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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team
(Image credit: Max Sullivan )

Urs Huber is a former Cape Epic winner and 10-time finisher. The Swiss rider was once again part of Team Bulls and riding its Wild Edge XC bike for this year's event.

The German bike brand has a long association with the Cape Epic, and its Wild Edge Team specification cross-country mountain bike is ideally configured for a stage race of the Epic’s demanding duration.

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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Urs rides Bulls Wild Edge XC bike (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

The Bulls Wild Edge Team has a top tube mounted shock (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

The shock is driven by a yoke (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

As expected from an XC race bike, the frame is carbon fiber (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Unlike many XC bikes these days, Bulls still uses an actual pivot on the chainstays (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Just incase Urs forgets his name (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Cable routing in internal feeding into the frame through the headtube (Image credit: Max Sullivan )

Huber’s bike features a full carbon frame, with 100mm of fork and shock travel. Unlike many other 100mm carbon fiber bikes at the Cape Epic, the Wild Edge Team doesn't have a solid rear triangle, and still uses a chainstay pivot rather than flex stays.

Suspension is a combination of RockShox’s 100mm SID Ultimate RL-R fork and SIDLuxe Ultimate shock. Both suspension components have mechanical lockout levers mounted on the handlebar.

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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Urs runs a mechanical Shimano XTR groupset (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Shimano's XTR cranks have a beautifully refined aesthetic (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Urs matches his his pedals with his cranks (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Shimano XTR shifting and braking (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

On the left hand side Shimano and SRAM equipment sit alongside each other (Image credit: Max Sullivan )

Blending Shimano and SRAM

Drivetrain and braking specification is another part of this Huber’s build that differs from most of his Cape Epic pro-rider rivals. Although the suspension components are RockShox, Bulls don’t use SRAM brakes or the American company’s AXS Eagle XX1 wireless drivetrain.

Huber prefers to go mechanical at the Cape Epic, relying on Shimano’s latest XTR M9100 groupset, with matching XTR brakes.

Despite not using the wireless drivetrain option from SRAM, Huber uses a RockShox Reverb AXS wireless dropper seatpost. This is an unusual combination of Shimano groupset and SRAM wireless adjustable seatpost, but we have become accustomed to some interesting component blends with pandemic supply chain issues.

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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

DT Swiss XRC 1200 wheels are fitted with Schwalbe tires (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

At the front is a Racing Ray (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

On the rear is a Racing Ralph (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Super Race construction is designed for suppleness and fast rolling speeds (Image credit: Max Sullivan )

Red compound tires 

Schwalbe has a long history of success at the Cape Epic and Huber’s Bulls Wild Edge Team rolls the latest combination of Racing Ray and Racing Ralph EVO, on DT Swiss XRC 1200 wheels.

To counter the risk of those sharp Western Cape rocks and thorns, Huber opted for the TLE casing. Schwalbe offers a variety of rubber compound choices and Huber selected the Addix speed which sacrifices grip in favor of the lowest possible rolling resistance.

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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Traditional bottle cages are simple and effective (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Ergon seat is specced (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

RockShox Reverb is fitted for seat dropping requirements (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

The Reverb is neatly controlled by a neat handlebar button (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Wahoo mount is simply attached to the stem (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Course preview is stuck to the bars for easy mid-race referencing (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

The small front mudguard is Bulls branded (Image credit: Max Sullivan )
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Cape Epic: Urs Huber's Bulls Wild Edge Team

Sid forks have remote lock-out (Image credit: Max Sullivan )

Traditional cages 

The Bulls Wild Edge Team specification bike was designed to accommodate two bottle cages in its front triangle and Huber prefers the reliability of metal cages, instead of composite.

Not only do these metal cages look fantastically retro, but they are less likely to shatter in the event of an awkward crash.

Lance Branquinho
Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Rides: Morewood Kwela Cotic Simple 26 Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype