Santa Cruz Heckler SL GX AXS I Carbon C Review

Bavarian engine craftsmanship meets American style icon. That's a pretty accurate one-liner for the Heckler SL GX AXS.
Even steep ramps are surprisingly easy to climb with the Fazua motor. With its boost function, which provides 450 watts of support for a short period of time, the Fazua Ride 60 reduces the gap between light and classic full-power motors. At the moment, hardly any other light motor offers such a good combination of natural support, dynamic power delivery and capability. The short range unfortunately limits the tour radius quite significantly.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the Heckler SL GX AXS I Carbon C in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (10000) .

A good chassis sits in rugged terrain and generates plenty of traction. That's exactly what the good Rock Shox chassis in the Heckler SL GX AXS hits. In comparison, it's noticeable that the direct competition mounts better chassises, thus offering significantly more control. Bad brakes reduce the riding pleasure. Fortunately, this is not the case with the Heckler SL GX AXS. With their four pistons and large brake rotors the SRAM brake brakes good. The drivetrain and components have a subordinate but not to be neglected importance when it comes to EMTB. Even the bike brand product managers know this and don't aim too high with mostly average components. 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. 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 9799 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Santa Cruz Heckler SL GX AXS I Carbon C

The Heckler SL GX AXS is a real multitool for tours on extreme technical trails. Although there is still room for improvement at a middle ground motor and a mediocre groupset. Nevertheless, with an excellent handling, a good chassis and a good brake system make it a capable All Mountains from Santa Cruz with a very wide range of use. Praise-worthy: 25 years of Warranty on the Frame!
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Santa Cruz Heckler SL GX AXS I Carbon C 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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-
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
29 / 27,5 Mullet
Stack
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-
616,8
625,8
634,9
653
666,5
Reach
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-
432,4
457,4
477,5
497,4
522,5
Top Tube Length
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-
579,6
602,9
621,5
642,7
670
Seat Tube Length
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-
380
405
430
460
500
Seat Tube Angle
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-
76,6
76,9
77,2
77,5
77,5
Head Tube Length
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-
100
110
120
140
155
Head Tube Angle
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-
64
64
64
64
64
Bottom Bracket Drop
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-
22,5
22,5
22,5
22,5
22,5
Bottom Bracket Height (absolut)
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-
340,7
340,7
340,7
340,7
340,7
Chainstay Length
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-
443,8
443,8
443,8
446,8
450,7
Wheelbase
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-
1209
1239
1263
1295
1330,5
Standover Height
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-
716,2
728,8
729,3
731,6
738,6
  • Motor FAZUA Evation Ride 60
  • Display LED Hub + Ring Control
  • Battery 430
  • Frame Heckler SL I Carbon C
  • Frame Material Carbon
  • Fork RockShox Lyrik Select+, 160mm
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout no
  • Damper RockShox Super Deluxe Select+, 210x55
  • Gearrange 520%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever SRAM AXS Pod Bridge
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd
  • Crank Praxis eTor AL, 104BCD, 165mm
  • Cassette SRAM GX Eagle T-Type, 10-52t
  • Chain SRAM GX Eagle T-Type, 12spd
  • Brake Set SRAM Code Bronze Stealth
  • Brake Rotors 220/200
  • Rims Reserve 30|SL AL 6069 29"
  • Front Hub DT Swiss 370, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h
  • Rear Hub DT Swis 370, 12x148, XD, 6-Bolt, 36t, 28h
  • Tires Front Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO
  • Tires Rear Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+
  • Saddle WTB Silverado Medium, CroMo
  • Seat Post OneUp V2 Dropper Post, 31.6
  • Stem Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm
  • Handle Bar Santa Cruz 35 Carbon Bar, 800mm
  • Handle Bar Width 800
  • Head Set Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
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