Bikes of the Epic: Karl Platt's BULLS Wild Edge Team 29

If you followed our 2016 Bikes of the Epic series in March, you might have noticed that there was one glaring omission, the bike that won the race. It may be many months later but we've finally tracked down Karl Platt's 2016 Absa Cape Epic winning BULLS Wild Edge Team 29 bike.

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Karl Platt rode this medium sized (46cm) BULLS Wild Edge Team 29 to his fifth Absa Cape Epic overall victory in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic.

 

In celebration of Team BULLS's 10th year participating in the Absa Cape Epic in 2016, BULLS launched the Project Zebra campaign which included a custom paint scheme for the bike.

 

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The cockpit features lightweight carbon components with the handlebar, stem, and seat post coming from FSA's K-Force range. ESI Chunky grips, Tune bar ends, and road bike tape placed inside the controls give Karl options to change his position on the bike. Taping a chain link to the cable housing is a neat way of storing this small but important spare part. Karl also makes use of the Sahmurai Sword end caps to store his tyre plug system conveniently inside the handlebar. A thin foam patch on top of the stem assists in holding a Sigma ROX 10.0 computer in place.

 

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The bike is driven by Shimano's XTR drivetrain. Interestingly, the rear derailleur and shifter is the electronically assisted Di2 model while the front derailleur is cable operated. Karl has opted for a double ring setup (36/26) with a 40-11 cassette range. The XTR brake set is a custom build with the calipers from the cross-country specification and the levers sourced from the trail range. Power output is monitored by a Stages Cycling power meter on the non-drive side crank arm.

 

During the 2016 Absa Cape Epic, the BULLS team rode with blue special edition XTR pedals to celebrate 25 years of Shimano's SPD pedal system.

 

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BULLS entrusted a RockShox RS-1 fork and Monarch XX shock to smooth the bumps during the 2016 Absa Cape Epic. The shock is a custom tune for BULLS with both components set to 110 mm of suspension travel. The lockout on both the shock and fork are controlled by a single RockShox lever. It will be interesting to see if the RS-1 fork loses favour to the new SID fork at the 2017 Epic.

 


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The fi’zi:k Antares 00 carbon saddle has a claimed weight of 140 grams.

 

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When looking at Karl's bike in 2015, I mistook his bottle cage for a basic cheapie. A sharp reader pointed out that it is, in fact, a titanium cage made by USA manufacturer King Cages. During the 2016 Absa Cape Epic, Karl mounted a second bottle cage to the seat post.

 

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The BULLS team roll on a custom wheelset with Stan's NoTubes Race Gold rims, blade spokes, aluminium nipples, XTR rear hub, and a predictive steering front hub to accommodate the RockShox RS-1 fork. Tyres of choice are Schwalbe's light weight and fast-rolling Rocket Ron with a 2.25 width.

 

Full specification:


  • FrameBULLS Wild Edge Team, 110mm travel, Size M / 46cm, custom Zebra paint job
  • ForkRockShox RS1, 110mm travel
  • ShockRockShox Monarch XX, custom tuned for Team BULLS
  • LockoutRockShox XLoc Full Sprint Lock-out (locks fork and shock with one lever)
  • Crankset Shimano XTR FC9020 (Trail Version), double chain ring 26-36, 175mm length with Stages Powermeter
  • Bottom BracketShimano Pressfit BB94
  • Front DerailleurShimano XTR
  • Rear DerailleurShimano XTR Di2 Shadow+
  • Left shifterShimano XTR with I-Spec II
  • Right shifterShimano XTR Di2 (11-speed)
  • CasetteShimano XTR 11-speed, 11-40t
  • ChainShimano XTR 11-speed
  • PedalsShimano XTR M990 race, 25th anniversary limitied edition
  • BrakesShimano XTR, custom built BRM9000 calipers with BLM9020 levers
  • SeatpostFSA K-Force 27,2 / 400mm
  • Saddlefizik Antares 00
  • Seatpost clampKCNC Road Pro SC9
  • HeadsetFSA integrated No. 57
  • StemFSA K-Force, 110mm / -6°
  • HandlebarFSA K-Force, 700mm
  • GripsESI Chunky
  • Front wheelcustom built with NoTubes race gold rim, 32H, bladed spokes, 14mm aluminium nipples, Predictive Steering hub
  • Rear wheelcustom built with NoTubes race gold rim, 32H, bladed spokes, 14mm aluminium nipples, Shimano FH-M9000 hub
  • TyresSchwalbe Rocket Ron 2.25 Snake Skin Evolution Line, 120ml Schwalbe Doc Blue Professional per tire
  • Bottle cageKing Cage Titanium
  • BarendsTune RH1
  • ComputerSigma Rox 10.0 GPS
  • Tyre plugsSahmurai Sword






16 Comments

Comments

Chain-L, Dec 08 2016 12:23

any idea of the weight?

Corrado, Dec 08 2016 12:48

Wonder why the one brake lever is so much lower than the other. Or is the 2nd photo playing trick on my eyes?

Mongoose!, Dec 08 2016 01:17

nice Zebra bike!

spy, Dec 08 2016 01:23

interesting compared to other Pro's....no carbon rims , x 2 drive train ...... 

AdamA, Dec 08 2016 01:34

Wonder why the one brake lever is so much lower than the other. Or is the 2nd photo playing trick on my eyes?

 

Right shifter is Di2, Left is Cable, the Brakes are the same height/angle 

DJuice, Dec 08 2016 01:34

2017 bike can take two bottle cages inside the frame triangle.

s14phoenix, Dec 08 2016 01:52

best guess would be about 12kg??? maybe a bit less...

I would be keen know

Wil6, Dec 08 2016 02:13

That is one seriously ugly bike

Spoke101, Dec 08 2016 03:01

best guess would be about 12kg??? maybe a bit less...

I would be keen know

With the above set up I would say sub 11kg, guess about 10.8kg for a medium.

Sarel See Monster, Dec 08 2016 05:20

Ugly. 

 

#barend

PeterF, Dec 08 2016 06:46

Bar ends and handlebar tape on the area near the stem. I suppose when you are spending that much time on the bike comfort is crucial.

'Dale, Dec 08 2016 06:55

Definitely not sexy 🙈

Long Wheel Base, Dec 08 2016 08:50

Right shifter is Di2, Left is Cable, the Brakes are the same height/angle

I wonder why he went for that option? Di2 for 2x is still only 1 lever so the left lever is just a waste.

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Goodbadugly, Dec 30 2016 07:09

Back to bar ends, 2x set up and alloy rims?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I'll like it.

And good old Shimano pedals...

BaGearA, Dec 30 2016 07:42

First time reading this but its very odd to see that ratio up front Karl could probs ride the entire epic on the 36t

 

Makes more sense to me to go with 26/28 and A 38/40

 

But He probably likes it that way

 

awesome bike all and all

EmptyB, Dec 30 2016 07:54

No saddle bag....