Santa Cruz Heckler S 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 S 29 is just one of the many EMTBs that the Californians have on offer.
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Shimano has become the biggest component manufacturer for bicycles thanks to its gear, pedal and brake components. It's clear that the Japanese want to shape the E-Bike trend from this dominant market position. 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 S 29 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (8000) .

A good chassis sits in rugged terrain and generates plenty of traction. That's exactly what the good Fox chassis in the Heckler S 29 hits. The thick 38mm stanchions on the fork provide an extra dose of steering precision and performance. Especially for heavy riders, the Santa Cruz brakes could be a problem. With four pistons they only decelerate averagely. The average shifting components and accessories leave some tuning potential open. For most e-bikers, this should be an acceptable point. When it comes to the geometry, Santa Cruz does not go completely crazy. The head tube angle and reach values were chosen with care. The result: A balanced riding behaviour with a good combination of playfulness and straight-line stability. The low bottom bracket height will likely be a sticking point for trail riders, as it negatively affects handling. 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 7999 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Santa Cruz Heckler S 29

With an average motor and a mediocre brake system, the Heckler S 29 definitely has weaknesses. Nevertheless, it remains a solid all-rounder with a wide range of abilities , thanks to an excellent geometry, a good chassis and a Impressive range. The generous warranty of 25 years proves that Santa Cruz stands behind its products.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Santa Cruz Heckler S 29 Review
Ludwig Döhl
Bike enthusiast and founder of emtb-test.com

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technical Details

Je steiler der Winkel des Sitzrohrs ist, desto effizienter können Sie in die Pedale treten.

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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-
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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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-
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600
625
646
675
Seat Tube Length
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-
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405
430
460
500
Seat Tube Angle
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-
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76,6
76,4
76,7
76,8
Head Tube Length
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-
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100
115
135
155
Head Tube Angle
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-
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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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-
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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 FOX 38 Float Performance, 160mm -or- Fox 36 Float Performance
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout yes
  • Damper RockShox Super Deluxe Select+, 210x55
  • Gearrange 500%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever SRAM GX Eagle Single Click, 12spd
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crank Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm
  • Cassette SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brake Set SRAM Code R
  • Brake Rotors 200/200
  • Rims RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"
  • Front Hub E13 SL, 15x110, 6-Bolt, 32h
  • Rear Hub E13 SL E-Spec, 12x148, XD, 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 OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6 -or- Reverb Stealth -or- Fox Transfer
  • Stem Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm
  • Handle Bar Santa Cruz e35 Carbon
  • Handle Bar Width 800
  • Head Set Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
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