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BULLS ALPINE HAWK EVO Review – $5.8k Carbon Fiber Electric Road Bike 33lbs

BULLS ALPINE HAWK EVO Review – $5.8k Carbon Fiber Electric Road Bike 33lbs


(bicycle bell ringing) – Hey guys, I just want to let you know, we charge a standard fee here
for all the reviews 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 Southern California, checking out some new bull spikes. I’m really excited, this is
the first time I’ve gotten to see the new Fazua motor drive system. And you can see it, it’s just,
it’s like, “Where is it?” Right? It’s right there at the bottom bracket. It’s super small, super lightweight. The interesting thing for
me is that the drive unit it actually here. It’s like part of that downtube package, and then the battery is
up here, and we’re gonna take that off later and show you. But it weighs like seven
point three pounds, the two of those things together, and then it’s like two and a
half pounds for the little, kind of the gearbox, bottom bracket. Really narrow, cute factor. And you can see here, I
don’t know if these are like kinda heat syncs of
whatever going on down here, maybe a little bit of
protection happening, but it’s a nice system
and for a bike like this, with 22 gears, or gear
combinations, you’re really able to leverage that drive train
and empower yourself, whether you’re climbing or
trying to hit and maintain those like relatively
high speeds, this only, it only goes up to
about 20 miles per hour, 32 kilometers per hour, so
it’s not designed to be like a super fast thing, I think
it’s more like you’re riding with your friends and you’re
at or above 20 miles per hour and, you know, getting started though, you get a little boost. And then you encounter a
hill like this and it’s like, “Ah, okay, I’m losing my steam,”
and then the motor system kinda helps out, it kicks in,
it helps you climb, right. So, someone like me, I
have knee sensitivity, I could keep up with my friends, or just climb some really steep stuff without getting completely tuckered out, and then you get those
nice descents and stuff so, for me this is a really exciting bike. 57 99, you are definitely
paying a little bit more, because it’s a nicer bike. This is all carbon fiber. Even carbon fiber fork. We’ve got 12 millimeter
through axles, front and rear. These are the kind where you
can just like flip it around and then you like unscrew
out from that other side. Standard hundred millimeter
hub spacing up front, 142 in the rear. This is an 11 speed
cassette, 11 to 32 teeth, with Shimano Ultegra long-cage derailleur, and then we’ve got an Ultegra
derailleur up front as well, and this is 34 tooth for
the smaller chain ring, and 50 for the larger. So this is kind of like a double setup. Pretty nice, and I like that
they’ve got that slap guard, clear sticker slap guard
to protect your frame. Two sets of bottle cage bosses. Really appreciate that,
especially considering that this is like an
integrated battery design. Takes a little bit of extra
doing to have carbon fiber and add those bosses,
but that’s really handy. Maybe you have like a little
goody box or something, or just extra water. It seems like there’s room here as well for like a frame bag. This thing comes in three different sizes. We’re looking at the
medium, 54 centimeter, but it also comes in 50 and 58 for those taller, larger riders. And the crank arms change a bit. So on the smaller one,
they’re 170, on the medium and large they’re 175. Same with the handlebars. There are actually three
different handlebar sizes and stem sizes, so this
thing is really set up to be a good fit, a nicely fit bike. Also want to mention here, the 31 point six millimeter
carbon fiber oval seat post. Now this says aluminum ’cause this is not the stock seat post. This bike is a bit of a demo bike, and you’ll notice here that it’s not quite flush, that’s
again, because this is one of the early builds. I was just excited to
kinda jump on this thing, and it’s performant, so I
think we’ll still be able to give you kinda the
experience of the bike, but the rims, that’s another
thing that aren’t quite stock. We’re gonna have bladed,
fewer spokes, really nice, you say DT Swiss? – They’re DT Swiss, yeah
the E 1800, 23 millimeters. – Sweet. This is Wakim, by
the way, works at Bulls. Kinda hanging out here, helping out. Really appreciate that man. And then, down here, Schwalbe Durano, these are 28 by one point two five, they’ve got the performance and
then race car dual compound. Pretty nice tires. Good setup all around. I don’t know if these are the spec pedals, and frankly a lot of
