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    650b Heckler Thread

    This thread is way over due considering the 650b Hecklers have been out for over a year, and I know there are plenty of older ones converted as well. We should have a dedicated thread to discuss and show them off. Post pics of them up here along with your mods list and your favorite trails to ride.

    I just got this on Friday and had its first real ride today. 2015 black/yellow R build.



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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe View Post
    This thread is way over due considering the 27.5" Hecklers have been out for over a year, and I know there are plenty of older ones converted as well. Post em up here along with your mods list.

    I just got this on Friday and had its first real ride today. 2015 black/yellow R build.



    Well, there's this thred http://forums.mtbr.com/27-5-650b/jus...ld-923050.html but you're right not too many pix!
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Well, there's this thred http://forums.mtbr.com/27-5-650b/jus...ld-923050.html but you're right not too many pix!
    I figured a designated picture thread should probably be in the Santa Cruz forum and not the 27.5" forum. It seems like every other model has a picture thread except the Heckler, which has been around for almost 2 decades in one form or another. I guess it's old news in the world of VPP and carbon bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe View Post
    I guess it's old news in the world of VPP and carbon bikes.
    No way. Nice setup you've got. I almost got one but went with a Superlight instead.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    27.5" Heckler Picture Thread-p9121024-copy.jpg
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    Awesome, I was hoping for a thread like this.... I will have to get some pictures up....

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    Nice. Are you guys running 100 or 125mm droppers?

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    125mm
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    27.5" Heckler Picture Thread

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    From this morning.




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    Quote Originally Posted by topcatno1 View Post
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    Hey how do you like that fork?

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    Also what are your settings on that shock. I'm running the same one

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    Short video of a section of trail from today's ride. Watch in HD.

    <iframe width="525" height="295" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T3yszu5CECU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>

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    One more short snippet from yesterday.

    <iframe width="525" height="295" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1uQrqLXzndA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    For those of you wondering if the Heckler is a good climber.

    <iframe width="525" height="295" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4pOi3rmSZiU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


    And here is the full section captured on the descent if you're curious how it looks going to other direction.

    <iframe width="525" height="295" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Gdf08jvbdTk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe View Post
    From this morning.



    Why does the frame look like it's Matte Black? Thought it was glossy. Did you do anything specific to make it have that matte look?

    Wanted a TBLT initially but I can't afford it - the other frame on my shortlist (a PYGA
    OneTen29) is also quite pricey so I think I just might get a Heckler. I'm kinda torn because of the single pivot... I've ridden a Horst Link titus el guapo and a iDrive GT Force. Not sure if I'll like the single pivot characteristics/traits. Any wisdom you can share on that end?

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    It's is actually more of a dark gray matte metallic finish and not so much black or glossy. As far as the single pivot goes I'm not the best to comment. This is my first single pivot and first 650b, I'm not a professional and I'm not a suspension expert. I k ow for the riding I've done for the past few weeks of owning it I've been very pleased and impressed. I haven't noticed any of the negative stuff people talk about with single pivots. Unless you have a lot of time on a VPP/dual linkage type pivot bike I'd bet you probably wouldn't really notice any issues either. Take it for what it's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe View Post
    It's is actually more of a dark gray matte metallic finish and not so much black or glossy. As far as the single pivot goes I'm not the best to comment. This is my first single pivot and first 650b, I'm not a professional and I'm not a suspension expert. I k ow for the riding I've done for the past few weeks of owning it I've been very pleased and impressed. I haven't noticed any of the negative stuff people talk about with single pivots. Unless you have a lot of time on a VPP/dual linkage type pivot bike I'd bet you probably wouldn't really notice any issues either. Take it for what it's worth.
    haha haven't had a significant amount of time on dual link bikes - just a GT iDrive system and a horst link/fsr el guapo. I'm assuming the single pivot pedals like the iDrive. Thanks man. haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prancisfena View Post
    haha haven't had a significant amount of time on dual link bikes - just a GT iDrive system and a horst link/fsr el guapo. I'm assuming the single pivot pedals like the iDrive. Thanks man. haha.
    You will probably love the heckler and not think twice about it being a single pivot. I'm clearing technical climb sections easier than I do on my 29er XC bike. Going down there is no comparison between the two. The fact I can tighten and service the pivot bearings without even having to remove the crank is by itself worth the minor trade offs that may or may not be present in the single pivot. I could have gotten a carbon 5010 for $200 more than my heckler and money wasn't the reason I made the decision I did. The stories of brake jack and pedal feedback are exacerbated on the Internet by people who repeat what they read and likely have no experience. A very small percentage of those are probably riding at the level required to benefit from a VPP. Just my opinion.

    As much as I'd like to imagine I'll be riding in the enduro world series if only I had a nicer bike to practice on, from time to time I remind myself to stay grounded in reality and remember that I ride to have fun and improve my own technical ability. A bike that's easy to service, will last me a long time, and is fun as hell to ride is far more important than a suspension design most people won't benefit from.

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    It's definitely in the top 3 bikes I'm looking at. And the only 27.5 - the other two are 29ers haha. This seems like the most cost efficient choice (as the TBLT will burn a HUGE hole in my pocket)

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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe View Post
    The stories of brake jack and pedal feedback are exacerbated on the Internet by people who repeat what they read and likely have no experience. A very small percentage of those are probably riding at the level required to benefit from a VPP. Just my opinion.

    As much as I'd like to imagine I'll be riding in the enduro world series if only I had a nicer bike to practice on, from time to time I remind myself to stay grounded in reality and remember that I ride to have fun and improve my own technical ability. A bike that's easy to service, will last me a long time, and is fun as hell to ride is far more important than a suspension design most people won't benefit from.
    Amen brother. It's good to see some people still manage to think straight on MTBR!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prancisfena View Post
    It's definitely in the top 3 bikes I'm looking at. And the only 27.5 - the other two are 29ers haha. This seems like the most cost efficient choice (as the TBLT will burn a HUGE hole in my pocket)
    What kind of trails/riding are you doing? I am new to the whole 27.5 wheel size but if your trails are tight and twisty with technical switchbacks and stuff like some of the climbs around here, the smaller wheels are noticeably more maneuverable than my 29er. The Heckler even has a 1" longer wheelbase and it still turns significantly tighter. Where I miss the 29er is when the trails open up and smooth out, those bigger wheels just roll along but the 27.5 is not far behind so for me and the riding I do the trade-off is worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acer66 View Post
    A+ for originality. Don't often get that view.

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