Santa Cruz announces all-new Heckler CC e-bike

Press Release


The Heckler is the most agile e-bike on the market—one that sports equal parts capability and playfulness. It’s fun uphill, it’s fun downhill, and it rides more like the aggressive trail bike it was based on than whatever your notion of an e-bike may be.

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HECKLER CC 27.5 X01 RSV 'Yellowacket'
Using Bronson–our all-around thrill seeker–as a starting point, we tuned the suspension kinematics, and integrated the drive unit to arrive at a bike that delivers the ultimate blend of pedal bike-like performance on the descents with hybrid human/electric powered ascending.

 

Heckler delivers best-in-class performance by pairing a legendary Santa Cruz CC carbon chassis with the proven Shimano electric drive system to expand your riding possibilities while amplifying the fun.

 

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Key Features:

  • 150mm VPP® rear travel
  • 160mm e-specific fork
  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • 504wh battery capacity
  • 65.5-degree head angle
  • Full CC carbon frame
  • Shimano E8000 250w motor
  • SRAM Eagle Drivetrain
  • Reserve DH 27.5 / 30 carbon wheelset option
  • Lifetime warranty
Made for: Aggressive trail riding
At home on: Uphill, downhill, just not over the hill
Sizes: S-XXL
Colours: Blackout, Yellowjacket

 

The New Heckler


In 1996 the original Heckler was created as a rude interruption to mountain bike designs of the time. Its solid, full suspension build and aggressive swagger proved that a well-proportioned trail bike could elevate rider’s on-trail experiences. Today’s Heckler carries all that attitude forward into a new era.

 

Creating an e-MTB demanded careful consideration. For us, the Heckler’s potential to loft riders up to new heights is what gets us most excited. Whether it’s opening inaccessible trails in the Lost Sierra and Savoie Alps, or turning unrideable lines into a playground, the Heckler is the tool for a new way of riding.

 

 

Trailblazers like Greg Williams and Danny MacAskill weren’t asking for a dumbed-down ride up. Or down. They wanted something to push their riding to new levels. And held maneuverability sacrosanct as the new tech was introduced.

 

The Heckler’s boundaries aren’t defined by distance, laps, or time. The boundaries in our head that say, “don’t bother”, “turn back”, “impossible.” Smashing these boundaries is what got us hooked on riding in the first place. Heckler’s not about taking things easy, it’s about making things possible.

 

Amplify the fun


Our bikes have always been about amplifying the fun. Our goal for this bike was to make something light and agile, and trying to get as close as we can to the experience of riding a bike like the Bronson. Weighing in at 46 pounds the Heckler is among the very lightest e-MTBs in its class. The 500wh integrated battery keeps the weight down and the 27.5-inch wheels keep the bike playful and maneuverable in order to make the most of the trail. The slack head angle (65.5-degree) and 445mm chainstay length provide a snappy and fun feel while still providing traction for when the trail gets steep and technical, both up and down.

 

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E-MTB kinematics


The lower-link VPP design marries the needs for downhill kicks with efficient pedaling prowess. We tuned it to have lower anti-squat (to sag) than our regular pedal bikes allowing you to keep pedaling (while seated) where normally you’d start standing. The more active suspension while pedaling creates better traction on technical climbs. But once you start mobbing down the trail the lower-link VPP system provides more mid-stroke and bottom-out support than most other designs.

 

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Like any other Santa Cruz


This bike is intended for truly progressive mountain biking. The full CC carbon frame (front and rear triangle) and battery cover are lightweight and bombproof. The geometry is perfect for all-round modern trail riding; and the 150mm-travel lower-link VPP system is the most refined suspension design on any e-MTB.

 

Like every Santa Cruz, the Heckler is built for the rigours of true mountain biking. With quality pivot hardware, radial bearings (with lifetime replacement support), simple internal cabling and wiring, clean lines, design and build kits. And like very other Santa Cruz it comes with our lifetime warranty.

 

Performance, reliability, fully supported


Our bikes are legendary for these three traits, so when we build a complete bike, we always pair our frames with components that are regarded similarly. For the all-important drive unit we used Shimano Steps components exclusively–battery, drive unit, display, charge port, power button, and controllers. This means all parts, service and warranty is available through both Shimano and Santa Cruz. In addition to supporting the Steps system through the E-tube app, Shimano stocks e-parts through distributors and retailers worldwide. Technical training is also available on Shimano’s S-Tec support site as well as on The Manual, Santa Cruz’s retailer training portal.

 

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E-8000 motor


The 250-watt Shimano Steps E-8000 motor is compact and light (6.34lbs/2.88kg), meaning it helps us build one of the lightest e-MTBs out there.

 

E-8035 Integrated Battery


The E-8035 battery is Shimano’s latest integrated battery. It provides 504 watt-hours of power, is lightweight (6.4lbs/2.9kg), is fully removable/replaceable using just a keyless 4mm hex latch and is protected by a Santa Cruz CC carbon battery cover.

