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

The 2017 Absa Cape Epic is one that Team Bulls will want to forget quickly. The defending champions Karl Platt and Urs Huber had their share of bad luck and the Epic legends finished the race in an unprecedented 12th place overall.

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In the Cape Epic, Team Bulls ride the BULLS Wild Edge Team 29 bike. Their race bikes are somewhat similar to the factory specification but with a few personal touches. As the defending champion, Karl Platt had the honour of riding with the 1-1 number board in 2017.

 

The team are riding the new 2017 edition of the Wild Edge 29 which sees slight changes to top tube and chainstay lengths and the addition of a second bottle cage mount within the front triangle. In the case of Karl, a pair of titanium bottle cages from King Cage fill this new found space. To add to the longevity of the frame, the new Wild Edge Team can accommodate modern metric shocks as well as imperial sized shocks using a flip chip in the top tube mount.

 

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Despite the best efforts of their direct competition, Shimano (and Team Bulls) are firm believers that the front derailleur and double chainring drivetrain still have a place in mountain biking, as indicated by the #NoSingleTruth sticker on the downtube above. Karl has a full XTR Di2 drive system in place with 36-26 chainring sizes and 11-40 11-speed cassette. This is a slight change from last year where Karl favoured a mechanical front derailleur over the electronic version. Karl keeps track of his power by way of a Stages left crank arm power meter.

 

The new RockShox SID is definitely eating into the RS-1's market share amongst the pro teams but Team Bulls decided to stick with last year's superstar for 2017. The team rides a specially tuned 110 mm version of RockShox's inverted fork. The rear suspension is handled by a Monarch XX also setup to provide 110mm of movement.

 

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A new addition to Wild Edge Team is the Duroflex carbon seat post with its flattened shape which makes it more compliant and comfortable. A Fizik Tundra saddle sits atop the Duroflex seat post with the handlebar and stem combo from FSA's SLK range. ESI Chunky grips, Tune bar ends, and FSA road bike tape placed inside the controls gives Karl multiple options to change his position on the bike. Karl uses a Sigma ROX 11.0 bike computer to display his vital stats.

 

The Sahmurai Sword plug system has become a must have piece of kit at Cape Epic and, of course, with former BULLS rider Stefan Sahm having designed the device, there is little wonder to see it fitted to Karl's bike.

 

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The wheels are a set of Stan's NoTubes ZTR Crest rims laced to a front SRAM Predictive Steering hub (for compatibility with the RS-1 fork) and Shimano XTR rear hub. Karl's tyres of choice are Schwalbe Rocket Rons.

 

Specifications


  • FrameWild Edge Team Di2
  • Rear ShockRockShox Monarch XX
  • ForkRockShock RS-1 110mm
  • HeadsetFSA
  • StemFSA SLK
  • HandlebarFSA SLK
  • SeatpostBulls Duroflex
  • Saddlefi’zi:k Tundra
  • GripsESI with FSA bar tape
  • PedalsShimano XTR
  • Front DerailleurShimano XTR Di2
  • Rear DerailleurShimano XTR Di2
  • ShifterShimano XTR Di2
  • CranksetShimano XTR with Stages crank
  • ChainShimano XTR
  • CassetteShimano XTR 11-40
  • BrakesShimano XTR
  • RotorsShimano RT86
  • RimsNoTubes ZTR Crest
  • Front HubSRAM Predictive Steering Hub
  • Rear HubShimano XTR 9010 Boost
  • TyresSchwalbe Rocket Ron
  • Bar End CapsSahmurai Sword
  • Bike ComputerSigma Rox 11.0
  • Bottle CagesKing Cage
  • Bar EndsTune RH1




11 Comments

leaboy, Apr 04 2017 02:22

2X FTW 

Catatonic_Joe, Apr 04 2017 03:10

Bar ends!!!!!? What a loser!

 

 

Note: Italics indicates sarcasm

billygoat0523, Apr 04 2017 04:18

so much for the #nosingletruth.  he should have the youtube ad pulled as well.

Headshot, Apr 04 2017 05:26

Bar ends!!!!!? What a loser!

 

 

Note: Italics indicates sarcasm

When your bars are that narrow you need bar ends...

Stefan Cremer, Apr 04 2017 07:03

Proof that different strokes really are for different okes. Most interesting for me is the lack of carbon hoops.

CAAD4, Apr 04 2017 07:49

Not only bar ends, a saddle bag, Sahmurais and 2x11? WTF! Simply shocking....

mountainfun, Apr 04 2017 09:18

Not only bar ends, a saddle bag, Sahmurais and 2x11? WTF! Simply shocking....

Wow, strong language...

Where did you come in the epic?

BigD, Apr 05 2017 07:58

Not only bar ends, a saddle bag, Sahmurais and 2x11? WTF! Simply shocking....

Nino who won had a saddle bag, Jose Hermida still rides with bar ends and 2x11 makes perfect sense for 8 days of climbing torture, you following the same sport as us?

BlinkFan, Apr 05 2017 08:04

In none of the articles did they mention which compound/version tires were fitted. For example - are these Snakeskin versions?

CAAD4, Apr 05 2017 10:40

Wow, strong language...

Where did you come in the epic?

 

Welcome to the Hub. Keep that tone for Friday. Some of us have been talking about these unfashionable items for many years....

CAAD4, Apr 05 2017 10:43

Nino who won had a saddle bag, Jose Hermida still rides with bar ends and 2x11 makes perfect sense for 8 days of climbing torture, you following the same sport as us?

Yes I am. Welcome to the Hub, probably following it a lot longer too. See above, then come back on Friday if you like.