BULLS Lacuba EVO E8 Review

Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Electric Bike Review
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Gates Carbon Cdx Belt 50t Sprocket
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Shimano Hydraulic Disc Rear Kickstand
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Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ergon Gp1 Locking Grips Ergonomic
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sr Suntour Ecx E Air Fork Fuxon Headlight
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 I Rack Fuxon Led Back Light
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sks Rookie Mini Pump
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Wave Frame Deep Step Thru
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Large Removable Bmz Battery
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ebike High Step
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ebike Step Thru
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Electric Bike Review
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8
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Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Shimano Hydraulic Disc Rear Kickstand
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Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sr Suntour Ecx E Air Fork Fuxon Headlight
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 I Rack Fuxon Led Back Light
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Sks Rookie Mini Pump
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Wave Frame Deep Step Thru
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Large Removable Bmz Battery
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ebike High Step
Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 Ebike Step Thru

Summary

  • 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 for improved fit and optimized mounting and control or stiffness and performance
  • Completely outfitted with high-end accessories and hardware including fenders, rack with mini pump, hydraulic disc brakes, Kevlar-lined tires, a lightweight air suspension fork and integrated lights
  • Solid warranty and growing dealer base in the US with European backing, room for improvement with battery lock design and charging port cover, no quick release on rear wheel

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Introduction

Make:

BULLS

Model:

Lacuba EVO E8

Price:

$3,999

Body Position:

Upright, Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting, Touring

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Years Motor and Battery, 5 Years Frame

Availability:

Europe, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

56 lbs ( 25.4 kg )

Battery Weight:

7 lbs ( 3.17 kg )

Motor Weight:

6.61 lbs ( 2.99 kg )

Frame Types:

High-Step, Mid-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Sizes:

17.72 in ( 45 cm )18.89 in ( 47.98 cm )19.68 in ( 49.98 cm )20.86 in ( 52.98 cm )22.83 in ( 57.98 cm )

Geometry Measurements:

18" Stand Over Height for Wave Model

Frame Material:

7005 Aluminium

Frame Colors:

Satin Silver with Gloss Black and Copper Highlights

Frame Fork Details:

SR Suntour SF17-NCX-E Air, 63 mm Travel, Lockout Adjust, 11 mm QR Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

11 mm Skewer with Bolts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Nexus Inter8 Internally Geared Hub, 26T

Shifter Details:

Shimano Nexus Grip Shift on Right

Cranks:

SR Suntour, 50T

Pedals:

Wellgo C-098DU Plastic Platform with Rubber Tread

Headset:

FSA Tapered 1-1/8"

Stem:

Satori Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Swept Back, 600 mm or 620 mm Length, 5° Bend

Brake Details:

Shimano M395 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Front Rotor and 160 mm Rear Rotor, Shimano Levers with Adjustable Reach

Grips:

Ergon GP1 Locking, Ergonomic

Saddle:

Selle Royal Scientia M3

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.9 mm

Rims:

RYDE Double Wall, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 14 Gauge Front 13 Gauge Rear, Black

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Big Apple, 28" x 2"

Wheel Sizes:

28 in ( 71.12 cm )

Tire Details:

Active Line K-Guard, Reflective Sidewall Tape, 35-70 PSI

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Velo Battery Protector Pad, Fuxon Integrated LED Lights, SKS Plastic Fenders, i-RACK with Pannier Blockers and Spring Latch with 25 kg Max Load, SKS Rookie Mini Pump, Plastic Chain Cover, Adjustable Length Kickstand

Other:

IP56 Ingress Rating, 2.5 lb 5 Amp Energy Bus Charger from BMZ, Gates Carbon Drive CDX Belt

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Brose E25

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 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:

20 mph ( 32 kph )

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Written Review

The Lacuba Evo E8 is like an “everything electric bike” because it comes in five sizes, three different frame styles, has fenders, a rack, suspension fork, integrated lights, a large battery and an efficient mid-drive motor. I guess it’s not well suited to trails and mountain biking… but the motor used here, from Brose, is the same one that Bulls uses on their very capable full suspension mountain models! With 90 Newton meters of torque and a 250 watt nominal output, the bike is no slouch. What really sets it apart from some competing models is the internally geared hub running on a Carbon reinforced belt drive. You don’t have to worry as much about a derailleur getting bumped or a chain falling off. There’s no grease and oil to deal with and you can shift gears anytime (even at standstill). One trade-off with this setup is that the rear wheel uses bolts instead of a quick release skewer but the tires are higher quality Kevlar-lined models that shouldn’t be as susceptible to punctures from thorns or glass. Also, the front wheel does have quick release so maybe half the time it will still be easier to change the flat. Also worth noting is the compact mini-pump that clips into the rear cargo rack. Low tire pressure is a leading cause of pinch flats and can contribute to lower efficiency so having that pump with you at all times should further reduce instances of flat tires… just make sure you don’t leave it on the frame to get stolen at the bike rack :/

