Santa Cruz Bicycles

Chameleon

  • Matte Black & Silver
Santa Cruz Bicycles

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Customizations:

Frame Color

  • Matte Black & Silver

Shock

Fork

  • Rockshox Sektor Gold RL 130

ENVE Wheels

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  • Black
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Build Kit Options

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From $1649 USD

  • Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM brakes and hubs
  • Rockshox Sektor Gold RL 130 Fork
  • SLX Derailleur
  • SRAM DB1 Brakes
  • Shimano Deore M617, 22/36t Cranks
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From $1999 USD

  • Shimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
  • Rockshox Sektor Gold RL 130 Fork
  • XT Derailleur
  • Shimano Deore M615 Brakes
  • Shimano Deore M617, 22/36t Cranks

Overview

The Chameleon is a perennial favorite, trusted by legions to get the job done.  We updated the bike with 27.5" wheels, but we've kept the geometry largely unchanged to ensure this most versatile of hardtails remains exactly that.  

All the cleverly thought out features like interchangeable rear dropouts, tapered head tube and ISCG05 mounts remain, but are now joined by some welcome upgrades such as stealth dropper routing and 142mm rear axle spacing.

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Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRockshox Sektor Gold RL 130mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutShimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM brakes and hubs
Front DérailleurShimano M618
Rear DérailleurShimano SLX M675 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano Deore SL
CranksetShimano Deore M617, 22/36t
Bottom BracketIncluded w/ crankset
CassetteShimano Deore HG50, 10sp, 11-36
BrakesSRAM DB1
Brake RotorsAvid G2 CS; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRace Face Ride 760mm, 35mm clamp
StemRace Face Ride, 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsWTB STi23 TCS
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Ardent, 27.5x2.25
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 30.9x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Sport
Launch Bike Builder
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Customizations
Frame MaterialAluminum
ForkRockshox Sektor Gold RL 130mm Solo Air w/15mm through axle and tapered steerer
Shock
AboutShimano 2x10 drivetrain, SRAM hubs, and Shimano brakes
Front DérailleurShimano M618
Rear DérailleurShimano XT M786 GS Shadow Plus
ShiftersShimano SLX M670
CranksetShimano Deore M617, 22/36t
Bottom BracketIntegrated
CassetteShimano SLX HG81, 10sp, 11-36
ChainKMC X10.93, 10sp
BrakesShimano Deore M615
Brake RotorsShimano RT66; 180mm
HeadsetCane Creek 10 series tapered, cartridge bearing
BarsRace Face Ride 760mm, 35mm clamp
StemRace Face Ride, 35mm clamp
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front HubSram MTH 716 15x100
Rear HubSram MTH 746 142x12
RimsWTB STi23 TCS
SpokesDT Swiss Champion
Front TireMaxxis Minion DHR2, 27.5x2.3
Rear TireMaxxis Ardent, 27.5x2.25
TubesStans Sealant
Seat PostRaceface Ride, 30.9x375mm
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Launch Bike Builder

Frame Only Options

  • Aluminum Frame: $749 USD

Model Info

Features

  • Aluminum frame
  • 27.5" wheels
  • Interchangeable dropouts for gears (with 142mm x 12mm through-axle) or single speed (with 135mm x 10mm quick release)
  • Bottle cage mounts
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL

Tech Info

Suspension SystemHardtail
Front DerailleurClamp
Headset/Headtubemixed taper 1.5" Lower, 1'1/8" upper
Seat Post30.9mm
Fork Compatibility120-150mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size2.4"
Brake TypesDisc, 185mm rear rotor max
Water Bottle Mounts2x bottle cage mounts

Geometry

All measurements reflect installation of a fork with a 522mm axle-to-crown height (RockShox Pike 130).

SMLXL
Top Tube Length564mm22.2"584mm22.99"610mm24.02"635mm25"
Seat Tube Length406mm15.98"432mm17.01"470mm18.5"508mm20"
Head Tube Angle67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°
Seat Tube Angle71.3°71.3°71.3°71.3°71.3°71.3°71.3°71.3°
BB Height319mm12.56"319mm12.56"319mm12.56"319mm12.56"
Wheelbase1064mm41.89"1085mm42.72"1112mm43.78"1138mm44.8"
Head Tube Length90mm3.54"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"120mm4.72"
Chainstay Length419mm16.5"419mm16.5"419mm16.5"419mm16.5"
Standover Height718mm28.27"737mm29.02"767mm30.2"796mm31.34"
Reach365mm14.37"382mm15.04"405mm15.94"427mm16.81"
Stack594mm23.39"603mm23.74"613mm24.13"623mm24.53"

Sizing

S
5'0" — 5'5"
M
5'5" — 5'10"
L
5'10" — 6'1"
XL
6'1" — 6'6"

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Tech Info

F.A.Q.

Can I mount a chainguide to my bike?

Yes, this bike is equipped with ISCG-05 tabs for easy chainguide mounting.  Most chainguides on the market that are made for this standard should work.

Can I use a dropper post on this bike?

Yes, this frame is equipped for internally routed dropper posts like the Reverb Stealth, KS Lev Integra, or X Fusion HiLo SL Strate. 

