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SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame

SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES Chameleon 29 Mountain Bike Frame

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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 wheels or 27.5 Plus with a simple dropout swap, 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 Chameleon 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 Chameleon’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
Frame Material
Aluminum
Wheel Size
29in
Head Tube Diameter
1-1/8 – 1.5in tapered
Bottom Bracket Type
English
Cable Routing
internal
Front Derailleur Mount
direct
Derailleur Pull
botton
Brake Type
post mount disc
Seatpost Diameter
31.6mm
Seat Collar
36.4mm
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm
Recommended Use
trail
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Rider Height Suggested Mountain Frame Size
Feet & Inches Centimetres Frame Size (inches) Frame Size (cm) Frame Size
4'10" - 5'2" 148cm - 158cm 13" - 14" 33 - 37 View all X-Small Bikes
5'2" - 5'6" 158cm - 168cm 15" - 16" 38 - 42 View all Small Bikes
5'6" - 5' 10" 168cm - 178cm 17" - 18" 43 - 47 View all Medium Bikes
5'10" - 6'1" 178cm - 185cm 19" - 20" 48 - 52 View all Large Bikes
6'1" - 6'4" 185cm - 193cm 21" - 22" 53 - 57 View all X-Large Bikes
6'4" - 6'6" 193cm - 198cm 23" - 24" 58 - 61 View all XX-Large Bikes

Additional information

Size

Large

Color

Black – Gloss – Black, Bronze

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