Most of the models come standard with a 7 or 8-speed internal gear hub in the rear, disc brake in the front, a custom kick-stand and fenders. Derailleur gearing and e-assist are also available. The riding position is somewhat leaned-forward, especially for taller riders, and there is no step-thru frame option. The modern-looking aluminum frame is meant to be extra stiff, to prevent twisting even with heavy loads.
I had a chance to test-ride this bike alone and with kids in the front (in a version that has an added kid seat); the handling is similar to a road bike, with responsive (or twitchy) steering which takes a minute to get used to. Disc brakes are a good idea on a bike meant to carry weight at high speeds.
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Many of the Bullitts in the USA are sold by Splendid Cycles in Portland, Oregon, but they are also available in a few other cities. The bike comes as shown, but most people pay for a child seat or cargo box to be added, and an electric bike version with a lithium battery pack is also very popular. A frameset costs $2350 alone. The complete bike with Alfine 8-speed hub is $3500. The e-bike version with a BionX rear hub is a grand more, $4500. Dynamo hubs and lights are an option.
Due to the relatively narrow cargo deck (no wider than the handlebars), one child can fit easily, but only small kids can double up. Winther, another Danish bike company, makes an adaptation of the Bullitt frame called the Wallaroo, which has a wider child carrier included, to fit two kids side-by-side. However, there is only one current USA dealer, JC Lind in Chicago.
|shifter||Alfine 8 speed|
|rear drivetrain||Alfine 8 speed|
|brakes front||Avid BB7|
|brake rear||Avid BB7|
|stem||Civia Midtown 25.4|
|fenders||20″ front/26″ rear black|
|tire front||Schwalbe Marathon 20×2|
|tire rear||Schwalbe Marathon 26×2|
|tube front||Slime tube 20″|
|tube rear||Slime tube 26″|
|rim strip||Schwalbe rim liners|
|wheel front||Alfine/Alex DM24 rim/stainless spokes|
|wheel rear||Alfine/Alex DM24 rim/stainless spokes|