BULLS DESERT FALCON EVO Review – $6.3k

BULLS DESERT FALCON EVO Review – $6.3k


(bicycle bell rings) – Hey guys, I just want
to let you know we charge a standard fee here for
all the reviews that we do. It helps us keep the site going but I want to be honest with you. These aren’t meant to be endorsements. Let’s get into it. Hey guys, beautiful day we
brought you to a special spot. This is Palos Verdes South,
it drives along the coast. Palos Verdes is like
this big kinda mountain and L.A.’s on the other side over there. This is the Terranea Resort
and just a beautiful beach. You can actually walk along
and learn about the history of the area. It’s just such a beautiful natural area and they have these bike paths
that go along the street. So we’ll frequently see people road biking just all along the coast, I love it. This is exactly the type
of bike that we see. Maybe not electric, usually it’s acoustic. This is the Bulls Desert Falcon Evo and Evo is that integrated
battery design, whenever you hear that from Bulls, that’s
what it’s talking about. This is an aluminum alloy bike. I have seen some carbon
bikes that have been out in the space. They are using carbon
here on the seat post, sort of an oval design, 30.9
millimeters if you wanted to change that out for
something, maybe like the carbon fiber connect body float like that would be really, really cool. I mean this bike, it’s very aggressive. You’ve got this forward hoods, drops, nice hydraulic disc brakes,
180 millimeter rotors front and rear, we’re
actually looking at a 160 because this sort of like pre-production that we’re looking at
here, it’s fairly complete but there are a few pieces
that are going to be different. And I’ll try to call
those out, Shimano GRX all the way through
including the drivetrain and it has Di2 electronic shifting. Got that paddle shifter over here. This is a higher gear and
then together, lower gear. It’s worked very very well, very crisp. The bike feels amazing and
you can just see, you know first of all it comes in
three different frame sizes so you can get that fit,
dialed in, just right and in so doing you have
different length stems, different width bars
and also the crank arm so 170 or 175, we’re looking
at the medium frame right here, 55 so they have 50, 55 or 60 centimeters. Again coming back to these
hydraulic disc breaks, high end stuff, Shimano
Ice-Tech, really nicely designed and they even integrated the magnet for the rear wheel speed sensor right into the arm for that rear disc brake. That’s the kind of stuff that Bulls does. They do a really good job
and I love the calipers here as well, GRX they
got the little heatsink. Just amazing, bladed spokes here, these are 28 hole rims, DT Swiss HE1800. I’ve got all the specs
back at the website, that’s something I really go for. I come from a road cycling background but more of an enthusiast, right. Some of these bikes, this is
$6299, you’re paying a bit of money for this, it’s
interesting, you can pay a lot more than that for
a non-electric road bike and what I try to do is
feel out like, you know what are the differences
here, what are you getting? Well you’re certainly going to
be able to climb a bit easier if you’re someone like
me with a knee injury, I struggle with the longer
rides when I encounter a hill my knee’s all warmed up
but I just, I can’t climb as effectively or maybe it
becomes sort of rainy or windy. We did get wet earlier, Fernando
and I were riding around trying not to slide down on this, because it is a speed pedelec. You can see down here this is the Bosch Performance Line
Speed, fourth generation motor right there, now
just 6.3 pounds, amazing. The old Performance Line
Speed was 8.8 pounds. So it’s significant weight difference. 41.5 pounds for the
bike that you see here. Again, I mention that this
is not a carbon fiber frame, it’s aluminum alloy, maybe
a little bit more durable. In recent years, you
know, I’ve been looking at specialized mountain bikes. They’ve got the carbon fiber
version and it does have sort of a different ride feel, there’s maybe some vibration dampening qualities, but I’ve also had my bikes
banged up a little bit so for mountain bikes I’ve kind of leaned towards aluminum alloy they
have super light weight stuff. This is 6061 aluminum alloy,
the ride feels pretty good. At higher speeds up to 28
mile per hour supported by that motor, it feels pretty steady. I mean there’s definitely
some more weight here than a traditional road bike,
just because you do have that PowerTube 500 battery right in there. That’s 6.4 pounds, so 6.4 pounds with a nice plastic cover now. Some of the older Bulls bikes
had aluminum alloy covers which added a lot of
weight and to me it’s like, well you know, come on,
