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Santa Cruz BicyclesChameleon
29 Mountain Bike Frame

$749.00

Item # SNZ00JY

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Description

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

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Tech Specs
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
Geometry

27.5+ - 120mm Travel Fork

 SMLXL
15.35in16.54in17.72in19.29in
23.46in24.45in25.28in26.54in
24.21in24.21in24.21in24.57in
16.34in17.32in18.11in19.29in
27.13in27.76in28.39in29.09in
3.94in3.94in4.33in4.72in
67.567.567.567.5
73737373
12.4in12.4in12.4in12.4in
    
16.34in16.34in16.34in16.34in
43.9in44.88in45.67in46.97in

29 - 120mm Travel Fork

 SMLXL
15.35in16.54in17.72in19.29in
23.66in24.65in25.55in26.85in
24.29in24.29in24.29in24.69in
16.22in17.2in17.99in19.17in
27.13in27.4in28.39in29.13in
3.94in3.94in4.33in4.72in
67.367.367.367.3
72.872.872.872.8
12.4in12.4in12.4in12.4in
    
16.34in16.34in16.34in16.34in
43.9in44.88in45.67in47.01in
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