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Santa Cruz's evolution

MTB_Rob_NC

What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?
Nov 15, 2002
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Charlotte, NC
I have been riding a single pivot Santa Cruz Heckler since 2003, and I am relatively cheap so to get me to part from my cash onto something new and shiny really took a lot of doing.

Version 1.0 circa August 2003



Version 2.0 Circa June 2008



And now the beggining of a new era










And while I was traveling a few more parts arrived.

















And all together



Now I just need to tear down the trusty Heckler, swap some parts mainly:
Hope Evo hubs and DT Swiss wheelset
Shimano STX cranks
Hayes Stroker trail brakes
Rockshox Reverb seat post
2x9 X9 Drivetrain

Then it will be time to giver a go. I would really like to thank Santa Cruz for blowing out their frames while Competitive cyclist was blowing out the 36. I mean I couldnt put my old fork on that new frame, besides the money was only earning me .45 basis points, who needs that when you can have a Carbon and Kashima goodness combo.
 

jdcamb

Tool Time!
Feb 17, 2002
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Nowhere Man!
My take on Santa Cruz bikes is no matter the design they all ride nice. I had access to a friends bullit and rode it like it was my own.
 

MTB_Rob_NC

What do I have to do to get you in this car TODAY?
Nov 15, 2002
3,430
0
Charlotte, NC
So it was either ride the Heckler today or start the tear down and build up. I chose option B.

So I knew the hard part was going to be the headset & starnut install. I considered doing it myself with handtools, but then had a moment of clarity and headed over to my LBS Ultimate Bikes in Matthews, NC. They pressed in the headset, cut my steerer a little and installed the starnut. Having the right tools to do that made it look oh so easy. I can only imagine how long it would have taken me. Besides I needed to purchase some cables and housing anyway.

Back from Ultimate





It took me quite a bit of time to tear down the Heckler and clean some of the parts.



Almost 3 hours later










Now to just ride it a bit, check the stack height, and set up the shock and fork.