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Santa Cruz BicyclesChameleon
29 R Mountain Bike
$2,399.00

Item # SNZ00JL

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Description

Rowdy fun on the trail.

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 Complete Mountain Bike carries all of these updates 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 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 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
  • 67.3-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
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Tech SpecsGeometry
Tech Specs
⚠️ WARNING
Cancer & Reproductive Harm - P65Warnings.ca.gov
Frame Material
aluminum
Suspension
hardtail
Fork
FOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel
120 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] 170mm, [M - XL] 175mm
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 i25 TCS 2.0
Hubs
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15 x 110 mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148 mm Boost
Tires
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Crossmark II DC EXO TR
Tire Size
[front] 29 x 2.3 in, [rear] 29 x 2.25 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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amazing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i thought the frame would not be durable because of the aluminum but it turned out to be the best hard tail i have ever ridden i think it is better than the carbon