Santa Cruz Bicycles - Heckler 9 electric bicycle - X01 AXS RSV - Gloss Avocado
Santa Cruz Bicycles - Heckler 9 electric bicycle - X01 AXS RSV - Gloss Avocado

Heckler

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On and on and on and on...

Danny MacAskill just doesn't stop talking about ebikes. He's infatuated with them. In fact, the only time he's not chewing someone's ear off about how good they are is when he's riding them. And when he's riding an ebike he rides and rides and rides. Which is partly why we've made the newest Heckler able to go further, higher, faster and be funner.

The latest generation of the Heckler has a larger interchangeable battery (720wh up from 504wh), which allows riders to expand their own trail map - accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails and cramming more into less time.

The new Heckler has both mixed or dual 29-inch wheel size options. Wheel size isn't the only option for riders. There's a full size range of both from medium to XXL, with the small size frame having dual 27.5 wheels. Two levels of carbon (Santa Cruz's own C and CC blends) open up the range of options for build kits.

The thing that sets our ebikes apart from the pack is the on-trail manners of the bike. We sweat the carbon layup and frame design so it's tough enough to handle the sheer quantity of riding ebikes allow. There's no corners cut in the componentry so your only concern is not getting lost rather than being stuck with a mechanical. The geometry has been honed from a lot of testing and feedback in order to make the ride fun whether going up or down. And finally, the legendary VPP suspension has been tuned precisely for ebike use. 150mm rear travel (with 160mm travel fork up front) seems to be the sweet spot for a bike intended to tame big trails on big days, with slightly less anti-squat to give it glue-like traction on the climbs you'll be testing yourself on.

The only thing we've yet to figure out is how to get Danny into a 12-step ebike recovery program.

- Want something similar but 100% self-powered? Check out the Bronson
- Looking to hit some more aggressive rides? Check out the Bullit ebike
- Proud owner of a Heckler? Register your bike now
- Can't decide between wheel sizes? Learn more about 27.5, 29, and MX/mixed-wheel bikes

European Availability: April 2022

Key Features:

Available in: Carbon C and CC
Wheel Size: MX and 29
Front Travel: 160mm
Rear Travel: 150mm
Battery Size: 720wh
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler 9 emtb up a rocky singletrack trail
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler 9 emtb up a rocky singletrack trail

The Heckler's 720wh interchangeable battery allows riders to expand their own trail map - accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails and cramming more into less time.

Santa Cruz Heckler 9 eMTB - Shimano display with the STEPS cables tucked neatly inside of the Santa Cruz e35 handlebar
Santa Cruz Heckler 9 eMTB - Shimano EP8 motor
Santa Cruz Heckler 9 eMTB - Crankset, motor, front, and rear triangles

720wh BATTERY

The bigger battery give riders more range to go further or have less anxiety doing so. But the bigger the battery the greater the weight, and there's a point where the advantage of more range is overcome by the negative handling characteristics. That’s why after a lot of testing of different battery sizes we feel 720wh is the sweet spot for big rides on real trails.

Making the battery removable (using a 4mm hex key) makes it easy to drop a new one in or charge off the bike (at an AirBnB, motel or apartment).

Santa Cruz Heckler 9 eMTB - Removable 720wh battery
Danny MacAskill sprinting uphill on his Santa Cruz Heckler 9 eMTB.

The bigger battery gives riders more range to go further and the confidence to do so.

29 & MX OPTIONS: The full 29" version feels more calm at speed and efficient across varied terrain. The mixed wheel version (29" up front and 27.5" in the rear) blends traction with quicker steering. Offering both means every rider can find a bike that matches their riding style.

Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler eMTB uphill on a rocky singletrack trail
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler eMTB uphill on a rocky singletrack trail
2023 Heckler 9 eMTB frame logo and fork


Full carbon C and CC frame CC frames use the very best materials and production processes available. Our C Carbon frames have the same features but the trade off for a little less $ is a little more weight. Both versions are made in our own factory, are just as strong and stiff as one another, and have a lifetime warranty.

2023 Heckler 9 - internal brake and STEPS cable routing
2023 Heckler 9 eMTB - Headtube, handlebars, and fork
Danny MacAskill riding down a rock singletrack trail

Full size range from S to XXL. Both 29 and MX versions are available in M-XXL frame sizes. The small frame comes with 27.5" wheels only.

Heckler 9 Front and Rear Triangle Studio


One of the best suspension systems ever to grace a mountain bike. It's versatility means it gobbles up the rough stuff but is also really efficient. The two stout links create a very tough bike that's made to last many lifetimes of trails.

Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler eMTB downhill on a loose trail covered in small rocks

We’ve been using VPP™ suspension since 2001. Rather than contracting a series of kooky inventors to try to build ever more complex and wack-a-doo suspension designs or proprietary shocks so the Marketing department has something to talk about, we’ve stuck with what is an extremely versatile and high-performance mechanism. We do this so you have the very best performing full-suspension bike imaginable rather than having the best performing marketing jargon ever.

Heckler 9 Rear shock link, and mudguard
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler eMTB down a steep switchback

Short, stout counter-rotating links connect the front and rear triangles to create an extremely robust chassis. Simple linkages contain the pivot points to prevent slop from developing over time; grease ports make it serviceable; pivots run on large diameter axles and bearings, which we offer free lifetime replacement for. An ebike will see more abuse than a usual bike (longer, further, higher) so having something that runs and runs and runs is important.

