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    1996/1997 Santa Cruz Heckler

    Saw one at a local shop for under $300. The frame is in good shape but the rear shock is shot and the original rear mounting bolt is missing 6mm x 50mm or longer). It had race face cranks, magura brakes, and Marx Z1 bam fork. All in all used but in decent shape.

    Im wondering if this is worth a few hours of work and could be worth more than $500 once tuned and ready to ride.
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    I think you would have a hard time getting $500 for it. They'd be a fun bike to ride but there's just not a big market for them at all.
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    26 is dead, didn't you get the memo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    26 is dead, didn't you get the memo?
    Testing the waters of retro grouch anti 27.5/29 nostalgic types.

    Seems like it is a fun project for a vintage collection but a hard sell to find my 29er upgrades.
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    Vintage full-suspension bikes get zero love, for whatever reason.

    I remember seeing my first Santa Cruz frame in real life while riding the ski lifts at Tahoe (i was on a hardtail with a Manitou 3 fork) and thinking it was the coolest bike I'd ever seen. I'd only read about them in MBA up until that point. They were one of the first super high-end FS bikes at that time.
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    Strip n flip and double your money, if it's worth the time for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Testing the waters of retro grouch anti 27.5/29 nostalgic types.

    Seems like it is a fun project for a vintage collection but a hard sell to find my 29er upgrades.
    I hear ya.

    That's a funny era (for this forum) too new to be VRC by most definitions, too old to be, well, anywhere else.

    I'd agree with Vader, strip n flip, eBay is always filled with someone looking for something...
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    They are a fun bike and great handling. Shocks for those are a pretty common size and come up on eBay regularly.

    But yeah, not vintage enough for collectors and nobody gets turned on by a 26" single pivot in these days of 27.5+ carbon uber link suspension designs. Any fan of that era duallies would already have a Heckler of would be hanging out for a Foes or a San Andreas.

    I don't think it's a bad deal, you'd get it on the trails for under $500, but you'd be lucky to get that money for it.

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    I'll still take a single pivot over any of the Uber Linkage garbage.

    I just prefer my 29+ nowadays....
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    Hard to say. I just sold a 2000 Superlight with a lot of the parts but lacking wheels, brakes, fork, saddle, and cabling for $235.
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    Iíll tell a friend about it. He is looking for a decent MTB for easy rides. 200x50 shocks are common. I imagine a 6mm bolt is available too. They have a 4 or 5 mm in there now so it has play.
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