While the Expo at the Sellaronda Hero was fun, the real interest was catching up with two of the most approachable guys on the marathon scene, Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm of Team Bulls. These guys have won more races together than just about any other racing duo.
We had the opportunity to find out what’s new on their 2016 Bulls Black Adder hardtails. They’d had their new team kit about three days when we interrupted their lunch to ask irritating questions!
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The bikes themselves were decked with full Shimano XTR Di2, in 2×11 format, and Karl assured us every gear would be used on the course!
Neat cable routing for the electronic shifting meant there were no dangling wires or dodgy-looking batteries to be seen, and despite Stefan’s bike having a Di2 display, a Garmin and a mount for a Shimano action cam, things didn’t seem too busy up front.
FSA finishing kit, and a smart carbon-railed Fi’zi:k Aliante saddle kept a bit of Italian flair on the German & Japanese engineering. Tyre wise, the German duo were both on their favoured Schwalbe treads, Racing Ralph front and rear on Shimano carbon 29er wheels.
Karl finished an impressive 15th place, with Stefan 56th in a super-strong field.