people swap them out for, you can either clipless, where
you clip in to the pedal, or they might come with
these plastic pedals, like this bike down here. This is also using the Fazua
motor and you can actually see some of the cabling down
here from this angle. I think it’s kinda cool that
they’ve got a full suspension mountain bike with this
setup, and they’ve mounted the control, kinda the display
consol, over here to the left a little bit more reachable, whereas on the Hawk, up here,
it’s right in the center, so they’ve got it on
like an accessory bar. But you’ll notice, you know,
all we’re really getting here is some information about
how full the battery is and what level of assist. We’ll go in that a
little bit more later but it frees up those multiple
hand positions, right, in the hoods or the drops. So this is really like,
it’s meant to be like a bike-like experience. More accustomed or atune
to like an acoustic bike than an electric bike,
and just the lower weight, a little bit more efficient drive system. I mean it’s still pretty advanced. It’s measuring your rear wheel
speed, see the little sensor there and there’s a magnet
on one of the spokes. It’s measuring your pedal
cadence and your pedal torque. And I tested this out in my rides earlier, if you don’t push, if you’re
just kinda pedaling along, the motor really backs off,
and I think that’s one way that it preserves some of the
juice, so helps you get those longer ranges. Again, up to 20 miles per hour. I was told that the pedal
support RPM is up to 85, which is a little bit low. A lot of other systems it’s 100 or 120, and I talked to a rep
at Fazua and they said, “You know, we’re working on that, “we’re trying to raise that.” To be honest with you
though, on riding this bike, it seems like it’s kept up,
and I’ve actually pedaled beyond 120 RPM, so I’m not
really sure about that one. I dunno if it’s just because
this is sort of an early build or not, but I definitely notice it, especially when climbing,
it feels very natural. And there’s a little bit
of a whine that you hear. And I’m gonna show you so
you can see for yourself, but I just like how compact it
is, and how efficient it is. So when you’re riding,
it’s designed to decouple when it’s no longer adding support. So it shouldn’t be slowing
you down or adding any work. All you’re really getting
is the additional weight. And it’s really cool, you
could completely take that off, take the battery and the drive
unit off and they just have like a downtube cover, it almost becomes like a storage area, and you remove like
seven point three pounds, well, probably closer to
seven ’cause the casing is still gonna weigh maybe
half a pound or something like that so, you know,
that’s pretty cool. So you get like two bikes in one. You really have a very
functional acoustic bike that could just be used pedaling around, and then you slap on that
battery and you’ve got yourself an electric bike that’s gonna
be a little bit more fun to climb with. I’m gonna swap to the other side here. Getting going is always
important, but stopping, that’s important too. So we’ve got these nice
Shimano hoods with these nice break levers here that activate hydraulic dual caliper Shimano disc breaks. Ice-tech, look at these nice
big rotors, 160 millimeters. I guess I shouldn’t say
big, because I’m used to like mountain bikes where
you can go up to 180 or 203, but this is pretty nice for a road bikes. You know, in the old days
it was always like the linear pull breaks and
stuff, so I’m a fan of these disc breaks, they do
have these heat syncs, designed to dissipate some heat. Really nice setup. I was also looking,
trying to figure this out, I saw a couple of threaded
eyelets right here, one on that side, one on this side, so you could potentially
replace this collar and set up some sort of a rack. I don’t think it’s designed
to work with fenders and, you know, I don’t see ton of
road bikes, true road bikes, that really are. No kickstand provisions or anything, it’s just setup kinda as you see it here. But that’s pretty good,
it’s kinda what I’m used to, so, yeah, nice Selle Royal saddle. Flared drop bars. Nice diamond patterned grip tape, without that display in the middle. We talked about reach a little bit, and then good cable
management, internally routed. Yeah, it’s a pretty nice setup here. Before I get into the display
system, I want to show you the charger, and then I’m
gonna have Wakim take off that downtube for us. So this is it. One point four pounds. Really compact, light-weight. It’s a two amp charger. Takes about three and a half
