Santa Cruz Heckler 8.1 MX CC 2021

Even more to heckle

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2021 Santa Cruz Heckler 8.1 MX CC

The Heckler is about expanding your own trail map - accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails, and doing so independently. The full carbon frame and interchangeable 504wh battery keep the weight down compared to bikes with larger batteries but it's fast and easy to put in a fresh battery for even bigger, longer days.

Our bikes have always been about amplifying fun. Trailblazers like Greg Williams, Ash Smith, and Danny MacAskill weren’t asking for a dumbed-down ride up. Or down. They wanted something to push their riding to new levels and held maneuverability sacrosanct as the new tech was introduced.

27.5-inch wheels are lighter and easier to move around. The mixed-wheel option gives riders the confidence of a 29-inch wheel up front for traction and roll-over when you're caught off guard by technical features. But retaining the 27.5 rear wheel allowed us to keep the moderate chainstay length of the Heckler (445mm), which provides a snappy and easy-to-handle bike on tight, demanding trails. We did this without compromising on the standard Heckler’s geometry, so the bike’s character is still very lithe and accurate.

The new Shimano EP8 motor is lighter than the previous unit (380g), has more power (85nm versus 75nm), smaller volume (-10%) for greater ground clearance, less drag (50%), more heat resistant, and tuned to give more power in Trail mode. All this means it's even more capable of tackling longer, tougher rides.

And like every Santa Cruz bike, the Heckler is built for the rigors of true mountain biking. Shimano electronics were chosen for their refinement and reliability, while quality pivot hardware, easily replaceable radial bearings and no-nonsense internal cabling were considered with a mechanic's sanity in mind!

The Heckler’s boundaries aren’t defined by distance, laps, or time. The boundaries in our head that say, “Don’t bother”, “Turn back”, “Impossible.” Smashing these boundaries is what got us hooked on riding in the first place. Heckler’s not about taking things easy, it’s about making things possible.

Heckler 8.1 MX R Specification

Fork
RockShox Revelation RC, 140mm, 29"
Shock
FOX Float Performance DPS
Handlebar
E13 TRS Base
Stem
e.13 Base
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
Brakes
SRAM Guide RE 200 / 200
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle Single Click, 12spd
Crankset
Shimano E8000 Crank Arms 165mm
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle 12spd
Cassette
SRAM PG1210, 12spd, 11-50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle
Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race Saddle
Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
Spokes
Sapim Race
Rims
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29" Rim (F) / WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 27.5" Rim (R)
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5, 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, TR / Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C, EXO+
Battery
Shimano 504Wh Integrated
Motor
Shimano Drive Unit DU-E7000
Display
Shimano Display Unit SC-E7000
Remote
Shimano E7000 Mode Switch

Heckler 8.1 MX S Specification

Fork
RockShox Pike Select+, 140mm, 29"
Shock
FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Di2 Carbon, 25mm rise
Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3 42mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Brakes
SRAM Code R 200 / 200
Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle Single Click, 12spd
Crankset
Shimano EM600 Crank Arms, 165mm
Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle
Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T
Chain
SRAM GX Eagle 12 SPD
Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6
Saddle
WTB Silverado Pro
Front Hub
DT 370 15x110 32H
Rear Hub
DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
Spokes
Sapim Race
Rims
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29" Rim (F) / RaceFace AR Offset 30 27.5" Rim (R)
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5, 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, TR / Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C, EXO+
Battery
Shimano 504Wh Integrated
Motor
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800
Display
Shimano Display Unit SC-E7000
Remote
Shimano E7000 Mode Switch

Heckler 8.1 MX XT Specification

Fork
RockShox Pike Select+, 140mm, 29"
Shock
FOX Float Performance Elite DPS
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Di2 Carbon, 25mm rise
Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3 42mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Brakes
Shimano XT M8100, 12spd 203 / 203
Shifters
Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
Crankset
Shimano XT M8150 Crank Arms, 165mm
Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT M8100, 12spd
Cassette
Shimano XT M8100, 12spd, 10-51t
Chain
Shimano XT, 12spd
Seatpost
Fox Transfer Performance Elite
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Front Hub
DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h
Rear Hub
DT 350, 12x148, MicroSpline, 32h
Spokes
Sapim Race
Rims
RaceFace ARC Offset 30 29" Rim (F) / RaceFace ARC Offset 30 27.5" Rim (R)
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5, 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, TR / Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C, EXO+
Battery
Shimano 504Wh Integrated
Motor
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800
Display
Shimano Display Unit SC-EM800
Remote
Shimano Mode Switch, SW-EM800-L

Heckler 8.1 MX X01 RSV Specification

Fork
RockShox Pike Ultimate, 140mm, 29"
Shock
FOX Float Factory DPS
Handlebar
Santa Cruz Di2 Carbon, 25mm rise
Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3 42mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Brakes
SRAM Code RSC 200 / 200
Shifters
SRAM X01 Eagle Single Click, 12spd
Crankset
Shimano EM900 HollowTech Crank Arms, 165mm
Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle
Cassette
SRAM XG1295 Eagle, 12spd, 10-52t
Chain
SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
Seatpost
Fox Transfer Factory
Saddle
WTB Silverado Team Saddle
Front Hub
DT Swiss 350, 15x110, 28h
Rear Hub
DT Swiss 350, 12x148, XD, 32h
Spokes
Sapim D-light
Rims
Santa Cruz Reserve 30 V2 29" Carbon Rims / Santa Cruz Reserve 30 V2 27.5" Carbon Rims
Tyres
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5, 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, TR / Maxxis Minion DHR II 27.5"x2.4", 3C, EXO+
Battery
Shimano 504Wh Integrated
Motor
Shimano Drive Unit DU-EP800
Display
Shimano Display Unit SC-EM800
Remote
Shimano Mode Switch, SW-EM800-L
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Santa Cruz have a reputation for making some of the finest carbon fiber mountain bikes money can buy. It's well deserved. Their VPP Suspension system is neat, highly effective and tuneable allowing a different character to be designed into each model in the range, it's easy to look after too. Whilst their top of the line CC range has no expense spared, the same technology trickles down into the rest of the range at a more attainable price point. You're also covered by a lifetime warranty for complete piece of mind.

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