MY23 Chameleon
MY23 Chameleon
MY23 Chameleon
MY23 Chameleon

Built for...whatever

We made the Chameleon for riders who like to sculpt their ideal bike, and aren’t afraid to experiment. Whether 29er or mixed, geared or fixed, multiple major configuration transformations are made easy via the interchangeable dropouts. The low slung top tube and progressive geometry means this bike blends into whatever surroundings you place it. From raucous short-cuts across town to skipping the city altogether. It turns itself to trail exploration with the flip of an Allen key, thanks to the triple-bolt cargo cage mount under the downtube and standard bottle mount within the frame.

Want something a notch swifter for more XC style riding? Check out the Highball
More focused on dirt jumps and pumptracks? Check out the Jackal
Proud owner of a Chameleon? Register your bike here.

Key Features:

Available in: Aluminum
Wheel Size: MX & 29"
Front Travel: 130mm

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MY 23 CHAMELEON A D 29 GLOSS NAVY BLUE
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MY 23 CHAMELEON A D 29 GLOSS NAVY BLUE
$3,399 CAD $2,749
Weight: 31 lbs / 14.06 kg
Please note: Price, Weight, and Parts Spec information is subject to change.
 

D 29

$3,399 CAD $2,749

31 lbs / 14.06 kg

D MX

$3,399 CAD $2,749

30.82 lbs / 13.98 kg

R 29

$4,199 CAD $3,399

29.28 lbs / 13.28 kg

R MX

$4,199 CAD $3,399

29.12 lbs / 13.21 kg

S 29

$4,949 CAD $3,999

28.64 lbs / 12.99 kg

S MX

$4,949 CAD $3,999

28.44 lbs / 12.9 kg

Frame

$1,399 CAD  

5.63 lbs / 2.55 kg

Material
Aluminum

With our alloy bikes, you get all the ride performance of our carbon bikes but at a lower price point. We try to integrate similar features (like internal cable routing, flip chips, geometry) and still offer the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime warranty too.

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Material
Aluminum

With our alloy bikes, you get all the ride performance of our carbon bikes but at a lower price point. We try to integrate similar features (like internal cable routing, flip chips, geometry) and still offer the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime warranty too.

Learn More

Material
Aluminum

With our alloy bikes, you get all the ride performance of our carbon bikes but at a lower price point. We try to integrate similar features (like internal cable routing, flip chips, geometry) and still offer the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime warranty too.

Learn More

Material
Aluminum

With our alloy bikes, you get all the ride performance of our carbon bikes but at a lower price point. We try to integrate similar features (like internal cable routing, flip chips, geometry) and still offer the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime warranty too.

Learn More

Material
Aluminum

With our alloy bikes, you get all the ride performance of our carbon bikes but at a lower price point. We try to integrate similar features (like internal cable routing, flip chips, geometry) and still offer the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime warranty too.

Learn More

Material
Aluminum

With our alloy bikes, you get all the ride performance of our carbon bikes but at a lower price point. We try to integrate similar features (like internal cable routing, flip chips, geometry) and still offer the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime warranty too.

Learn More

Material
Aluminum

With our alloy bikes, you get all the ride performance of our carbon bikes but at a lower price point. We try to integrate similar features (like internal cable routing, flip chips, geometry) and still offer the legendary Santa Cruz lifetime warranty too.

Learn More

Fork
RockShox Recon Silver RL, 130mm

Fork
RockShox Recon Silver RL, 130mm

Fork
FOX Rhythm 34, 130mm

Fork
FOX Rhythm 34, 130mm

Fork
FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm

Fork
FOX 34 Float Performance, 130mm

Fork
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Rear Derailleur
SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Rear Derailleur
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Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Shifters
-

Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Cassette
SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t

Cassette
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Chain
SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd

Chain
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Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB

Bottom Bracket
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Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset

Headset
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Rear Tire
Maxxis Aggressor 29"x2.5"WT, EXO, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Aggressor 27.5"x2.5", EXO, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Aggressor 29"x2.5"WT, EXO, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Aggressor 27.5"x2.5", EXO, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Aggressor 29"x2.5"WT, EXO, TR

Rear Tire
Maxxis Aggressor 27.5"x2.5", EXO, TR

Rear Tire
-

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR

Front Tire
Maxxis Minion DHF 29"x2.5"WT, 3C MaxxGrip, EXO, TR

Front Tire
-

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
Reserve Tubeless Sealant

Sealant
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Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h

Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h

Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h

Front Hub
SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h

Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 28h

Front Hub
DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 28h

Front Hub
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Front Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"

Front Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"

Front Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"

Front Rim
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Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rear Hub
SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h

Rear Hub
DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 36t, 28h

Rear Hub
DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 36t, 28h

Rear Hub
-

Rear Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 29"

Rear Rim
WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 27.5"

Rear Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"

Rear Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 27.5"

Rear Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 29"

Rear Rim
RaceFace AR Offset 30 27.5"

Rear Rim
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Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Front Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Front Rotor
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Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Rear Rotor
Avid Centerline 180mm

Rear Rotor
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Brakes
SRAM Level

Brakes
SRAM Level

Brakes
SRAM Guide T

Brakes
SRAM Guide T

Brakes
SRAM G2 R

Brakes
SRAM G2 R

Brakes
-

Crankset
SRAM X1 1000 Eagle 148 DUB, 30t

Crankset
SRAM X1 1000 Eagle 148 DUB, 32t

Crankset
SRAM Descendant Eagle 148 DUB, 30t

Crankset
SRAM Descendant Eagle 148 DUB, 32t

Crankset
SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t

Crankset
SRAM GX Eagle 148 DUB, 32t

Crankset
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Handlebars
RaceFace Ride, 760mm

