The sunshine(er)weight, mid-power e-bike market has actually began to come back into its personal within the final 12 months, with quieter, extra refined choices which are genuinely interesting rides. Now, Santa Cruz has a scorching new entry into this class, with its extremely glossy, Fazua-powered Heckler SL.
Bear in mind when 29er mountain bikes stood out like a sore thumb? Large wagon wheels, with skinny cross nation tyres and sometimes with goofy, dated geometry. Many speculated about this wheel dimension – and its future – however a decade or so later they’re not only a frequent sight however have matured into effectively proportioned and eye-pleasing bikes. They definitely don’t stand out anymore.
And it was a lot the identical with e-bikes too. Early adopters needed to forgive the cumbersome, clunky appears to be like, a battery piggy-backed onto the down tube and outsized shows and controllers. However e-bike growth has been fast, particularly in the previous couple of years and the Hecker SL, a brand new mid-power mannequin from Santa Cruz might be the good illustration of this. The svelte carbon body definitely hides its motor and slimline battery effectively and it doesn’t stand out as a motorised machine. It appears to be like identical to a premium stage modern path bike.
We might not have seen this new e-bike within the flesh but however from the pictures it appears to be like as near an everyday self-assisted mountain bike as its attainable to get. With 150mm rear journey, a 160mm inventory fork and a mullet/MX (29in entrance, 27.5in rear) wheel arrange it mirrors the model’s Bronson path bike blueprint however with an built-in down tube battery and Fazua’s small and discrete motor. As common path bikes have bulked up, many e-bikes have trimmed some fats and as with Trek’s TQ-powered Gasoline EXe and its self-powered sibling, the common Gasoline EX, it’s getting exhausting to differentiate between the 2 breeds visually.
This new and evolving mid-powered e-bike class isn’t nearly slim appears to be like and being inconspicuous although. These bikes are quieter and lighter, leading to a extra pure trip really feel and a extra manageable bike. Environment friendly low drag, diminutive motors, and the shortage of bulk from smaller, built-in batteries helps shed the kilos.
Santa Cruz didn’t rush into the full-power e-bike market, bringing again the Hecker and Bullit title plates for its effectively introduced Shimano-powered fashions. And its taken its time with its trail-oriented mid-powered providing too, dropping the Heckler SL right into a market when the expertise is maturing effectively and confirmed itself.
Have to know
- Carbon C and CC spec frames, no alloy possibility
- 150mm rear journey, 160mm fork journey
- MX wheel arrange (29in entrance, 27.5in rear) on all sizes
- 5 body sizes S to XXL
- Fazua Experience 60 (60Nm) light-weight motor
- Fazua 430Wh built-in battery
- Built-in prime tube show with USB-C telephone/GPS charging port
- Three Fazua help ranges plus Increase (450W) and Stroll Help mode
- Fazua APP offers customisation of vary
- Common bike weight of 18.5kg/41 kilos
- Bikes begin at £6699 for an R construct on a C spec body
So, the Hecker SL actually is a motorized SC Bronson, utilizing the identical body and suspension blueprint, wheel sizes and journey. The geometry figures are virtually equivalent, except the chainstay size which is 5mm longer on the motorised bike.
With the confirmed Fazua Experience 60 motor and Santa Cruz promising a sub 19kg weight, this new Heckler SL goes head-to-head with the very best bikes within the shortly evolving mid-powered ‘eating regimen’ e-bike class.
The Specialised Levo SL, Trek Gasoline EXe and Pivot Shuttle SL are all high-scoring bikes of this style however the place the Specialised matches the Heckler SL in entrance and rear journey and MX wheel arrange, it’s the Pivot that opts for Fazua’s newest Experience 60 motor.
One subject the Santa Cruz press launch solely touches on is the bike’s vary. Definitely many components have an effect on this and Santa Cruz doesn’t listing any figures, nonetheless is does recommend the the Heckler SL, with its 430Wh built-in battery, offers an equal vary to that of a full energy e-MTB with a 630Wh battery.
In fact, one compromise is that the battery isn’t detachable for charging, so that you’ll have to bear that in thoughts, though a full cost is claimed to take solely take 3.5 hours.
After our latest E-bike of the 12 months take a look at we’ve received stacks of perception, confirmed take a look at tracks and lots of of collective assisted-riding hours behind us, so we’re eager to see how this new providing from Santa Cruz performs and stacks up towards our mid energy ‘eating regimen e-bike’ benchmarks.
Fashions and costs
- Hecker SL C with R equipment £6699
- Heckler SL C with S equipment £7599
- Heckler SL C with GX AXS equipment £8799
- Heckler SL CC with XO AXS RSV £10,299
- Heckler SL CC with XX AXS RSV £11,999