LARRY VS HARRYE-BULLITT - STEPS E8000 - BIKE WITH KIDS PACK
The E8000 Bullitt cargo bike takes Bullitt's reputation for handling and adds the Shimano E8000 e-assist, a system that isn't just about power and torque (it has both in abundance) but was designed for the rapid acceleration/deceleration of mountain bikers who also want high-boost options for big hills and high-traction for corners or wet days. The E8000, unlike other systems, knows when to give the power and how much, it's crunching your data inputs like its reading your mind. It should be no surprise the E8000 also comes with Shimano's high-end e-assist XT-level gruppo, combining a wide 418% gear range using Shimano's lightning-fast Di2 electronic shifting. Oh yes, it doesn't get better than this.
What does this mean for carrying kids? Well, the DNA of Bullitt is that they are designed to give the rider the best possible handling, because handling equals safety. The E8000 motor is designed with the same principles. It won't accidentally give too much power when you don't need it, nor too little when you do. And, while this kind of high-tuned performance might not make sense for day-to-day errands in a dense city (which the E6000 handles admirably), the E8000 really opens things up if you commute on a car-free bike path or want evening/weekend rides out of the city. Like all Bullitts, it depends on you. Want to ride safe-and-slow? The E8000 works with you. Want to crank up the power and have some fun with the kid(s)? Go for it!
We sell a lot of Bullitts to self-identified cyclists who want to keep riding especially when they have kids. However, most cargo bikes don't give them the handling they're used to. The kids-pack gives you a consummate errand-runner and kid-dropper-offer but also a great bike for long weekend rides where you can work up a good sweat while earning the best family time ever - especially with the e-assist. The kids-pack comes with the impact-resistant honeycomb board and the foldable seat (c/w seatbelt). The seat is generally meant for kids over two, so if you have a newborn we recommend strapping a car seat onto the chassis. Over top is Bullitt's canopy, which is far more than just a canopy, it's a lightweight and burly aluminum roll-bar that arcs over the child and scoops up around the kids torso. It's about as safe as safe can get.
- Lightweight 6061 Aluminum frame, made for STePS
- 350W of power combined with 70nm of highly tuned-torque makes this bike a mind-reader
- Trail setting for traction and high-boost setting for hills
- Huge 500W battery for long rides (up to 80km)
- Short wheelbase and low centre of gravity puts less bike and more handling into corners
- Steep seat and head-tube angles optimize acceleration and handling
- Super-stiff frame doesn't flex in corners: total mind-bike connection
- Lightweight and high-performance XT system provides massive 418% gear range with Shimano Di2 electric shifting
- Four piston Shimano Zee hydraulic brakes w/big 203 rotors
- Heavy duty aluminum kickstand
- Experienced cyclists recommended
- Maximum Capacity: 180kg or 400lbs
- Designed in Denmark, assembled by Curbside professional mechanics
|FRAME||Super-stiff Aluminum Alloy - Powder-coated|
|WEIGHT CAPACITY||400lbs (rider + payload)|
|DRIVE UNIT||Shimano STePS E8000 350W w/70Nm Torque|
|BATTERY||Massive 500W battery for long run time|
|MAX ASSISTED SPEED||32km/hr as per Canadian regulations|
|COMPUTER MODES||Low, Medium, High w/high boost (hills) + trail option (traction)|
|RANGE ESTIMATE||80km on low (eco)|
|CHARGING TIME||Four hours|
|CHASSIS BASEPLATE||Bullitt honeycomb board: lightweight & strong aluminum lattice|
|KIDS SEAT||Foldable seat fits one kid or two (very tightly). For kids over the age of two.|
|CANOPY||Aluminum roller w/ water-resistant Cordura fabric. Opens up for summer times and has mesh panels for bugs. L85cm x W65 x H52|
|HEADSET||FSA Orbit XL Pressfit w/cartridge bearings|
|STEM||Thomson w/Satori stem-lifter (100mm up/down adjustment)|
|GRIPS||Lock-on (never loosens up)|
Shimano Zee 4-piston w/cooling fins and big 203mm rotors for max stopping control
|BRAKE LEVERS||Shimano Zee servowave (very ergonomic)|
|FRONT HUB||Novatec disc front|
|REAR HUB||Novatec disc rear|
|SPOKES||Stainless steel, 36H, 14G|
|RIMS||Super-strong Alex Supra|
|TIRES||Ultra-fast Schwalbe Kojak|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Cartridge sealed|
|CRANKS||Shimano Hollowtech II|
|COGSET||Shimano XT - 11-42|
|PEDALS||Alloy, sealed bearing|
|KICKSTAND||Integrated wide-base aluminum spring loaded|
|LOCK||ABUS Protectus 5000 Cafe Lock|
|FRONT LIGHTING||B&M Lumotec IQ2 Eyc (powered from battery)|
|REAR LIGHTING||B&M Secula (powered from battery)|
|BIKE DIMENSIONS||L 243 x W46 x H76 cm|
|CHASSIS DIMENSIONS||L: 724mm bottom, 824mm top, W; 466mm|
|5' 4"||6' 7"|
Ride out of the Box is our exclusive shipping service. Our professional mechanics fully assemble and tune the bike, install any accessories that you choose and package it carefully for damage and care-free shipping.
