A two-year absence can imply many things - a round-the-world sailing trip, half a college education somewhere far from home, going to jail for tax evasion – two years can change you, man...
In the case of the Bullit, it was like a two-year stint in charm school. The bike is still big and brawny, built for tall drops and hard landings – with 178mm of rear wheel travel, a heavy duty 6069 aluminum frame with a stout 20mm pivot axle, a choice of either 135mm q.r or 150mm thru-axle dropouts, 203mm brake rotor clearance, an optional floating brake kit and a 1.5” steerer tube – but she’s come back with some very refined trail manners and a curvy set of new tubes. Charm school? Sure, but one that teaches judo too.
Strengths: Bulit is a greatst bike i ever try, good handling, and easy to ride
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2012
Weaknesses: to valuble
This santa cruz bullit is what i got for my 12 birthday i remember it like yesterday i got everything i ever wanted when i opened this presant it was fantastic. 2 years later and im still riding it anywhere, everywhere i was known around my village with that bike but sadly as i was meeting up with my friend i placed the bike round the back of the house lent up to a fence and went and waited for my friend to finish his lunch. and to my disperlief and my misery in the few miniutes i left it unintended it was stolen from me and i was helpless. the worst day of my life but it wasnt over as i had to go back to a disapointed father and tell him what had happened and how i had let him down as he had always warned me of this. This bike was stolen from me on the 22 / 08/ 2012 in hazlemere there is a huge reward for anyone who can find it. i am still on the endless and helpless hunt for my much missed bike.
Date Reviewed: April 27, 2012
Strengths: strong enough for dh yet light enough for xc, the best all rounder ive ridden with the dhx 5, i can keep up with my mates demo 8 and v10 at morzine with boxxers on a frame half the price and then match xc enduros with fox vans on long cross country mooches, no prob with dropper seatpost, needed all bushes and bearings changing and full service after a year but im quite heavy rider so not really a weakness
top handling, bombproof, adaptable, the best all round heavy hitting mountain bike you'll ever own,
a Weekend Warrior
from Jakarta, Indonesia
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2011
Strengths: strong and stiff frame. been hitting big rocks, feft from 1 meter away, hitting tree and still look strong.
Weaknesses: since im using singe speed crank, it raelly hard to do All-mountain when i face some ascending track. otherwise..this bike is really awesome
This is the bike that you can bring to any terrain. it works on all mountain terrain as well as agressive downhil.
7" rear shock travel doesnt mean it cannot go uphill. ive change my crank from single to 3 speed xt and it works great too.
it can be xc when u have 140-160 mm fork with medium tire
it can be am with 160-180 mm fork with wide tire
it can be fr/dh with 180-203 mm fork with wide tire
yes..its an ultimate weapon to knock down everything in front of you..
Similar Products Used: no other so far (this is my 1st free ride bike :))
Bike Setup: frame: Santa Cruz Bullit
Shock: Fox DHX 4.0
Fork: Rock Shock Totem 180 MM
Crank: thirdteen 32
Chain Guard: MCP Crank
Shifter: Shimano Saint
RD: Shimano Saint
Brakeset: Shimano SLX
Rotor: Shimano 8"
HB: control tech oversize
Stem: control tech Headset: across
Stem lock: Amoeba
Seat post: control tech
Saddle: WTB Aviator
spooke: dt swiss
rim: sun ringle intense mag 3.0
tire: kenda kinetic
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver Island Canada
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2011
Strengths: Simple beefy suspension. Overall light weight. Little maintaince. Very nimble, quick turning, very manouverable. 150mm rear end, 1.5 stear tube. You can pedal it uphill.
Weaknesses: Poor high speed tracking, bike feels unstable because of short wheel base, steeper angles. Linear shock travel.
For the price this bike is good. For tight shore style trails this bike is great, big hits, skinnies, air the bike handles very well. For any kind of high speed the bike feels unstable, I got the floating brake kit, I couldn't tell the difference (waste of money). I'm looking to replace the frame, as I all my other parts outclass the bike. It will be a linkage bike as I have lost the love with the single pivot bike. That's my honest opinion.
Similar Products Used: kona cindercone, specialized sx,specialized enduro EVO
Bike Setup: handlebars: easton monkey bars
stem: easton vice
grips: odi lock-on ( 1 season old)
shifter: mega 9
brakes: avid juicy 5 ( 8" front, 6" rear)
cranks: truvativ holzfeller
pedals: kona stock
bottom bracket: skf (1/2 season old)
bash guard: e- thirteen
seat post: thompson elite
front wheel: white industries 20mm hub with mavic 729 rim
rear wheel: dt swiss onyx qr hub with mavic 729 rim
rear derailleur: shimano slx (1 season old)
fork: manitou sherman (seals 1 season old)
rear shock: progressive 5th element
a Cross Country Rider
from tacoma, wa, usa
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2010
Strengths: solid, gusseted to hell, huge pivot bearing. good geo.
