Santa Cruz Debuts New Heckler

Seventeen years going strong and it gets a total reboot.

Words by Vernon Felton/Seb Kemp
Photos by Dan Barham

The Heckler. Old dogs can take up new tricks.

Now with the same geometry as the acclaimed Bronson (see the chart a bit further on down the post), plus six inches of travel and 27.5-inch wheels to match, the new Heckler is, well, new.

Some things, however, remain the same…. Still single pivot. Still durable as a hammer.

Legions of Heckler owners testify to the robust nature of the design, marching on through season after season while other bikes at this price point simply rattle to pieces. The stout aluminum frame is now stiffer and lighter than its predecessor, with a single collet-axle pivot, 142-millimeter rear end and a direct mount rear derailleur hanger keeping things tight and tidy.

Single pivot simplicity.

So as the Heckler prepares to celebrate its 18th birthday in Club Tropicana colors (haters take note: the Heckler also comes in black), you can rest assured this single pivot party will keep going long after the others have gone home.

That name has been around for seventeen years. Ninjas want to fight it, fight these tears.


• 27.5-inch wheels
• six inches of rear wheel travel
• 142 x 12-millimeter rear through axle
• Collet axle pivot – locks in place without pinch bolts
• Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
• Standard or direct mount rear derailleur hanger
• ISCG-05 chainguide compatibility
• 73-millimeter threaded BB for creak-free riding and easy installation
• Total frame weight: 6.76 pounds (3.07 kilograms) M size with Fox Float CTD evolution shock
• Color options:
• Gloss blue w/green decals
• Gloss black w/orange decals

The entire frame has been reworked for the latest iteration of the Heckler. This wasn't just a case of pushing a square peg into a round hole.


What's that? A bolt-thru rear axle? Yup, the Heckler gets full treatment.