The Heckler is about expanding your own trail map—accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails, and doing so independently. The full carbon frame and interchangeable 504wh battery keep the weight down (45.3lb) compared to bikes with larger batteries, but it's fast and easy to put in a fresh battery for even bigger, longer days.
The new Shimano EP8 motor is lighter than the previous unit (310g), has more power (85Nm versus 70Nm), smaller volume (-10%) for greater ground clearance, less drag (36%), more heat resistant, and is tuned to give more power in Trail mode. All this means it's even more capable of tackling longer, tougher rides.
The 27.5-inch wheels keep the bike playful and maneuverable in order to make the most of the trail. The slack head angle (65.5-degree) and 445mm chainstay length provide a snappy and fun feel while still providing traction for when the trail gets steep and technical, both up and down.
Like all Santa Cruz bikes, the Heckler pedals well regardless of watts involved. The 160mm-travel fork is paired with 150mm-travel at the rear to provide a wide range of capabilities. We tweaked the VPP kinematics to have slightly lower anti-squat than other bikes. This adds a touch more support and traction over rough stuff when pedaling seated—a major advantage of having the pedal-assist on your side.
And like every Santa Cruz bike, the Heckler is built for the rigors of true mountain biking. Shimano electronics were chosen for their refinement and reliability, while quality pivot hardware, easily replaceable radial bearings, and no-nonsense internal cabling were considered with a mechanic's sanity in mind!
The Heckler's boundaries aren't defined by distance, laps, or time. The boundaries in our head that say, "Don't bother", "Turn back", "Impossible." Smashing these boundaries is what got us hooked on riding in the first place. Heckler's not about taking things easy, it's about making things possible.
|Frame||Carbon CC 27.5 150mm Travel VPP|
|Fork||FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 160mm,|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Select+|
|Rims||RaceFace ARC HD 30 27.5"|
Front: DT Swiss 350, 15x110, Center Lock, 32h
Rear: DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, 32h
|Tires||Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5 x 2.6", 3C, EXO+, TR|
|Crankset||Shimano XT M8150 Crank Arms, 165mm|
|Shifters||Shimano XT M8100, 12spd|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT M8100, 12spd|
|Cassette/Freewheel||Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t|
|Chain||Shimano XT, 12spd|
|Brakes||Shimano XT 8120|
|Rotors||Shimano XT, Ice Tech, Center Lock|
|Handlebars||Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Di2 Riser|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro MK3|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated|
|Seatpost||Fox Transfer Performance Elite|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Team|
|Accessories & Extras||E13 E-Spec+ AL chainguide|
|Motor||Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800|
|Battery||Shimano 504Wh Integrated|
|Controller/Display||Shimano Display Unit SC-EM800|
* Subject to change without notice.