Press Release

Santa Cruz Launches the Heckler SL

The lightweight eMTB features Fazua's Ride 60 motor with a 430Wh battery and, on average, weighs 41 lbs (18.5 kgs).

Santa Cruz has finally entered the lightweight e-bike category with the all-new Heckler SL. As the name suggests, the new model is a slimmed-down iteration of their full-power Heckler model, featuring 150mm of rear wheel travel paired with a 160mm fork. However, it ditches the Shimano EP8 motor and e-system for Fazua's sleek Ride 60 platform. Certainly not the first (and definitely not the last) to develop an eMTB with less power, weight, and range in exchange for better handling and maneuverability familiar to our beloved mountain bikes, the Heckler SL does offer a tad more power than most SL bikes. And it looks like a hoot to ride, especially if you are already a fan of Santa Cruz bikes. Of course, that is if you can summon the funds to buy one. We have plans to hop on the Heckler SL before the year ends for some first-hand impressions and opinions, but for now, have a scroll below for all the press release details. 


  • Carbon fiber frame (C and CC options)
  • MX wheels
  • 150mm of rear wheel travel // 160mm fork travel
  • VPP Suspension design
  • 60Nm Fazua motor
  • 430Wh integrated battery (claimed same range as 630Wh battery)
  • Integrated top tube display 
  • Rear centers increase with size (three sizes offered across five frame sizes)
  • 64 degree head tube angle
  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • 5 build kits
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • Claimed average weight: 41 lbs (18.5 kgs)
  • MSRP: $7,200 - $12,999 USD

Faster, Lighter, More Power. Choose All Three.

All the on-trail traits of a Santa Cruz combined with the Fazua mid-power compact drive unit. 150mm of legendary VPPTM suspension, mixed wheels, and progressive geometry makes the Heckler SL a natural handling trail bike. Just with the added power of an e-bike. Great for quick escapes, squeezing the most out of a ride.


Heckler SL Riders

E-Curious, Liars & Skeptics

“It's still an MTB...right?"

Looking for the Goldilocks e-bike:

  • Quality
  • Subtle in looks
    • Quiet in function

Performance Orientated & Athletic

"It's still a workout, right?"

Looking for the sneaky e-bike:

  • Speed
  • Performance
    • Can still put some effort into the pedals

Neophytes & Smaller Riders

"It’s a lot easier, isn’t it?”

Looking for an enabler:

  • The power to go further + higher
  • Has the handling of a regular Santa Cruz
  • Confidence-inspiring

Heckler SL Story

More Powerful than Other SLs


  • Heckler SL: 60 Nm
  • Fluid and silent thanks to the no-drag motor


Lighter, Familiar Handling

Compact overall design =

  • Lightweight drive unit
  • Mixed Wheels
  • Natural handling
  • Familiar styling


Impressive Range

Battery Capacity: 430Wh

  • Same range as a 630 Wh full-powered eMTB
  • Integrated and compact
  • Customizable range via app



Design Details

Integrated top tube display.
430 Wh integrated battery.
Compact overall design + compact drive unit = less weight, natural handling, and familiar styling.
FAZUA Ride 60: 60 Nm of torque (more than Trek Fuel EXe and Specialized Levo SL) but more compact and lighter weight than full-power systems.

Fazua Support

  • has a B2B portal
  • Ticketing system for service warranty
  • QBP handles NA parts and service
    • Fazua direct in Europe

Where Does the Heckler SL Fit In?




Build Kits


Lifetime Warranty

All Santa Cruz and Juliana frames, pivot bearings, and Reserve carbon rims have our lifetime warranty. From real riders the Santa Cruz Rider Support team, empowered to do what it takes to keep our bikes rolling. NO BS. Easy to work on, easy to find parts for, built to last.


Bronson and Heckler SL side by side. Can you tell the difference?



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View key specs, compare e-bikes, and rate the new Santa Cruz Heckler SL in the Vital MTB Product Guide.


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