hours to fill that battery from empty. Pretty standard, you know,
easy enough to toss this in your backpack if you wanted to. The range on this bike
is really going to vary. On the website I put like 20 to 50 miles, and I actually think you
could go much further, especially if you’re in like
the lowest level of assist, ’cause it really doesn’t do a whole lot, and most of the time, if
you’re an active rider, you’re gonna be pedaling
faster than the, you know, especially on this bike, it’s a fast bike, it’s a carbon fiber road
bike, so it almost feels like you could just go forever
or something like that, but on the flip side, if
you’re going up like huge hills all the time and you’re on
the highest level of assist, you could really drain that down. 60 newton-meters of torque. 250-400 watt output on that drive system. So, before we get into it, can you go ahead and take
the battery off or the… You know, we’ve got a key
port on the left side. It’s up high, it’s not down
low where it might get kicked, which I appreciate, it’s nice. But there’s no charging
port anywhere on here, so you do have to take the
battery off to charge it. That’s one of my complaints. Also, it doesn’t seem
like a two-step release, so you really wanna be careful,
like Wakim is doing here, and especially with a bike
that doesn’t have a kickstand, just, you unlock it, and
then you press that button right here, and it releases
it, and then just carefully take it down. Make sure it’s not like both
of your hands up here pushing and nothing to catch it. You wanna have a hand
there, ready to catch it. Rosenberger, this is the
magnetic charging port, so, it’s really cool, if
you accidentally kick that or something, it’s just gonna unplug, it’s not gonna bend the pins or something. On this side, that’s the
actual interface of the motor, so this thing spins, and
then it gets converted through this gearbox down here. Ya, see there it is,
there’s the interface, and that’s what makes the bike go. Oh, I do wanna point out, you
can’t really pedal backwards on this, and cycle the
chain, and the chain rings. It just sort of, the crank arm spins, but it doesn’t actually
cycle the drive train. Okay, so here it is,
seven point three pounds. Can you go ahead and take
it out real quick, Wakim? It’s like a button there. Slides it out a little bit like this. And so, you can make it even smaller, and maybe that’s so that you could bring a second battery pack without
the extra length and stuff. And down at the bottom, that’s
where the extra drive unit is in there, so, yeah, you
know, 36 volts, seven amp hours, 252 watt hours. Yeah, it’s kinda cute, cool. Can you pop it back in real quick? Another thing that’s worth
noting is, you do have to like power this thing on by
pressing this button. And kinda prime the system. I think it lasts like nine hours though. – Correct. – Right, and before
you can do the display. So if you haven’t ridden
for more than nine hours, you have to unlock it,
open it, press the button, and then you can turn the system on. They have another interface
that would mount right here. Not as reachable but it’s,
you know, it’s right here, you could kinda reach
down and turn on the bike with just one step and to
me, that’s kind of appealing. But I do like that with this one, you can change assist
levels without changing your hand position or having to stop and reach down while riding. So for me it feels like, it
feels a little like there’s some room for improvement
there on the human interface aspect of it, but I also
understand they’re trying to be really simple, three
levels of assist, you know, an interface that can be taken off and makes the bike really light. See the nice carbon weave in
here, and some of the cables and stuff like that. You can go ahead and
put that back on, Wakim. Appreciate your help man. Worth noting that they have like a two year battery warranty,
30 month like drive system warranty from Fazua, and
then five years on the frame. Both has a nationwide
dealer network in the U.S., and in Canada, right? – Correct, yeah. – And it’s actually a global company, but some of their models that
they import into the U.S. are slightly different, like
with that higher top speed, so, you know, check with your dealer. It’s nice to be able to
go in and get fitted, considering they have different sizes. Get some of that service. That’s something I really
care about when I’m spending this amount of money, I
want to have a bike that I can get some help with,
that’s gonna be there, down the road. Maybe I can get a replacement
battery, for example. What is this system called again? It’s the Fazua. – Evation. – Evation.