In my opinion, Bulls has done an excellent job outfitting the Lacuba EVO E8 with name brand hardware that will last longer and reduce weight while still hitting an impressive value price point. No, it’s not super cheap at just over $4k but the reflective sidewall stripes on the upgraded tires could save your life along with the integrated LED lights front and rear. The Selle Royal saddle significantly improves comfort when combined with the air suspension fork and adjustable angle stem… not to mention ergonomic grips (again name brand) from Ergon. You can spend a lot of money swapping saddles and changing touch points and end up with a bike that doesn’t look as good as this. The fenders are tight and have sturdy struts and attachment points on the rear rack so they don’t rattle. You get a chainguard that keeps your pants from rubbing on the belt, but even if this wasn’t here you’d stay a lot cleaner than if it was running a chain. Designing frames that have a cut-away for actually using a belt (since the belt can’t be unlinked like chains can) is expensive and I’m just amazed that they did it for five frame sizes and all of the different frame types. I especially like the step-thru and low-step wave because it’s a lot easier to mount the bike than swinging your leg up and over the rear rack (especially if you’ve got a trunk bag mounted there). This is an electric bike that should fit most riders and be more fun and secure for shorter petite riders like women. My girlfriend has hit her leg and crotch many a time riding other bicycles and it creates insecurity and she doesn’t want to ride as much. Yes, the wave model that I test rode and photographed for this review isn’t going to be as stiff as the mid-step or high-step diamond or as easy to mount on some car racks but at least she will want to go riding and this isn’t a bike that needs to be so stiff.

I love the battery and motor integration, both are tight so you don’t hear rattling and they blend right in with the frame. It only comes in one color scheme but it’s professional and helps the black battery and motor casing blend in… along with the black cables (many of which are routed through the frame to reduce snags). Even though this has a downtube battery, because it mounts up from the bottom, there are screws for mounting a bottle cage on all of the different frame styles. This is great because we all need hydration! Surprisingly, many electric bikes forego bottle cage bosses and while you can compromise with a bag or seat mount they just aren’t as easy to reach and sometimes don’t feel as secure to me. Another usability feature that this Bulls model offers that some of their others do not is the larger CI backlit display panel. Being larger, it’s much easier to read from afar and I absolutely LOVE that it’s removable. This will reduce instances of scratching and wear from sun and other weather when parked at the rack. The display even has a little Micro USB port at the bottom for charging your phone or other electronic devices. I sometimes use my phone for GPS directions so that’s really cool.

In terms of performance, the Brose motor is quiet, responsive and very efficient if you simply switch gears naturally as you ride (lower gears for climbing, higher gears for going fast). Inside the motor are gears to transform high RPM into powerful torque and you can hear some whirring as it spins but this is still one of the quieter motors out there to choose from (comparing to Bosch, Yamaha or Impulse). It doesn’t offer shift-sensing but that’s not as important since it uses a combination torque and cadence sensor and the drivetrain here is a geared hub vs. traditional derailleur with cassette. I like that both the motor and battery are low and center on all models of the Lacuba EVO E8 because some similar designs from competing brands opt for the rear rack battery which reduces your carrying capacity there and stands out more in my opinion while also shifting balance and raising the center of gravity. Accomplishing the preferred design here costs more but again, the price for this bike isn’t outlandish. Some minor improvements I would like to see however are the rubber flap that covers the charging port… It doesn’t stick down as easily as I’d like and could let water and dust in. The bike doesn’t automatically lock the battery in when you mount it and it would be a bummer if someone stole this because they are very expensive to replace. The key for locking the battery in is right there at the bottom bracket where the crank arms pass by and could easily get broken if you forget to remove it. I also feel like the Shimano Inter8 geared hub can be a bit wonky and take some getting used to, it doesn’t always shift immediately if you’re pushing down and this can cause confusion and over-shifting.

