Santa Cruz Launches The Heckler EP8 and MX

Today Santa Cruz announced an updated Heckler modeled after the original, only now with the new Shimano EP8 motor, but the bigger news is that they’re also launching a mixed wheel size 29″/27.5″ version with a bit less travel at 140mm, dubbed the MX.

Heckler MX


The big story with the new motor is its lower weight (380 grams lighter), decreased drag (by 50%), lower volume (10% smaller) and increased power (85 Nm vs 70 Nm). Like the standard updated Heckler, it continues to use the Shimano STEPS motor.


  • 85 Nm Motor
  • 500 Wh Battery
  • 140mm of VPP® lower link rear travel + 140mm fork
  • 29/27.5 (MX) Wheels



Heckler EP8

The Heckler EP8 just sees the new…you guessed it – EP8 Motor which provides the aforementioned decrease weight, drag, and volume while adding power. Aside from that, the travel and wheelsize remain the same.


  • 150mm VPP® rear travel, 160mm fork
  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • 504wh battery capacity
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made for: Aggressive trail riding
  • Sizes: S-XXL




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