especially for a road bike want to keep that lightweight and then they were kinda paint
matched and it was difficult if you had, maybe, a couple bikes. You have a mountian
bike, you have road bike. If they both us the
PowerTube, swapping those out you actually had to take the
cover off of the battery, where in this case the cover
just comes off of the frame. You see, it’s just this plastic thing, I really like this, it’s
durable, you can see a little bit of water’s been flecked up against that but the battery itself already
has an aluminum alloy casing. It’s pretty solid, so anyway,
coming back to the motor, 6.3 pounds on this, really
nice, tight, casing on these. We got a plastic, almost
like a scuff guard along the bottom, it’s
just a little more compact than the old Bosch motor, now
offers up to 75 Newton meters of torque, whereas the
old Performance Line Speed Generation 3 it only offered
63 Newton meters of torque. This thing accelerates
wonderfully, I was like, “Oh whoa!” I mean I was genuinely
excited, this is the first time I’ve tried the fourth
generation and you see just on the other side here,
you’re 48 Tooth chainring. It’s standard size, it’s not
that smaller reduction gear thing that we’ve seen in Generation 3. So for me that’s a big deal,
it’s quiet, it’s smooth, still has shift detection,
still just a really nice set up. But nice to see just a little improvements that Bosch has made in
addition to some of the way that they integrate it
through axles 142 millimeter hub spacing in the rear with
12 millimeter, through axles 12 millimeter up front, 100
millimeter hub spacing standard, carbon fiber fork so there is
a little bit of carbon fiber going to be some vibration
dampening, mid dish rims and we’re looking at the Schwalbe E1s, so these are e-bike specific I believe, Addix Race Compound 50 kilometer
rated so they are meant to be a little more durable,
high speed application, eccentric 28 by 1.25, that’s
700 by 32c, got all those specs back at the website as well
but just want to call them out while we’re here on the
ground and again I know this is 160 down here but I’ve
been told it’s gonna be a 180, which is nice, higher speeds, a little bit of a heavier bike, it’s really
good to have powerful brakes. Sometimes when I’m up in the
hoods like this, you know I’m not getting as good as
leverage as when I’m down here in the drops so I like
hydraulic disc brakes. I’ve always been a fan of
that, you might also notice how clean everything is up
here, see all these cables, they’re actually being
routed like, well, I guess this is just for the button
pad and then down here I think this is for the electronic shifter and then the wire back here,
so it’s just super clean, see how there aren’t any like extra wires, they aren’t even using
this extra port up here. So that was one of the
first things I notices, just how clean it was,
just how nice the cockpit and everything is set up, also
pretty comfortable saddle. Fernando, would you mind helping
me swing the bike around? I want to show the other side real quick (blows into plastic) Yeah, that’s great, so if you lose this, it flies off a cliff or
something, you can get a replacement, it’s easier,
it’s cheaper and it’s lighter, best of all worlds but
it only comes in black. Great job man, thank
you, thank you very much. So this is what the other
side of the bike looks like. Only available in High Step, of course, it’s kind of a diamond configuration, 48 Tooth chainring we
talked about FSA, we’ve got that aluminum alloy kind
of a bashguard almost, little bit of a chain guard,
if you’re wearing pants or something you should keep
them clear of the chain itself. And then look at how that frame’s cut away so it’s not exactly like a
guide, it’s not quite, you know, it doesn’t have a secondary plate but you’re gonna save some weight and it is like a narrow wide tooth pattern so that’s going to give you
some better chain retention, just really, really nice setup
and then back here it says D or X T but I think
this is also going to be, like we talked about GRX,
like the whole group set. So it’s still working
electronically shifted Di2 right now but I just don’t think
that it’s quite final, what we’re looking at, however
we do have 11 to 42 teeth on an 11 sprocket cassette,
it’s a nice spread back here, just really clean and when you
combine electronic shifting, which can be really finely
tuned, you’re not going to get cabled stretched, it’s very durable with the Bosch shift
detection system you end up with something just really,
really smooth and sweet. So I talked before about rear
wheel speed being measured, it’s also measuring pedal
cadence and pedal torque, those three signals over a
thousand times per second and in so doing you get this