– [Wakim] One point oh. – Okay, yeah, so, again the company, 2013, I think, is when they
started in Munich, Germany, and then 2017 they launched
their first products in Europe, and now, 2019,
here they are in America. It’s the first time I’m seeing them. So, I think that’s it guys,
I’m gonna hop on this thing and do a little ride test. Is there anything you feel like I missed or that you want to add, Joaquin? – Sound like you got everything, yeah. – Okay, cool, cool. Yeah, and as always you guys,
more specs and everything back at the website so you can
kind of measure and compare for yourself. I do my best but I’m also
listening for comments. It’s the first time going
through this for me, so I’m really trying to hit
everything, hit all the numbers and stuff, and then just show you. So let’s do it! Okay guys, this is the
display panel that comes with this particular bike. And it’s pretty simple. There’s just this power button. You can see that little
meter bounce up, we’re full. So there are actually
10 little LED’s here, and that’s 10% increments. So at some point we could
actually just have one little LED lit up there at the very
bottom, in addition to these white ones that sort of surround the up and down buttons. We can take it all the way
down and we’ve kinda got this, like bluish white, and
that means like no assist, and I guess you could just
interface with the app, if you had it. Again, maybe you get like a
stem-cap mount or something, have your cellphone here. You wouldn’t be able to plug
in and charge your cellphone off the battery, but given that
it’s a pretty low capacity, maybe that’s not a huge deal. In the future, however, as
battery technology gets better, with higher milliamp
hour cells, and stuff, it would be nice if they let
you like plug into the bike, ’cause that’s still a much
bigger battery than a lot of people have on their mobile devices. And, you know, with
the app there’s so much more information like… We got the app working, so
I wanted to show you this, it’s pretty cool, it
was pretty easy, we just turned on Bluetooth, found
the bike, synced with it, we were able to confirm it was this bike, considering we have a couple
of bikes floating around, we turned the cranks and
we noticed some activity, and it was like, “Okay cool.” It let us add a little ID picture there. You can unpair if you want
to and then there are these three different read outs so
right now, battery percentage, it says 86%. Very nice, a little bit more
precise than those ten bars we talked about before. You tap on it, it allows
you to switch to like power, and this says, “Okay, how
many watts are you using “as you ride?” And then speed, just
how fast are you going? So it’s pretty simple. There was a graphic on
the website that had a few more readouts like
kilocalories and average speed and max power, things like
that, so I’m not seeing those on the app right now. Maybe those are something
we’re gonna see in the future. But I wanted to call out
that, in addition to being yellow or red, if there
are like diagnostic issues, that first LED, it also goes
green when you are paired to the app. We thought that was really cool. When you go into the
second level of assist, green is its color, so it
would kind of blend in, you might wonder like, “Oh,
are there 11 bars of battery?” But you can actually see we’ve
lost a bar there at the top right now, so, yeah, that
first LED, it denotes that you’re connected to
the app or there’s an error, so this is pretty cool. But as it is, we go up to
kinda this breeze green level, that’s the first level
of assist, it gives you, I think it’s 75% assist,
and then the next one, it’s like river blue,
150% and then rocket red, it’s kind of a pink color,
that gets you like 240% assist up to that 60 newton-meters of torque. That’s it. So it’s just three levels of assist. It got these clicky buttons. You know, it’s nice and tactile
so you wouldn’t necessarily have to look down, and if
you’re near-sighted, like me, you know it’s nice to be up
close, but if you’re riding and you’re looking off in
the distance or you have some glasses on, it might
be a little blurry down here to count the ticks, so
I like that they went with the color display. But you can’t change the
brightness of it or anything, and at night I kind of
wonder, that’s a lot of like little lights shining up into your face. I don’t know, I’m just
kinda talking out loud here. Got some nice connectors
