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Chameleon 29 R Mountain Bike

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$3,199.00
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Why We Like The Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R Mountain Bike

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. The 8th gen Chameleon is longer, lower, and slacker than ever with its lengthy front end, low-slung bottom bracket, and relaxed 65-degree head tube angle. 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. Offered here as a 29er, we can roll faster down the trail and absolutely steamroll rocks and roots standing in our way thanks to the 29-inch wheel's larger angle of attack.


The Chameleon is designed to be a more utilitarian, low-maintenance trail bike, so 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 us a nice selection of parts, including a 130-millimeter Fox Rhythm 34 fork for smooth tracking and confident handling over rough trails, SRAM's NX Eagle drivetrain for a low-cost entry into a 1x12 set-up, plus a SDG Tellis dropper post for getting aggressive on rowdy descents. The Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R Mountain Bike is built for anything and everything we can think up out on the trail.


*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.


Details

  • Hardtail trail ripper ripe with the longer and slacker treatment
  • Premium aluminum is lightweight and offers a lifetime of riding
  • SRAM NX drivetrain provides a wide gearing range
  • Fox Rhythm fork supports harsh trail riding
  • Included chainstay protection enhances silences chain slap
  • Rider-friendly dropouts allow 27.5in wheels or single-speed setup
  • 4-piston Guide T brakes offer plenty of stopping power
  • Threaded bottom bracket quiets creaks and is low maintenance
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Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
hardtail
Fork
Fox Rhythm 34
Front Travel
130mm
Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs
ISCG-05
Crankset
SRAM Descendant Eagle 148 DUB
Chainring Sizes
30t
Crank Arm Length
[small] 170mm, [medium, large, x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB BSA
Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12-speed
Cassette Range
11-50t
Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Brakeset
SRAM Guide T
Brake Type
four-piston, hydraulic disc
Rotors
Avid Centerline, 180mm
Handlebar
Burgtec Alloy
Handlebar Width
800mm
Grips
Santa Cruz House or Burgtec Bartender Pro Minnaar
Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3
Stem Length
42mm
Saddle
WTB Silverado Race or WTB Volt
Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper 31.6mm
Seatpost Travel
[small] 125mm, [medium, large] 150mm, [x-large] 170mm
Wheelset
Race Face AR Offset 30
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15mm x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12mm x 148mm Boost
Tire Clearance
29 x 2.6in, 27.5 x 2.8in
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C, MaxxGrip, EXO, TR, [rear] Maxxis Aggressor WT, EXO, TR
Tire Size
29in x 2.5in
Pedals
not included
Extras
chainstay protector
Claimed Weight
29.28lb
Activity
trail
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame] lifetime