All things considered, this is a fantastic electric bike platform that’s at home as a very fancy comfortable neighborhood rider, a tuff urban commuter or even a touring or trekking ebike. There are solid electric bikes that offer similar performance for basic riding that cost half as much but this one will surely last longer and perform at a much higher level than those. Bulls offers an excellent two year comprehensive warranty along with five year frame coverage. They’re opening up more dealers in the US but have a solid global reputation from years of operation in Europe and Asia. From 2016 to 2017 they’ve introduced many more models and I can tell they are committed to delivering an excellent experience. That’s part of what you’re paying for here and why I’d strongly consider this model for my own commute in town. Just grab a nice pannier backpack or duffle style trunk bag and you’re set for 40+ miles of riding each day and impressively fast charging thanks to the 5 amp charger (most are just 2 or 4). It’s an electric bike that’s easy to get excited about and one that fits into the most widely accepted Class 1 category with 20 mph top speed in the US. Big thanks to Bulls for partnering with me for this review.

Pros:

  • The bike is extremely well equipped, the design is polished and it comes in three frame styles (stiff high-step, easier to mount mid-step and approachable wave deep step-thru) and five frame sizes!
  • In addition to a range of frame styles and sizes that improve fit, there’s also an adjustable angle stem and relaxed curved bar with name-brand ergonomic grips on this bike
  • At over $4k this isn’t what most people would call affordable but considering the internally geared hub, brand name belt drive, integrated lights, reflective tires and high quality rack with a mini-pump I think it’s a good value for what it is
  • Most of the super commuters and touring electric bikes I test out that have fenders, racks etc. all weigh a bit more but at ~56 lbs this one isn’t bad and part of that is the air suspension fork… internally geared hubs also weigh more but are durable so it’s a good trade-off here, the battery is easily removable for reduced weight when transporting
  • Belt drives tend to stay cleaner than chains because they don’t require lubrication, they also run quiet and don’t drop (in part because this is the upgraded Gates CDX with center-tracking design)
  • In addition to the cleaner belt drive, you get tightly integrated plastic fenders and a nice chain guard to keep your shoes and pants clean even in wet conditions
  • I love the rack on this thing, it has pannier mounting tubes along the sides, a spring latch on top, an integrated mini-pump and it connects to the fender for added support and reduced rattling
  • It’s great that they designed the downtube in such a way that you can still mount a bottle cage for easy-to-reach hydration while riding, consider a trunk bag like this for carrying extra bottles
  • I was really impressed with the battery capacity offered on this and other Bulls electric bikes, you really could use this for long commutes or touring, the efficient mid-drive motor is a battery sipper compared to hub motors
  • It’s nice having a display panel to show your speed, assist level and power output but I’m super happy with the one they chose because it’s removable… that means less wear and damage at racks outside if you commute (just don’t misplace it), I also like that it has a Micro USB charging port in the bottom for charging your phone or other portable electronics!
  • Solid hydraulic disc brakes provide smooth powerful stopping power and the levers offer adjustable reach so you can use them easily even if your hands or fingers are smaller and shorter
  • The bike is already really comfortable but you could swap out the rigid seat post with a 30.9 mm suspension like this, just keep in mind it will raise the minimum seat height, I like the Selle Royal saddle that comes stock (it’s a bit larger and less firm than others)
  • I like that the tires have a kevlar puncture-resistant lining because it’s not much fun fixing flats and only the front wheel has quick release here (because the rear uses an internally geared hub, you’ll need tools to remove the bolts)
  • The charger outputs 5 amps so it fills the pack quicker than some others (which are just 2 or 4 amp) and I like that they went with the fancier magnetic EnergyBus port because it just pops out if you trip over it vs. tipping the bike or bending the pins

Cons:

