Santa Cruz Heckler 9 2022 first ride review – Mixed wheel sizes = more fun for everyone?

For 2022, Santa Cruz have released an updated version of the Heckler, which has a bigger battery than its predecessor and is available in two different wheel sizes. But does this necessarily make it more fun on the trail? We’ve already tested the new Heckler and can tell you exactly what it’s capable of.

Santa Cruz Heckler XO1 AXS RSV | Shimano EP8/726Wh | 160/150 mm (f/r)
22.1 kg (29” in size L, manufacturer’s specifications) | € 12,999 | Manufacturer’s website

In 2021, Santa Cruz expanded their eMTB range with the mixed wheel size Heckler MX model. For 2022, the Californian cult brand has redesigned the Heckler from the ground up, replacing the small 504 Wh battery with a bigger 720 Wh model and adding some exciting new features and details. All 2022 Heckler models feature a Shimano EP8 motor and combine 160 mm travel at the front with 150 mm at the rear. Prices range from € 7,999 to € 12,999. The big news for 2022 is that all new Heckler models are available in two different wheel sizes, a full 29er and an MX version with a 29″ wheel at the front and 27.5″ at the rear.

For the complete review, visit our sister magazine.

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Words: Jonas Müssig Photos: Peter Walker, Max Schumann