First Look: 2014 Santa Cruz Heckler Goes 27.5

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Sporting updated geometry, a new rear end, and 27.5-inch wheels, this could be the best version of the Heckler yet. We sat down for a chat with Santa Cruz engineering mastermind, Joe Graney, for a run down on the evolution of the frame through the years and an overview of what's new for 2014.

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  • joelsman

    6/14/2013 7:57 PM

    reminds me of the original bullit(6in), which was a great bike.

  • Big Bird

    6/15/2013 8:26 PM

    Though the BB was always too high.

  • jimmy.chernega

    6/14/2013 3:00 PM

    I can't decide if I want the aluminum Bronson or a Heckler.

  • Big Bird

    6/15/2013 8:25 PM

    If you want poppy fun, go with the Heckler. If you want all day comfort, go with the Bronson. Gust my opinion having only ridden the 26" versions.

  • Cant Climb

    6/14/2013 9:55 AM

    Love all of the enhancement. Have been riding Heckler/Superlights since 98...not sure about the color choices though.

  • Big Bird

    6/14/2013 8:55 AM

    As a tall guy, I find it frustrating that they only offer XXL sizing in the more expensive carbon option.

  • tbox

    6/14/2013 9:49 AM

    Then pony up the money big bird

  • Big Bird

    6/14/2013 9:58 AM

    I can't pony if I don't have it. Unemployment sucks. I actually have my own version of this drawn up using an old school Bullit swing arm. I need to get off my ass and make it.

  • Mr. P

    6/14/2013 8:46 AM

    Classic and updated.

    I always had a soft spot for the Heckler.


  • silvbullit

    6/14/2013 8:43 AM

    Thankfully my friend just ordered one of the last 26" versions! I am not sure how I feel about a bike that I have owned twice (one 1996 and one 1999) going 650B. Either way I have loved and abused every Santa Cruz I have owned, my 2001 Bullit just died last year and I love my 2012 Butcher that replaced it. I would be interested to try this against my friend's 26". How about it SC? Send a demo version 650B Heckler out to Allspeed or Bath Cycle in Maine and we will collectively write a review against my friends spanking new 2012 26" Heckler! Blue Collar review!

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