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Santa Cruz Bicycles Heckler R Complete Mountain Bike - 2015

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Ubiquitous on trails all over the world, Santa Cruz's Heckler is a legend. For years, it's encouraged riders to push their limits on highly technical terrain. Now revamped for 2015, the Heckler's better than ever. Sure, Santa Cruz's more complex Virtual Pivot Point (or VPP) suspension system found on more expensive models may be more efficient, but the Heckler's single pivot design affords low weight, low maintenance, and exceptional durability. The 2015 Santa Cruz Heckler R Complete Mountain Bike is the company's entry-level Heckler build, and it makes a great place to start ripping open the trails.

Taking geometry cues from its more expensive, VPP-equipped stable mate, the Bronson, the new Heckler has a 67 degree head tube, short chainstays, and a low bottom bracket to reward riders with quick handling that allows them to push limits and novices to hone skills. In order to ensure that this bike stays true to its goal of low-cost fun, Santa Cruz opted for hydroformed aluminum tubing. Because of Santa Cruz's expertise in working with alloy, the Heckler provides the ride quality of rival bikes that cost twice as much — all with the reliability to keep it out of the shop and on the trail. The light, yet strong, aluminum front and rear triangles are shaped and butted to place more material where it's needed. This ensures strength and stiffness for confident descending and a generally rock-solid platform on which to roam.

But that strength isn't going to hamper a climb to the top. Instead, because of the hydroforming, any excess material is eliminated to keep the Heckler feathery light. Still, you'll find that the rear triangle has an asymmetric shape and 142 x 12mm thru-axle. This prevents flex, and it ensures that suspension motion is directed to the rear shock and not into flexing the frame. Not to mention, asymmetric chainstays also helps avoid annoying chain slap.

The Heckler relies on Santa Cruz's proven suspension pivot location that places it slightly above and forward of the chainrings. This provides responsive pedaling when seated, and a plush feel when descending. One drawback of single pivot designs has always been out-of-the-saddle sprinting, because the suspension will compress under rider weight, losing energy to moving parts. Luckily, shock technology has mitigated that drawback. The FOX FLOAT CTD rear shock on the Heckler has three distinct damping settings — Climb, Trail, and Descend. Climb provides a firm pedaling platform when engaged, Trail opens up the shock a bit more for most conditions, and Descend is for when it's time to bomb downhill. The fork at the front end of the Heckler is a RockShox Pike RC 150 Solo Air, employing a 15mm thru-axle for stiffness excellent steering precision.

The wheels are comprised of SRAM 716 and 746 hubs laced to WTB ST i23 TCS tubeless rims, and they've been cased with 2.3-inch wide tubeless-ready Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless tires. Turning the rear wheel is a Shimano SLX 10-speed drivetrain via a SRAM S1000 crankset. Avid's powerful Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes handle stopping duty, and the Race Face Ride cockpit is among the best alloy setups available. A WTB Volt Race rounds out a great package, providing all-day comfort to virtually any rider. The Heckler also has guides for a dropper-style seatpost and ISCG05 tabs, just in case you want to make future upgrades.

The 2015 Santa Cruz Heckler R AM Complete Mountain Bike is available in four sizes, from Small to X-Large, and in the colors Metallic Black/yellow and Lime Green/gloss green.

  • 150mm of travel
  • Aluminum, single-pivot frame construction
  • Rock Shox Pike fork and Fox Float shock
  • SLX drivetrain

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
single-pivot dual-suspension
Rear Shock:
Rear Travel:
150 mm
RockShox Pike RC 150 Solo Air
Front Travel:
150 mm
Cane Creek 10 Mixed Tapered
Shimano SLX M670
Front Derailleur:
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano SLX M675 GS Shadow+
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
34 t 22 t SRAM S1000 GXP
Bottom Bracket:
36 t 11 t Shimano SLX HG 81 10-speed
Shimano SLX HG75
[F] 180 mm Shimano RT66, [R] 160 mm Shimano RT66
Race Face Ride
Handlebar Width:
740 mm
Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Race Face Ride
WTB Volt Race
Race Face Ride
Seat Collar:
34.9 mm
[F] SRAM MTH 716, [R] SRAM MTH 746
Maxxis High Roller 2 EXO Tubeless
Tire Size:
2.3 in
Recommended Use:
all mountain, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years on frame

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Santa Cruz

Geometry Chart


150mm Travel Fork

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 16.02in 21.8in 23.1in 14.74in 28.57in 3.54in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 43.61in
M 17in 23in 23.46in 15.83in 28.57in 3.94in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 44.83in
L 18.5in 24in 23.46in 16.83in 28.86in 3.94in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 45.83in
XL 20in 25in 24.19in 17.49in 29.92in 4.72in 67o 73o 13.62in 17.28in 46.94in

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Does this bike come with a Pike Fork (like the description), or a Fox Fork (like the picture)?

Hi MattChuck,

Our picture of the Metallic Black/Yellow bike is not current--sorry for the confusion! The current model, on offer here, does have a Pike, albeit one that does not have the RCT3 platform adjustment. Give us a call to place an order, or if you have any other questions about the Heckler!