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    What would you change on your new 2014 Heckler?

    getting the new heckler. I want to make it a bit lighter if possible, not sure what to switch out. can anyone help?

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    oh yeah, Got the R AM build

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    Wheels should be the first option to make a bike really feel lighter.

    The new heckler is SWEET, enjoy it!

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    Not much...

    You will have to decide how much weight you want to save and how much money you are wiling to spend to do so. The most obvious places on the Heckler RAM are with the wheelset, tires and and crankset. The crankset is fine but ditch the big ring for a Raceface bashguard. The wheels are tougher as you will spends hundreds even thousands to save ounces. If your pockets are deep go for it. I suspect however, if they were that deep you would have purchased one of the Heckler's carbon brethren. Otherwise, HTFU, ride those wheels into the ground, then get a decent handbuilt set or whatever bling you feel you must have.
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    Ordering one myself, and the only thing I will change is, as HB mentioned, a Raceface bash instead of the triple.

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    Cheapest place to save weight is the tires. If you have the money. Change the wheels too. But tires will make a pretty big difference when you pedal up.

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    got it.

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    depends on how much you want to spend, and how much weight you want to lose

    got any numbers?
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    By the looks of the picture, it's a smallish frame size.
    Would love to know the weight on it.
    Also, it looks like you received the special left side drive version

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    I would probably go tubeless and swap the rear tire to something lighter and faster rolling than the HR2.

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    its a medium frame. lost the big ring for a bash guard, went with wider bars and it needed some pedals. it weighs 32.5 lbs.

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    hey just quick question, I just got my medium Heckler. I see your saddle is pretty low. did you have to cut the saddle tube?
    I find that mine can't go that low.

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    depending on how you ride and the terrain, volume reducer kit thing for the shock.
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    What would you change on your new 2014 Heckler?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike H. View Post
    depending on how you ride and the terrain, volume reducer kit thing for the shock.
    The shock already has a reducer installed the largest available .8 size. Unfortunately is still not a great shock despite its cost. I've since changed everything on my Heckler except a few items. Still awaiting the Avalanche fork cartridge the rear shock is now an RP23 Avalanche. If you saw the insides of an evolution level ctd you'd be pretty peeved that Fox could charge what they do for those, the fork is not much better.

    Things I'd change (and did) primarily for performance reasons not weight savings:

    Wheels, the wtb i23s are great, solid and perform tubeless very well. They should have already come that way by the way. However they are very heavy 2170 grams to be exact. Upgrading to a light bicycle set has saved me over a pound. You could go with a Stan's set for a bit less and still get a better overall wheel set at significant weight savings. I think weight and stiffness are the two aspects that define a high performing wheel.

    Suspension, this added weight but frankly it's worth it the evolution stuff is just... well terrible. Both front and rear have been upgraded to Avalanche.

    Beyond that the rest is pretty personal and won't make huge performance improvements (it may save weight) In this realm I changed the following:

    1x10 drivetrain, X9, Wolftooth 30t, WT GC 42t
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    Handlebars, 750mm
    Stem, 50mm
    Seat post, Reverb

    Re upgrading to its carbon brethren or any other multi pivot machine for that matter... Make no mistake the Heckler is as much bike as any on the market, it lacks a complicated suspension design which is hard to sell with expensive bits on it but provides no less performance than anything else out there. What makes it perform poorly is the lowly spec that SC saddles us with in North America. Why you might ask? Marketing, clear delineation of product lines. Marketing and placebo are powerful things and most of us have a hard time admitting placebo especially when we just dropped thousands of dollars on the next big thing.


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