- Heckler,Tracer or 5 spot or ??
I preferred the handling & climbing ability of the Tracer VP over the Blur LT and the Heckler is not in the same league. I would like more time on a Turner 5 Spot, but had a shot one one today and was impressed…plus it looks great…..I ride my Tracer VP in Scottish Highlands, Trail Centres and love it.Posted 8 years ago
I’m wanting a good tough (but not lardy) full susser and been thinking of either a Santa Cruz Heckler, Intense Tracer or Turner 5 spot.Most of my riding is in the Peak District so it needs to be a good climber too.So does anyone have any thoughts? also any photos of the abover bikes and builds would be great.Posted 8 years ago
I’m running 2.35 minions..but could probably use 2.5’s…I would argue that if you use the bike you will replace bearings at similar intervals (my experience when running a Heckler and Blur 4X)…the advantage of the new VPP2 and Turners is the have grease ports which should prolong life.Posted 8 years ago
daveh – Member
I’d say a 06 Heckler with coil DHX5, black paint, in large, from my garage in Sheffield, at a reasonable price….!
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And I’d say “please tell me more…” (I’m possibly in the market for an older Heckler at the moment, especially at a good price…)Posted 8 years agoshinyMember
Had all three..Posted 8 years ago
Heckler heavy and not very good suspension IMO
Tracer – nice bike but paint finish is utter sh**e
New DW Turner – awesome, climbs very well, downhill is superb but expensive initial outlay…
Have also rcently had a yeti 575 – worst bike I have owned in last 8 years…
Test ride all and then decide
Coming up for 4 years here on original Turner bushings/zerks & there’s no play whatsoever. I do look after them with regular grease injections, but that takes all of about 30 seconds before a ride. The adjustable geometry on the Tracer VP looks interesting though, and I understand VPP2 is meant to pedal a lot better in the granny than the first gen. With SC now fitting zerks as well, it’s definitely worth a ride I reckon.Posted 8 years ago
And I’d say “please tell me more…” (I’m possibly in the market for an older Heckler at the moment, especially at a good price…)
What would you like to know? I’ve a Marin Rocky Ridge, the Heckler and recently have got into road biking = too many bikes! The Heckler is too much bike for what I ride really and the components on the Marin are getting quite tired. I thought I’d stip the nice stuff from the Heckler to refresh the Marin, then sell the Heckler frame as it wouldn’t be of much use! Were you after a bike or frame?Posted 8 years agobombermanMember
I’ve got a mk2 heckler and it’s a lot of fun and a great climber, although it dosen’t excell in this particular area. it’s better at twisty turny singletrack and descents. a real trail rider’s bike. i managed to get mine down to 28.2 pounds and there’s room to drop another 2 lb if i had the money and wanted to sacrifice a bit of strength on lightweigh gear.
Test-rode a lapierre zesty however and it climbed like a mountain goat in comparison and (probably due to updated suspension) descended a lot better too. and this was at stainburn on the descent-line trail. It seems to squat back into its travel on the climbs and pins the rear wheel to the trail. I can’t speak for the new heckler because i haven’t tried one but the zesty is a seriously good bike and well worth a test-ridePosted 8 years agoLabMonkeyMember
I have a Tracer VP – an absolutely fanatstic ride!
I thought I wouldn’t really use the adjustable travel (from 5.5 to 6″) option at all, BUT each setting gives the bike a very different ride. The 5.5″ setting is very taught and climbs well, stable in the corners and descends as well as most mid level DH bikes I have ridden. The 6″ setting is something else, the whole back end feels more active, the bike sits back more as the angles slacken, it climbs OK but man, does it rip round corners, endless grip and downhill, well – WOW!Posted 8 years ago
What would you like to know? I’ve a Marin Rocky Ridge, the Heckler and recently have got into road biking = too many bikes! The Heckler is too much bike for what I ride really and the components on the Marin are getting quite tired. I thought I’d stip the nice stuff from the Heckler to refresh the Marin, then sell the Heckler frame as it wouldn’t be of much use! Were you after a bike or frame?
Just after frame and possibly forks, depending on price and forks – I’m probably gonna stick my Revs on it for the time being, and upgrade to Pikes / new wheels in a month or so. How are the bearings? Has the shock being serviced recently? And most importantly, what are you after for it? I’m only in Hull so I could pop over to Sheffield and have a lookie some time.
willslater[at]gmail[dot]com if you want to avoid the thread hijack 🙂Posted 8 years ago
I’m a bit out of touch with prices, I’m sure I saw a couple go for £450 recently on Ebay but can’t find them anymore. Frame was purchased new from Stif in March 07 (I’ve still got the receipt). Functionally great, no dings, rubs or damage, pivot serviced over winter (a couple of rides ago lol!) but as its a Santa Cruz its covered in light scuffs. Crane Creek S8 headset.Posted 8 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
I was looking for something similar 5 months ago and went for the new Titus El Guapo. Very pleased with mine. Built her up with full XTR, mavic SX wheels and Lyrik coil and DHX5 as coils work better for my weight(I’m over 14.5 stone). Great up hill and fantastic down. I had an Ellsworth Moment before, which is an awsome bike, but after swapping the RP23 for the pushed DHX5, I’d say this was better everywhere. Also has a very tough finish and is (IMO) a sexy frame (unlike the ugly DW 5 spot, IMO). This isn’t mine by the way.
Posted 8 years agosi_brodiebikesMember
Might have missed the boat, and i might get flamed for posting the frame again but how about something different?
Chumba VF2, 5″ travel, carbon rear end and very stiff laterally. And the frames are £1299 at the moment 🙂
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