2020 Santa Cruz Heckler CC XX1 AXS RSV

That's right, the Heckler is back! Based on the Bronson, but with a built in pedal assist motor from Shimano. Say what you will about E-bikes, but the Heckler will always have the last laugh as it passes your buddy on the ups AND the downs.
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Let The Heckling Begin

In 1996 the 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.

A full carbon frame, VPP suspension and pedal-assist technology have merged to create something light and agile that amplifies the fun.

Like all Santa Cruz bikes, the Heckler pedals well regardless of watts involved. The lower link VPP approach is tweaked to deliver slightly lower anti-squat versus a Bronson. This adds a touch more support and traction over rough stuff when pedalling seated - a major advantage of having a Shimano motor on your side.

And like every Santa Cruz bike, the Heckler is built for the rigors of true mountain biking. Shimano electronics were chosen for their refinement and reliability, while quality pivot hardware, easily replaceable radial bearings and no-nonsense internal cabling were considered with a mechanics sanity in mind!

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. 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.


  • Frame Carbon CC 27.5 150mm Travel VPPTM 
  • Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Select Ultimate 
  • Fork FOX 36-E Float Factory, 160mm, 27.5"
  • Derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd 
  • Shifters SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, 12spd 
  • Cassette SRAM XG1295 Eagle Rainbow, 12spd, 10-50t 
  • Chain SRAM XX1 Eagle, 12spd 
  • Chainguide E.13 LG1 
  • Bottom Bracket N/A 
  • Headset Chris King DropSet 3 Integrated Headset 
  • Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II, 27.5x2.6 EXO+ TR 
  • Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II, 27.5x2.6 EXO+ TR 
  • Sealant Stan's Sealant 
  • Front Hub i9 Hydra, 15x110, 28h 
  • Rims Santa Cruz Reserve 30 V2 27.5" Carbon Rims 
  • Spokes DT Swiss Competition Race 
  • Rear Hub i9 Hydra, 12x148, XD, 32h 
  • Rotors Avid Centerline 200mm 
  • Brakes SRAM Code RSC 
  • Crankset Shimano M8050 Hollowtech Crank arms 165mm 
  • Handlebar Santa Cruz Di2 Carbon, 25mm rise 
  • Stem i9 A35 
  • Saddle WTB Silverado Team Saddle 
  • Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth, 1X Lever, MatchMaker, 
  • 31.6 
  • Grips/Bar Tape Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips 
  • Battery Shimano 504Wh Integrated 
  • Drive Unit Shimano DU-E8000 
  • Display Shimano Display Unit E8000 
  • Remote Shimano E7000 Mode Switch 
  • Charger Shimano Battery Charger 


Reach 425mm 445mm 465mm 490mm 515mm
  Stack 597mm 606mm 620mm 634mm 655mm
  Head Tube Angle 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5° 65.5°
  Seat Tube Length 390mm 405mm 430mm 460mm 500mm
  Front Center 742mm 766mm 792mm 823mm 859mm
  BB Height 346mm 346mm 346mm 346mm 346mm
  BB Drop 13mm 13mm 13mm 13mm 13mm
  Wheelbase 1187mm 1211mm 1237mm 1268mm 1304mm
  Chainstay Length 445mm 445mm 445mm 445mm 445mm
  Head Tube Length 110mm 120mm 135mm 150mm 175mm
  Top Tube Length 572mm 595mm 619mm 650mm 682mm
  Seat Tube Angle 76.2° 76.1° 76° 75.9° 75.4°
  Standover Height 720mm 745mm 743mm 741mm 741mm
  Seatpost Length 125mm 125-150mm 150-175mm 170-175mm 170-200mm
  Stem Length 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
  Crank Length 165mm 165mm 165mm 165mm 165mm