really nice smooth ramp up. I was pedaling on this just very gently, just kinda keeping up and the motors like (imitates bike whirring) you know, just a little
bit of power or none at all if I was backing off, but as soon as I applied pressure,
you feel it instantly and when you’re on a bike like
this it’s like a race car, I mean there is no
resistance in these tires, there’s no suspension and
you’re not really loosing any of your energy, it’s
being transferred directly into the bike, into the
wheels and you just go and you really go fast with that motor. Again 75 Newton meters
of torque when you’re in the highest level of assist,
so very impressive to me. I like that they’ve got
this clean plastic sticker slap guards so they’re paying
attention to the details, two bottle cage bosses,
and this one’s set up with the MonkeyLinks magnetic
adapter, so they have a bottle it’s kinda expensive, but you can get that and it kinda clips onto the
frame, little bit easier to use than even some of the side
mounting bottle cages out there. So I think that’s a pretty good overview. I also want to call out the way that they’ve designed the locking core and the charging port for the battery, you notice how they’ve
set them up high instead of down low or on the left side. It’s nice that they’re
on the non-drive side. This bike doesn’t have a kickstand, if you need to lay it down, you know, put the pedal down like that,
be careful with the handle bar and then you could access the
battery or charge it when it was on its side, that’s what
the charging port looks like. Here is the charger,
over here, it’s a 4 Amp. It’s like 1.7 pounds, fairly lightweight. 4 Amps is fast, if you
aren’t familiar with e-bikes. A lot of chargers are
just 2 Amp, so for me, that’s a big win, it’s easy
enough you could toss it in your backpack and top
off if you’re at a resort or at a friend’s house
or something like that. You know, with a PowerPack 500 you’re getting a pretty good capacity. They do have like a 625
watt hour batter now, but apparently it wouldn’t
fit in this frame, it’s a little more compact
so they went with the 500. Good enough, and again,
cross-compatible with other downward mounting PowerTube
500s and let’s see here, just kinda scanning along, I
think I want to take that out. I’m going to ask Fernando to help. Do you mind taking the
battery out really quick, bud? Oh, oh, before I hand these keys off, Abus, it’s got that key card
so you can actually match this if you got a folding lock or
some other locking devices. That’s really wonderful you don’t have to worry about misplacing keys. So he’s gonna turn it for the
first step and in so doing, I’ll to try to stabilize,
see how it drops down to that first position, and there’s
that little button on top, you press that button and it
comes the rest of the way. So that’s designed so you
don’t drop the battery. They are fairly expensive,
I think it’s like 900 bucks to replace one of these and 6.4 pounds, measuring this back at the
house it does have a power level indicator that same proprietary
charging port design works with the charger,
you don’t have to have like a dongle adapter or
anything, aluminum alloy casing, it’s pretty sturdy, these are really nice. So you could, I think you could
just put that plastic cover on this thing and ride
it without the battery, if you wanted. – You could, yeah. – Yeah I mean, it’s, you know, it’s a little bit more weight
down here, 6.3 pound motor. I’m saying this because you
guys also have Fazua motor and that thing’s really
light, it’s like 2.8 pounds for the little, it’s just
like a gear box kind of thing bottom bracket, it doesn’t
incorporate the motor. The motor is actually inside
of like a battery shaped thing that has a battery and a motor. This is definitely much
more powerful, much faster for people who want
that e-bike experience, this is going to be where you go. But of course, it’s heavier, that bike was in the 30 pound range, this
one’s in the 40 pound range so, thank you, go ahead and
pop that back in, Fernando. Sometimes you need to
make sure the keys are in the right position,
make sure it’s lined up at the bottom there, clips
in, push it up the rest of the way, there we go and
I love this cover right here, it’s on like a leash, it’s
not gonna get set down and lost and then I think you, what do you put the two prongs up and then the latch goes at the bottom. There you go guys, I think that’s a pretty comprehensive
overview of this bike. I welcome your feedback
and comments or things that you notice that are
even more technical but, of course, I’ve done my best
to document everything back on the website, Fernando
is there anything else that you care to say about this bike or that I might not have covered? – This is uh, like you
