Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

By Drew Rohde & Ryan Gagnon | Photos by Dusten Ryen
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Bulls Bikes isn’t a name many riders in the States are familiar with just yet, but they’ve been selling tons of bikes in Europe for quite some time now. Admittedly, we hadn’t spent much time on their bikes before the roundup began, but we’d been seeing their bikes at trade shows for quite a few years. The new Bulls Copperhead Evo AM3 showed up at our rental house in Palm Springs and we wasted no time to put the bike to work. We sent the bike home with one of our testers who has been riding it on some of his favorite Southern California trails ever since.

THE LAB
Built around a Bosch Gen 4 Performance CX Sport motor and Powertube 625Wh battery, this aluminum frame packs 150mm of front and rear wheel travel. The Copperhead Evo AM3 is a capable all around ebike, but we think it would be best for riders looking for a comfortable bike for eMTB touring or a more casual riding experience, but we’ll get into that later.

Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

To compliment the Bosch Performance powerplant, the Evo AM 3 comes with a Bosch Purion display unit so riders can easily see their ride info and toggle between power settings. Over the course of our testing, the new Gen 4 Bosch Performance line of motors and batteries totally won us over. The system offers the best power, and feel on the trail. Every bike we rode that came equipped with the Bosch system seemed like it had an advantage.

Bulls worked with a wide assortment of brands to build out this $5,899 ebike. A Fox Float 36 Rhythm fork and Fox Float DPS Air shock keep the rider suspended and the cockpit spec comes in the form of Bulls branded parts. We were not fans of the long stem that comes on the Evo AM 3 so we swapped it for a much shorter unit.

Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

DT Swiss H1900 wheels come wrapped in Schwalbe tires. Drivetrain spec is a mixture of brands as FSA alloy cranks spin a SRAM chain around the 12-speed SRAM Eagle cassette. The Evo AM 3 also uses a SRAM Eagle shifter and SX Eagle rear derailleur. Magura MT Trail four piston brakes help keep this heavy bike’s speed under control with 203mm e-bike specific rotors. We did not care for the MT5 two-finger levers however.

Geometry on the Bulls Copperhead Evo AM 3 is definitely on the conservative side with a 67.5-degree head tube angle, 480mm chainstays and an overall wheelbase of 1,211mm. The reach on our frame was 435mm, which is also on the short end of the spectrum. It made the bike corner around tight terrain but had us bashing our knees once we swapped to a 40mm stem.

Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

THE DIRT
Right out of the box the Bulls 80mm stem was a turn off and had us wondering who this bike was designed for. The AM title threw us off as we’ve not run a bike with an 80mm stem since the early 2000’s. Nevertheless, we set the bike up and were prepared to have our minds changed. Not surprisingly, the Bulls Copperhead Evo AM is a very competent bike overall.

*We asked Bulls about their reasoning to spec this stem and here is there reply:

BULLS Bikes Stem Statement: “At BULLS, we strive to get every rider the ride they want, and we pride ourselves on the innovation of our bike technology and geometry. The new BULLS Stem is designed to conceal the cables and wires for a safer, more streamlined experience. When it comes to the specs and geometry of our bikes, we do our best to accommodate as many riders as possible. When it comes to our eBikes, many riders find some of the most fun actually comes on the uphills, an experience that is enhanced by the application of using longer stems on some of our eBikes. A longer stem shifts the rider’s body weight towards the front of the bike and puts him in a better pedaling position, especially on those steep climbs. With that said, BULLS will stock different lengths to fit various render preference. We expect a shorter stem will be available after final production.”

The 150mm of travel on the Evo AM are on the softer and more linear side but can handle some rowdy terrain. We would definitely suggest some volume reducers for more aggressive or heavier riders to give the bike a bit more progression into the travel. We felt the rear shock and fork get a bit overwhelmed on extended DH sections when we were trying to go fast. On the flip side, more casual and seated riders who are looking for a bike to sit down and spin, will love the plushness.