 

Full integration, smart spec


The Shimano Steps system is also devoid of any large, distracting displays, allowing the rider to keep his or her attention on the ride. There’s also less to go wrong or break in the event of a crash.

 

We spec’d Shimano’s compact E-8000 (colour) and E-7000 (B&W) displays paired with their E-7000 mode switch to create a simple, integrated cockpit. The switch is unobtrusive, intuitive, and has the best dropper lever compatibility. The Shimano Steps app can be connected via Bluetooth or plug-in to adjust the power settings of the drive unit. It also allows for powerful management of the Eco, Trail, Boost and walk modes. Finally, it provides diagnostic capabilities to troubleshoot any issues within the system.

 

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Di2 handlebar


Because we wanted the rider experience to be clean and seamless, we designed our own internally-wired Di2-specific Santa Cruz carbon handlebar. Using it results in clutter-free cockpit with wires managed via a pair of internal routing holes and an under-grip wire groove on each end of the bar. The 800mm wide bar has a 35mm clamp diameter, 5-degrees of upsweep and 8-degrees of backsweep. This bar comes stock on complete bikes S-level and up, and is available aftermarket.

 

Reserve DH 27.5 rim


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Our Reserve rims are already renowned as the strongest, most trusted carbon MTB hoops on the market. But because e-biking puts greater stress on the rear wheel, we spec’d Heckler with our new, 32-hole Reserve DH 27.5 rim with a 31mm inner width, and a profile based on our Syndicate-proven DH 29 rim. It’s paired with a standard, 28-spoke Reserve 30 up front, and hubs are the reliable DT Swiss and Industry Nine spec you know and love. Both brands feature quick engagement and are e-rated for the added torque the motor brings to the drivetrain. Like all Reserve wheels these have a lifetime warranty.

 

The Reserve e-bike wheelset is standard on the X01 and XX1 builds, and available aftermarket as well.

 

SRAM Eagle


Since SRAM Eagle cassettes, chainrings and chains are e-bike rated, we ported the 12-speed goodness from our pedal bike line to this new, electric frontier, keeping the build kits consistent across our entire range. One small spec difference is the use of SRAMs Eagle Single Click shifters, which keeps your derailleur safe from potentially damaging high-torque multi-shifts.

 

Four build kits


All four build kits come with SRAM four-piston brakes, 200mm rotors, Eagle drivetrains, RockShox Super Deluxe piggyback rear shocks, and e-bike rated, burly suspension forks, like the Fox 36.

 

Colour


As always there are two colours to choose from - one mild and one wild. Blackout is a classy mix of gloss black and matte copper decals, while the bold Yellowjacket mixes gloss yellow with matte black logos.

 

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HECKLER CC 27.5 XX1 AXS RSV Black

 

Weights

  • HECKLER CC 27.5 R-Kit || 21.61kg
  • HECKLER CC 27.5 S-Kit || 21.67kg
  • HECKLER CC 27.5 X01 RSV-Kit || 21.09kg
  • HECKLER CC 27.5 XX1 RSV-Kit || 20.99kg

South African Availability


Limited quantities will be in-store 20th February 2020. Pricing is available from Santa Cruz dealers nationwide.




31 Comments

Rock Guy, Feb 11 2020 11:10

I guess I'll spend my spare bazillion Rands on this steed.

Pieterlab1, Feb 11 2020 11:41

I read on FB that they sold 70 units in SA within 5 minutes after opening the order books!

Shebeen, Feb 11 2020 11:46

I read on FB that they sold 70 units in SA within 5 minutes after opening the order books!

that's pretty insane.

 

global launch seems to be today, and they will have units in South Africa next week.

maybe we are not always the end of the dark continent (when it comes to certain)

copperhead, Feb 11 2020 02:08

The e-bike is dead. We don't have anything to charge them with. 

splat, Feb 11 2020 04:04

I guess I'll spend my spare bazillion Rands on this steed.

 

Range between $7 400 & $13 100

Similar price to the Spaz Turbo Levo (Between $6 950 & $12 075)

 

The Turbo Levo SL Founders Edition is $16 525 - a whole different game!

Rock Guy, Feb 11 2020 04:39

Range between $7 400 & $13 100

Similar price to the Spaz Turbo Levo (Between $6 950 & $12 075)

 

The Turbo Levo SL Founders Edition is $16 525 - a whole different game!

 

That's not too bad actually, considering you're getting a CC frame and lifetime warranty.

LazyEnduroRider, Feb 11 2020 04:40

Too little, too late.

Pure Savage, Feb 11 2020 04:51

Too little, too late.

Not for the 70 units they already sold. 

 

They have probably avoided all the warranty and teething issues with V1 motors etc.

LazyEnduroRider, Feb 11 2020 05:04

Not for the 70 units they already sold. 

 

They have probably avoided all the warranty and teething issues with V1 motors etc.