say, this is a great bike for people who want that torque and want to experience a e-bike. – Yeah and the power
from a road bike right? – Roadbike– – What’s the other one
called that we looked at, it’s like the… – The other one was the Alpine Hawk Evo. – Yeah, Alpine Hawk Evo,
so that’s another one. It is a carbon fiber so that helped to reduce the weight just a little bit. This is the Desert Falcon Evo. I think that’s it guys,
we’re going to get ready to hop on this but first
let’s go through the display. So this is the Bosch Kiox,
I just powered it down cause I wanted to show you it is magnetic, you can take it off. It’s got a little micro
USB port in the bottom, which is really nice, you could
maintain like a smart phone. Can imagine mounting that here,
possibly on that stem cap, although then you’d need to move this little accessory bar
out for the button pad. Drop bar set ups are
always a little bit tricky with an e-bike control panels and stuff, cause it’s like, you
know, you hands could be in multiple positions, so
they’ve done the best they can. This is, it’s pretty easy to get to, you got the little charging
port at the bottom of that. There’s some pretty cool options. I like this display, it’s got
gorilla glass, it’s color, so if you’re pretty far back
you can sense what’s going on without actually having to read it. So I’m gonna power it up, it says Kiox, comes to life pretty quickly,
says there’s an update for us. We’re like “Nah don’t
wanna do it right now.” This is off, it’s the
lowest level of assist, it’s just like a bike, right,
and there’s, it’s designed to be like no friction so if
you did take that battery out, you could still ride this
around like a bike, no problem. If I press the plus or minus keys it goes to the different levels of assist. You can see the color change
so Eco is green, Tour is blue, Sport is purple, Turbo is red, and I think you got 340% assist feedback. And you can see there’s
like this spiral thing so as I pedal it sort of fills in with how much work you’re doing and also how much the bike is doing. Love that there’s a percentage indicator on that batter infographic
it’s not just five bars, its’ much more precise
and that’s good, you know, if you get out there and
you’re starting to get low on battery to know how close you are. There’s a right and a
left toggle button here. We can go to some different
menus, clock, range. Range is really cool cause
it dynamically updates if I change assist level, 36 miles all the way to the lowest
level of assist 83 miles based on the last mile or so of riding. This comes down to you know,
how full you’re tires are, what the terrain is like. Where we are right now,
we’re at the top of a hill, so our range might drop a little bit and overtime the lithium
ion battery cells, you know, you want to take care of those
by avoiding extreme heat, by keeping it at least 20%
charge, you want to keep it from going all the way
to zero, and that’s going to help extend the life of your battery. But his range indicator
is fairly accurate, so it’s a really nice piece of software. A trip distance, ride time,
cadence is really cool. The new Bosch motors they give you more than 120 rmp supports so
that’s how fast you’re pedaling and I am one someone who loves to spin. I like to pedal fast
instead of slow and powerful because of my knee
sensitivity, so the fact that the motor can keep up with me, it’s not just gonna drop out
and require me to downshift and then I lose my speed
and the fun goes away, this bike can keep up,
for me that is huge. Max speed 44.5, was that you Fernando? (laughs) We were hauling out here,
we’re trying to be careful. It’s like wet streets and
stuff, average speed 20 and there’s like four read outs here beats per minute, heart
rate, so they do have like a smartphone app
that can sync with this, give you more information, you can kind of tie your heart rate right into it and then there’s a
battery infographic here, there’s settings, there’s
so much about this. I’ve actually done a little video back in the EBR forum all about this display. So you can get all of the information, get a little bit deeper, but I wanted to give you a quick overview. I like that this is
adjustable, you can swivel it to reduce glare if you need to. That the buttons are fairly reachable. It does still have walk mode
so as long as you’re not in the zero level of assist,
it won’t work if you’re in zero, but as long as you’re
in one of the four levels, you can press that and
hold the plus button and it will drive forward slowly and that’s a really nice feature to have. Okay now I think we’re
good, we’re good to go? – We’re good to go, yeah. – We’re going to go for a ride guys. (cars whooshing by) Okay guys, so I’ve been looping
