The tin lizard has ascended the evolutionary ladder and is now a fully-imagined carbon fiber creature. It’s Darwinism in action.
Santa Cruz took the fun-loving, shreddy spirit and adjustability of the beloved aluminum Chameleon and added a lighter, faster, more advanced version of the 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.
Speaking of color-matched, the carbon chameleon SE version features custom blue Hope hubs and headset that make this reptile stand out from the crowd. Two bottle cage mounts, including a triple-bolt cargo cage mount under the downtube mean you can escape from the crowds, too.
The Chameleon changes to suit its environment. Twenty-niner or 27.5-plus, geared or single-speed, this adaptable hardtail utilizes a suite of simple, swappable dropouts to convert it from aggro trail charger to single-speed racer to husky bikepacking mule, or anything in between.
Depending on setup and skill level, the Chameleon is capable on a wide range of terrain—aggressive trail riding to jump lines to all-around use. Going for maximum speed and rollability? Go 29er. Riding mostly loose terrain? Get some Plus tires that provide traction for days.
|Fork||Fox 34 Performance 120|
|Headset||Hope IS 41/52|
Front: 15 x 110mm
Rear: 12 x 148mm
|Rims/Wheels||Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon|
|Hubs||Hope Pro4 28h|
|Spokes||DT Competition Race|
Front: Maxxis Minion 29 x 2.3" DHF 3C EXO TR
Rear: Maxxis Ardent Race 29 x 2.35" TR EXO
|Crankset||SRAM X1 Eagle 148 Dub - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XL)|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle 12 SPD|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle|
|Handlebars||Race Face Aeffect R 35 x 780mm|
|Tape/Grips||Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips|
|Stem||Race Face Aeffect R 50mm|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide R|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Pro|
|Seat Post||RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6|
* Subject to change without notice.