Though Santa Cruz has existed for over-a-quarter-century as one of the industry’s celebrated bike brands, the venerable marque has just released its first e-bike with the new Heckler e-Mountain bike.
Based on the same popular trail bike that was last offered in 2016, the new proton-powered version boasts a frame fully comprised of bike maker’s top-shelf CC carbon fiber, as well as 27.5” (x 2.6”) wheels and Virtual Pivot Point (four-bar linkage) suspension that affords a generous 160mm (6.3”) of travel out front and 150mm (5.9”) in the rear. In fact, the only non-carbon parts of the frame are the battery and drive unit mounts. The primary element distinguishing the Heckler from prior Santa Cruz offerings is its electric powertrain: a Shimano DU-E8000 Steps motor married to a potent 504Wh battery. The Heckler e-bike also gets a custom handlebar unit with internal Di2 wire routing, as well as a Shimano display unit, and a CC carbon battery cover that’s now removed via 4mm hex keys. Despite the electric powertrain, the Heckler still manages to retain its classic trail bike geometry with a 65.5-degree head angle, a 346mm bottom bracket height, and a wheelbase ranging from 1,187 to 1,304mm’s. The Santa Cruz Heckler e-Mountain Bike is available in four versions, starting at $7,399 and going up to $13,099.