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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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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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