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    Santa Cruz Heckler or HT 29er

    So I've been thinking I wanted a 29er, and all I can really afford/justify is a HT entry level model. Airborne Goblin, Rocky Mountain Soul 29er, or a used bike like a GF Paragon or something in that line...

    The Heckler looks stunning and is in great shape. But its a FS 26er... I really like trail riding here in WNY., but I like to ride the bike paths which are paved with my GF on her hybrid bike. I figured the 29er would be the best of both worlds. How much am I gonna be giving up in street use with this FS 26er, and is that loss going to be more than made up for on the trails?

    What would you do. Figure any of them are the same price.

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    I've ridden most of the trail systems in WNY at one time or another and think you'd be perfectly fine with a 29er HT. But just to be clear, you're talking about a used Heckler vs a new 29er?

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    So for the money I'm better off on the HT huh? This Heckler is sick looking. 8" brake discs, SRAM X-9's, etc.

    Here's the specs:
    2003 Santa Cruz heckler frame size Large
    Fork: 2003 Rock Shox Psylo
    Rear Shock: Progressive 5th element
    Wheelset: Sun Rhyno lyte rims with XT hubs
    Crankset: Shimano XT m760 cranks (175mm) and bottom bracket
    Pedals: Animal Steve Hamilton edition platforms
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT (9 speed)
    Front shifter: Shimano XT
    Rear shifter: Shimano LX
    Brakeset: Shimno Deore Hydraulic disc brakes (8" hayes rotors)
    Headset: Cane creek s2
    Handlebars: FSA Gravity Gap
    Stem: FSA Gravity Gap
    Seatpost: Thompson
    Tires: Hutchinson barracuda 2.3

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    Personal preference!
    I would be all over the Heckler. It's a do all trail bike and urban assault weapon. While your GF is cruising the hybrid you could be jumping stairs and curbs and still keep up with her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE, View Post
    Personal preference!
    I would be all over the Heckler. It's a do all trail bike and urban assault weapon. While your GF is cruising the hybrid you could be jumping stairs and curbs and still keep up with her.
    plus, who's to say she won't see your Heckler and say, "I want one of those!"

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    Well I ended up getting a pretty good deal on a Rocky Mountain Soul 29er. Under $600 out the door. Probably should have rode the Heckler before I bought the Soul... But for the riding I'll be doing, and what we have around here, not to mention my skill level, I think the HT is probably the best choice. And man did that 29er get up to speed and hold it well. It handled sweet.

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    I think you made the right decision. And this is coming from a guy who's main bike is a Santa Cruz Blur. A 9 yr old Heckler could be a money pit, depending on how the fork and shock were maintained, the condition of pivot bearings and drivetrain, and what I've inferred of your riding experience. Your Rocky Mountain should treat you well, congrats

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    What trails are you all riding in WNY?
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonz View Post
    I think you made the right decision. And this is coming from a guy who's main bike is a Santa Cruz Blur. A 9 yr old Heckler could be a money pit, depending on how the fork and shock were maintained, the condition of pivot bearings and drivetrain, and what I've inferred of your riding experience. Your Rocky Mountain should treat you well, congrats
    ^^^^Thats true^^^^
    I didn't give the age that much thought. But you never know maybe Grandpa Jones owned it and it never saw the light of day.
    Either way congratulations on your new ride. Nothing beats "new" anyway.
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    Thats kinda what I figured. Hard to beat new for the price. Its not the best set of components, especially compared to the Heckler, but I really like the 29" ride. Just picked up a hitch rack to carry it on as well. Can't wait to hit the trails once they dry out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish View Post
    What trails are you all riding in WNY?
    .......
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    Sprague Brook, Hunters Creek, Ellicotville/HV, Allegheny... Then just some local bike trails coming off the bike paths, but many of them aren't legal trail systems so I won't mention them.

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    Right on. I've heard of all of those but can never seem to get around to riding once I'm there. Thanks...
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
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    We just ride...

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    I would be all over the Heckler. It's a do all trail bike and urban assault weapon.

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    Originally posted by DIRTJUNKIE,
    Personal preference!
    I would be all over the Heckler. It's a do all trail bike and urban assault weapon. While your GF is cruising the hybrid you could be jumping stairs and curbs and still keep up with her.



    Quote Originally Posted by ScottMaganay View Post
    I would be all over the Heckler. It's a do all trail bike and urban assault weapon.
    Huh?
    So you repeat what I said 4 days ago. Exact same wording.
    And BTW your photo didn't post????
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