Bulls Bikes brings gravel grinders to the States

Direct-to-consumer German brand expands US road and gravel offerings

Gravel Sea Otter Classic
The Grinder 2 features a 7005 series aluminum frame, Shimano Ultegra groupset and carbon fork with a retail price of $2199.

The Grinder 2 features a 7005 series aluminum frame, Shimano Ultegra groupset, hydraulic disc brakes and carbon fork with a retail price of $2199.

Bulls Bikes is German brand that has been around for more than 20 years but they are fairly new to the American market. Like many other brands just starting here in the States, Bulls is using the direct-to-consumer business model. They make several different kinds of bicycles for their European market and their first US models were mainly mountain bikes. This year, Bulls is bringing in two of their new gravel bikes called the Grinder 2 and the less expensive Grinder 1 that both have aluminum frames and carbon forks.

A shot showing the tire clearance of the Grinder 2 with Maxxis Rambler 40c tires.

A shot showing the tire clearance of the Grinder 2 with Maxxis Rambler 40c tires.

Bulls Bikes – Grinder 2

The Grinder 2 is described as a “mixed breed of an endurance road bike and an off-road machine”. As shown at the Sea Otter Classic, both Grinder models were shod with Maxxis Rambler tires in 700x40c widths with plenty of tire clearance. The frame is 7005 double butted aluminum and is matched with a Bulls carbon fork. The overall geometry is more endurance based than race day inspired. The Grinder 2 is slightly lighter than the Grinder 1 mostly due to parts spec.

The Grinder frames have internal cable routing and both bikes feature Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The 2 features a mostly Shimano Ultegra 2×11 groupset with Bulls branded bars, stem, seat post and rims. The hubs are from Formula and the saddle is from Selle Royal. Claimed weight is 20.72 lbs and the retail price is $2199.00.

The Grinder 1 is a more affordable version of the Grinder with the same frame as the 2 but with a Shimano 105 groupset and a retail price of $1799.

The Grinder 1 is a more affordable version of the Grinder with the same frame as the 2 but with a Shimano 105 groupset and a retail price of $1799.

Bulls Bikes – Grinder 1

The Grinder 1 uses the same frame as the Grinder 2 but with different graphics and different parts spec providing a lower price. The Shimano 105 2×11 groupset results in a slightly higher claimed weight of 20.94 lbs and a retail price of $1799.00. Both versions of the Grinder are available now, direct from the Bulls Bikes USA website.

Close-up of the Grinder 1 top tube and seat tube details.

Close-up of the Grinder 1 top tube and seat tube details.

For more information visit www.bullsbikesusa.com.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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