Monday, July 22, 2013

[PHOTOS] 2014 Santa Cruz Heckler Goes 27.5MM (650B)

The 7th generation 2014 Santa Cruz Heckler has progressed in a number of ways from the original, and has significant upgrades from the previous incarnation.

Lighter and stiffer than the previous generations, it's ready for steep uphill climbs and rowdy descents. It maintains 6 inches of travel (150mm) and a single pivot frame design, but now has 27.5-inch (650B) wheels. That means it's suspension is a simpler design.

See Our Post About the 27.5 Santa Cruz Solo HERE

 For the first time, the Heckler sports a 12x142mm through axle rear end, and you can have a Shimano direct mount rear derailleur hanger. The Hecker also comes with ISCG-05 tabs for better chainguide compatibility.

See Our Post About the 2014 Santa Cruz Tallboy 2 Carbon HERE

The Santa Cruz collet axle pivot keeps things locked into place without any pinch bolts, and using angular contact bearings keep things stiff. You can replace or service these bearings without even removing the cranks.

Compared to the 26-inch version it replaces, the 650b Heckler has a head tube angle that is .5-degrees
slacker and a seat tube angle that is .5-degrees steeper. The head tube angle change should make it a better descender, and the seat tube angle will aid in positioning the rider correctly in extended climbs. Additionally, the bottom bracket drops by 4mm, while the chainstays grow by 5mm to accommodate the slightly larger wheels.

Total frame weight is 6.76 pounds for a medium with Fox Float CTD evolution shock. Not bad for a frame starting at $1,299!

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Hello, I am Brantley Smith and have been riding road and mountain bikes since the mid 90's. I previously worked here at Ride-A-Bike from mid-97 to mid-2000 doing repairs and other duties around the shop. I attended Wester Carolina University and graduated in 2004 with a computer information systems degree. Add my to your circles.