I have been running a Giant VTone for a while now but it has always been a little small for me. I found a great deal on a 2004 Heckler frame and started the build. Fortunately one of the guys I ride with regularly was in love with my Giant and bought it to fund my new parts....all in all I am very happy with the results!
2004 Santa Cruz Heckler
150mm RockShox Revelation Team Dual Air Black Box fork
Mavic Crossmax XL Wheels and Hubs
Specialized Purgatory 2.4 front Captain 2.2 rear tubeless
Raceface bottom bracket and cranks
Fox RP23 shock
60mm FSA Stem
Cane Creek Headset
SRAM x9 shifters and derailleurs
Avid Juicy 7 Brakes
I got it put together last night and ran behind up the hills behind the house for a quick run. This frame fits me much better and I have more room to move around when climbing which is improved. I really like the feel of the suspension and see why the Heckler has such a strong following, simple and effective! This bike needs some dialing in in the suspension department but it pedals great and the platform on the RP23 works very well with the geometry. The switch to a wide bar short stem setup is going to take a bit of getting used to. I love the rider position but the steering is VERY quick!! It is very responsive and almost turns the instant I think about it. I am headed out for a longer ride this morning and will see what adjustments have to be made. I always wanted a Heckler and am one happy camper!
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