Did you hear that Santa Cruz has just launched their first e-bike?
The Heckler has 150mm of rear-wheel travel, a 160mm fork, and is powered by Shimano's 250-watt E-8000 Steps system. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Santa Cruz first it used on way back in 1996 for one of their early full-suspension trail bikes. Given the flak that some battery-powered riders have to deal with, especially online, it seems like an appropriate name to bring back for their first e-bike as well.
Above, we quiz Rob Roskopp, one of Santa Cruz's three original founders, and Aaron Foley, the lead engineer on the Heckler, about the new bike, why it's happened now, and what to expect from Santa Cruz when it comes to motors and the future.
The 150mm-travel Heckler uses Shimano's E-8000 Steps motor, a 160mm e-fork, and is on 27.5" wheels.
Santa Cruz has entered the world of e-bikes with their all-new Heckler, a 150mm-travel all-mountain machine that's powered by Shimano's 250-watt Steps E-8000 motor and rolling on 27.5" wheels. It's no coincidence that their first e-bike looks an awful lot like their non-motorized Bronson, too, with Santa Cruz saying that their goal was to mimic how that bike's performance but with the addition of a battery-powered boost.
Santa Cruz will offer the Heckler in four different configurations, ranging from $7,399 to $12,599 USD, with all of them based on their top-tier CC carbon frames. There are no less expensive C or alloy Hecklers in the pipeline, I'm told, and there's no frame-only option, either.
• Intended use: All-mountain
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Rear-wheel travel: 150mm
• Fork travel: 160mm
• Shimano Steps E-8000 drive system
• Head angle: 65.5-degrees
• Sizes: S - XXL
• Weight: 46lb (as pictured)
• MSRP: $7,399 - $12,599 USD (X01 RSV $10,899 pictured)
• More info: www.santacruzbicycles.com
All of the complete bikes get four-piston brakes with 200mm rotors, Eagle drivetrains from SRAM, and a RockShox Super Deluxe shock. Up front, you'll find 160mm-travel forks from RockShox and Fox, and you can upgrade any of them with a set of carbon fiber Reserve DH wheels.
If you want to learn more about the new Heckler, you can find all of the details, pricing, and initial ride impressions here.
Rob Roskopp on the Heckler's design brief:
Roskopp on when they first began working on the Heckler in 2017:
Roskopp on early reaction to Santa Cruz's e-bike plans:
The Heckler prototype that was tested in Scotland.
Roskopp on if PON purchasing Santa Cruz in 2015 was a factor:
Roskopp on what percentage of the Santa Cruz catalog will be battery-powered five years from now: