What this person says hits the nail on the head I had the Heckler out thursday (clipless) and Sat (platforms) and I can mob and power it through everything and have a good time, but, I think the Superlight would handle even better on the tight stuff and the uphills. While I was out riding your dilemma popped into my head and I am 100% sure that a Superlight would handle 90% of the trails I ride but, the Heckler gives me the option of picking slightly more rediculous lines (if that makes any sense). I like the clearance the Heckler gives me in Rocky terrain and I know I could cope with the Superlight and have just as much fun because of the efficiency it offers on the mob and power sections.knottshore said:Your personal preference is the biggest factor since both bikes are single piviot and are great all arounders. As others had mentioned the SL can be built as a cross country race bike to a light/medium duty trail bike, which is where it starts to blur the line between it and the Heckler which can be built as a xc trail bike or all mountain machine.
I have owned a 2005 SL, a 07 Blur XC and currently ride a 07 BLT and 29er HT. I wish I could say that I have ridden a Heckler to round it out completely but hopefully all this info you are getting will help you make your mind up. First of all out of all the bikes I have ridden the SL is still one of my favorites, the latest version that allows for a 120 mm fork, is said to be more rigid and takes almost no maint... this really takes the cake. I ride in the north east MD and south eastern PA area and think the new SL would be great with an adjustable fork as another member above had mentioned. This way you could find the geometry that suits your ride style best based on where you put the travel. This being said you could do the same with the Heckler. All things considered most riders who pedal up hills would choose the lightest bike that can handle their ride style.
What parts/components (wheel set, fork, crankset, tires, etc) do you plan on using to build it up and what kind of bike are you comming from? This info might give a bit of insight into your ride style.