  • Activating the bike requires two steps if you haven’t ridden for a while, press the power button on the downtube then up at the button pad, could be confusing at first if you haven’t charged the battery in a bit and can’t figure out why it’s not powering up ;)
  • I love that the battery pack locks to the frame for security but feel that the key is positioned in a vulnerable spot where the crank arm can hit it if you’re not careful
  • It’s nice that you can charge the battery while it’s on the bike but the rubber flap designed to cover the charging port at the base of the downtube doesn’t stay down very well, I feel its design could be improved
  • The battery pack slides up into the downtube so getting it out can be a little tricky and definitely requires two hands, you have to unlock it then sort of pull down (but not so hard that it hits the fender or ground if you aren’t careful)
  • I like that you can shift gears while at standstill on this bike because it has an internally geared eight speed hub but for the gear to actually change I’ve found you can’t be pushing very hard… so when riding I back off a bit when shifting (especially when climbing)
  • The Brose motor system uses cadence and torque measurements to activate and is fairly responsive but does not have shift sensing, that’s less of an issue on an internally geared hub drivetrain like the Shimano Nexus Inter8 here

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PDieter
3 months ago

Court, I suspect that you don't want to charge that battery with either port... I suspect the BMS only protects one side. I'm basing this on the experience that if your bms goes out you can reverse charge a battery still by rigging a cord for the other port.

Court Rye
3 months ago

Hmm, interesting feedback! Thanks for chiming in. I might have gotten some incorrect information or just misspoke. Would be good to confirm this with a dealer or as you suggest, just use the charging port that is exposed when mounted to the bike. That one is clearly going to work :)

Charging Brose Batteries
2 months ago

You are able to charge from either port.

Court Rye
2 months ago

Awesome, thanks for sharing your feedback on this :)

Pdieter
3 months ago

A little semantic help for you on the "affordable" stumble; it's a "good value". Keep up the good work.

Court Rye
3 months ago

Right... thanks, I do my best but there's lots of room for improvement. I suppose that being around $5k+ ebikes regularly has had an influence on me and my language isn't always on target (I do a little bit of editing before posting videos and stuff like this usually gets a second consideration). Here on the site I've got an "affordable" category that's more rigid, the bikes have to be in the $1,500 range which I hope truly is "affordable" and not just "good value" ;)

Adam @ BULLS eBIKES
2 months ago

Hey Court,

Great review, as always! A couple updates and information bits that pertain to all the BULLS Brose mid-drive eBIKES.

  1. New software updates for Brose include a "wake" function, which means the bike can be turned on and off at the handlebar display control, in addition to the downtube.
  2. Which I mentioned in a previous reply is that the battery can be charged from either port. As you correctly assert, one plugs into the bike while inserted. The other allows charging to occur while inserted.
  3. The key is not necessary for reinstalling the battery, as long as the lever is in the open position. Typically this would be when the greatest risk for getting the key stuck or broken off would be.

Hope this helps clarify.
-Adam

Court Rye
2 months ago

This is very helpful Adam, thanks for chiming in as an official source and clarifying. I'll keep this in mind for future Bulls reviews and welcome you to join in on the EBR forums and any future comments here :)

Adam
2 months ago

You bet Court. I'm trying to keep an eye on the forums. Lots of great questions and helpful feedback.

Court Rye
2 months ago

Really appreciate you Adam!

Rusty
2 months ago

Court, Your review of the Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 was most informative. I am a newbie to ebikes, and trying to learn all I can. Your technical reports are a big help in teaching us about the pros and cons about the different ebikes. My wife and I are senior citizens in our seventies, and I believe the Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 seems to be the bike for us. We will be riding where there are some long grades in the high country. Question: If need be, can it be ridden with motor power only, or does it require some constant peddling? Keep up the good work. Regards, Rusty

Court Rye
2 months ago

Hi Rusty! I sure do like the Bulls Lacuba E8 but it does require constant pedaling because it's a Class 1 Pedal Assist bike vs. Class 2 which has throttle. BionX makes an excellent line of motors that have a throttle mode and you can buy them pre-installed on bikes from OHM and others, check out the OHM Urban XU700 here. It's an awesome bike with the same step-thru frame... the company offers a good warranty and is a bit bigger and more reliable than some. Biria also makes a deep step-thru with the BionX system and I just finished reviewing theirs here. I hope this helps you out, sounds like you and your wife will have a great timeout there on bikes again and the electric motor should help flatten those hills ;)

Sanford Simmons
2 weeks ago

Your written write up states the Bulls Lacuba Evo E8 2017 has a 350 watt motor. Is that true or is it a 250 Watt motor?