Handlebars
RaceFace Ride, 760mm

Handlebars
Burgtec RideWide Alloy Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Burgtec RideWide Alloy Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Burgtec RideWide Alloy Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
Burgtec RideWide Alloy Bar, 800mm

Handlebars
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Stem
RaceFace Chester, 40mm

Stem
RaceFace Chester, 40mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
Burgtec Enduro MK3, 42mm

Stem
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Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium Steel

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium Steel

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
WTB Silverado Medium CroMo

Saddle
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Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6

Seatpost
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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

Learn More

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

Learn More

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

Learn More

Grips
Santa Cruz Bicycles House Grips

Our House Grips have an aggressive knurl pattern for all-weather grip, finger ridges for added control and soft, yet durable rubber compound. They come in either 30 or 32mm width and have an inboard snap-on lock ring to keep them tight but no ring on the outboard side so they’re super comfortable. And they’ll do your taxes* *not true. But they are really good.

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Grips
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Travel
130mm

Travel
130mm

Travel
130mm

Travel
130mm

Travel
130mm

Travel
130mm

Travel
-

Wheel Size
29"

Wheel Size
MX

Wheel Size
29"

Wheel Size
MX

Wheel Size
29"

Wheel Size
MX

Wheel Size
-

Chameleon Frame Specifications

Front DerailleurNo compatibility
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp36.4mm
Fork Compatibility130mm - 140mm
BB Shell73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size29"x2.6" | 27.5"x2.8"
Max Chainring Size34t
Water Bottle Mounts2
Fork Offset42mm
ChainguideISCG-05
Brake MountPost Mount 180

Geometry

All units are in millimeters or degrees.

SMLXL
Reach 420445465490
Stack 620.1629.2638.2647.3
Head Tube Angle 65.0°65.0°65.0°65.0°
Seat Tube Length 380405430460
Front Center 729.4758.6782.8812.1
BB Height 315315315315
BB Drop 56/4056/4056/4056/40
Wheelbase 1154.41183.61207.81237.1
Rear Center 425-437425-437425-437425-437
Head Tube Length 100110120130
Top Tube Length 596.1621.3643.4668.8
Seat Tube Angle 74.1°74.3°74.4°74.6°
Standover Height 682682686708

Units

cm

Frame Sizing

If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.

Personal Preference

A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.

Body Dimension

Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.

Units

cm

152 - 165cm
152 - 165cm

S

165 - 178cm
165 - 178cm

M

178 - 185cm
178 - 185cm

L

185 - 198cm
185 - 198cm

XL

FAQ's

Why MX (Mixed Wheels)?

Mixed wheels provide the stability and traction of a 29" front wheel with the agility of a 27.5" rear wheel. The smaller rear wheel and its comparatively lower axle height allows the rider to more easily unweight the front wheel- this makes for confident yet agile handling on the steepest of descents.

I've been riding 29ers for a while- what will feel different with MX? Any setup tips?

29" bikes provide a ton of front wheel grip- this is partially due to the front wheel itself, but also due to the axle height of the rear wheel which works to keep the front end weighted. This creates a natural position on lower-angle terrain but requires body position and/or setup adjustments to achieve any sort of rearward bias.

On an MX bike, the bias is more rearward. This gives a very natural feeling on steep descents, but requires some body position and setup consideration for a balanced feel on flatter terrain. Compared to a 29er, a slightly lower handlebar and a more forward-biased suspension setup will make an MX bike feel more like what you're used to. Additionally, using the Hi BB setting will lend itself to a more front biased feel. Using these tuning parameters will help you find the sweet spot for your terrain and preference.

You'll know you have it dialed when it feels like you're never making large bodyweight shifts to either lift the front end or keep it stuck to the ground.

I'm coming from a 27.5 bike- what will feel different with MX? Any setup tips?

An MX bike will definitely handle differently than a full 27.5 bike. The main difference you'll feel is a more stable and confident front end. The turning will be a bit slower than a 27.5, but the payoff is a more secure feeling in corners and more traction. Due to the taller front axle height and improved roll-over of the large wheel, your chances of stuffing the front wheel or going over the bars is vastly diminished. Use this security to ride challenging terrain with a more aggressive and dynamic body position.

What fork offset is the recommended?

We recommend 42-44mm offset 29" forks for the Chameleon

Can I run a 27.5" front and rear wheel on this bike?

The Chameleon is not designed for a 27.5" front wheel, but you could make it work with a ~150mm travel fork if that's what you want to do.

What do I need to do in order to switch wheel sizes?

There are two sets of dropouts- one set for a 27.5" rear wheel and another for a 29" rear wheel. You just need to order/install the dropout set that you want, and switch the wheel itself of course.

Is the Chameleon single speed-compatible?

Yes, the Chameleon has sliding dropouts that provide 12mm of chainstay length adjustment. These can be used for geometry adjustment or for tensioning the chain on a single speed setup. The dropouts are only available in 148x12 and use the SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger.

How do I adjust the dropouts on my Chameleon?

Take a look at this video for information on dropout adjustment.

Exploded Diagrams

Rear Axle, Deraillaur Hanger, and Dropouts

Chameleon 8A exploded diagram
Chameleon 8A exploded diagram

Bottle Cage Bolts and Bottom Bracket

Chameleon 8A exploded diagram
Chameleon 8A exploded diagram

Seat Collar and Cable Housing Grommets

Chameleon 8A exploded diagram
Chameleon 8A exploded diagram