Santa Cruz Heckler MX 2021
Even more to heckle
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 compared to bikes with larger batteries but it's fast and easy to put in a fresh battery for even bigger, longer days.
Our bikes have always been about amplifying fun. Trailblazers like Greg Williams, Ash Smith, and Danny MacAskill weren’t asking for a dumbed-down ride up. Or down. They wanted something to push their riding to new levels and held maneuverability sacrosanct as the new tech was introduced.
27.5-inch wheels are lighter and easier to move around. The mixed-wheel option gives riders the confidence of a 29-inch wheel up front for traction and roll-over when you're caught off guard by technical features. But retaining the 27.5 rear wheel allowed us to keep the moderate chainstay length of the Heckler (445mm), which provides a snappy and easy-to-handle bike on tight, demanding trails. We did this without compromising on the standard Heckler’s geometry, so the bike’s character is still very lithe and accurate.
The new Shimano EP8 motor is lighter than the previous unit (380g), has more power (85nm versus 75nm), smaller volume (-10%) for greater ground clearance, less drag (50%), more heat resistant, and tuned to give more power in Trail mode. All this means it's even more capable of tackling longer, tougher rides.
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.
XT Build Kit
RockShox Pike Select+, 140mm, 29"
FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
e*thirteen E-Spec+ AL
- Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
Shimano XT M8150 Crank Arms, 165mm
Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t
Shimano XT, 12spd
Shimano XT 8120
Shimano XT, Ice Tech, Centerlock, 203mm
Santa Cruz Bicycles Carbon Di2 Riser
Burgtec Enduro MK3
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
FOX Transfer Performance Elite
WTB Silverado Team
- Front Tyre
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5, 3C, Maxx-Grip, EXO, TR
- Rear Tyre
Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.6", 3C, EXO+, TR
F: DT Swiss 350, 12x110, Torque Cap, Centerlock, 28h
R: DT Swiss 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, Centerlock, 32h
Rims: RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29" (F) / RaceFace ARC Offset 30 27.5" (R)
Spokes: Sapim Race
- Drive Unit
Shimano 504Wh Integrated