The Heckler's geometry is fairly moderate, at least for a bike in this travel bracket. It's not crazy long or slack, which makes sense given its all-round intentions. The same goes for the 76.7-degree seat angle - it creates an upright position that avoids feeling cramped, and it remains comfortable even on flatter sections of trail. On an e-bike it's possible to stay seated much longer than you would on a bike without a motor, so that positioning is even more important.
I'm a fan of the mixed-wheel setup on full power e-bikes. It seems to make it easier really push into the rear wheel on extra-steep climbs, no matter if I was sitting or standing. For a 48 pound bike the Heckler is easy to maneuver, and the EP8 motor provides plenty of power for getting up chunky, tricky sections. There's a good blend of support and traction from the Super Deluxe shock too – even with 32% sag there wasn't any unwanted movement, and I never had to use the climb switch. Of course, the fact that there's a motor does help reduce concerns over things like efficiency or pedal bob – when it feels like someone's shoving you uphill with both hands there's not much to complain about.
The power delivery isn't quite as natural feeling as Specialized's motor, but it doesn't take long to adapt – the key is to pedal at a slightly quicker cadence than you'd normally use on a non-motorized bike in order to keep that assistance going.
Shimano's E-Tube app makes it possible to adjust the level of support that each mode provides in order to customize the bike's performance. Turning down the max torque or assist character in each mode can increase the battery life, or cranking it up can make for an extra speedy ride. Personally, I prefer Boost mode to provide as much power as possible, with Trail mode taking things down a few notches for a less frenetic ride. I typically ride in Trail mode for rides on actual trails, Boost for zipping up fireroads, and Eco when I've almost drained the battery and am trying to finish a ride without the battery completely cutting out.
Battery range will vary depending on factors like rider weight, the average grade of a climb, etc..., so I don't have any exact figures for how long the 720 Wh battery will last. I will say that I think it's a great size for this type of bike, especially since it's not much heavier than the 630 Wh battery. More power without more weight? That seems like a no-brainer to me, and that capacity makes it possible to crank out some decently long rides without getting the dreaded red bar on the battery display. On that note, it's still frustrating the Shimano's display doesn't show the remaining battery life in the form of a percentage. I'd be willing to bet that the next version will, but it's an annoyance in the meantime.
They must do this shit on purpose…
Old EXO+: www.pinkbike.com/photo/21997036
New EXO+: www.pinkbike.com/photo/21997035
P.S. Santa Cruz stole my bike's paint job. Ha ha, mine only cost 6000 Aussie dollars.
I try not to smash my bike into rocks and stuff. I think the inserts help and also I'm 80kg 175lbs in riding gear so maybe that helps too. Run 21/22psi front and 24psi rear.
Lol even at that speed I bet they squirm like little beta boys. And although that terrain is basically xc/trail, I’d still be nowhere near it with single ply lmao. Doesn’t matter if you avoid rocks, you could easily rip a tire off the rim if you were capable of schralping a corner.
Kudos for posting a clip though. No one ever does
You could easily convince me of this on a trail bike but not an E lmao
PS those are disgusting pressures on an E with single ply hahahahaa
I was being an ass earlier, enjoy your single ply buddy.
I live in SoCal. Aside from it’s more expensive, I don’t wanna have the same bike a lot of riders have.
There are clear straight line upsides to full 29, but the mullet is a very noticeable change imo and certainly only a benefit for steep / tight tracks
But, going from a full 27.5 setup to mullet, the benefits are much bigger, and the downsides arn't really noticeable, so it is much more of a no-brainer.
- No gearbox, still using flimsy derailleur, but now with massively increased torque
- Charging point with flimsy cover down by the bb where it will get caked in mud and submerged in river crossings
- No integrated display, instead clutters handlebars with remote display
- Massive hole in the downtube, either reducing stiffness or increasing...
- Weight. Lots of it. 22kg seems pretty heavy
- Well known issues with Shimano motor rattle
- AXS mech uses it's own tiny battery that needs frequently charging instead of the massive one in the downtube
They dont know the difference between SLX, XT or a Fox Rythm vs Grip 2 etc.
They are literally cash cows.
No way a Honda CB650R costs less to produce than an E Bike. A frickin 4 Zylinder bike with Abs, leds etc costs less than a mid range Kenevo.
Mine's gone now but still give me that over any ebike ever been made any day of the week!
no joke, the number of failed levo motors to failed shimano motors I have dealt with is an easy 15:1. multiple a week from spesh. to the point where I have a stack of boxes ready to drop a motor in and send back. lol
I have a penthouse suite in your head for free!
cheers, ya fookin Canuck!
Btw, not Canadian, never been to Canada, don’t know what a ‘Canuck’ is, I’m sure it’s a lovely compliment coming from such a nice person though.
it applies here....both to the actual quote and to the issue of a Canuck
That explains things Walter, thanks for clearing it up.
Are they just expecting people to fork out 1,000+ for a new motor every 2 years?
Yes. Yes they are.
All your whining and complaining is for naught. Santa Cruz is going electric.
Even just two years ago literally all the "cool kids" (and their dads) had a Megatower, Hightower or Nomad. Now, most of them are moving on to different companies. I'm seeing a lot of Propain Spindrift now.
People who don't go to college aren't penniless; many trades have better outcomes financially.
Why would anyone be jealous?
Do you really think money is the key to happiness?
Thanks for the sport but we’ll take it from here! Snack boxes, wagon wheels, and electronic actuation for all!
We do thank you for your continued interest in our sport, someone from our team shall be reaching out soon.
-All the educated people you never see at the dh or dj’s.
Until then; not interested.
And hopefully the things will have lost the cranks and pedals by then, the few times I tried one, I felt really stupid having to imitate a pedaling motion to engage the throttle.
If you can't talk about knocking off a pound or two it's not even worth mentioning on a 50lb bike.
Can I get 2 please?
- won't have to warranty the motor multiple times
- suspension isn't softer than my couch
- Spesh sucks and I'm not giving them my money
eMTB's are still inevitable. I still don't see an objective reason why they're The Great Satan™. As the costs drop, they'll proliferate and folks will move their outrage to a new target.
The Kenevo SL S4 and S5 would fit me perfectly.
My message to Santa Cruz: I don't want that much range nor weight, I want your own version of an SL or Rise. I NEED the workout, and still want to work for it, just enough not to be dangerous when overly tired from spinning on those punchy climbs after spinning for an hour.
Options are good. Keep a sick regular bike and expand your horizons beyond e-bikes. Wouldn’t an electric moto track in your town be awesome?
And yes, motorcycles do not belong on bicycle trails.
Also less than half the size.
I’d rather shit in my hands & clap than ride that
- High cost of entry
- Some of the spec choices don't align with the bike's capabilities, like the EXO+ tires and 200mm front rotor
-Mullet set up is absolutely hideous
Yeah, and they will ALL cost less.