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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike

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2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike

 

From trail riding to commuting to bike packing, the Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R complete bike lives up to its reputation as one of the most adaptable bikes yet devised. 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 functionality.

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 the 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 thanks to its carefully tuned balance.

The 29 R Chameleon is built for adventure without any updates necessary. The Fox Rhythm 34 fork smooths out braking bumps and rough sections of trail, while providing easy setup and tuning. SRAM’s NX drivetrain offers plenty of gear range for big rides, while Level T brakes maintain control at speed. And it rolls on hand built wheels with Novatech hubs and WTB rims for easy tubeless setup.

Versatile hardtail for trail riding, bikepacking, and exploring

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

SRAM’s workhorse components privilege function over fashion

 

2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Aluminum

Rear Travel:

hardtail

Fork:

FOX 34 Rhythm

Front Travel:

120mm

Headset:

Cane Creek 40 Series

Shifters:

SRAM NX

Front Derailleur:

n/a

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM NX

Crankset:

30t Rae Face Aeffect

Bottom Bracket:

Race Face

Crank Arm Length:

[XS – S] 170mm, [M – XL] 175mm

Cassette:

10-42t SRAM XG-1150

Chain:

SRAM NX

Brakeset:

SRAM Level T

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc

Rotors:

Avid Centerline 180mm

Handlebar:

Race Face Ride

Handlebar Width:

760mm

Grips:

Santa Cruz Palmdale

Stem:

Race Face Ride

Stem Length:

50mm

Saddle:

WTB Volt Sport

Seatpost:

Race Face Aeffect

Seatpost Diameter:

31.6mm

Wheelset:

WTB ST i23 TCS 29

Hubs:

Novatec D711

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost

Tires:

[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR [rear] Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO TR

Tire Size:

[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.25in

Pedals:

not included

Recommended Use:

cross-country

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame

 

2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 29 R Complete Mountain Bike

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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