Bike check: Bulls Wild Edge Team 29

At the end of Stage 3 of this year's Absa Cape Epic at Oak Valley, I took a brief look at Karl Platt's Bulls Wild Edge Team 29.
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Platt's bike features a Shimano XTR drivetrain. Interestingly, he goes with the electronic Di2 gear shifting components in the rear and sticks to mechanical parts in the front. Shimano XTR was chosen again for the brakes and rear hub.

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RockShox's RS-1 dominated amongst the pro men at this year's Absa Cape Epic. Along with the RS-1 comes SRAM's predictive steering front hub.

The remainder of the wheelset features Stan's Race Gold rims laced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Team Bulls went with tubeless Schwalbe Rocket Ron tyres.

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The Wild Edge uses a RockShox Monarch XX (with remote lockout) shock in the rear. The bottle cage in the frame has refreshingly rudimentary look to it.

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Platt's cockpit is somewhat busy with the Garmin mounted on the stem, two shifters plus a Di2 display, GoPro mount, lockout switch, brake levers and bar ends.

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Last but not least, the Sahmurai Sword tubeless plug kit. Never again will I ignore bar caps. I would have missed this innovative device, if it weren't for an enthusiastic mechanic and Stefan Sahm pointing them out.




24 Comments

rock, Mar 25 2015 05:41

That rudimentary bottle cage happens to be a Titanium King Cage - the best there is! 

GoLefty!!, Mar 25 2015 06:36

This bike is simplicity at its finest

Mongoose!, Mar 25 2015 06:39

Eish. XTR name on crank distroyed. Will that be incorrect bike setup. Cleats not set correctly?

Hairy, Mar 25 2015 06:48

Seems like the RS fork was under many a pro's christmass tree :P

Odinson, Mar 25 2015 06:50

Gorgeous bike. Damn shame they're not available in SA.

Lexx, Mar 25 2015 07:00

I think they will hit massive record sales in Pretoria if they open a shop near Floptus... :ph34r:  :whistling:  :oops:

rock, Mar 25 2015 08:13

they don't make a size "S"  :(

rock, Mar 25 2015 08:16

rumor is they will ride this next year

 

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craig82, Mar 25 2015 08:28

Isn't it called "predictive steering hub"? I wonder what an "adaptive steering hub" does?

Nick, Mar 25 2015 08:32

Isn't it called "predictive steering hub"? I wonder what an "adaptive steering hub" does?

 

Correct  :blush: It appears that "adaptive" is the only word not used in SRAM's marketing material.

EmptyB, Mar 25 2015 08:33

Niiiiiice

Spoke101, Mar 25 2015 08:45

For the life of me I can't understand why they are running Race Gold's. Those things are like wet noodles, brake hard enough and the front tyre will touch the fork.

Surly they could get a set of Valors?

Redlight, Mar 25 2015 08:52

That rudimentary bottle cage happens to be a Titanium King Cage - the best there is!

really. Who all knew that?

tubed, Mar 25 2015 09:14

crankset looks similar to the 960 of years back, those were great cranks, but a non-standard bcd messed up the availability of chainrings

 

silver stainless steel spokes?!, don't these guys know that the local bike shops will look down on you if they aren't black spokes

 

great looking bikes

Shebeen, Mar 25 2015 09:30

Judicialwhat's wrong with di2 for fd?Surely a hybrid combo ways more than either on its own.... And these guys obsess over weight

GoLefty!!, Mar 25 2015 10:08

crankset looks similar to the 960 of years back, those were great cranks, but a non-standard bcd messed up the availability of chainrings

 

silver stainless steel spokes?!, don't these guys know that the local bike shops will look down on you if they aren't black spokes

 

great looking bikes

 

 

 

stupid prices messed with the availability of the chainrings.

R1800-00 for a set in 2003 was silly money. now its a walk in the park

tubed, Mar 25 2015 10:13

stupid prices messed with the availability of the chainrings.

R1800-00 for a set in 2003 was silly money. now its a walk in the park

aha, now I remember, you could get them, but a new crankset was the cheaper option than the replacement rings alone, everything seems 104bcd now, so no chance of putting a single chainring on there any time soon, its still a beautiful looking crankset

AdrianDJ, Mar 26 2015 09:12

I got to take a good close look at Stephan Sahms bike, with a bit of his own handy work he managed to mount a second bottle cage inside the front triangle, mounted slightly away from the seattube with a "spacer" (homemade) (exactly where Karls "bomb" is) pretty nifty. he said he hates mounting a bottle cage on his seat post as he says it messes with the bikes centre of gravity (many opinions on that i guess)

 

Interestingly enough, we asked him what he thinks of the Di2 he was running, his words "do you want an honest answer?" he said " he doesn't like the feel of the shifters, but that it does work well"

rock, Mar 26 2015 01:45

with those upside down forks they can mount bottle cages on the uppers :)

 

one on either side

Rick Sanchez, Mar 26 2015 09:50

No Wonder Platt can't win the Epic, his bike must weigh a ton compared to the Specialized bikes with the 1x11.

Brian Fantana, Mar 26 2015 10:02

No Wonder Platt can't win the Epic, his bike must weigh a ton compared to the Specialized bikes with the 1x11.


According to Bikeradar Kulhavey's bike weighed in at 11,5kg. Not really that light.

DJuice, Mar 26 2015 10:24

I got to take a good close look at Stephan Sahms bike, with a bit of his own handy work he managed to mount a second bottle cage inside the front triangle, mounted slightly away from the seattube with a "spacer" (homemade) (exactly where Karls "bomb" is) pretty nifty. he said he hates mounting a bottle cage on his seat post as he says it messes with the bikes centre of gravity (many opinions on that i guess)
 
Interestingly enough, we asked him what he thinks of the Di2 he was running, his words "do you want an honest answer?" he said " he doesn't like the feel of the shifters, but that it does work well"

Pictures of Stefans bike?

N-I-N-J-A, Mar 30 2015 03:03

Gorgeous bike. Damn shame they're not available in SA.

 

Anyone going to Germany any time soon?

 

http://www.bulls.de/...ow/wild-edge-29

 

€2.999,00, just under R40k in today's money...

 

I'll take one please!

Mr X, Mar 30 2015 03:22

Wow Rocket Rons vs marie biscuit semi-slick Renegades (Songo/Spez)!