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MY 23 HECKLER C R MX GLOSS AVOCADO GREEN
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MY 23 HECKLER C R MX GLOSS AVOCADO GREEN
Weight: 48.79 lbs / 22.13 kg

Contact your local dealer for pricing

 

Please note: Price, Weight, and Parts Spec information is subject to change.

R MX

 

48.79 lbs / 22.13 kg

R 29

 

49.27 lbs / 22.35 kg

S MX

 

48.37 lbs / 21.94 kg

S 29

 

48.81 lbs / 22.14 kg

GX AXS MX

 

48.44 lbs / 21.97 kg

GX AXS 29

 

48.95 lbs / 22.21 kg

X01 AXS RSV MX

 

48.46 lbs / 21.98 kg

X01 AXS RSV 29

 

49.02 lbs / 22.24 kg

Material
Carbon C

Material
Carbon C

Material
Carbon C

Material
Carbon C

Material
Carbon C

Material
Carbon C

Material
Carbon CC

Material
Carbon CC

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 210x55

Rear Shock
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 210x55

Fork
RockShox Lyrik Base, 160mm

Fork
RockShox Lyrik Base, 160mm

Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance, 160mm

Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance, 160mm

Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 160mm

Fork
FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 160mm

Fork
FOX 36 Float Factory, 160mm

Fork
FOX 36 Float Factory, 160mm

Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX AXS Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX AXS Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle AXS, 12spd

Shifters
SRAM NX

Shifters
SRAM NX

Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle Single Click, 12spd

Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle Single Click, 12spd

Shifters
GX AXS Controller

Shifters
GX AXS Controller

Shifters
GX AXS Controller

Shifters
GX AXS Controller

Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle, 12spd

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Chainguide
E13 E-Spec+ AL

Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Minion DHR II 29"x2.4"WT, 3C MaxxTerra, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Assegai 29"x2.5" 3C MaxxGrip, EXO+, TR

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h

Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h

Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h

Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h

Front Hub
i9 1/1, 15x110, 32h

Front Hub
i9 1/1, 15x110, 32h

Front Hub
i9 1/1, 15x110, 28h

Front Hub
i9 1/1, 15x110, 28h

Front Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"

Front Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"

Front Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29", 28h

Front Rim
Reserve 30|HD 29", 28h

Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rear Hub
DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h

Rear Hub
DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h

Rear Hub
i9 1/1, 12x148, XD, 32h

Rear Hub
i9 1/1, 12x148, XD, 32h

Rear Hub
i9 1/1, 12x148, XD, 32h

Rear Hub
i9 1/1, 12x148, XD, 32h

Rear Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 27.5"

Rear Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"

Rear Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 27.5"

Rear Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"

Rear Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 27.5"

Rear Rim
RaceFace ARC HD 30 29"

Rear Rim
Reserve 31|DH 27.5", 32h

Rear Rim
Reserve 31|DH 29", 32h

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Front Rotor
SRAM HS2, 200mm

Front Rotor
SRAM HS2, 200mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 200mm

Rear Rotor
SRAM HS2, 200mm

Rear Rotor
SRAM HS2, 200mm

Brakes
SRAM G2 RE

Brakes
SRAM G2 RE

Brakes
SRAM Code R

Brakes
SRAM Code R

Brakes
SRAM Code RS

Brakes
SRAM Code RS

Brakes
SRAM Code RSC

Brakes
SRAM Code RSC

Crankset
Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm

Crankset
Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm

Crankset
Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm

Crankset
Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm

Crankset
Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm

Crankset
Shimano EM600 Crank Arms 165mm

Crankset
Shimano EM900 HollowTech Crank Arms 165mm

Crankset
Shimano EM900 HollowTech Crank Arms 165mm

Handlebars
e13 TRS Base, 800mm

Handlebars
e13 TRS Base, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Santa Cruz e35 Carbon Bar, 800mm

Stem
e.13 Base, 40mm

Stem
e.13 Base, 40mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium Ti

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium Ti

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
FOX Transfer Performance Elite Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
FOX Transfer Performance Elite Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
FOX Transfer Factory Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
FOX Transfer Factory Dropper, 31.6

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Battery
Darfon 720Wh Integrated Battery

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Drive Unit
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800

Geometry

SMLXLXXL
Reach 430455475495520
Stack 607616629648666
Head Tube Angle 64.8°64.8°64.8°64.8°64.8°
Seat Tube Length 390405430460500
Front Center 761781807836869
BB Height 346346346346346
BB Drop 8R:8 / F: 26R:8 / F: 26R:8 / F: 26R:8 / F: 26
Wheelbase 12061226125212811314
Rear Center 445445445445445
Head Tube Length 130100115135155
Top Tube Length 571599624645674
Seat Tube Angle 76.9°76.8°76.7°77°77°
Standover Height 720745743741741

Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

Please note, the Small frame comes with 27.5" wheels only.

The Heckler MX is available in sizes medium - extra extra large (M-XXL).

The Heckler 29 is available in sizes medium - extra extra large (M-XXL).

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.

Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler downhill on a rocky singletrack trail
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler uphill on a singletrack trail
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler on a singletrack trail
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler on a singletrack trail
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler downhill on a singletrack trail
Danny MacAskill riding his Heckler downhill on a rocky singletrack trail
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Design Details

2023 Heckler 9 eMTB frame logo and fork