Court Rye
2 weeks ago

Hi Sanford, great catch and I do apologize for the inconsistency between my writeup vs. the specs, I've fixed it! In short, the motor ranges from 250 to about 530 watts depending on power level selected and the signals being sent (pedal torque and speed). I think I made this error because the Brose system reminds me of Bosch in many ways which officially says 350 watts nominal but they use the exact same hardware as in Europe where it's rated 250 nominal. Sometimes I feel like it's marketing more than reality given the range of power possibilities. Hope this helps! The Lacuba is a solid choice but there are other drive systems out there worth exploring if you're concerned :)

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Curtis Paddock
1 month ago
Ravi Kempaiah
BULLS is introducing Lacuba EVO E45 this year in the US market. This is one of top end commuter offerings from them along with a host of other Bosch Pedelec/S-pedelecs.

I have been anticipating this bike for sometime and quite excited about it. Brose system is one of the smoothest and this bike comes with the new speed engine. Their pedelec version runs on 250W motor but this one is 350W, speed engine. Perfect for anyone who likes to pedal.

https://www.bulls.de/produkt/bulls-lacubae45-569-69450

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Attention to details and top of the line components make it a top contender for anyone looking for a well-balanced S-pedelec commuter.

I will highlight what I like in this bike.
  1. Quality components. Shimano XT shifters, derailleurs, both front and rear hubs are Shimano XT. Tektro Dorado hydraulic brakes with 203 mm !! rotors. Well, that's an overkill for commuting but why not?!

  2. B & M brake light + a decent headlight but they run off of the main battery. Ergon GP1 grips, adjustable stem and upright riding position. Reminds me of OHM bikes' geometry.

  3. 36V, 17.5Ah BMZ pack with 4A charger. Much better than 400Whr offered by Bosch. But because it runs at 36V, expect some voltage sag. This drive is perfect for stop and go traffic. Range ~ 45-50 miles.

  4. Of course, the water bottle cage! Kickstand, mirror. E-bike specific tires for extra puncture protection. Overall a fully featured commuter.
Now, what looks good on paper may not always translate to real world performance. But, this bike has the same engine that you would find on Specialized Turbo Vado. Why would Specialized engineers pick that engine if they were not convinced of its performance?

Finally, price point! I think the MSRP is ~ $4500. You may spend $700 on a bike and call it a complete waste of money or spend $5000 and think it's a great value. Totally depends on the use and for commuters, this bike would be a great choice.
Thanks Ravi, I have been zeroing in on the evo 45 for my first ebike/car replacement. I love that it has every feature I would want in a ready-to-ride package. Probably will add a Body Float and still stay under 5K. Moving to San Diego in 30 days and can't wait to test drive one. Alooooha!
Joe Pipes
3 months ago
Adam@BULLSeBIKES
Hi Everyone! I'm Adam, a member of team BULLS eBIKES. I'm loving hearing everyone's feedback, experiences and questions. Even if it's negative, it helps us improve. Feel free to tag me and hit me up for any questions about the bikes and locations. If you have requests for new locations, let me know. We're always looking for great dealers to partner with and ultimately our job is to serve you together!

Thanks @Court for putting this review site and forum together. Keep up the great work!

Adam
Hey Adam, I sure think that Lacuba E45 looks Sweeeet. and would love to give that thing a spin. I am in the market for my second bike, Where is the closest dealer to dallas where I may jump on one and try it out.
I posted a thread in the choosing new bike forum about my wish list, if you care to glance over it.
Joe
Joe Pipes
3 months ago
Wanderlust
Hi,

I'm not particularly in a hurry. I was thinking I may start touring in April, which gives me 5 months for planning. I haven't decided on pannier vs trailer yet. I don't intend to carry much with me.

My local ebike shop has Bulls, iZip, Pedego and EZ Motion bikes. Any feedback on the bikes from these manufacturers? I think I may be leaning toward the Bulls Lacuba; it is about $1000 over my planned budget though.
Wunderlust. Sounds like a fantastic journey / adventure. I am the very happy owner of a Pedigo
https://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/shop/28-classic-city-commuter/ with the 48v 15a battery
and Love it. It has incredible comfort and very good range. On one trip in NW Arkansas I made it about 49 miles into a 53 mile trip with very hilly steep inclines. I weight about 210 and pack so much gear my buddies joke that it takes a village to ride with me. My only hesitation is that it does not have front suspension, I do miss that since I do take this bad boy off road. and yes the looks are part of the fun. Must be a sight to see pee wee herman bouncing along the trails. But hey. I enjoy it.
I have no info on any other bikes, but am currently looking for a second bike for me, and this one will be for sale very soon. almost free. LOL.
Joe
Wanderlust
3 months ago
Hi,

I'm not particularly in a hurry. I was thinking I may start touring in April, which gives me 5 months for planning. I haven't decided on pannier vs trailer yet. I don't intend to carry much with me.

