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  • Santa Cruz Bicycles 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike
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Santa Cruz BicyclesChameleon
27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike
$2,399.00

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Description

Your invitation to the trail party.

As a staple in Santa Cruz's line for over 20 years, the Chameleon is a perennial favorite for its lively feel and adaptability to a wide variety of trail ecosystems, ranging from smooth-buffed singletrack to steep, rocky descents that would normally overwhelm a racier hardtail. Santa Cruz revamped the Chameleon in 2017 to be longer, lower, and slacker than ever with its lengthy front end, low-slung 12.4-inch bottom bracket, and relaxed 67.5-degree head tube angle. This particular Chameleon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike carries all of these updates, just with fresh color schemes for 2019, making it an an absolute blast to rail around corners, plunge into steep descents, and even pedal a few laps around the bike park.

Originally conceived as a heavy-duty trail bike that could handle the rigors of bike parks and slalom courses, the Chameleon has evolved into a fun-loving trail bike that's compatible with multiple wheel sizes and moonlights as a practical solution for long-distance bikepacking missions. It's offered here as a 27.5+ trail bike for voluminous traction and greater compliance over rugged trails with its 2.8-inch Maxxis Rekon Tires, but it can be run as a fast-rolling 29er with its interchangeable dropouts. Also, these interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap out the gears for single-speed use, should you desire a no-nonsense drivetrain or live in an area without major elevation changes. Note, you'll have to purchase separate dropouts from Santa Cruz if you want to change wheel sizes or convert to singlespeed use.

Seeing the Chameleon is designed to be a more utilitarian, low-maintenance trail bike, it's made from aluminum for optimal strength-to-weight, but without the added cost of carbon. This gives the Chameleon broader appeal than many of the full-suspension bikes in Santa Cruz's line, which is great considering it lowers the bar to entry for riders on a budget. This R-spec build kit gives you a nice selection of parts, including a 130-millimeter Fox Rhythm 34 Fork for smooth tracking and confident handling over rough trails, SRAM's newest NX Eagle drivetrain for a low-cost entry into a 1x12 set-up, plus a Race Face Aeffect dropper post for getting aggressive on rowdy descents.

  • Versatile hardtail with a fun-loving persona on the trail
  • 67.5-degree head tube angle for confidence at higher speeds
  • Longer front end, short chainstays for an agile, playful feel
  • 27.5+ wheels maximize traction and compliance over rough stuff
  • 130mm FOX Rhythm Fork soaks up the rocks and roots on the trail
  • Interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap 27.5+ for 29in wheels
  • Aluminum frame optimizes strength-to-weight at lower cost than carbon
  • SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain delivers 1x12 gear range at reasonable cost
Tech SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
hardtail
Fork
FOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel
130 mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Front Derailleur
n/a
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Crankset
SRAM NX Eagle DUB
Chainring Sizes
30t
Crank Arm Length
[XS - S] 170 mm, [M - XL] 175 mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket Type
BSA threaded
Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12-speed
Cassette Range
11 - 50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset
SRAM Level T
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
180 mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar
Race Face Ride
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Ride
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race
Seatpost
Race Face Aeffect dropper
Wheelset
WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0 27.5
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15 x 110 mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148 mm Boost
Tires
Maxxis Rekon EXO TR
Tire Size
27.5 x 2.8 in
Recommended Use
trail
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime on frame
Geometry

27.5+ - 120mm Travel Fork

 
SMLXL
a Seat Tube
15.35in16.54in17.72in19.29in
b Effective Top Tube
23.46in24.45in25.28in26.54in
c Stack
24.21in24.21in24.21in24.57in
d Reach
16.34in17.32in18.11in19.29in
e Stand Over
27.13in27.76in28.39in29.09in
f Head Tube
3.94in3.94in4.33in4.72in
g Head Tube Angle
67.567.567.567.5
h Seat Tube Angle
73737373
i Bottom Bracket Height
12.4in12.4in12.4in12.4in
j Bottom Bracket Drop
    
k Chainstay
16.34in16.34in16.34in16.34in
l Wheelbase
43.9in44.88in45.67in46.97in

29 - 120mm Travel Fork

 
SMLXL
a Seat Tube
15.35in16.54in17.72in19.29in
b Effective Top Tube
23.66in24.65in25.55in26.85in
c Stack
24.29in24.29in24.29in24.69in
d Reach
16.22in17.2in17.99in19.17in
e Stand Over
27.13in27.4in28.39in29.13in
f Head Tube
3.94in3.94in4.33in4.72in
g Head Tube Angle
67.367.367.367.3
h Seat Tube Angle
72.872.872.872.8
i Bottom Bracket Height
12.4in12.4in12.4in12.4in
j Bottom Bracket Drop
    
k Chainstay
16.34in16.34in16.34in16.34in
l Wheelbase
43.9in44.88in45.67in47.01in
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#1 and best Hardtail in the world.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased a 2019 Santa Cruz Chameleon R+ from Competitive Cyclist. They were really good. I got my bike quicker than I expected. The bike packaging was very secure and was easy putting the bike together. The customer service was great. They answered all my questions and concern, very helpful.

I am in love with my SC Chameleon. This is an amazing bike definitely worth every penny. The bike rides awesome. This bike has great traction. I feel more secure when taking turns and curves fast. This bike feels very solid and tough. This bike really is alot fun.
I would definitely use Competitive Cyclist for all my future purchases.

#1 and best Hardtail in the world.