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Why We Like The Chameleon 29 D Mountain Bike
Upholding its adaptable namesake, this generation of the Santa Cruz Chameleon continues to possess the ability to run both 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels courtesy of interchangeable drop-outs, as well as modern trail geometry that's longer, low-slung, and relatively slack. 6000-series aluminum retains high levels of strength and stiffness without incurring the cost of fancier carbon frames. Nice-to-have frame details include stealth dropper post routing for future upgrades, multiple bottle mounts, and a threaded bottom bracket that eliminates the annoying creaks of press fit bottom brackets.
This particular Chameleon 29 D is hooked up with the obstacle-rolling abilities of 29-inch wheels, making it a great choice for tackling trails with bigger bounders and speed-robbing roots. Not only do the bigger 29-inch wheels roll over obstacles with ease, but they carry momentum with greater efficiency than 27.5-inch wheels. This makes them a great candidate for fast, flowy terrain where carrying momentum is essential and riding across large swaths of terrain where efficiency equates to less energy expenditure. Looking at the build kit, you'll find it's equipped with budget-friendly components that emphasize reliability over weight savings. SRAM's new SX Eagle drivetrain offers 1-by-12 gearing you've long coveted from the higher-end groups, offering you a gear to cover everything from the punchiest fire roads to long and flowy descents — all without messing with pesky a front derailleur that needlessly clutters your bars. It's also hooked up with a RockShox Recon RL fork with 120-millimeters of smooth travel and turn-key compression adjustments that span from fully open to locked out.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- A versatile hardtail that adapts to its surroundings
- Smooth-rolling 29in wagon wheels carry momentum over obstacles
- 6000-series aluminum frame is strong and lightweight
- Modern geometry lends a balanced feel and descending stability
- Interchangeable dropouts swap between 27.5+ and 29-inch wheels
- Boost axles increase tire clearance and improve wheel stiffness
- SRAM SX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain provides wide range of usable gears
- SDG Tellis dropper post lets you adapt your riding position to the terrain
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