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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame

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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame

 

Sure it’s a tall order, but the Santa Cruz Chameleon frame may be the basis for the world’s most versatile bicycle. Ready for 29 inch or 27.5 Plus wheels, and built to handle everything from bikepacking, to hardcore trail riding, to mid-week cross country races, consider this the starting point for a machine that will cover more bases than any other bikes in your quiver.

The Chameleon has become one of Santa Cruz’s longest running and most beloved models in a large part because of its no-nonsense functionality. Originally conceived as a heavy-duty trail bike that could handle jumping, slalom, and a plethora of build options, the Chameleon has adapted to modern trends, but retains 100% of its trademark utility.

This version of the Chameleon is compatible with both 29-inch and 27.5+ wheels. The change requires different dropouts, which are available separately from Santa Cruz, should you want to get a second wheelset. The dropouts also provide adjustable chainstay length, which can be used both to fine tune handling, and to provide chain tension should you opt for a singlespeed build in the future.

As befits a truly utilitarian steed, the Chamelon is built from aluminum, which is both impervious to rust and highly resistant to impact damage. This choice of materials also results in a fairly modest asking price, which makes the Chameleon both an excellent introductory mountain bike, and a tempting addition to any well-equipped stable.

Geometry plays a key role in the Chamelon’s versatility, with short chainstays, fairly long reach measurements per size, and a relaxed 67.5-degree head tube angle. The 5-inch fork takes the edge off of rough trails without resulting in the dramatic geometry shifts that can occur on hardtails with longer travel forks. And while it’s certainly a jack of all trades, the Chameleon shines in a number of different roles, and practically begs to be reconfigured over time to meet your changing needs.

Versatile hardtail for trail riding, bikepacking, and adventure

67.5-degree head tube angle for confidence in technical terrain

Swapping dropouts adapts the frame to 27.5+ or 29in wheels

Aluminum frame is built to go the distance

Easily convertible to singlespeed with replaceable dropouts

 

2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame

Frame Material:

Aluminum

Wheel Size:

29 inch, 27.5 Plus

Fork Travel:

120mm

Head Tube Diameter:

IS41 Top/IS52 Bottom

Headset Included:

No

Bottom Bracket Type:

73mm BSA

ISCG Tabs:

ISCG05

Cable Routing:

Internal

Front Derailleur Mount:

Low Direct Mount

Brake Type:

IS

Seatpost Diameter:

31.6mm

Seat Collar:

Santa Cruz

Rear Axle:

DT RWS 12x148mm Boost

Dropouts:

Swappable

Recommended Use:

Trail Riding, Bikepacking, All-Rounder

Manufacturer Warranty:

Lifetime (frame)

 

2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame

GEOMETRY CHART

Chameleon 27.5+
120mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.35in 23.46in 24.21in 16.34in 27.13in 3.94in 67.5° 73° 12.4in 16.34in 43.9in
M 16.54in 24.45in 24.21in 17.32in 27.76in 3.94in 67.5° 73° 12.4in 16.34in 44.88in
L 17.72in 25.28in 24.21in 18.11in 28.39in 3.94in 67.5° 73° 12.4in 16.34in 45.67in
XL 19.29in 26.54in 24.57in 19.29in 29.09in 4.33in 67.5° 73° 12.4in 16.34in 46.97in

 

Chameleon 29
120mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HT°)

Seat Tube Angle

(ST°)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.35in 23.66in 24.29in 16.22in 27.13in 3.94in 67.3° 72.8° 12.4in 16.34in 43.9in
M 16.54in 24.65in 24.29in 17.2in 27.4in 3.94in 67.3° 72.8° 12.4in 16.34in 44.88in
L 17.72in 25.55in 24.29in 17.99in 28.39in 3.94in 67.3° 72.8° 12.4in 16.34in 45.67in
XL 19.29in 26.85in 24.69in 19.17in 29.13in 4.33in 67.3° 72.8° 12.4in 16.34in 47.01in

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