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Santa Cruz Bicycles
Chameleon MX R Mountain Bike - 2022

5 out of 5 stars
1 Review

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Why We Like The Santa Cruz Chameleon MX R Mountain Bike

We can't think of a better name than Chameleon for this ultra-versatile Santa Cruz hardtail. From multi-day trips to dirt jumps, or long rides through old-growth forests, the Chameleon is the bike we choose when we want the efficiency of a hardtail and the capability of a modern trail bike. It's been a staple in the Santa Cruz lineup for two decades, and here we are now with the 8th generation bike that's more refined than ever. This mixed-wheel version offers the rollover capabilities of a 29in front wheel, while the 27.5in rear wheel makes cornering super intuitive. It's kitted out with Santa Cruz's base-level build kit that gets the job done without draining our whole season's riding budget.

The 8th gen Chameleon is much slacker than its predecessor, coming with a 65-degree head tube and a low-slung top tube that lets us carry speed with confidence, paired with short chainstays to maintain the agility we've always enjoyed from the Chameleon. The bike can be set up geared or single-speed like past models, but the dropout system has been greatly simplified and is more user-friendly than ever. It's also poised to be a great steed for bikepacking, as it comes with a triple-bolt bottle mount on the downtube for a wide range of cargo-carrying options. And as always, buying a Santa Cruz means you get their industry-leading lifetime warranty, letting us enjoy our Chameleons for years to come knowing Santa Cruz has our backs.

*Due to a high demand in the global supply chain and bike industry since the start of the pandemic, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be of equal or better spec level. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.


  • Santa Cruz hardtail that truly does it all
  • 29in front wheel gives us speed and confidence over obstacles
  • 27.5in rear wheel loves corners, wheelies, and jumps
  • Aluminum frame for no-nonsense durability
  • Progressive geometry provides stable, confident handling
  • Triple-bolt bottle mount opens up your carrying options
  • Can be set up single-speed or geared via interchangeable dropouts
  • Simplified dropout and derailleur hanger system eases maintenance
  • Item #SNZK1E8
Frame Material
FOX Rhythm 34
Front Travel
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM Descendant Eagle 148
Chainring Sizes
Crank Arm Length
[small] 170mm, [medium, large, x-large] 175mm
Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68.73mm threaded
SRAM PG1230, 12-speed
Cassette Range
SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
SRAM Guide T
Brake Type
4-piston caliper, disc
Avid Centerline
Burgtec Alloy Bar
Handlebar Width
Santa Cruz House Grips or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
Burgtec Enduro MK3
Stem Length
WTB Silverado Race Saddle or WTB Volt
SDG Tellis Dropper
Seatpost Travel
[small] 125mm, [medium] 150mm, [large, x-large] 170mm
[rims] RaceFace AR
[front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
Front Axle
15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle
12 x 148mm Boost
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF, MaxxGrip, EXO, [rear] Maxxis Aggressor, EXO
Tire Size
[front] 29 x 2.5in, [rear] 27.5 x 2.5in
not included
Claimed Weight
[small] 30.2lb
Manufacturer Warranty
[frame] lifetime

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5 out of 5 stars

May 27, 2022

Chameleon Al R

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 10"

This thing is an absolutely beautiful beast. Fully capable on any trail and amazing on the jumps. The R spec saved me the headache of having to upgrade the forks or drivetrain. Fox 34 fork does an amazing job of soaking up the terrain and the SRAM nx group set is reliable and smooth. Got the MX (mullet 29/27.5 version) and also an extra 27.5 matching wheel for the front to size down for days when I feel like strictly hitting dirt jumps and skateparks.

Carlos C