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.
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.
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.
For more information visit www.bullsbikesusa.com.