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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon Carbon 27.5 Plus S Mountain Bike

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    Chameleon Carbon 27.5 Plus S Complete Mountain Bike

    The Chameleon has long been a staple in the Santa Cruz lineup since its introduction over 20-years ago. Long revered for its overbuilt stature and its ability to adapt to its owner's need, the Chameleon has been a favorite of aggressive riders who do not want or need a full-suspension bike. Over the years, the frame has evolved from 26-inch wheels to plus and 29-inch varieties, rim brakes to disc, quick-releases to thru-axles, 3 chainrings to 1x, and geometry tweaks making it capable of handling more technical trails, one constant has been its frame material: aluminum. Well, that all changes with this carbon update to the seventh generation Chameleon. Leveraging Santa Cruz's mastery of carbon fiber construction, this latest Chameleon drops some weight and improves the ride quality and this particular version, the Chameleon Carbon 27.5 Plus S Complete Mountain Bike, adds a shred-ready SRAM GX Eagle group with the plushness and traction-hungry ride that can only come from plus-sized tires.

    This fun-loving, do-it-all trail bike is compatible with multiple wheel sizes and is also on our short list of bikes we'd pick for long-distance bikepacking missions over rugged terrain. It's offered here as a 27.5+ trail bike offering excellent grip and floatation over loose trails with its plus-sized tires, and it can be run as a fast-rolling 29er with its interchangeable dropouts. The dropouts also allow you to swap out the gears for single-speed use, should you desire a near-maintenance free drivetrain, live in an area without major elevation changes, or you just enjoy flogging yourself from time to time. Please note we carry the separate dropouts for plus and 29-inch wheels and the singlespeed spacing is 142mm while the geared version is Boost 148mm.

    What we love so much about the Carbon Chameleon is it can jump in a singlespeed race one weekend, hit the berms in the bike park after work, and load up with a week's worth of camping gear for a bikepacking vacation next. Eagle eyes will notice two bottle cage mounts, including a triple-bolt cargo cage mount under the downtube for carrying large water bottles or various other items for bikepacking.

    The Carbon Chameleon uses Santa Cruz's Carbon C, its second-tier carbon, which boasts identical construction to the higher grade CC carbon but uses a different modulus that adds a tiny bit of weight while saving big on cash. The method remains the same, with unidirectional carbon plies wrapping between tubes, adding strength and long-term durability. An inner bladder applies outward pressure against the mold while the carbon cures to reduce resin pooling and virtually eliminates imperfections. This results in a frame that is so tough, Santa Cruz backs it with a lifetime frame warranty.

    This S build kit gives you a premium selection of parts, including a 130-millimeter FOX Performance 34 Fork for stiff, confident tracking while braking and turning and plush absorption through the rock gardens and drops on the trail. SRAM's GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain gives you a massive gear range with its 10 to 50-tooth cassette, so you can tackle a wider variety of terrain. It's finished up with a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper for getting the saddle out of the way on those steep descents where you'd benefit from a more aggressive body position.

    • Santa Cruz's venerable Chameleon, now in carbon
    • Carbon C construction drops weight while improving ride quality
    • Plus-sized tires add traction and cush over rough and loose trails
    • SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain offers plenty of range for the hills
    • Huge tire clearance and 3-bolt cargo mount lends well to bikepacking
    • Backed by a lifetime warranty on frame
    • Interchangeable dropouts allow for wheel size swaps and toggling between gear or SS use
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    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    Carbon C
    FOX 34 Performance
    Front Travel
    Cane Creek 40 IS
    SRAM GX Eagle
    Rear Derailleur
    SRAM GX Eagle
    ISCG Tabs
    SRAM Stylo 7k DUB
    Chainring Sizes
    Crank Arm Length
    [Small] 170mm, [Medium-XLarge] 175mm
    Bottom Bracket
    Bottom Bracket Type
    SRAM XG1275 Eagle
    Cassette Range
    10 - 50t
    SRAM GX Eagle 12sp
    SRAM Guide T
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    Avid Centerline 180mm
    Race Face Aeffect R
    Handlebar Rise
    Handlebar Sweep
    [back] 9-degree, [up] 5-degree
    Handlebar Width
    Santa Cruz Palmdale
    Race Face Aeffect R
    Stem Length
    WTB Silverado Pro
    RockShox Reverb Stealth
    [rims] Race Face AR 40
    DT Swiss 370
    Front Axle
    15mm Boost
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm
    Maxxis Rekon EXO/TR
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.8in
    not included
    Claimed Weight
    26lb, 13oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime on frame

    Tech Specs

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