The Santa Cruz Chameleon is now available in a carbon model. According to Santa Cruz, they "took the fun-loving, shreddy spirit and adjustability of the beloved aluminum Chameleon but evolved it into a lighter, faster, more advanced species. It’s a do-it-all hardtail that is as happy making the most of backyard booter (mis)adventures as it is fully loaded with camp gear and a color-matched dangle mug."
The frame only is priced at $1,599 USD, with complete bikes starting at $3,799 USD. The geometry numbers aren't quite identical to the aluminum model when comparing the two geometry charts, but with a couple millimeters difference here and a tenth of a degree difference there, this bike is essentially the same as the aluminum predecessor that was introduced in 2017.
Chameleon Carbon Details
• Wheelsize: 29" or 27.5+
• Travel: 120mm 29" / 130mm 27.5+
• Carbon frame
• Head angle: 67.2° - 67.3° depending on wheelsize
• Clearance for up to 3.0” tires (27.5+) or 2.5” (29er)
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Price: $3,799 - $5,699, Frame only: $1,599 USD
There is a custom blue Hope headset on the SE model to match the blue Hope hubs.
The Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon is available in four build kit options, all with their lower cost C-level carbon.
The top of the line Chameleon C SE 29 Reserve comes with a 120mm FOX 34 Float Performance fork, a SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, SRAM Guide R brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, a Race Face Aeffect R handlebar, a Maxxis Ardent Race/Minion DHF tire combo, and Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon rims with Hope Pro 4 hubs. It sells for $5,699 USD. Its 27.5+ counterpart has a 130mm FOX 34 Float Performance 130mm and Maxxis Rekon tires.
The Chameleon C S 29 comes with a 120mm Fox 34 Float Performance fork, SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, SRAM Guide T brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, a Race Face Aeffect R handlebar, a Maxxis Ardent Race/Minion DHF tire combo, and RaceFace AR rims with DT Swiss 370 hubs. It retails for $3,799 USD. Its 27.5+ counterpart has a 130mm FOX 34 Float Performance fork and Maxxis Rekon tires.
Like the aluminum version, the carbon Chameleon changes to suit its environment - 29er or 27.5+, geared or single-speed. It uses swappable dropouts to convert it from trail bike to single-speed racer to bikepacking mule. There are two bottle cage mounts for those who want to use it for bikepacking, including a triple-bolt cargo cage mount under the downtube.Geometry
Photo: Gary Perkin, Rider: Craig Evans