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  • Santa Cruz Bicycles 29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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Santa Cruz BicyclesChameleon
29 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
$2,349.00

Item # SNZ00DR

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Description

The definition of adaptable.

From trail riding to commuting to bike packing, the Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R complete bike lives up to its reputation as one of the most adaptable bikes yet devised. 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 functionality.

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 Chamelon 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 the well-equipped stable.

Geometry plays a key role in the Chamelon’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 thanks to its carefully tuned balance.

The 29 R Chameleon is built for adventure without any updates necessary. The Fox Rhythm 34 fork smooths out braking bumps and rough sections of trail, while providing easy setup and tuning. SRAM’s NX drivetrain offers plenty of gear range for big rides, while Level T brakes maintain control at speed. And it rolls on hand built wheels with Novatech hubs and WTB rims for easy tubeless setup.

  • Versatile hardtail for trail riding, bikepacking, and exploring
  • 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
  • SRAM's workhorse components privilege function over fashion
Tech SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
Frame Material
Aluminum
Rear Travel
hardtail
Fork
FOX 34 Rhythm
Front Travel
120mm
Headset
Cane Creek 40 Series
Shifters
SRAM NX
Front Derailleur
n/a
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX
Crankset
30t Rae Face Aeffect
Bottom Bracket
Race Face
Crank Arm Length
[XS - S] 170mm, [M - XL] 175mm
Cassette
10-42t SRAM XG-1150
Chain
SRAM NX
Brakeset
SRAM Level T
Brake Type
hydraulic disc
Rotors
Avid Centerline 180mm
Handlebar
Race Face Ride
Handlebar Width
760mm
Grips
Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem
Race Face Ride
Stem Length
50mm
Saddle
WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost
Race Face Aeffect
Seatpost Diameter
31.6mm
Wheelset
WTB ST i23 TCS 29
Hubs
Novatec D711
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR [rear] Maxxis Crossmark DC EXO TR
Tire Size
[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.25in
Pedals
not included
Recommended Use
cross-country
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
3.94in3.94in3.94in4.33in
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
3.94in3.94in3.94in4.33in
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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