Santa Cruz Bullit Carbon CC MX E-Bike - XT Kit - 2021
Santa Cruz Bullit MX could be the world's burliest trail e-bike. Imagine the gnar-taming capabilities of the big-hitting Nomad and Megatower boosted with Shimano's new EP8 STEPS motor, and you start to see a bike that's not only off-the-charts capability-wise, but in terms of how far and wide you can go with it, as well.
Bullit's high-capacity 630wh battery and more refined, more powerful—not to mention lighter and smaller—EP8 motor combine with a smasher build to turn those once-a-year epics into your regular rides and let you unlock new, long rides you never thought possible.
Designed for tackling the steepest and deepest of trails, Bullit's 170mm-travel fork with 38mm stanchions, DoubleDown tires, and coil shock options beg for the abuse of rooty, rocky horror fests usually reserved for the aforementioned big-hitting pedal bikes. Where the Heckler puts a premium on agility and playful handling, the Bullit comes to brawl with a no-limits attitude.
Like many of our bikes, the inspiration for this one initially came from the Syndicate—our works-level DH squad. After champion puzzler and downhill demon, Loris Vergier, talked us into a mixed-wheel V10 DH sled, it was really just a matter of time before we brought that World Cup mindset to a broader use case. And, like with Loris' race bike, we've found it provides the confidence-at-speed of a 29er with the more spritely handling characteristics and maneuverability of a 27.5 rear end. Unlike Loris' V10, however, this big-hitting mixed bike goes uphill, as well.