My local ebike shop has Bulls, iZip, Pedego and EZ Motion bikes. Any feedback on the bikes from these manufacturers? I think I may be leaning toward the Bulls Lacuba; it is about $1000 over my planned budget though.
Vlassi1980
4 months ago
Over50
Yes, I am curious too. Particularly because I love the commuter style of the Merida in the picture. Will be eager to see what replaces it. Welcome Maarten.
This Merida is a good bike, sporty, reliable and a pleasure to ride. Put already approx. 25.000km on it. Only the Bosch motor was replaced due to a 500 error on the display. New motor is already running fine for 7000km

The candidates to replace this bike:

- Bulls Green Mover E45
- Bulls Green Mover Lacuba E45
- Stromer ST1X (most likely above budget)
- Kalkhoff Integrale S10 (although i have read lots of complaints of broken Impulse motors)

Bosch can only offer 500Wh batteries and not >600Wh, which gives me some doubts although there are lots of models to choose from.
TheEdge008
5 days ago

As usual, great review! Just curious, Court: Have you ever changed out a rear tire of a bike that has the Gates system? Is it easy?

Luis Rodriguez
5 days ago

Hi, I have watched many of your reviews. I have a fat bike with a 2 stroke motor that I installed. But was disappointed by how lack of power has going up the hills. Too much pedaling going up the hill for a 69 year old guy. even considering that I practice the Triathlons export for many years. But I love bikes, so I am trying to decide on a electric fat bike that is powerfull enough to handle the mountains road of Puerto Rico. Any recommendations.? I will like to be under $2k price range. Thanks for any help you can provide.

David Macdonald
1 month ago

That's a proper sized battery I think they should all come with a standard 20 amp battery to properly make these bikes really take over from your car .

slappy76
1 month ago

I don't see any specs listed on the Bulls website regarding weight. Would a rider close to 280lbs be a suitable fit on a wave frame? How about the midstep?

عاشق موسيق
2 months ago

🙆🙋🙌👉😊

Nicky458itl
2 months ago

why that screen so much huge? smartphone size but like a baby-g watch information.

Nisco Racing
3 months ago

$4K Yeah some people will come up whit, i can buy a decent car for that price.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

The challenge with a car is the cost of licensing, insurance and gas... it's a much more expensive purchase over the course of time

Mind Tendencies
3 months ago

Thank you for this nice detail review. It's a very nice looking commuter e-bike with all these premium parts. I love the fact it comes with a 2 Years Motor and Battery, 5 Years Frame. It's a bit too bad about the key part though. Besides that, it seems to be very self efficient, like you said, probably won't need to take it into shop to tune up very much at all.

Joe Blogs
3 months ago

im really loving the design of the bulls bikes

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Me too, this one especially looks very good... clean

250 watts
3 months ago

https://www.e-bikeshop.co.uk/downloads/yamaha/Yamaha-PW-X-eBike-System-2017.pdf

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Yamaha has a really nice battery design, I like the side-slide concept

Duncan Carr
3 months ago

I've been using a Haibike 26 XDuro RC to cycle to work & back for 7 months solid. The journey is 20 miles a day (10 each way - obviously!). My battery - it was almost new - only just manges to manage the 20 miles - at full assistance. Also, if I turn the power off, it is like cycling in treacle, in no way similar to a regular bike. I guess the motor causes a large hindrance when lacking any power. I flipping love it though. 22 mph everywhere. Nice.