Weaknesses: none. if you think its too heavy for xc, your weak!
you gotta get up to get down. i love a long dh blast, but not before a good workout. this bike does it all. yes, i weigh in at 31 lbs, but im not a pussquit. i ride multi day trips xc, with front and rear racks, a huge pack, and im fat...and this thing makes all of that still feel comfortable. mine is a 2010, and i have a lot more to show her, but she is ready!
Bike Setup: custom built dhx 5.0, pushed vanilla rlc 140, xtr f/r der's, avid elixir cr 185's, xt crankset, xt shifters, raceface deus post, stem, and bars, loco rims on dt spokes and hope pro ii hubs
a Weekend Warrior
from Miami, Florida, USA
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2010
Strengths: This bike is very versitile and rides beautifully. It is tough and pretty light all things considered.
Weaknesses: None that I have seen.
This is my favorite mountain bike. It reminds me of a motocross bike - the ride is soft but not too soft and it turns predictibly. The front wheel seems swept forward a bit more than most other bikes I have ridden, and the bike just seem to feel bigger than it is. Strength, simplicity, and good looks to boot. Highly recommended.
Bike Setup: Pretty much all Azonic where possible - Outlaws, bars, stem, pedals, post etc. Marzocchi forks, Fox shock, Hayes brakes.
a Weekend Warrior
from calgary alberta
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2010
Strengths: I am a big guy and it has been absolutly bombproof for the last 6 or 7 years. I have thousands of miles on it, other than routine maintenance, it has been flawless. I am pushing 60 and fully expect it to be my last mountain bike!
It pedals well uphil and is wonderfully nimble. If you, like me, like to just ride without doing a bunch of repairs or maintenance, buy this bike.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale gemini(tons of problems), DeVinci Full Contact(broke the frame)
Bike Setup: Simple, once I got the 5th element dialed in
a Weekend Warrior
from Sao Paulo; Brazil
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2009
Strengths: Very Light frame, fast and easy to handle.The Orange colour!
Weaknesses: No one until now, but the paint will be on this list!!!
Great bike!!!After read some reviews, We can easy understand how this bike is a LEGO....I started build this bike with a sweet Fox 36 RC2 and works pretty well, but after take out the front derailler and change for a E-13 and change the Fox 36 for a RockyShox Boxxer race (200mm).Seems crazy???No....The bike has change it... and personnality also...I've ride in the first configuration over a year, and I've changed around 2 weeks....and now I can tell you that I've a new bike.
The DHX 5 Coil is a great shock, thank you for Chris Robinson and their friends at Santa Cruz factory, for that....
Great bike....a real Legend!!
Bike Setup: XT on rear, E-13, Fox DHX 5.0 Coil, Boxxer Race, Juicy Seven, Race face stem/seat post.
a Weekend Warrior
from portland, oregon
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2009
Strengths: simplicity, versatility, durability
can do light freeride (maybe heavy freeride but i'm the limiting factor as far as that goes), i also use it for xcountry, even use it for cardio/road riding
it performs admirably in all those scenarios; i've had zero maintenance issues so far; the aluminum tubing is a nice thick gauge so won't be prone to dents; a true all-mountain bike
Bike Setup: 05 Bullit frame, 888RC forks, Fox DHX 5.0 shock, Juicy brakes, Truvativ cranks, Dark cycles bashguard, XT derailleur, XTR shifter pod, Mavic 321 wheels w/ Onyx hubs
from Edmonton Alberta Canada
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2009
Strengths: Frame, its a Santa Cruz so you know its simple and to the point plus bomb proof. Sram components come stock. Do anything bike.
Weaknesses: Doesn't come with a chain guide or lock on grips. Bike is built for free ride it should have those stock but its only a couple hundred bucks so small price to pay.
This is the best bang for your buck bike. It does anything you throw at it. With this bike your riding ability will raise to a new level. Comes with some of the best components on the market so you don't have to spend a ton more money on it. I ride downhill and free ride and there isn't a trail I don't hit then I ride home on it.
if you plan to get heckler nah....
get bullit. this is it.1000 times better when you downhill
u can even eat up those XC machines.while up hill
dont worry about single pivot....you get over it soon
it ultimate machine...this is the one we call it MTB