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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ D Mountain Bike


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    Lively fun on the trail.

    As one of the longest standing bikes in Santa Cruz's line, the Chameleon is a perennial favorite for its lively handling, ability to wheelie with ease, and versatility across a wide variety of trail ecosystems, ranging from flowy singletrack in the woods to rocky descents high above treeline. 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 67.5-degree head tube angle. This Chameleon 27.5+ D 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 27.5+ trail bike for voluminous traction and greater compliance over rugged trails with its 2.8-inch Maxxis Rekon Tires, but it can be run as a fast-rolling 29er with its interchangeable dropouts. 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 need to purchase separate dropouts if you'd like to convert it to singlespeed use or a 29er.

    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, which is great considering it lowers the bar to entry for riders on a budget. This D-spec build is the most affordable build offered by Santa Cruz, offering a nice selection of parts for reliability and performance, but without incurring significant cost. The RockShox Recon RL 130-millimeter Fork smoothly tracks over rocky, root-latticed trail sections by soaking up all the bumps along the way. It's finished with a SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain that offers a wide selection of gears for long climbs and descents, all without requiring a 2x drivetrain that only clutters your bars and adds unnecessary complexity.

    • Versatile hardtail with a fun-loving persona on the trail
    • 67.5-degree head tube angle for confidence at higher speeds
    • Longer front end, short chainstays for an agile, playful feel
    • 27.5+ wheels maximize traction and compliance over rough stuff
    • 130mm RockShox Recon RL Fork soaks up bumpy sections of trail
    • Interchangeable dropouts allow you to swap 27.5+ for 29in wheels
    • Aluminum frame optimizes strength-to-weight at lower cost than carbon
    • SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain offers a wide range for climbs and descents
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    RockShox Recon RL
    Front Travel
    130 mm
    Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
    SRAM NX, 11-speed
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM NX Long Cage, 11-speed
    Race Face Ride
    Chainring Sizes
    Crank Arm Length
    [XS - S] 170mm, [M - XL] 175mm
    Bottom Bracket Type
    BSA threaded
    SRAM PG1130, 11-speed
    Cassette Range
    11 - 42t
    SRAM PC1110, 11-speed
    SRAM Level
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    180 mm Avid Centerline
    Race Face Ride
    Santa Cruz Palmdale
    Race Face Ride
    WTB Silverado Comp
    Race Face Ride
    WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0 27.5
    [front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
    Front Axle
    15 x 110 mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148 mm Boost
    Maxxis Rekon EXO TR
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.8 in
    not included
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

    Tech Specs

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    Is this bike available with a drop tube seat? Do you have any left over from previous years at a discount? Thanks, Steve