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- Versatile hardtail for trail riding, bikepacking, and adventure
- 67.5-degree head tube angle for confidence in technical terrain
- Swapping dropouts adapts the frame to 27.5+ or 29in wheels
- Aluminum frame is built to go the distance
- Easily convertible to singlespeed with replaceable dropouts
- Item #SNZ00FL
- Q & A
The hardtail I've been looking for.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Over the past few years, I have really gotten in to the geometry changes on modern trail bikes and, while my full suspension rigs had kept up with the changes, my hardtail was still XC oriented. Every time I rode it, it felt very nervous and sketchy to me. I don't ride hardtails much any more but I always have one around for when the mood strikes me.
The Chameleon feels just like my 150mm trail bike as far as fit, geometry and handling go. Now I can go from a long travel rig to a hardtail and don't have to get used to anything other than the fact that I have 0mm of rear suspension travel.
The ride is very nice, the Chameleon feels fast and flowy on smooth trails and carves corners exceptionally well. the long front end and short rear end make the bike fun and snappy, yet stable and predictable. you can lift the front end and manual over stuff easily but the front wheels stays planted when you want it to. High speed stability is superb. The medium was a perfect fit for me at 5'9" and the reach feels good with a 50mm stem.
I've only got about 50 miles on mine so far but have had it on everything from gravel roads to chunky, technical singletrack and it handles it all well. Climbing is good; it doesn't feel too slack and there's no wheel flop. Descending is confidence inspiring without any of the nervousness that a steep XC oriented hardtail will give you. If you're a trail rider who's used to the newer geometry, you'll feel right at home on the Chameleon. It also jumps great and feels super stable in the air.
Mine is built up with a 120mm Fox Float and (mostly) Shimano XT8000 1x11 drivetrain. I've got a relatively light wheelset on the bike at the moment as well as, carbon cranks, carbon bars, and a stealth dropper. With this build it weighs in at right around 27lbs. The internal dropper routing is easy to use and the build was fairly straightforward. Just a couple notes: you will need an I.S. brake adapter for the rear brake (I went with a 180mm rotor on the rear) and you will also want to make sure your chainring/ crank setup has the 3mm offset for the 51mm boost chainline.
This is my first Santa Cruz and I'm very impressed with the quality, fit and finish on the frame. I'm definitely digging it and will be looking at Santa Cruz again for my next bike.
Which drop outs come on the frame
This comes only comes with the installed 29" 148 mm dropouts.
29" 142 mm single speed, 27.5+ 142 mm single speed, and 27.5+ 148 mm geared dropouts are available separately.
Hi! Wahat is the weight of this frame?
I believe it's around 5.5lbs