Santa Cruz Heckler S 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 S 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 S MX in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (8000) .

Even nasty descents get smoothened by the good Fox chassis. The thick 38mm stanchions on the fork provide an extra dose of steering precision and performance. The mid-range brakes from SRAM do their job but could be a bit firmer. The power of the four pistons setup is only average. The average shifting components and accessories leave some tuning potential open. For most e-bikers, this should be an acceptable point. 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 bottom bracket is high, which costs handling points. This tends to make the rider stand on the bike. On other EMTBs it feels better integrated. 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 7999 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Santa Cruz Heckler S MX

The developers of Santa Cruz have created a solid all-rounder with the Heckler S MX. Even though the E-Mountainbike reveals a weak flank with an average motor and a mediocre brake system, it remains thanks to a very good geometry, a good chassis and a Impressive range:Genetiv a widely applicable vehicle. 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 S MX 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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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 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 DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 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 eCarbon
  • Handle Bar Width 800
  • Head Set Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated
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