Our riders felt the geometry on the Bulls was a bit off as the bike’s top-tube is on the shorter side and the head tube angle is most certainly a bit steep for gravity fiends. Once again, for flatter terrain riders or those looking for quick handling, it could be a decent option.

Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

The geometry was playful and snappy and helped us get up some very tight, technical climbs. When it was time to get into the steeper downhill trails however, the bike felt a bit short. It left us with a skittish feeling and that the bike wasn’t quite long or stable enough. This was only made worse by Bull’s decision to spec a short travel dropper post. Magura’s MT-5 brakes did a great job of keeping us under control however, even though we were not fans of the very large, two finger levers.

Overall the Bulls Copperhead Evo AM 3 rides way better than we expected it to after just looking at the spec. The highlights are most definitely the supple and sensitive suspension combined with the awesome climbing performance thanks to the Bosch Gen 4 Performance CX powerplant. Once we move away from those highlights however, the list of critiques begins to grow.

Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

The Wolf’s Last Word

It’s honestly a bit disappointing that the spec and price are so far off on this ebike, because at its core, the Bulls Copperhead Evo AM 3 is a solid riding eMTB. The geometry/sizing isn’t where it needs to be to be competitive off road. We don’t like the old-school moto-like brake levers and the 80mm stem and short travel dropper post are years behind the curve. We’re also a bit concerned about how the motor’s bash guard will hold up and resist dust, water and impacts as it is split down the middle.

We know it sounds harsh but we’re pointing these out because we want our readers to know where the bike stands, and honestly, we hope that Bulls can make some relatively easy changes because the bike’s suspension is really, quite impressive. The Bosch system works well, the Bulls Copperhead Evo AM has great climbing traction, the suspension is lively and extremely supple off the top. The suspension will get slightly overwhelmed by very aggressive riders, but all-day cruisers and older folks will certainly enjoy the smoothness and sensitivity this bike gives. Unfortunately though, the bargain factor isn’t really there either. We hope to see Bulls take what could be a really solid machine and make some revisions and spec or pricing changes for 2021.

Post Review Note: Since taking the bike home, getting more time on it and shortening the stem, our testers and friends have grown to like this bike very much and have found it to be a versatile machine for a fair amount of trails we ride. It’s still not the all-out DH shredders dream bike, but this is a solid bike for the average enthusiast and rider.

Price: $5,899
Weight: 56.5lbs
Website: Bullsbikesusa.com

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Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

CHASSIS
Frame: 6061 Aluminium Alloy, 150mm
Fork: Fox 36 Float Rhythm, 150mm
Shock: Fox Float DPS

POWERPLANT
Battery: Bosch PowerTube 625Wh
Drive Unit: Bosch Performance CX 250W

COCKPIT
Brakes: Magura MT Trail Hydraulic, 203mm
Handlebar: Calloy Aluminum, 760mm
Headset: FSA 1.5 ACR
Saddle: Selle Royal Vivo
Seatpost: Limotech Jovial Dropper, 125mm
Shifter: SRAM SLSX Eagle Trigger
Stem: BULLS, AS-MTB-i for internal cable routing
50mm for sizes 41/44/48cm
70mm for size 54cm
*Our stem is all internal cable routing

WHEELS
Hubs: DT Swiss H1900
Rims: DT Swiss H1900
Front Tire: Schwalbe Magic Mary, 27.5″ x 2.8″
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 27.5″ x 2.8″

DRIVETRAIN
Cassette: SRAM SX Eagle CS-PG-1210 11-52t
Cranks: FSA, Aluminum Alloy, 160mm
Derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle RD-SX-1

Bulls Copperhead EVO AM3 eMTB Review

We Dig

Supple and Plush Suspension
Comfortable All-Day Bike
Magura eMTB Rotors
Eats up Terrain
Good for Older/Casual Cruisers
Lots of Potential

We Don’t

Weight
Value is Not There
Spec is Way Off
Not a Mountain Biker’s eMTB
Geometry

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