Bulls Bikes, a company based out of Germany, has been making a splash in the European bike market for many ears, but recently the company jumped across the pond
to entice the American market. Don’t run down to your local shop
just yet, though, because Bulls only offers its bikes online, making shopping for your next bike in your pajamas a reality. Bulls
believes that shopping online not only offers you better prices,
but also more sizes and colors. It also saves you time and gas
driving to and from bike shops. Even though most of the MBA
crew developed a passion for bikes working in shops, we understand that times are changing and online sales are more popular
than ever. So, we called up Bulls and put its latest Copperhead
model to the test.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Copperhead 3 RSi is made for riders who have fun simply
by being out on the trails and who aren’t looking to hurtle themselves off boulders at Mach speeds. The Copperhead’s rider will
most likely seek out cross-country trails and show little interest in
overpriced carbon wheels. This bike’s light and efficient hardtail
frame makes it fast on the climbs, and its 27.5-inch wheels make
it quick and nimble on the way back down. Cross-country riders
and relaxed trail riders will find this bike perfect for the job.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Bulls built the Copperhead 3 RSi with a triple-butted aluminum frame that comes with a one-year warranty. Some of the
Copperhead’s key features include internally routed cables,
a tapered head tube and a Press Fit bottom bracket. The
Copperhead 3 RSi has 27.5-inch wheels with a geometry to
match; however, a 29-inch version with a few tweaks is also
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The Copperhead 3 RSi is the top-of-the-line model in the
Copperhead series. Our Copperhead had an XT 2x11 drivetrain
and a Fox Float 32 featuring a remote lockout. Continuing
with the Shimano theme, the bike sports a pair of XT hubs
wrapped with WTB rims and a pair of Shimano Deore brakes
with 180-millimeter rotors front and rear. To top it all off, Bulls
includes a pair of Wellgo pedals to get you rolling right out of the
BIKE TEST / BULLS COPPERHEAD 3 RSI
Special-delivery German performance
Braking on a budget: Shimano’s Deore brakes with 180-millime-
ter rotors offer ample stopping power at an extremely affordable
cost. The levers have great ergonomics, and the reach can be
adjusted with the help of a small Allen wrench.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Setting sag: The lack of rear suspension on the Copperhead
made setting the sag a walk in the park. The Fox Float fork worked
best for us with around 20-percent sag with about 7 to 8 clicks of
rebound from the closed position. The fork’s remote lockout is easy
to use and allowed us to cycle through the fork’s three positions
(open, medium and closed) without taking our hands off the bars.
Singletrack slayer: The Bulls
Copperhead 3 RSi is built to
shred singletrack in or out of
the saddle. The hardtail rear end
makes the Copperhead efficient
and fast, while the Fox remote
lockout allowed riders to cycle
through the fork’s three settings