 

Granted, but at the cost of looking like a Giant or - heaven forbid - a Merida. Blegh.

 

Look at that massive, silly downtube!

 

(Yup, I'm a bike snob)

splat, Feb 11 2020 05:07

Too little, too late.

 

Yep. Its not a 29'er, so that counts me out

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Feb 11 2020 06:22

Granted, but at the cost of looking like a Giant or - heaven forbid - a Merida. Blegh.

Look at that massive, silly downtube!

(Yup, I'm a bike snob)


And days after the best looking and lightest e-bike launch, they're not really looking that svelte

ichnusa, Feb 12 2020 09:34

I read on FB that they sold 70 units in SA within 5 minutes after opening the order books!

This is wrong.... 70 units have been pre-sold (allocated) to dealers

stefmeister, Feb 12 2020 09:40

Too little, too late.

Santa cruz fan bois are like the apple fan bois of the bike world. They don't care if the new iphone only comes with gprs while other brands are already at 5G.

 

beCaUSe sAnTa cRuZ iS BoUtiQue yOu KnoW.

CAAD4, Feb 12 2020 10:01

Santa cruz fan bois are like the apple fan bois of the bike world. They don't care if the new iphone only comes with gprs while other brands are already at 5G.

beCaUSe sAnTa cRuZ iS BoUtiQue yOu KnoW.


Unfortunately not anymore. Blame the Tallboy and CL...

Pieterlab1, Feb 12 2020 02:18

This is wrong.... 70 units have been pre-sold (allocated) to dealers

Okay, 70 units have been "pre-sold" within 5 minutes of opening up the order books.

Pieter1, Feb 12 2020 02:40

The add is pretty cool. Like what that guy did in that little town.

ichnusa, Feb 12 2020 04:35

LazyEnduroRider, Feb 12 2020 05:14

And days after the best looking and lightest e-bike launch, they're not really looking that svelte

 

As someone on Pinkbike said: "There's nothing new with SCs offering here that wasn't available 3 years ago, on a Levo."

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Feb 12 2020 05:45

As someone on Pinkbike said: "There's nothing new with SCs offering here that wasn't available 3 years ago, on a Levo."


Yeah,I saw that. 😂

Me rida my bicycle, Feb 12 2020 09:50

As a Santa Cruz fan and previous owner (Tallboy2 and Highball2) this just looks out dated. Hopefully it looks better in real life than pictures.
The new Trance and Reign looks so much better and way cheaper, OK granted they are alu but does weight really matter on a e-bike?

Markellis, Feb 13 2020 07:58

There is an interview on pink bike (I think) where a Santa Cruz designer said that in 5 years time he expects up to 50% of their new bikes will be e-bikes...it will be a sad day if that is genuinely the way the industry is going

Grease_Monkey, Feb 13 2020 08:01

There is an interview on pink bike (I think) where a Santa Cruz designer said that in 5 years time he expects up to 50% of their new bikes will be e-bikes...it will be a sad day if that is genuinely the way the industry is going


It is... I heard (and it's just hearsay, that's why I won't mention shop names and quote it as fact) - that a certain bike shop moves around 30 E bike units per month, now their top selling product.

I like ebikes, but it will be a sad day when they replace normal bikes are the norm rather than an n+1 item.

NotSoBigBen, Feb 13 2020 10:00

It is... I heard (and it's just hearsay, that's why I won't mention shop names and quote it as fact) - that a certain bike shop moves around 30 E bike units per month, now their top selling product.

I like ebikes, but it will be a sad day when they replace normal bikes are the norm rather than an n+1 item.

There are few of us sad about that unfortunately, many feel we are just haters and should leave the healthy, able bodied e-bike riders alone ....

LazyEnduroRider, Feb 13 2020 04:59

There are few of us sad about that unfortunately, many feel we are just haters and should leave the healthy, able bodied e-bike riders alone ....

 

I'm able bodied, but I'll be honest, pedaling bikes around under my own steam if really good electric assistance is available is becoming less and less attractive and seems a bit silly just for the sake of being a purist.

 

I'm on a bike to enjoy the trails and the thrills they bring, not just to build watts and chase uphill strava KOMs. I haven't worried about an uphill segment in years, it's the tech downhill segments which tickle my fancy. More competition results in more viable e-bike options becoming available in more refined forms; I'm all for being able to smash more trails in an hour or two's outing than I currently am able to.

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Feb 13 2020 05:59

I'm able bodied, but I'll be honest, pedaling bikes around under my own steam if really good electric assistance is available is becoming less and less attractive and seems a bit silly just for the sake of being a purist.

 

I'm on a bike to enjoy the trails and the thrills they bring, not just to build watts and chase uphill strava KOMs. I haven't worried about an uphill segment in years, it's the tech downhill segments which tickle my fancy. More competition results in more viable e-bike options becoming available in more refined forms; I'm all for being able to smash more trails in an hour or two's outing than I currently am able to.

PREACH!!!