Santa Cruz Heckler XX AXS RSV 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 XX AXS RSV 29 is just one of the many EMTBs that the Californians have on offer.
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Shimano motors remain at the top of the engine popularity alongside Bosch motors. No wonder, as evidenced by EP801. 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 XX AXS RSV 29 are no problem.

At a glance

The most importanten ratings of the Heckler XX AXS RSV 29 in comparison to the competitor bikes of following categorie: (13000) .

In the Downhill, the bike racks up plenty of points. The excellent Rock Shox chassis calmly and confidently handles rough terrain. The thick 38mm stanchions on the fork provide an extra dose of steering precision and performance. At the brakes, Santa Cruz instals upper class brakes with four pistons and large brake rotors from Magura. At the drivetrain components and the rest of the parts, Santa Cruz uses good equipment. 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 is a party pooper for the handling on the trail. On other bikes, you are more centrally located behind the handlebar. Too steep and technical uphills are less the comfort zone of the Heckler XX AXS RSV 29. On bikes with a steeper seat angle and longer chainstays, it is much more relaxed to climb in demanding terrain. For the very good geometry, the developer team of Santa Cruz definitely deserves props. Such a knack for detail in geometry is rarely seen. With its 21,59 kg, the Heckler XX AXS RSV 29 is one of the lighter E-bikes. The competition is often significantly heavier.

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 13299 €.

Conclusion


Expirience with the Santa Cruz Heckler XX AXS RSV 29

If you're looking for a comfortable ride for everyday use, the Heckler XX AXS RSV 29 isn't for you, because this bike only knows one gear when going downhill - full throttle! With an excellent geometry, a very good chassis and a good brake system, it puts most of the competition when it gets really gnarly in its place. Short of breath is the appropriate reaction when looking at the price tag: 13299 € calls for Santa Cruz for this deluxe Bike. With 25 years of warranty, nothing stands in the way of a long-term relationship.
Ludwig Döhl - emtb-test.com
Santa Cruz Heckler XX AXS RSV 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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-
-
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 CC
  • Frame Material Carbon
  • Fork RockShox Zeb Ultimate, 160mm -or- FOX 36 Float Factory
  • Spring Unit air
  • Remote-Lockout no
  • Damper RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, 210x55
  • Gearrange 520%
  • Drivetrain 12
  • Gear Lever SRAM AXS Pod Ultimate Bridge
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM XX Eagle AXS T-Type, 12spd
  • Crank Shimano EM900 HollowTech Crank Arms 165mm
  • Cassette SRAM XX Eagle T-Type, 10-52t
  • Chain SRAM XX Eagle T-Type, Flattop, 12spd
  • Brake Set Magura MT7 Pro
  • Brake Rotors 203/203
  • Rims Reserve 30|HD 29"
  • Front Hub Industry Nine Hydra, 15x110, Torque Cap, 6-Bolt, 28h
  • Rear Hub Industry Nine Hydra, 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 Medium, Ti
  • Seat Post RockShox Reverb AXS, 31.6
  • Stem Industry Nine A35, 40mm
  • Handle Bar Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm
  • Handle Bar Width 800
  • Head Set Chris King DropSet 3 Integrated
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