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    Santa Cruz introduces new 27.5 Heckler


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    yikes, and the Blur XC & Blur LT are gone. 26 really is dead.

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    Yeah. Bikerumor writes:

    So whats left to 650B in their line-up? Just two of our favorite trail bikes the Nomad and Chameleon. The only other 26″ bikes in the stable are the V10 downhill bike, which just received a major update, and the dirt jump/pumptrack oriented Jackal. Since the Chameleon received a pretty major overhaul in November of last year, were really hoping for a new Nomad just in time for summer loving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markymark View Post
    yikes, and the Blur XC & Blur LT are gone. 26 really is dead.
    And the Superlight 26er

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    Quote Originally Posted by markymark View Post
    yikes, and the Blur XC & Blur LT are gone. 26 really is dead.
    They also removed the Superlight and moved the Tallboy LT back to the trailbike category.

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    Santa Cruz introduces new 27.5 Heckler-image.jpg

    I think I'm in love
    The cake is a lie.

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    So I guess that's the remaining SC bike that some of the journos hinted was still to come after the Solo launch.

    The TB-LT back in the trail category means no TB TR. this year, I guess!

    Not only have the bikes all been re-categorised, but the kit options and pricing have changed. All of the red special kit prices are gone. The Bronson SPX Kit is now way more expensive than it was when the bike was released, for example. And there are now X0-1 kits listed.

    Given how quickly the web site seems to be changing these days, and how many mistakes have come and then been corrected, this could all change by Monday morning!

    I'm really beginning to wonder why they didn't just update and announce everything at the same time. Let people know exactly what their options were going to be. This slow dribble doesn't make much sense to me.
    IF... IF...

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    Glad to see the Heckler getting love, but I just got a 26" Heckler in Feb and would have been nice to know this was coming so I could have waited. Still, the RAM kit now cost $500 more which would have been out of my price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WasteMindu View Post
    Glad to see the Heckler getting love, but I just got a 26" Heckler in Feb and would have been nice to know this was coming so I could have waited. Still, the RAM kit now cost $500 more which would have been out of my price range.
    I just bought a Superlight 29 a couple months ago and I'm glad I did...I got the RXC kit with the Fox 120 front fork and list price was 2450, now the RXC with same fork is like 2900. Better brakes it looks like but not sure what else is better and no way I could afford 2900.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    I just bought a Superlight 29 a couple months ago and I'm glad I did...I got the RXC kit with the Fox 120 front fork and list price was 2450, now the RXC with same fork is like 2900. Better brakes it looks like but not sure what else is better and no way I could afford 2900.
    Me and a buddy both bought new bikes and I really wanted to get something with 27.5, but I decided on Heckler with hopes to rebuild in a few years with 27.5. As the frame could always take 27.5, I would just have to get a new fork, I think.

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    BAM!

    Love that turquoise Heckler.

    How about building one with a 160mm Fox 36 and 26inch wheels?

    That'd be a super low bb single pivot monster. Only the longer stays stink

    I might just do that...

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    Prices went up across the board with 2014 build kits. The Bronson SPX kit is $233 more today and There are now XO-1 Kits!

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    i wonder how much longer theyll keep the TRc around... seems rather redundant with the Solo and i cant imagine theyll be selling too many TRcs now that customers have the option to buy a Solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mehukatti View Post
    Yeah. Bikerumor writes:
    Chameleon isn't on the site anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Znarf View Post
    BAM!

    Love that Club Tropicana Heckler.

    How about building one with a 160mm Fox 36 and 26inch wheels?

    That'd be a super low bb single pivot monster. Only the longer stays stink

    I might just do that...
    Fixed, just because I cracked up at their name for the color.
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    Awesome! Now I own an antique!! Out of production = more valuable! (Right?!)
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    Right on!!!

    I think this is the coolest of the new models offered for several reasons. First, the Heckler is truly a legendary bike and was due for an update. I have always loved single pivot simplicity and durability thus the tradition continues. This geometry change for those who have not ridden a bike with it is the shiz. I rode a Kona Honzo last year that had the slack front end with a steep seat angle...it rips and I predicted that it would be on every AM/Enduro/Whatever-the-f*#k they are calling these bikes going forward. Nine months later, my predictions are validated.

    Second, the new Heckler runs the older shock length 8.5 X 2.5 standard. So for us old Nomad, Bullit, Heckler, Butcher, Nickel holdouts we can run whatever shock from our old bikes on it.

    Finally, Its a deal. You will not have to break the bank, get divorced or whatever to get in on the 650b Enduro thing.

    As it stands, I am thoroughly pleased with my Butcher and have zero intentions of replacing it anytime soon. However, this would be a worthy option if I opt not to shell out for the Bronson. It comes in a nice understated black too.
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    Nice!!! My buddy and I were just talking on how a 27.5 Heckler makes perfect sense and was wondering how long it would take them. I have been contemplating converting mine.

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    What are the specs on the build kits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    What are the specs on the build kits?


    Should we hold your hand while we walk you to the website?

    Santa Cruz Bicycles HECKLER
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123ski View Post
    Chameleon isn't on the site anymore
    It is now back

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    Just noticed that they adjusted the top tube length.

    Used to be 23.5/L and 24.5/XL

    Now 23/M. 24/L. 25/XL
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Most likely so that you can run a 50-70mm stem comfortably. Also puts it closer to the length of the Nomad (and Bronson) which have alwasys felt longer than the Heckler/Butcher..etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123ski View Post
    Most likely so that you can run a 50-70mm stem comfortably. Also puts it closer to the length of the Nomad (and Bronson) which have alwasys felt longer than the Heckler/Butcher..etc.

    I think it is great......that was my one complaint when I had my Heckler. The Large was a little too short, but the XL felt a little too big. Now it looks like they got it just right.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    I think it is great......that was my one complaint when I had my Heckler. The Large was a little too short, but the XL felt a little too big. Now it looks like they got it just right.
    I agree. I upgraded from Medium Heckler (which always felt too cramped with a 50mm stem) to a Medium Nomad, which felt just right with a 50mm stem.

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