around this parking lot, trying to find a safe place
to do a little bit of riding and filming, it’s tricky
with a bike like this, because the steering’s a
little more aggressive. But I’m gonna try and
demonstrate that higher torque. I’m in turbo, being able to
get 75 Newton meters a torque and hit and maintain that higher top speed is just incredible. So we’ve got a runway here,
it’s actually an incline. I’m gonna go through,
unfortunately it’s gonna be hard to shift gears cause
they’re on the right there. I might switch hands with the camera. Okay, here we go. (bike motor whirring) I mean, I’m not putting
all my energy into this cause I feel a little bit unstable. I like to ride with my left hand so I’m just gonna turn it
around here for a second, hand the camera off, here we go. (wind whooshing) It’s just… Such a thrill, I mean we’re
easily up to, we were like 43, I just want to be careful here because I’m one-handed braking. Oh boy, this bike is a blast. I wish I had my glasses,
keep the wind out of my face. It’s just incredible, this is the dream. Years ago when I got my first e-bike, it was like seven years
ago, so disappointing. It was heavy, it was like
slow, it wasn’t very dynamic. You know, it was just
such a disappointment. This has been incredible,
very, very satisfying, smooth, pretty quiet, I
mean you still hear the like (imitates bike whirring)
there’s a little bit of that but it’s less in my opinion than the older Performance Line Motors Gen
3 with the smaller sprocket. Okay guys, from here you can
see that 48 Tooth chainring, narrow-wide, love that. 11, 42 Tooth cassette in the rear. This particular derailleur,
again, I don’t think that’s the stock
derailleur but it does have that one way clutch we
can kinda put that in the up position that tightens things up a bit. Really nice set up, I like
Shimano gear and the idea with this shot is that
you’re going to be able to see it here, the motor. I’m going to be applying
pressure, I’m going to be riding in the highest level of
assist and switching gears so there should be a little bit of a delay with that motor whenever I shift gears and that’s the shift detection designed to reduce wear and tear
but it’s still up to you. I mean, you can take a acoustic road bike and climb a hill and
push hard and shift gears and you’re gonna wear your
drivetrain out same way but with a motor, 75 Newton meters torque. It’s just, it’s a whole nother story. So go into it easy, ease
off when you shift gears for the best possible performance. (bicycle clicks) (bicycle whirring) (wind whooshing) (bicycle whirring) (bicycle clicking) Okay so we actually got up
to 46 kilometers per hour. That’s what the display is set up as right now kilometers versus miles. That’s faster than the bike,
than the motor supports and at that point it’s
designed to freewheel so it’s not slowing you down. I was able to hit 46, so to
me that just demonstrates just how the power deliver on this bike, how efficient it is. That wasn’t very hard and I was
in a little bit of an ascent so this time I’m going to
try to go around and go down. (bicycle clicking) Here we go. (bicycle whirring) (wind whooshing) (bicycle whirring) Whoo, I think we got a new record guys. Let’s see, new max speed
51.2 kilometers per hour. That is me, that’s my record, love it. Fernando can we trade off and
I can get you on this bike? Sweet. That one’s got the kickstand, it’s a little bit easier to work with. Here we go, what’s that one called? – It’s the Urban Evo, the new Urban Evo. – New Urban Evo, we’re also going to check this bike out, pretty sweet and you know has the Perion up here. So we’re in Turbo, still the kickstand. Yeah, I just want to follow
you, here you can go. (bicycle whirring) (wind whooshing) Just awesome. Brake test. (bicycle whirring) I don’t think he heard me. Hey, I was looking for a brake test. Why don’t you do a brake test right here, I want to see that. (laughing) He’s focused on the
performance, loving that speed. Same motor right here guys. (bicycle whirring) I feel more comfortable
going fast on this one. Whoo. I don’t think that speedometer’s working. We’re definitely going more
than 20 miles per hour. Doing our best out here, trying
to get different locations. It was sort of rainy on
top of the hill earlier but I think that’s it you guys. I always have fun looking
at new motors, tying to give you as much
information as possible. I’m really impressed with that bike. It’s just a race car, it’s just a blast. The full written review,
we’ll see you back at ElectricBikeReview.com. Ride safe out there, this
is a Class 3 electric bike so follow the rules, have fun,
love ya, see ya next time. (birds chirping)