Santa Cruz Bullit

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Charge Time
6 Hours
Maximum Range
38 Miles
Top Speed
20 mph
Watts
250 W
Torque
85 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 17.5Ah
Class
Drive
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
Weight
49.9, 50.2 lb
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Santa Cruz Bullit. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

12 reasons to buy

  • Testers of the Santa Cruz Bullit consistently praise the forgiving suspension.
  • Experts and owners say the large front wheel in the mixed-wheel setup (27.5" rear, 29" front) helps to maintain control on steep downhills.
  • Testers and owners relish the Bullit's ability to overcome hills.
  • Several buyers and reviewers report that the Bullit suits an aggressive riding style.
  • The Bullit has internally run cables, giving it a clean appearance and maximum cable protection.
  • Santa Cruz provides a lifetime warranty on the frame and bearings.
  • Reviewers and owners are impressed with the battery life (630Wh). Experts say it exceeded their expectations.
  • Owners appreciate the quality of components chosen for the Bullit, highlighting the SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain (Bullit S).
  • Experts note that the SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain matches well with the Shimano EP800 motor, providing smooth power across the full gear range.
  • According to expert reviewers, the Santa Cruz Bullit CC carbon frame is one of the brand's best frames yet.
  • There are ports on the drive unit to support plugging in Shimano accessories like a light.
  • Mobile phones connect via Bluetooth to the bike's computer/E-TUBE app.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Bullit is expensive compared to competitors. Santa Cruz does not offer a budget-friendly version of this bike.
  • Several reviewers mention the dropper seatpost cable needs adjustments to its routing, depending on the size of the rider.
  • One expert notes that the Bullit isn't available in a small frame size. Multiple reviewers also highlight that the frame sizes run large.

Bottom line

The Santa Cruz Bullit is a mixed-wheel enduro e-MTB. It's high-end, both in terms of price and build quality. The Bullit is universally popular with owners and experts, who highlight the bike's impressive climbing power and downhill abilities. Testers agree that the Bullit is best suited to riders with an aggressive style with its forgiving suspension setup. It's available in four different builds, and experts say the Bullit 'S' is the best choice for price and performance. However, serious downhill and trail enthusiasts may want to consider the top build kit that Santa Cruz offers.

Expert Reviews

87/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
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Santa Cruz Bullit CC X01 RSV Review

The 2021 Bullit is still blurring boundaries, but quite a lot has changed on the new bike.

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New 2021 Santa Cruz Bullit E-MTB Review

The Bullit shows just how seriously and aggressively the brand is taking e-MTB…

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90

Santa Cruz Bullit CC S Review

You can speed headfirst into technical ascents with almost zero finesse, and the Bullit will deliver grip, composure, and comfort in spades.

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The Loam Wolf

Santa Cruz Bullit Review

Some bikes are a blast, but when it comes to really sending it, they are just not quite there yet. The Santa Cruz Bullit is not that bike.

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Singletrack Magazine

Review: Santa Cruz Bullit Returns as a Gloss Lavender E-MTB, and It Rips!

Over the past few weeks that I have been riding this bike, it has been absolutely amazing; it has been trouble-free and a joy to ride.

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Best Day Ever MTB

Don’t Buy This Bike! Santa Cruz Bullit Review

I just wanted to jump over everything I could see, even things I had never done before.

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Tested: Ben’s Santa Cruz Bullit CC XO1 Reserve Review

Think of a bullet from a gun, and you probably think of speed. The Bullit is no exception when it comes to descending, living up to its name with a thirst for speed over anything you care to point it at.

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Review: 2021 Santa Cruz Bullit – The Electrified Freeride Machine

The Bullit will get up to speed eye-wateringly fast, and it’ll maintain that pace as long as you keep off the brakes.

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Riding the 2021 Santa Cruz Bullit E-MTB

It is pretty clear that this machine is aimed at aggressive riding on steep and challenging trails.

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NZ Mountain Biker

Review: Santa Cruz Bullit

The harder it is thrown, pushed, and directed at the trail, the more the overall package responds.

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E-MOUNTAINBIKE

New Santa Cruz Bullit CC X01 Reserve 2021 in Review – The Clue Is in the Name!

The spec of the Santa Cruz Bullit X01 RSV Air is nothing short of perfect; we wouldn’t have done it any differently!

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Mountain Bike Rider

Santa Cruz Bullit CC X01 RSV (2021) First Ride Review

This being a Santa Cruz, you get comprehensive back-up in the form of a lifetime warranty, fully serviceable bearings with lifetime replacement, and a grease port in the lower link.

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User Ratings

97/100 based on 7 ratings
  • 5 star
    86%
  • 4 star
    14%
  • 3 star
    0%
  • 2 star
    0%
  • 1 star
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