and stuff, jag wire. It’s pretty clean, pretty
clean interface, pretty simple, but you are gonna have
to change hand positions if you wanna interact with that. So, here we go, I’ve been mostly
riding in the highest level of assist to see how loud
it is, and just how powerful it is. And this is the back pedaling
I was mentioning earlier, where it doesn’t actually
cycle the chain rings, and so, you know, if you’re
trying to lube the chain or something like that, or do
some drivetrain maintenance, you can only really go forward on this. And a couple other drive
systems are like that too. So, here we go. (motor whirring) (spokes ticking) (motor whirring) (spokes ticking) (motor whirring)
(spokes ticking) Pretty responsive. (motor whirring) You know, I can definitely
hear it, kind of that whining geared motor sound that a
lot of the mid-drives have. (motor whirring) (motor whirring faster) okay, so this is like more than 85 RPM, I was purposely trying to get above 120, that’s the cutoff for some of
the Bosch systems and other. For me, that’s like, kinda
right where you want it if you’re spinning fast,
but I could still hear a bit of a whine above 120, and
they say that it decouples, it’s supposed to not
like introduce any drag, so I don’t know if this
is like special firmware or because this is a bit
of a pre-production model that we’re looking at here. The point being, yeah, I want to almost, I’m gonna turn this to no
assist, see if we can hear any whine. Okay, so here we go. (spokes ticking) (pedaling hum) (spokes ticking) (pedaling hum) (spokes ticking) (pedaling hum) No whine, right, so there is
something going on in there when the motor is active,
especially in that highest level of assist, you can hear it. I’m gonna take it to breeze
now, which is the lowest level. (motor whirring) (spokes ticking) (motor whirring) (spokes ticking) Yeah, so I can hear it. It’s not super noticeable. But there we go, now
we’re up to blue river, and it’s definitely helping me. You know, this is a bit
of an incline right here. It’s taken the edge off, keeping
me from getting too winded. Yeah, so I think that’s it. You know, I do tend to like
red, oh, and we’ve used a bar. I’ve been riding around a lot, so I don’t think it’s
gonna drain that quickly, but it is a lower capacity
battery, lower powered motor. More minimalist, lighter weight. I think that’s about it, you guys. That’s the Alpine Hawk Evo from Bulls. For the full written review, check out ElectricBikeReview.com I’m recording all the specs
and just really digging in deep to try to give you guys all the
insights that you might need to make a decision of this magnitude. I welcome your feedback
if you’ve tested this, or other questions that
you want to see answered about this system, or other Bulls bikes. I feel like they do a good
job and it’s nice to have another option on the market. So, I’ll see you back at
ElectricBikeReview.com. Ride safe. Love ya. We’ll see you next time. (birds chirping)

11 comments on “BULLS ALPINE HAWK EVO Review – $5.8k Carbon Fiber Electric Road Bike 33lbs

  1. 33 pounds is on the heavy side, when compared to other carbon road e-bikes. Are they going to eventually have an on/off button on the outside, or will the rider have to take the battery out each time to turn it on after being dormant for 9 hours? I also don't like the idea of having to take the battery out each time to charge it. For me, an outside plug and on/off switch would be 'must-haves'.
    Having torque and cadence sensing is a big plus (are you listening Orbea?).

  2. This is in the style of the Focus's PARALANE² & the Orbea Gain. Those of you asking for it to be faster are missing the purpose of the build of the bike. This style of e-bike is designed for Roadies who are aging or are in need some help keeping up with the "pack". The assistant of this bike is designed to assist from stop/starts and to assist on hills. If you are climbing hills faster than 20 miles an hours you should not be on this bike.

  3. Thanks for another great review. I had read a comment that if you put a lot of power in off the start, the drive can slip and make a clunk. Did you experience anything like that? Also interested in seeing a review of the full suspension MTB ( Bulls Wild Flow?)that was in the video. If you review the Wild Flow, can you test for the slippage issue. Thanks again.

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