Is there an option to make this bike a single speed?

Yes- single speed dropouts are available for purchase on our webstore. They accept a standard 135x10 hub.

What fork sizes are recommended?

120mm-140mm. Typically the forks we offer are 130mm, which is kind of the sweet spot, but they can all be reduced to 120mm or extended to 140mm by changing some internal parts.

What is the torque spec for the seat collar?

We don't provide a torque spec for the seatpost, because it really depends on what seatpost you are using. Some seatposts are slippery, and require more torque to stay put, and others are very thin- and can be crushed by overzealous tightening. Some are both slippery and thin...
You will not damage your frame by overtightening the seat collar, assuming you have a 30.9mm seatpost in it.

What kind of front derailleur do I need?

This bike uses a 34.9mm Bottom Swing (high clamp), Top Pull front derailleur.

What kind of headset does this bike use?

We use a headset generally referred to as "mixed tapered". This is a 44mm internal upper cup, with an external 49mm lower cup. The SHIS name is ZS44/28.6 EC49/40.

What kind of rear brake adaptor do I need?

This frame uses a standard IS rear brake mount. Just pick your rotor size and order the correct adaptor to go from IS to post mount (all modern brakes).

What q-factor should I use for the cranks?

On any crank with optional Q-factor, choose the wider version.  166 for Sram XX, or 168 for XX1.  For Shimano doubles, we recommend the M980.  

What size bottom bracket shell does this bike use?

We use a standard 73mm threaded BB. Nearly any crank on the market (besides BB30 cranks) will fit.

What size rear hub do I need?

This bike uses a 142x12 through-axle rear hub, and includes a DT RWS axle.

What size seat collar do I need?

Bikes with a 30.9mm seatpost require a 34.9mm seat collar. 

What size seatpost do I need?

We use a 30.9mm seatpost. Always ensure it is inserted into the frame a minimum of 100mm (4").

Why does this frame use a standard thread-in bottom bracket, when many of your competitors use press-in style (BB30, Pressfit 30, BB90, BB92, BB86)

It is true that there are some slight weight savings available with the various pressfit bb designs (exact weight savings obviously vary depending on system, frame manufacturing techniques, and crank model), but we don't feel this small savings make up for the inconveniences. We are still able to make a frame that is lighter than most of our competitors, while still using a heavier bb system. There are a number of disadvantages that exist with press fit systems:

1) Special installation and removal tools are required for these parts, including a headset press. This is not convenient for most home mechanics, and they are quite expensive. Traditional external BB's can be installed or removed with a simple $10 hand tool.

2) "Permanently installed cups". Shimano doesn't recommend removing and re-installing their press in bb cups (as they may become damaged), so moving parts from bike to bike is no longer an option. http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/SI_0053A_001...

3) Creaking or shifting bb's can be common with these systems. Since the bearing is pressed into a cup, which is then pressed into the frame- it can be hard to get all of the press fits snug- without being too tight on the bearing or too loose in the frame.

4) Reasonable tube sizes. One of the most commonly claimed advantages of a larger bb shell is the larger diameter downtube that goes with it. This may be an advantage on road bikes, where tubes can be incredibly thin and large for optimal stiffness. On a mountain bike, this area of the frame sees a lot of abuse from rocks and crashing, and needs to have a certain amount of wall thickness to survive actual use. Using what we consider a "safe" wall thickness and carbon layup, and a fairly typical tube diameter, we get an exceedingly stiff, light, durable product. If we used a larger downtube, we would either have a heavier frame (same wall thickness but larger diameter), or a less durable product (thinner walls and larger diameter).

5) Chain clearance. Take a look at some of our competitors frames with press in bb shells. The down tube comes so close to the chainrings that many frames have chainsuck guards on the downtube! In our mind, the chain should be able to fall off on a mountain bike and not get jammed between your crank and thin-walled carbon downtube.

6) Backwards compatibility: Many of our customers purchase a frame and build it up with their choice of parts, or parts from an old bike. By using a standard bb, we are compatible with everything without requiring confusing adaptors.

7) Chainguide compatibility: While it may seem strange to talk about putting chainguides on a short travel bike, it is becoming more common now with 10 speed drivetrains. Thread in bb's mean the frame is compatible with bb mount chainguides. We like versatility....

Warranty & Registration

Lifetime Frame Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles will repair or replace at its option any frame it determines to be defective. The warranty will be in effect for lifetime of the original, registered owner. In order to confirm that you are the original owner, please register on our Warranty page at the time of purchase. Frames purchased prior to May 1, 2015 will be covered under the previously existing 5 year warranty. Warranties do not cover custom finishes. 

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: send a copy of the receipt from your bike purchase, along with your address and phone number, to warranty@santacruzbicycles.com. Be sure to include your bike's model, year, and material (carbon or aluminum). We'll send out your package within 48 hours, and cover the shipping back to you. That's it!

No-Fault Replacement

Santa Cruz Bicycles will make replacement frame parts available to the original owner at a minimal charge in the event of a crash or other non-warranty situation for the life of the bike.