Video: Craig Evans Hits the Trails on the Santa Cruz Chameleon

Feb 1, 2019
by Joe Bowman  

Craig Evans is a rider's rider, flying modestly under the radar despite being perhaps one of the most versatile individuals on two wheels, he was born in Stocksbridge, a small industrial town on the outskirts of Sheffield which has gone through its fair share of change over the years.

Craig Evans on the Carbon Chameleon by Gary Perkin.

Winning Hardline in 2017 and putting out memorable segments in GAMBLE and Wheel Love were all huge feats. But those that know him will tell you he's at his best when riding back home at the local.

Craig Evans on the Carbon Chameleon by Gary Perkin.

Craig Evans on the Carbon Chameleon by Gary Perkin.

Late last year, right before Craig went into surgery to fix a wrist injury that he grafted through 2018 with, we went out in the slop for a thrash about on the latest Carbon Chameleon. Looking back we've got a bit of history shooting hardcore-hardtail films and this is just the latest chapter.

Craig Evans on the Carbon Chameleon by Gary Perkin.

You can’t stop change, whether you're ready for it or not. But luckily, Craig is still the same humble shredder he always has been and we're keen to see him show his colours even more going forward.

Craig Evans on the Carbon Chameleon by Gary Perkin.

Follow Craig Evans and find out more about him here.
Produced by Steel City Media.


64 Comments

  • + 78
 Chromo Chromo Chromo Chromo Chromo Chameleon. 4130 is what we want.
  • + 7
 Yes!!!
  • + 7
 double yes
  • + 5
 I'm okay with the options. The alloy version rides better than my Reynolds Explosif did.
  • + 2
 It’s Santa Cruz...
  • + 4
 @browntown40: Agreed. The alloy chameleon rides like a Reynolds chromo hardtail, but without the weight.
  • + 20
 Hey there's always Chroma Chroma Chroma Chroma Chroma Chromag
  • + 2
 @Endurahbrah: There must be someone working at Chromag with a Slayer cover band who can front the video.
  • + 3
 No matter how good it is...someone always isn't happy and wants what you don't have. Sales Dept.
  • + 0
 It's almost insulting that companies are making carbon hardtails for getting rowdy. (For XC carbon makes total sense.) But for slacker, fun hardtails steel is such a better ride. Makes me think companies releasing carbon hardtails dont actually ride hardtails, but want the sales/image.
  • + 4
 I don't think Santa Cruz has ever made a steel frame. Not really their gig.
  • + 1
 @IanJF: I dont think they have either. But not to difficult to out source.
  • + 2
 @IanJF: no their thing is making Supreme edition Chameleons
  • + 60
 Well, if you win Hardline, you'll probably ride a potatoe fast.
  • + 52
 Well, Craig Evans can take a knife to a gun fight, and probably win.
  • + 39
 The Hardline winner showing just how capable the Hardline winner is.
  • + 21
 So a 67.5 degree head angle is still rideable?
  • + 16
 You can make a hardtail, but you will only sell it if you ask Steel City Media or Caldwell to make a video for you. And by then it doesn't actually matter what hardtail it is anymore.
  • + 13
 That manny lander, you animal Craig! Sick work boys, loved that
  • + 12
 Legend has it that Craig is still trying to get that manual
  • + 9
 Craig Evans, the Chuck Norris of mountain biking
  • + 8
 Isn't that the guy from Cotic's 26" ain't dead video? So much style!
  • + 3
 Sure is, and Hardline winner if my memory serves me correct.
  • + 3
 @watchtower: Yes, mentioned in the article
  • + 5
 evans has been a favourite of mine to watch since 26 aint dead,fucking great rider ,that face plant looked tasty ,and manuel lander ,stylish fucker haha
  • + 4
 What!? Not one clip of skateboarding?
Sarcasm aside, that’s some really impressive riding!
  • + 5
 Never underestimate a hardtail...
  • + 18
 Never overestimate your ability to ride one properly.
  • + 4
 @BenPea: There is only one way to learn to ride one properly Smile .
  • + 2
 @BenPea: thanks for your advice.. :-))
  • + 2
 @spread1: wish I'd heeded it last time...
  • + 3
 never underestimate craig evans
  • + 1
 @vinay: I learned from this video it involves slamming into trees.
  • + 4
 Aaaah Stocksbridge, psilocybin capital of South Yorkshire.
  • + 3
 First rule of psilocybin, dont mention psilocybin.
  • + 5
 @unleash: it's been a while since I read the user guide, but looking at your pic you probably wrote the thing, so I'll concede.
  • + 3
 Now this is a much preferred marketing video for release of a bike frame than Karma, Karma, Karma, Chameleon.
  • + 4
 That Boy George thing was the worst video I've ever seen in my life. I hate it when mtb videos try to be funny and clever. Never works.
  • + 2
 @pdxkid: have you ever seen a Transition bikes video?
  • + 1
 @pdxkid: Try Ludo May.
  • + 0
 @tannerd: Yes.
  • + 1
 @pdxkid: what about funny and not clever?
  • + 3
 that faceplant though -ouch
  • + 3
 If it aint steel, it aint real.
  • + 2
 wish the frame was slacker
  • + 2
 You aren't alone. I'm getting an RSD middle child to replace my chameleon. Pretty stoked to have a 64. 5* hta with the same chainstay length as my chameleon.
  • + 1
 youtu.be/n69Yuu75Jkw?t=47 - why you don't run a 40psi shorty as a front tire Razz
  • + 1
 Carbon wheels and a carbon hardtail frame? My back hurts just thinking about....
  • + 1
 He hasn't cut his hair since the Hardline win....looking like a lady killer now boy!!
  • + 1
 My friend accidentally pulled a manny landing once and thought he was gonna die lol.
  • + 2
 dopeSmile
  • + 1
 That takes the piss, how good was that!????????
  • + 1
 Why oh why didn't he huck the block of rock to his right at 1:43?
  • - 1
 Ok ok, you are kinda redeemed after the super wack "carbon chameleon" vid. But mates face hit a tree to do so. Give him a raise now.
  • + 1
 talk about hardline! that last manny line was hard as fuck
  • + 1
 Now that was one cool movie clip :#
  • + 1
 That's the guy 50/01 awesomeness
  • + 1
 ouch! great riding and sexy bike
  • + 1
 He rips big wagon wheels like he’s on a BMX... Rad..!
  • + 1
 While CG just left santa ..
  • + 1
 The flow was tangible!
  • + 1
 seven don't fek about!
  • + 1
 beauuuuutiful craig
  • - 3
 1. RAD as FOOK
2. I wish I was a Shefieldian
3. SNOOTLE BOOPS
4. That last slam gave me flash backs :/ , hope your'e good fella

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