Santa Cruz Heckler R MX Review

Up front, it's all business; out back, it's a party. That's often how the mixed-wheel setup, featuring a 29-inch front wheel and a 27.5-inch rear wheel, is described. The Heckler R MX comes with this exact wheel configuration. Combined with a generous amount of suspension travel, it aims to maximize fun on the descents.
As a component giant, Shimano is mostly known for its dominant position in bicycle gears. But with the EP801, the Japanese are clearly showing that they can look beyond their own plate too. Even nasty steep sections are effortlessly climbed by the motor. The Shimano EP801 conveys a riding feeling. Whoever enjoys longer tours will be pleased with the good range.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the Heckler R MX 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. Solid endurance qualities are shown by the chassis of medium quality. The low-grade chassis transfers shocks relatively clearly to the biker. 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. At the drivetrain components and the rest of the parts, Santa Cruz uses average parts. The handling of the bike is pleasantly balanced due to the moderate geometry. This allows you to intuitively control the bike over the trails. The low bottom bracket height will likely be a sticking point for trail riders, as it negatively affects handling. Due to the short chainstays , when climbing steep sections, it requires active weight shifting to prevent the front wheel from lifting. For the good geometry, the developer team of Santa Cruz definitely deserves props. Such a knack for detail in geometry is rarely seen.

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 MX

With an average motor and a mediocre chassis, the Heckler R MX definitely has weaknesses. Nevertheless, it remains a solid all-rounder with a wide range of abilities , thanks to a very good geometry and a good range. The warranty of 25 years proves that Santa Cruz has a lot of trust in its products.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Santa Cruz Heckler R MX 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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S
M
L
XL
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Wheelsize
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27,5
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
Stack
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-
609
618
632
650
668
Reach
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-
427
452
472
492
517
Top Tube Length
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-
572
600
625
646
675
Seat Tube Length
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-
390
405
430
460
500
Seat Tube Angle
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-
76,7
76,6
76,4
76,7
76,8
Head Tube Length
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-
130
100
115
135
155
Head Tube Angle
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-
64,5
64,5
64,5
64,5
64,5
Bottom Bracket Drop
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-
12
21
21
21
21
Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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-
342
342
342
342
342
Chainstay Length
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-
446
446
446
446
446
Wheelbase
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-
1207
1227
1253
1282
1315
Standover Height
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-
716
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 DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 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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