Santa Cruz Chameleon 29er Hardtail

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DESCRIPTION

  • Interchangeable dropouts for gears (with 148mm x 12mm axle) or single speed (with 142mm x 12mm axle)
  • Stealth dropper post routing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Two bottle cage mounts

 

  Available Models:

  • Chameleon D+
  • Chameleon R1

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 28, 2020]
schlicss


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

2019 Santa Cruz Chameleon A D-build: Excellent bang for your buck bike. Supposedly there isn't a do all bike, but if there were it'd be this one. Frame is by far the best feature. So far I have only upgraded the pedals. Love the overall feel of the bike. The ride is supple even with the aluminum frame. Ride is much better than other bikes tested at $2k+. Nimble even with 29s. Have only ridden on XC trails (forests, curvy, muddy, rock gardens). Sram brakes are solid despite the hate some have for them. The RockShox Recon RL fork is light and responsive. Probably the second best feature of the bike.

Weakness:

The Sram NX shifter feels slow and sloppy. Overall not really impressed with the NX Sram drivetrain. This will be the next upgrade for sure. Also the D build doesn't come with a dropper. Despite a bent seat tube you can fit a 100mm+ travel dropper should you want to. Both of these issues can be solved by moving to the R build. But if the D build is on sale, it's totally worth it. You can always upgrade components based on how and where you ride.

Price Paid:
1350
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2019
[May 26, 2018]
SprSonik


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Light and stiff, with a fun/lively feel. It is a great trail bike for the HT crowd. Replaceable drop outs make it a solid option for riders who like to mix things up but don't want to pay for multiple bikes. It cilmbs very well, and descends like a fiend. I am not a big jumper, but it easily takes 3-4' drops to flat without concern. I moved over a bunch of high end parts, but the R build is a solid spec and seemed to be a proper (though low end) build for real mtn biking. With the parts I moved from my Pivot 429T, I have no issues running this bike hard and in any conditions. I am sure it will suffer at the bike park this summer, afterall, it is a hard tail, but on my local trails I actually enjoy the ride more than my 429t. Carbon squishy bikes feel a bit numb, and while the Chameleon's Alu frame is not as "comfortable", it is also nut buzzy like an old school Alu frame. The ability to run up to a 27.5x3.0 front and rear is nice, and I am actually on a 27.5x2.8 Maxxis Rekon (35mm IW) on the rear, and a Minion DHF 29x2.5 (30mm IW?) on the front. With the stock 3.0 tires, It could climb anything, but felt a bit slow on descents. With the new set up, climbing should still be amazing, but it has the playful feel back on the front end. Adjustable drop outs make it ideal for single speed, and are the reason I looked at it in the first place.

Weakness:

The seat post was slipping with aluminum and no friction paste. Rear drop out lost a nut and shifted during a ride. Seems like they are not getting torqued completely or loctited properly during build. Post is now carbon with friction paste and I torqued the new dropouts down with loc tite. No issues with anything now.

Price Paid:
2500 plus upgrades
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2018
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