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Santa Cruz Bicycles Heckler D AM Complete Bike - 2012

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The Santa Cruz Heckler D AM Complete Bike is a brawnier, longer-travel version of the Superlight. Sporting 150mm of rear suspension travel and a geometry that's better suited aggressive riding, the Heckler lets you ride terrain that’ll stuff shorter travel bikes. Add in the ability to take a 2.5in tire and a 203mm brake rotor and the Heckler’s a hell of a versatile machine. While it can be built up as a cross-country or freeride bike, the Santa Cruz Heckler is best suited as an all-mountain, all-day adventure machine.

The Heckler frame is crafted from shaped 6069 aluminum tubing. This includes extensive hydroforming and tube butting to optimize the strength, stiffness, and weight of the Heckler. The rear triangle is asymmetric, which does two things: it increases stiffness to provide excellent tracking with smooth suspension action, and it helps to suppress chain slap for a quieter ride. Santa Cruz has always used single-pivot suspension designs, favoring them for their simplicity, reliability, and plush action – in this application they put extensive time into finding the ideal pivot location to offer a perfect balance of pedal-ablity and bump compliance. A Fox Float RL keeps suspension motion under control, and features rebound and preload adjustments to offer a tailored ride. This rear shock also has a lockout to provide efficient, bob-free climbing.

Santa Cruz Heckler D AM Complete Bike DetailUp front, a Rock Shox Sektor R places the Heckler’s geometry in the all-mountain segment, leveling bumps with 150mm of plush action. The D AM build kit consists of a Shimano 10-speed drivetrain with the duties split between Deore for the crank, cassette, and shifters, and SLX for the rear derailleur. The Easton EA30 handlebar, stem, and seatpost are all sensible alloy bits, and are a nice foundation for the Lizard Skin Charger grips and WTB Volt Sport saddle. WTB FX rims are laced to Shimano M525 hubs with 14 gauge DT spokes. Aggressive Maxxis High Roller 2.35in tires round out the wheel package, and Avid Elixir 1 brakes with a 185mm front rotor bring it all to a stop.

The Santa Cruz Heckler D AM Complete Bike is powder coated in your choice of Clear, Black, Lime or Galaxy Blue. Perhaps one of its finest details is the integrated bottle-opener on the replaceable derailleur hanger. It's nice to know that Santa Cruz pays attention to the little things. The Heckler frame has a two year warranty against manufacturing defects, and the bearings are guaranteed for life.

Tech Specs

Valve Stem:
Rear Rotor:
160 mm
Handlebar Width:
685 mm
Seatpost Length:
350 mm
Rear Travel:
150 mm
Tire Size:
2.35 in x 26 in
Rear Shock:
Fox Float RL
Brake Levers:
Avid Elixir 3
RockShox Sektor Sector R Solo Air
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Rear Axle:
135 x 10 mm
Recommended Use:
all mountain
Race Face Ride XC
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame
Stem Length:
[large] 90 mm
Race Face Ride XC
14 gauge DT Swiss
Shimano M590
Shimanio M525
full suspension
Frame Material:
Race Face Ride XC
Brake Calipers:
Avid Elixir 3
Front Travel:
150 mm
Shimano HG53
Front Derailleur:
Shimano M660 SLX
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano M662 SGS (SLX) 10spd
Handlebar Rise:
1.125 - 1.125 in FSA Orbit UF
Pivot Type:
Lizard Skin Charger
Front Derailleur Mount:
34.9 mm direct-mount
11 - 34 T Shimano HG50
WTB Pure V Comp
Maxxis High Roller
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Deore
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm
Chain Rings:
42 / 32 / 24 T
Shimano M590
Front Rotor:
185 mm

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz Bicycles

Geometry Chart


 Seat Tube
Effective Top TubeStackReachStand OverHead Tube LengthHead Tube AngleSeat Tube AngleBottom Bracket HeightChainstayWheelbase
S 16.0in 21.8in 23.0in 14.8in 28.5in 3.5in 67.0o 73.0o 13.6in 17.3in 43.6in
M 17.0in 23.0in 23.4in 15.9in 28.4in 3.9in 67.0o 73.0o 13.6in 17.3in 44.8in
L 18.5in 24.0in 23.4in 16.9in 28.8in 3.9in 67.0o 73.0o 13.6in 17.3in 45.9in
XL 20.0in 25.0in 24.1in 17.6in 29.9in 4.7in 67.0o 73.0o 13.6in 17.3in 46.9in

Santa Cruz Bronson Geometry Chart

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MIss my Heckler

    Finding myself with a Blur LTc a Nomad and a Heckler and no money for parts, something had to go.... I had to sell my second and most perfect Heckler. I find that pedalling the heckler with its single pivot is much more efficient when hammering than the VPP. But the Vpp takes the edge on climbs and downhills as a stable floaty platform. The Heckler makes it easy to wheelie drop anything. It is so balanced and predictable and a great bike for someone looking to get to be a better biker. I thought I'd always have a Heckler, and someday hope to get another. It works best with a 140-150mm fork. I had a revelation, but a Fox 32 float or talas would be an upgrade. You can put 203mm rotors on it, and build it sub 25 lbs, or put a coil on there and hit some sh1t. VPP is overrated if the Heckler goes away the simple single pivot has its problems on the rollers with stinkbugging, but overall kills it in snappy and predictable rebound. Great great indestructable bike with a bottle opener as frosting on the cake. As soon as there's room in my wallet for three bikes again, there's room for the heckler in my stable.

    MIss my Heckler