Santa Cruz Heckler - Expand Your Adventure Bubble

We are fortunate to have the first Heckler demo fleet in the nation!

You can come try one for $200 per day in the Lost Sierra where miles of ebike legal trails are ready to ride. Here are the 2020 Heckler ebike rental demo rates:

  • Heckler Rental Demo: $200 per day – expand your adventure bubble beyond the realm of what you thought possible
  • Extra Battery Rental: $40.00 per day – for 5-8 hour mega rides such as Chimney Rock and Empire Creek in Downieville.
  • Shuttles: $25.00 per run when you demo – when the snow melts up high this spring/summer, you’ll be able to shuttle to the top of the Saddle for Downieville backcountry explorations. Space will be limited to lower racks (estimated four spots per shuttle) with no ebikes on the roof due to weight.
  • "Ride before you Buy" and Support our Trail Program – if you demo a Hecker and love it, your $200 rental demo fee goes directly toward the purchase of the bike

Set Up Professionally, Just For You.

We have pro mechanics on-hand to make sure that your Hecker rental demo ebike is dialed-in and ready to explore the Lost Sierra. After each run, these bikes are meticulously checked and tuned to prepare for the next rider.

Santa Cruz Heckler Bike

Winter in Downieville on E-Bikes

Yuba Expeditions in Downieville is open on the weekends by reservation only (email us at: yubaexpeditions@gmail.com) with Heckler ebike rental demos. With the mild winter, the lower elevation trails are tacky and ready to rip. Our Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Pro Trail Crew has been hard at work, making sure the trails are in tip-top condition and ready for your visit. Trails like North Yuba Trail, Halls Ranch, Fiddle Creek Ridge and Empire Creek (partial in winter) are usually long XC lung busters, however on an ebike these trails become fun yet challenging rides - in and out of the river canyons around Downieville.

Another classic loop that people seldom ride is up First Divide, up Second Divide and down Third Divide. In the summer months, these trails have a fair amount of downhill traffic, so winter is the time to have these trails to yourself. You can switch it up and go up Third and Down Second as well. If you rent a spare battery, you might even try going out and back on Big Boulder to snowline. These lower elevation trails are ebike legal and open pending snowfall and trail conditions. Come experience winter in Downieville in a whole new light with no crowds, no dust and perfect dirt.

And be sure to check out the Lure for riverside accommodations.

Friends riding the Santa Cruz Heckler Bike along a ridgeline

Tours Coming in Summer 2020

Yuba Expeditions and Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship are the first to receive an ebike Guide Outfitter Permit for the Tahoe National Forest. With this honor, we are planning limited trips in 2020 to refine the ebike experience and document adventures through photos and videos. Destinations targeted for these 2020 limited trips include: Downieville, Bullards Bar, Forest City, Nevada City and the town of Washington.

Ride the area's most spectacular and remote singletrack trails. Visit forgotten mining towns and chill out at one of several world-class swimming holes along the Yuba River.

Friends riding Santa Cruz Heckler Bikes in the remote mountains

National Forest official ebike symbol

Yuba Expeditions is operating under Special Use Permit in partnership with Tahoe National Forest, Yuba River Ranger District.

 

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