This bike was a long time in the making...A 6 month wait for the frame, and another 6 months hand selecting every part for the build. The idea of it all was to have a simple frame with top shelf parts as opposed to a carbon wonder bike with a cheap and heavy build kit.

This bike is set up for racing. The firm suspension tune is far from a magic carpet ride but gives me the confidence to ride hard and try some pretty crazy things. 

After 18 months the bike has been proven to be super reliable, delivering me a top 15 in the national endure series and great results in a few other events.


FRAME: 2014 Santa Cruz Heckler 27.5, XL Frame w/ 150mm travel

FORK: Rockshox Pike RCT3 160mm travel

REAR SHOCK: Rockshox Monarch Plus Debonair

HEADSET: Chris King Inset Black

BB: Chris King Stainless Black

WHEELS: Chris King ISO Turquoise laced with 32 DT revolution spokes to E*13 TRS+ rims w/ Bontrager tubeless rim strips

TYRES: Maxxis Tubeless

COCKPIT: Renthal Apex 40mm stem, Renthal Fatbar Carbon 780mm bars w/ Rental Kevlar grips

SADDLE: Fizik Tundra 2 Saddle, Rockshox Reverb 125mm dropper post

BRAKES: Avid X0 Trail with 203/180mm Hope floating rotors

DRIVETRAIN: Shimano XTR Race shifter, crank arms and derailleur. Wolf tooth 36t narrow wide chainring, Wolftooth 42t cassette expander, OneUp 16t replacement gear, OneUp Radcage derailleur cage

PEDALS: XT Trail pedals


Shot on location at Nail Can Hill, Albury NSW. Words by Ben, photos by Adrian.

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