bulls bikes. Oddly, the videos are not appearing on your Youtube page?

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court
6 months ago

Thanks for the heads up KD! I have purposefully not published the videos there because Bulls does not yet have their inventory. I wanted to share the content, to let people become aware and study it… but not overload them with questions and orders because there’s usually a rush of interest when videos go public on YouTube, for now they are live but unlisted, you are welcome to share them and some shops are embedding them on their store websites :)

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KD
6 months ago

Thanks for the info. Do you know when stores will be getting inventory in for the EVO E8? Is it generally in the summer?

my
6 months ago

Hi. I was wondering if the battery pack of the 2018 fit the 2017 model and vice versa? Thanks.

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court
6 months ago

Great question! I reached out to Bulls and was told the following about Brose battery interchangeability: “The previous 2017 battery (with foam sticker) will be compatible on the 2018 models – however it may not look very aesthetically appealing without the rubber shim. However, the new 2018 battery pack (with the rubber shim) will not be backwards compatible on the 2017 models because the shim does not fit into the frame.”

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My
6 months ago

Thanks Court. So I assume the shim on the 2018 battery is not removable? Because as I understand it, the only reason a 2018 battery cannot fit a 2017 bike is the rubber shim on the 2018 pack, so if it can be removed then logically it should fit the earlier models?

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court
6 months ago

Hello My, I asked for further clarification and was provided with this information: “It is the same battery, however, the 2018 version comes with a rubber shim glued to it. The shim is glued and is not meant to be re-used (although it could technically be removed and then re-glued to another battery). We wouldn’t recommend to re-using them and we do carry extra rubber shims in case one of our dealers wants to purchase one.” I hope this helps!

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Will
6 months ago

KD, Just to answer your question about delivery, we are expecting the first shipment of the Bulls Evo E8 to arrive in our shop the first week or May 2018.

Hope this helps,
Will from Scooteretti Ebike Shop

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Al
5 months ago

I’ve been looking for an electric bike that I can ride around the paved streets in my neighborhood. There are a lot of hills and some of them are pretty steep. I’m 68 years old, 5′-9″ and 175 lbs. I’m not the strongest rider so I’m interested in a bike that will make hill climbing the easiest. I like what I’ve read about the Bulls lacuba evo e8 and I enjoyed listening to your review. I know that it comes with the brose drive T motor. Do you know if Bulls plans to upgrade to the brose drive S motor in the future or is the S motor strictly for mountain bikes? Would an eUrban bike like the Haibike SDURO Trekking 9.0 with a Bosch performance CX motor be a better choice for climbing hills? Thank you.

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court
5 months ago

Hi Al! My experience with Bulls has been that the motor is quiet and fluid. Technically, it is rated at higher torque than even the Bosch CX which has 74 Newton meters. All of the Brose models have 90 Nm… The new S motor sounds more powerful and efficient, so I wonder why all of them aren’t switched? Perhaps it has to do with more noise being produced and a sportier feel. I personally think that the Brose T is still a fantastic motor and would be more than enough for your hills… especially if they are paved hills vs. mountain. Remember, in 2016 and 2017 the Bulls mountain models also used the Brose T motor, the S is brand new for 2018 in America :)

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TRIBAL FROM THE TRAP DON TRAPPICUS
5 months ago

Sick!

Magnus Larsson
5 months ago

Looks like a Cube

Ian Mangham
5 months ago

Magnus Larsson It looks like a bike

Glenn Watson
5 months ago

Nice bike...nice vid.

M B
5 months ago

The best and worst thing about this bike is the battery. Best because it's one of the best battery available on any Class 1 ebike as far as range is concerned. Worst because of where it's housed, i.e. the under the top frame. You're guaranteed to drop it one day no matter how careful you are in removing or putting it back. A replacement battery costs an arm and a leg.

Rafal Glazar
5 months ago

I would rather pay $200 more and have belt drive.

Michael V
5 months ago

I ride Bulls Lacuba EVO e8 2017 diamond frame model. I'm very satisfied through winter season with Gates CDX belt drive solution. Whereby have unusual few frosty days this winter being more cold cloudy and wet here. The 2018 model shows improvement regarding accu key lock position. I love the Brose motor having its characteristic as described by you. One accu dash in display lasts about 20 to 25 km. So operate 90km/56mls in small hill area isn't a problem. For even more comfort I added a Thudbuster ST seat post. At the end of winter I will remove winter spike tyres and change to Schwalbe Big Ben Plus getting a bit more grip in forest. I didn't like that light position too and moved it to handle bar after bought approbriate mount. If you consider to do same check cable length first because they use a special plug. My only dislike about that pedelec is the front fender tends to make rattle noises. Tighten cable zip ties to lower mount point reduced most of those noises. Also it is too short doesn't protect accu and shoes well. For a few bucks added SKS 50-60mm mud protector long style.
In general I would buy a Brose model again but would miss that extra lifestyle belt drive.

Michael V
5 months ago

I forgot to mention after about 1000km getting ugly squeak noises while pedaling. First I was afraid of the belt could be that noise maker. But removing pedal dust cover and plenty lubricate the pedals that noise has never reoccurred.

T Charlton
5 months ago

Seems like some compromise for a bike at that price. I hope you can help me find the right bike for my family before spring. Want a step through with European safety standards, walk mode, panniers, and throttle. One will be for my elderly mom who wants to ride with us.

artiew87
5 months ago

The link in the description is wrong

artdrectr
5 months ago

https://electricbikereview.com/bulls/lacuba-evo-e8/