Santa Cruz Heckler 2014: 27.5in, single pivot and proud of it.

by Chipps 16

Another new Santa Cruz? Yep, sorry. At least this time it’s not a carbon wonder machine that you might not be able to afford. This time, it’s a far more down to earth, completely redesigned Santa Cruz Heckler.

Here’s the Heckler. It’ll be available in two complete builds.

The Heckler has long been a staple of the Santa Cruz range. Simple, single pivot and bomber strong, it’s been in the line since 1995. It’s had a couple of re-vamps over the years, but this is likely to be the biggest shakeup: yes, it’s got that entirely new wheel size. The new Heckler will be a 27.5in-wheeled machine. 

Now in its seventh generation. The Heckler doesn’t  just have 27.5in wheels, but it has the same amount of travel, 150mm, as the very-hot-right-now Bronson, and the exact same geometry too. It’s just that it’s a single pivot – simpler and cheaper to make. The  bike has a different feel to the Bronson, due to lacking the VPP system, but it should be pretty close in feel on the downs. The Heckler now has a bolt-thru rear axle for stiffness (and a bolt through fork)

Bolt-thru axle and simple, solid replaceable hanger.

The bike also has the same robust and sealed new axle and bearing system that we saw on the Solo and the Tallboy 2. You can replace or service bearings without even removing the cranks.

Single pivot. That’s 50% of the world pleased then.

We did ask why Santa Cruz didn’t go for the APP system, like its Butcher and Nickel. It seems that the APP system, while offering a better shock rate than a single pivot, needed the same number of axles and bearings as the VPP system, so there was no real weight, or cost saving. By going for a single pivot (which is good enough for Orange bikes, right?) Santa Cruz can make this bike simpler to make and service and cheaper to buy.

In case you forget.

Talking of buying, Santa Cruz UK doesn’t currently have prices or delivery dates for the bikes yet. They’re due ‘soon’ though and will be out before the end of the summer. Assuming summer hasn’t ended already. There are two colours available. One is a subtle black and the other is this bright blue with a hint of green (and yellow stripes). It’s a very vivid bike.

Loads of little improvements everywhere.


The Reverb won’t make it on to the production builds, sorry.



Comments (16)

  1. Love the colour scheme!

  2. pfft, orange did it days ago.

  3. Very wise geometry changes.

  4. (longer top tube, slacker head angle than before)

  5. How much for the frame? Might be buying one of these rather than another Orange 5 (27.5) next year

  6. “At least this time it’s not a carbon wonder machine that you might not be able to afford”

    any idea of how much it will be?

  7. The santa cruz website has the frame at $1300 which is £830 so that’ll be a £1000 then

  8. Proof that the 26”er is dead?

  9. Lets see who starts racing DH on a 27.5 ?
    I know a couple have run already but when it starts to podium then you will know its true potential, sure itll roll faster spool up quicker etc etc etc, but its not as flickable and as short.

    Ye-olde-26er isn’t dead just yet !

  10. I reckon they’ll sell a lot of these.

  11. Noel Neiderberger won the junior men’s DH at Fort Wolliam on a 27.5 Scott Gambler and has also won IXS cup races on one too.

  12. Those recesses in the swingarm will fill with mud in winter round these parts, why put them in?

  13. I reckon you’d have great low bb, mud clearance and head angle if you put a 26″ wheel in the back 😉

Comments are closed.