Earlier today, Santa Cruz unveiled it's first e-mountain bike, the Heckler. The name may be old, stretching back to the earliest days of the brand in the '90s, but the bike is a modern e-mountain bike based on the Bronson frame platform.

When will the Santa Cruz Heckler be available?


The Santa Cruz Heckler is currently available through authorized retailers. If you really want one, you can shop here.

How much does the Heckler cost?

At the time of launch, the Heckler is available in four different builds. Pricing starts at $7,399 and tops out at $13,099.

How much does the Heckler weigh?

The four builds currently available range in price from 47.78 pounds to 46.29 pounds.

How much suspension travel does the Heckler have?

As mention in the introduction, the Heckler is based on the Bronson frame platform, with 150mm rear travel via a VPP suspension and is designed around 160mm suspension forks.

Can I run a coil shock on the Heckler?

According to Santa Cruz, the Heckler is not designed to run a coil shock.

What wheelsize does the Heckler use?

Like the Bronson, the Heckler is designed around 27.5-inch wheels.

What's the widest tire I can run on a Heckler?

According to Santa Cruz, the Heckler is optimized for 27.5x2.6 tires but can be used with 2.5-2.8-inch tires.

What motor and battery does the Heckler use?

The Heckler is powered by a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor with a 504wh internal battery.

Here's why Santa Cruz chose this particular motor for its first e-mtb:

"We tried them all. We deliberated everything. Shimano was the choice because of their bombproof construction (reliability), that Shimano is a global presence (worldwide rider support at any bike shop), that they'll be around in years to come (reliability of aftermarket support), that they're well known for building really good components (a proven record of making super reliable ebike motors and batteries etc), they're investing heavily in their ebike component program (research and development), that we could get all the components from one supplier (a durable, complete system), and the way the Shimano system rides is great."

What is the Heckler's geometry?

Though the Heckler is based on the Bronson, some changes to the bike's geometry were made to optimize the platform for e-biking. The chainstays are longer, the head tube taller and the reach is slightly longer across the five-bike size range. In addition to these geometry changes, the crank-arm length was shortened from 170mm on the Bronson to 165mm on the Heckler.

Santa Cruz Heckler geometry.

Santa Cruz Heckler geometry.​

How does the Santa Cruz Heckler ride?

Check out our first ride review of this new eMTB here.