On and on and on and on...
Danny MacAskill just doesn't stop talking about ebikes. He's infatuated with them. In fact, the only time he's not chewing someone's ear off about how good they are is when he's riding them. And when he's riding an ebike he rides and rides and rides. Which is partly why we've made the newest Heckler able to go further, higher, faster and be funner.
The latest generation of the Heckler has a larger interchangeable battery (720wh up from 504wh), which allows riders to expand their own trail map - accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails and cramming more into less time.
The new Heckler has both mixed or dual 29-inch wheel size options. Wheel size isn't the only option for riders. There's a full-size range of both from medium to XXL, with the small size frame having dual 27.5 wheels. Two levels of carbon (Santa Cruz's own C and CC blends) open up the range of options for build kits.
The thing that sets our ebikes apart from the pack is the on-trail manners of the bike. We sweat the carbon layup and frame design so it's tough enough to handle the sheer quantity of riding ebikes allow. There's no corners cut in the componentry so you're only concern is not getting lost rather than being stuck with a mechanical. The geometry has been honed from a lot of testing and feedback in order to make the ride fun whether going up or down. And finally, the legendary VPP suspension has been tuned precisely for ebike use. 150mm rear travel (with 160mm travel fork up front) seems to be the sweet spot for a bike intended to tame big trails on big days, with slightly less anti-squat to give it glue-like traction on the climbs you'll be testing yourself on.
The only thing we've yet to figure out is how to get Danny into a 12-step ebike recovery program.
The Heckler 29/MX will have the largest
battery we offer, meaning the only limit is
the rider's imagination or stamina.
The interchangeable 720wh battery
paired with the efficient EP8 motor is
ready for bigger, longer days.
If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.
Please note, the Small frame comes with 27.5" wheels only.
The Heckler MX is available in sizes medium - extra extra large (S-XXL).
The Heckler 29 is available in sizes medium - extra extra large (M-XXL).
A larger size frame will be more stable and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.
Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.
|Fork||FOX 36 Float Factory, 160mm|
|Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate|
|Chain Guid||E13 E-Spec+ AL|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM X01 Eagle AXS, 12spd|
|Shifters||SRAM GX AXS Controller|
|Crankset||Shimano EM900 HollowTech Crank Arms 165mm|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t|
|Chain||SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd|
|Brakes||SRAM Code RSC|
|Rotors||SRAM HS2 Rotor 200mm|
|Handlebar||Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm, 35mm Rise|
|Stem||Burgtec Enduro MK3|
|Grips||Santa Cruz House Grips|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset|
|Seatpost||Fox Transfer Performance Elite|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Medium Stainless Fusion Saddle or WTB Volt|
|Front Tyre||Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5", 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR (Size Small is 27.5”)|
|Rear Tyre||Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR (Or 29x2.4")|
|Wheels||Industry Nine 1/1, 110x15, 28h Industry Nine 1/1, 148x12, XD, 32h Reserve 30 29” Carbon (F), Reserve DH 27.5” Carbon (R) (Size Small is 27.5” F/R)|
|Drive Unit||Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800|
|Battery||Shimano 720Wh Integrated, removable|
|Display||Shimano Display Unit SC-EM800|
|Weight||21.98kg / 48.46lbs|