Santa Cruz Heckler R 29 Review

The team at Santa Cruz has long resisted jumping on the EMTB bandwagon, but now they're gearing up to recapture lost ground with a beefy lineup of models. Indeed, the Heckler R 29 is just one of the many EMTBs that the Californians have on offer.
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In the automotive and motorcycle world, Japan has always had a reputation for being a breeding ground for excellent engines. Shimano is doing its utmost to live up to this reputation in the e-bike world with the EP801 engine. Even nasty steep sections are effortlessly climbed by the motor. The Shimano EP801 conveys a riding feeling. Thanks to the good range, longer tours with the Heckler R 29 are no problem.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the Heckler R 29 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (7000) .

Carbon is considered a premium material in the bike industry. In the price range about 7000€, aluminium is usually the frame material used. With the carbon frame, Santa Cruz can clearly differentiate itself from many competitors. The Rock Shox chassis provides safety and traction, even when the trail gets rougher. However, it comes to its limit at high speed. On rough descents, the moderate chassis limits you and demands a more precise line choice than bikes with better chassis. The thick 38mm stanchions on the fork provide an extra dose of steering precision and performance. At the brakes, Santa Cruz middle class four pistons brakes by SRAM are used. The average shifting components and accessories leave some tuning potential open. For most e-bikers, this should be an acceptable point. The moderate head tube angle provides a good compromise between stability and agility when going downhill. The reach is also right there in the middle ground. The low bottom bracket height is a party pooper for the handling on the trail. On other bikes, you are more centrally located behind the handlebar. Hell yeah, the geometry is killer! Here the remarkable know-how of the Santa Cruz developers is videly visible.

Value for money

If you are keen on value for money, this is your chart. It shows you at a glance how much bike you get for 6999 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Santa Cruz Heckler R 29

The Heckler R 29 isnt`t a specialist on the trail. Despite an average motor and a middle ground chassis, it remains thanks to a top-notch geometry and a Impressive range a solid all-rounder with a wide range of use. A generous warranty also speaks of sustainable business practices. With 25 years of warranty, Santa Cruz sets the bar high!
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Santa Cruz Heckler R 29 Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

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SIZE XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Sizing of Manufacturer
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M
L
XL
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Wheelsize
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29
29
29
29
Stack
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618
632
650
668
Reach
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452
472
492
517
Top Tube Length
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600
625
646
675
Seat Tube Length
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405
430
460
500
Seat Tube Angle
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76,6
76,4
76,7
76,8
Head Tube Length
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100
115
135
155
Head Tube Angle
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64,5
64,5
64,5
64,5
Bottom Bracket Drop
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30
30
30
30
Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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342
342
342
342
Chainstay Length
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461
461
461
461
Wheelbase
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1242
1268
1297
1330
Standover Height
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741
740
737
738
  • Motor Shimano EP801
  • Display SC-EM800
  • Battery 720
  • Frame Heckler C
  • Frame Material Carbon
  • Fork RockShox Zeb Base, 160mm -or- Rockshox Lyrik Base
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Damper RockShox Super Deluxe Select, 210x55
  • Gearrange 455%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever SRAM NX
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crank Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm
  • Cassette SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brake Set SRAM DB8
  • Brake Rotors 200/200
  • Rims WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"
  • Front Hub SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt 32h
  • Rear Hub SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, HG, 6-Bolt, 32h
  • Tires Front Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5", 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO+
  • Tires Rear Maxxis Minion 29x2.4" 3C MaxxTerra, Double Down
  • Saddle WTB Silverado, CroMo
  • Seat Post SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6
  • Stem e.13 Base
  • Handle Bar e13 TRS Base
  • Handle Bar Width 800
  • Head Set FSA IS-2/47/42 ACB or Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
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