Terry Brightwater
3 months ago

Nice bike ;0) Great review :0)

Terry Brightwater
3 months ago

Yes totally agree, love the tech and design ;0) I am really enjoying the evolution of e bike design and tech :0) I am amazed how much it has changed in the last 3 to 4 years! Really appreciate your regular reviews and constant enthusiasm ;0)
 

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks Terry, I really appreciate your support and I'm sure Bulls does as well. I thought this was an amazing combination of tech like the geared hub, belt drive and beautiful mid-drive and hidden battery :)

Sita van Waarde
3 months ago

I Am realy impressed of how you revieus bikes 👍🏼👍🏼

Sita van Waarde
3 months ago

I had a car Its. Nice to have but i ride not verry far from home most of THE times
A electric bike is a Nice replacement for a car
I tink a lot about E bikes for a fuw Years
Its a lot of money so iT needs to be near purfect for what i whis

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks, I do my best! Do you have an electric bike or are you exploring trying to find the perfect one :)

Yulian Baskoro
3 months ago

6:16 XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Great feedback, thanks for chiming in Lenny!

Robert Wetzel
3 months ago

+Crazy Lenny's Ebikes Thank you! So I will consider it :)

Crazy Lenny's Ebikes
3 months ago

We had a rider do several century rides on one of the BULLS bike equipped with Brose motor. No sign of overheating. The motor gets warm ( 40'c) or so but no thermal cut off.

Robert Wetzel
3 months ago

Oh the maturity of your audience. Great review, and you're right, this is pretty close to a decent car replacement.
One question, though: I've heard in two other (german language) reviews on youtube and read in a magazine that the Brose motor has a tendency to overheat due to some ventilation issues, esepcially after prolonged use under stress (long uphills).
Can you confirm or deny this?

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Ah yes... big nutz

pipeman451
3 months ago

Great review as always and one beautiful machine. Now remove the speed limit and get it down to say 3500 and send me one. I'm assuming most are built off shore where manufacturing cost is incredibly cheap since they're all built in a small handful of facilities to brand specs. When the price is right I'll pony up. Until then when spring comes around it's a radrover for me. Although it certainly has penash doesn't it. Keep up the great job and I'll be sending my thumbs up along the way.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks! I've got another Bulls speed pedelec review in the works, very cool platform I'm sure you'll enjoy checking out. But yeah, also still a bit expensive ;)

Max Pizarro
3 months ago

Excellent review!!! What are you thoughts on some of these price points? I feel like they are all over the place. A kit seems like the best way to go for those looking to do it on the cheap. I currently still have the 250w Hilltopper but looking to upgrade. Last question hub motor or mid drive?

Max Pizarro
3 months ago

Thanks Corey! The dillenger site is great and I do like their kits. I've seen similar kits for less but dillenger appears to have a warranty and customer service. I know you've been following the industry for years now. Where do you see Ebikes going 3-5 years from now? What do you see being phased out?

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Hey Max! You can create good experiences with kits these days for a lot less money but the batteries aren't usually as nice, it requires some DIY and depending on the state you're in they may not be legal (California specifically). Building a belt drive like the bike here and having a mid-drive is pretty tricky because the frame has to be custom. I've spent less time reviewing kits lately because some companies have gone out of business and I heard about a fire. I think we'll see cheaper "purpose built" models coming to the space more in 2017 and for me that feels safer and I like the warranty. I also appreciate the shops out there that set bikes like this up and provide test rides so that's where I usually go to film. If you've had a good experience with the Hilltopper than most systems are probably going to feel great as they now mostly come in 350 watt or higher. Have you seen Dillenger? I still like hub motors but E-Rad has some good mid-drives and they even sell pre-converted bikes at a pretty good price now :)

Alex NC
3 months ago

Wow this looks like the perfect eBike. I wish I wasn't suck a cheap skate though, $3kUS is probably my limit unfortunately.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

I agree Thomas, this is one of the best priced, most complete and good looking electric bikes I've seen. Bulls is doing a great job for 2017 in the US. Got a few more cool reviews on the way ;)

Thomas Jaszewski
3 months ago

Alex NC Build a bike with a Bafang mid drive, noisy chain and Ergon accessories and a good suspension fork and you'll have a far less attractive bike for $3000. I call this one a winner. Part out the items and there isn't a huge margin. I'm hoping a custom builder like this wil do something about replacement battery costs, my only criticism. Give me a reasonable or rebuildable battery and I'm in. A beauty!

Carl McDonald
3 months ago

Nice I like it

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks for comment Carl! It's fun to read and hear that people enjoyed :)

blackpool321
3 months ago

Another excellent review.

ElectricBikeReview.com
3 months ago

Thanks! This was a really exciting bike for me, even though it might seem like a basic commuter, the frame sizes, different frame styles and all of the great accessories are spot on... and I think it looks good too :)