Mountain Biking - Advice - Used Santa Cruz Heckler?
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01-26-10, 01:04 AM
It's time for an upgrade for my old hardtail - the list of components is long enough that I'm looking around for an upgrade. I've been looking mostly at entry-mid level hardtails, but this one caught my eye:
The price is great - the question is whether a bike of this age is likely to continue working dependably or whether I would end up fixing more and more until it costs the same as a new bike.
What do you think about this one, and what do you think about used full suspension bikes in general?
01-26-10, 01:39 AM
Depends on it's history, single pivot designs like the heckler are very simple and reliable
that bike is gonna be heavy though, i have ridden one esp if you wanted a hardtail
01-26-10, 03:29 AM
I've got a Heckler a bit older than that (and one a little newer, and one a little newer than that, too); I'm actually in the middle of giving it some love and a bit of a rebuild. The one you're looking at being from BC and kind of a goofy spec makes me wonder how it's been treated and ridden somewhat. The frames are fairly sturdy, although not particularly heavy IMO...altho that one you're looking at isn't built all that light OTOH. One consideration, don't believe in 2000 they had made a replaceable derailleur hanger yet, doesn't look like it in the photo to my poor eyes at least. While my old air shock on the Heckler is a Vanilla Float, I'm not aware of any Float coil shocks (think it's a Vanilla). Z1 is a nice fork even if it needs some love, although parts are getting hard to come by. For $450 I'd go test ride it....
Hecklers are nice bikes but that one looks pretty clapped out. Could just be the bad pic tho. Also the seat looks to have been angled for jumping. I'd be leery IMO.
01-26-10, 07:36 PM
Thanks for the comments. I came to somewhat the same conclusion - it looks to be set up for either downhill or jumping, which implies that the bike has seen some hard use. I'm going to pass.
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