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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ D Mountain Bike


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    Chameleon 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike

    These days versatility is the name of the game, and Santa Cruz isn't about to let that stop at full-suspension rigs, which explains a lot about the Chameleon 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike. This jack-of-all-trades hardtail stands as one of the longest running bikes in Santa Cruz's lineup, and is a perennial favorite among us here in the office. In 2017 it was hit with a massive geometry update that went by way of the longer-slacker trends, making the Chameleon the ideal shapeshifter for charging down a variety of trails from rocky descents, to flowy wooded singletrack, and even a couple smatterings of backcountry bikepacking thrown into the mix. Its crafted with a low-slung 12.4-inch bottom bracket, a moderately slack 67.5 head tube that doesn't compromise confidence for agility, and robust aluminum that's designed to handle it all. This year Santa Cruz ups the game on the D+ build, with new SRAM SX Eagle groupset that keeps your budget in mind, while offering a whopping 12-gears to hit the trail.

    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.

    • A do-it-all hardtail that balances confidence and agility
    • 67.5-degree head tube angle boosts stability at high speeds
    • Longer front end pairs with short chainstays for nimble feel
    • 27.5+ wheels offer total traction and compliance over rough
    • RockShox Recon RL fork offers 130mm of plush control for rowdy trails
    • Interchangeable dropouts enable you to switch 27.5+ for 29in hoops
    • SRAM SX Eagle offers 12 speeds without X01 pricing
    • Aluminum frame maximizes your dollar while optimizing strength-to-weight
    • Item #SNZK14M

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    RockShox Recon RL
    Front Travel
    Cane Creek 10 IS integrated
    SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed
    SRAM SX Eagle DUB
    Chainring Sizes
    Crank Arm Length
    [small] 170mm, [medium, large, extra-large] 175mm
    Bottom Bracket
    SRAM DUB 68/73mm threaded
    Bottom Bracket Type
    English threaded
    SRAM CS PG1210 Eagle, 12 speed
    Cassette Range
    11 - 50t
    SRAM CN SX Eagle
    SRAM Level
    hydraulic disc
    Race Face Ride 35
    Handlebar Width
    Santa Cruz Palmdale
    Race Face Ride 35
    Stem Length
    WTB Silverado Comp
    Race Face Ride, 400mm
    WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0
    [front] SRAM MTH 716, [rear] SRAM MTH 746
    Front Axle
    15 x 110mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm Boost
    Maxxis Rekon EXO, TR
    Tire Size
    2.8 x 27.5in
    not included
    Recommended Use
    cross-country, trail, bikepacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

    Tech Specs

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