By shipping it through freight-lanes rather than courier-lanes greatly minimizes transfer points and damages. You get a bike that is ready to ride, with full manufacturer’s warranty and delivered right to your front door.
Will this take up a lot of space on the road?
Nope. This is the narrowest, fastest and meanest cargo bike on the road. You can even pass in the bike lane (if you’re good).
What’s the difference between the STePS and the STePS e8000?
A lot! The Shimano STePS e8000 system is a powerful 250W motor with a powerful 70nm of torque and a massive 500W battery. It’s also light, almost 30% than similar systems from Bosch or Yamaha. If you want long battery life, crazy power under load and quick acceleration for the stops-and-starts of city riding, the E8000 is amazing. The traditional STePS model is designed for reasonable acceleration and power and works great if you’re carrying kids over hills or distance and need that extra push. It features a smaller 400W battery and 50nm of torque. Note that the traditional STePS bike uses a Shimano Alfine internal gear hub for low maintenance while the STePS E8000 uses a high-end Shimano derailleur system for lightweight, super wide-range shifting.
How does this compare to other two-wheeled cargo bikes?
Nothing compares to a Bullitt, full stop. But, it’s not for everyone. This is a cargo bike that has a definite learning curve, but that learning curve entails a human-machine connection that, when reached, is beyond words. Bullitt was designed originally for fast cargo deliveries, and this DNA lies behind its punchy acceleration and telekenetic handling. Safety and handling are deeply intertwined, so once the learning curve is mastered (takes a week) this is arguably one of the finest kid-carrying machines too. If you’re ok with a little bit of a learning curve, you’re going to love this bike.
How the heck do I buy one of these?
Unlike the non e-assist Bullitt bikes, the STePS systems are sold as complete bikes. The hard part is choosing your colour!
Can I use this bike for a business?
The original intention of the Bullitt is for business, which is why it is used by DHL throughout Europe and many courier companies throughout North America. The Bullitt frame offers endless possibilities for custom boxes and Bullitt has several turnkey options that are available anytime by special order. Email firstname.lastname@example.org you’re interested in discussing a Bullitt for your business or business idea.
I want to set this up for carrying a child, what’s the process?
First you need the Honeycomb Board, which is a lightweight laminated lattice-aluminum baseplate that makes the foundation. To this mounts the Foldable Seat. For impact resistance you can either choose the canopy which has an aluminum roll-bar inside. Or, you can buy the BBX panels, made of impact-resistant laminated lattice-aluminum. If you want to use the Canopy in the winter the BBX panels remove quickly, and the inverse is true if you want to use the open-air BBX panels in the Summer.
How many kids will this carry?
One. Don’t even try to carry more.
Can I store it outside?
Of course. But if you are storing it outside during the winter we strongly recommend going with the traditional Shimano STePS e-assist since it uses a low maintenance Alfine internal gear system.
Does the battery lock to the bike?
Yep. That’s one expensive chunk of Lithium Ion. It locks on to the down-tube and only you can remove it with the key provided.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
It takes five hours to charge the battery from flat to full, and there is no problem if you only charge the battery a little bit, halfway, or whatever. You’ll get over 1000 complete charges with the battery which is typically 5+ years of use before a replacement is required.
Is the unit serviceable?
You bet it is. For years the e-assist market was dominated by small fly-by-night companies with good ideas and no balance sheet. The consumer took all the risk and were often left with technical assistance phone numbers that no longer worked. Today’s systems are made by huge players like Bosch, Yamaha, and Shimano – and they are sophisticated, which means they are updateable, diagnosable, and if something does break, fundamentally repairable.
This is expensive! Will it get stolen?
Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?
Two-year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear.