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Santa Cruz BicyclesChameleon
29 R Mountain Bike

$2,399.00

Item # SNZK19X

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Description

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. 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 67.3-degree head tube angle. This particular Chameleon 29 R Mountain Bike carries all of these updates with fresh color schemes for 2021, 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 29er for a rolling faster down the trail and absolutely steamrolling rocks and roots standing in your way, due to the 29-inch wheel's larger angle of attack. If you'd like to swap out the 29-inch wheels for the massive grip afforded by 27.5+, the interchangeable dropouts allow you to change wheel sizes with little effort. 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'd like to convert to 27.5+ or 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 120-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.

  • Santa Cruz's workhorse hardtail for trail riding or bikepacking
  • 67.3-degree head tube angle for confidence on technical terrain
  • Longer front end, short chainstays for an agile, playful feel
  • 29in wheels carry more momentum and easily roll over obstacles
  • 120mm FOX Rhythm Fork soaks up the rocks and roots on the trail
  • Interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap 29in for 27.5+ wheels
  • Aluminum frame optimizes strength-to-weight without cost of carbon
  • SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain for 1 x 12 gear range at affordable price

Tech Specs
Frame Materialaluminum
ForkFOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel120mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS
ShiftersSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG TabsISCG-05
CranksetSRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB
Chainring Sizes30t
Bottom BracketSRAM DUB
Bottom Bracket TypeEnglish threaded
CassetteSRAM PG-1230 NX Eagle, 12spd
Cassette Range11 - 50t
ChainSRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
BrakesetSRAM Guide T
Brake Typehydraulic disc
RotorsAvid Centerline 180mm
HandlebarRace Face Ride
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale
StemRace Face Ride
SaddleWTB Silverado Race
SeatpostSDG Tellis dropper
Wheelset[rims] WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0, [spokes] Sapim Race
Hubs[front] SRAM MTH 716, 32h, [rear] SRAM MTH 746, 32h
Front Axle15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle12 x 148mm Boost
Tires[front] Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race EXO TR
Tire Size[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.35in
Pedalsnot included
Extraschainstay protector
Recommended Usetrail
Manufacturer Warranty[frame] lifetime
Geometry

27.5+ - 120mm Travel Fork

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 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

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 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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28lb 3.7oz

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