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I was looking at the Heckler on Santa Cruz's website and I couldn't help noticing that it looks beefier than 04/05 models. Is it just me or is it, in fact, bigger? Also, has the travel increased from 130mm on 05's to 143mm on 06 Hecklers? Hope someone can clarify. Thank you!
 

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I'm not that good at looking at a picture and telling whether a frame has gotten "beefier" or not, but I don't think they've made any significant changes to the frame recently. The travel spec went up when the rear shock was re-spec'd for 2.25" stroke from 2.00" stroke.
I have an early frame from 02 and had my 5th element reworked to the longer stroke a year ago, and think they had been spec'ing the longer stroke for several months at that point...
 

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There is no difference in the 2006 frame besides the color options and decals. They revamped the frame design 2 to 3 years ago and have not touched it since. Right now they are in the process of revamping the Bullit so I doubt they have had the time to do any adjustments to the Heckler. The travel options increased a year ago, but have just now been added to the webpage.
 
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