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NEW Santa Cruz HECKLER MX and EP8 V8 e-MTB 4

The Heckler gets the new Shimano EP8 motor and now comes shorter-travel in a mullet version, too.

NEW Santa Cruz HECKLER MX and EP8 V8 e-MTB

Santa Cruz has updated their Heckler e-MTB. We really dug the first version of the Heckler in our e-bike Test Sessions, but the downfall was the Shimano Steps E8000 motor. The new Shimano EP8 is the major update to the 27.5 bike, but the real news is the offering of a 140mm-travel MX (mullet) Heckler, which really gets us excited. Dig into the press release of both Hecklers. -gordo

Comparing the 2021 Santa Cruz Heckler and Heckler MX


Heckler

Heckler MX

Travel

Wheels

Head Angle

BB Height

Chainstay

Reach (Large)

Wheelbase (Large)

150 rear / 160 front

27.5

65.5 degrees

346mm

445mm

465mm

1237mm

140 front and rear

29 front / 27.5 rear

64.6 degrees

348mm

445mm

456mm

1235mm

2021 Santa Cruz Heckler MX Fog
2021 Santa Cruz Heckler Yellowjacket

2021 Santa Cruz Heckler MX

  • 140mm VPP® rear travel, 140mm front travel
  • 29-inch front wheel, 27.5-inch rear wheel (MX)
  • Shimano EP8 85nm motor
  • 504wh battery capacity
  • 64.6-degree head angle
  • Available in CC carbon
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Sizes: S-XXL

Our bikes have always been about amplifying fun. So our goal for the Heckler MX was to make something light and agile that can help you on-site blind terrain.

Santa Cruz Heckler MX R Fog - $6,999 USD
Santa Cruz Heckler MX R Black - $6,999 USD

A mixed-wheel bike gives the confidence of a 29-inch wheel up front for traction and roll-over when you’re caught off guard by technical features. The 27.5 rear wheel allowed us to keep the moderate chainstay length of the Heckler (445mm), which provides a snappy and easy-to-handle bike on tight, demanding trails. We did this without compromising on the standard Heckler’s geometry, so the bike’s character is still very light and accurate.

Santa Cruz Heckler MX S Fog - $8,399 USD
Santa Cruz Heckler MX S Black - $8,399 USD

The Heckler is about expanding your own trail map - accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails and doing so independently. Whether tackling rides that are guarded by monstrous climbs, cramming more into less time, it’s about rarer rides becoming the norm for you. The interchangeable 500wh battery keeps the weight down compared to bikes with larger batteries but it’s fast and easy to put in a fresh battery for even bigger, longer days.

Santa Cruz Heckler MX XT Fog - $8,999 USD
Santa Cruz Heckler MX XT Black - $8,999 USD

The new Shimano EP8 motor is lighter than E8000 drive unit (380g), has more power (85Nm versus 70Nm), smaller volume (-10%) for greater ground clearance, less drag (50%), more heat resistant, and tuned to give more power in Trail mode. All this means it’s even more capable of tackling longer, tougher rides. We use the full Shimano STEPS battery and motor system again because it means assured reliability and global aftermarket service.

Santa Cruz Heckler MX X01 Reserve Fog - $10,999 USD
Santa Cruz Heckler MX X01 Reserve Black - $10,999 USD

Santa Cruz Heckler MX Bike Weights and Prices Across Models

  • Heckler 8 CC MX R: 21.94 kg / 48.36 pounds - $6,999
  • Heckler 8 CC MX S: 20.53 kg / 45.26 pounds - $8,399
  • Heckler 8 CC MX XT: 20.11 kg / 44.33 pounds - $8,999
  • Heckler 8 CC MX X01 Reserve: 20.13 kg / 44.37 pounds - $10,999
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Santa Cruz Heckler MX Geometry

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Like we said, the original Heckler was a blast to ride, but the motor was its downfall. The new motor should spruce things up a bit.

2021 Santa Cruz Heckler EP8 V8

  • 150mm VPP® rear travel, 160mm fork
  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • Shimano EP8 85nm motor
  • 504wh battery capacity
  • 65.5-degree head angle
  • Available in CC carbon
  • Santa Cruz Reserve DH / 30 carbon wheel option
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Sizes: S-XXL

The Heckler is about expanding your own trail map - accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails and doing
so independently.The full carbon frame and interchangeable 504wh battery keeps the weight down (45.3lb) compared to bikes with larger batteries but it’s fast and easy to put in a fresh battery for even bigger, longer days.

2021 Santa Cruz Heckler R Yellowjacket, $6,999
2021 Santa Cruz Heckler R Black, $6,999

The new Shimano EP8 motor is lighter than the previous unit (310g), has more power (85Nm versus 70Nm), smaller volume (-10%) for greater ground clearance, less drag (36%), more heat resistant, and tuned to give more power in Trail mode. All this means it’s even more capable of tackling longer, tougher rides.

2021 Santa Cruz Heckler S Yellowjacket, $8,399
2021 Santa Cruz Heckler S Black, $8,399

The 27.5-inch wheels keep the bike playful and maneuverable in order to make the most of the trail. The slack headangle (65.5-degree) and 445mm chainstay length provide a snappy and fun feel while still providing traction for when the trail gets steep and technical, both up and down.

2021 Santa Cruz Heckler XT Yellowjacket, $8,999
2021 Santa Cruz Heckler XT Black, $8,999

Like all Santa Cruz bikes, the Heckler pedals well regardless of watts involved. The 160mm-travel fork is paired with 150mm-travel at the rear to provide a wide range of capabilities. We tweaked the VPP kinematics to have slightly lower anti-squat than other bikes. This adds a touch more support and traction over rough stuff when pedaling seated - a major advantage of having the pedal-assist 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!

2021 Santa Cruz Heckler X01 Reserve Yellowjacket, $10,999
2021 Santa Cruz Heckler X01 Reserve Black, $10,999

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.

Santa Cruz Heckler EP8 V8 Prices Across Models

  • Heckler EP8 V8 CC R - $6,999
  • Heckler EP8 V8 CC  S - $8,399
  • Heckler EP8 V8 CC XT - $8,999
  • Heckler EP8 V8 CC X01 Reserve - $10,999

Visit Santa Cruz Bicycles for information on the new Heckler models and to find your local dealer.


View specs, compare bikes, and rate the Heckler and Heckler MX in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

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