Santa Cruz Bicycles

Chameleon

Gloss Olive & Purple

A stalwart of the Santa Cruz range, the Chameleon almost needs no introduction these days.

Dirt or asphalt, mountain or urban, geared or singlespeed—the moniker Chameleon has never rang more true than on this updated-for-2017 Santa Cruz classic. Upsized to either 29-inch or 27.5+ wheels, the Chameleon shifts from trail-worthy hardtail to bikepacker to garbage-weather weapon of choice with simple, elegant aplomb. The wheel change is accomplished via interchangeable dropouts, and there's a singlespeed version for each wheel size—geared dropouts are 148mm-spaced, and singlespeed are 142mm. 

Proud owner of a new Chameleon? Take a minute to register it with us. 

Features:

  • 27.5 Plus-Compatible
  • 29" wheels
  • Aluminum frame
  • Interchangeable dropouts for gears (with 148mm x 12mm axle) or single speed (with 142mm x 12mm axle)
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Stealth dropper post routing
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Two bottle cage mounts

Build & Price

Geometry & Sizing

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

27.5-Plus

All measurements reflect a 120mm fork with a 530mm axle-to-crown. Chainstay and wheelbase measurements are listed at the shortest possible length—adjustable dropouts add 15mm of length at full extension.

SMLXL
Reach415mm16.34"440mm17.32"460mm18.11"490mm19.29"
Stack615mm24.21"615mm24.21"615mm24.21"624mm24.57"
Head Tube Angle67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°67.5°
Seat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"
BB Height315mm12.4"315mm12.4"315mm12.4"315mm12.4"
Wheelbase1115mm43.9"1140mm44.88"1160mm45.67"1193mm46.97"
Chainstay Length415mm16.34"415mm16.34"415mm16.34"415mm16.34"
Head Tube Length100mm3.94"100mm3.94"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"
Top Tube Length596mm23.46"621mm24.45"642mm25.28"674mm26.54"
Seat Tube Angle73°73°73°73°73°73°73°73°
Standover Height689mm27.13"705mm27.76"721mm28.39"739mm29.09"

29

All measurements reflect a 120mm fork with a 530mm axle-to-crown. Chainstay and wheelbase measurements are listed at the shortest possible length—adjustable dropouts add 15mm of length at full extension.

SMLXL
Reach412mm16.22"437mm17.2"457mm17.99"487mm19.17"
Stack617mm24.29"617mm24.29"617mm24.29"627mm24.69"
Head Tube Angle67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°67.3°
Seat Tube Length390mm15.35"420mm16.54"450mm17.72"490mm19.29"
BB Height315mm12.4"315mm12.4"315mm12.4"315mm12.4"
Wheelbase1115mm43.9"1140mm44.88"1160mm45.67"1194mm47.01"
Chainstay Length415mm16.34"415mm16.34"415mm16.34"415mm16.34"
Head Tube Length100mm3.94"100mm3.94"100mm3.94"110mm4.33"
Top Tube Length601mm23.66"626mm24.65"649mm25.55"682mm26.85"
Seat Tube Angle72.8°72.8°72.8°72.8°72.8°72.8°72.8°72.8°
Standover Height689mm27.13"696mm27.4"721mm28.39"740mm29.13"

Tech & Support

Tech Info

Suspension SystemHardtail
Front DerailleurDirect to Frame
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Fork Compatibility120mm-140mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size3.0"
Brake TypesDisc
Water Bottle Mounts2x bottle cage mounts
NotesMaximum tire size changes with tire diameter: For 27.5+ wheels, you can fit a 3.0" tire. In 29er form, the biggest that will go is a 2.5".

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 using our Warranty Registration Form 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. 

Need to register a Juliana? Use the Juliana Bicycles registration form.

Lifetime Bearing Warranty

Santa Cruz Bicycles pivot bearings are warranted for life to the original owner of the bike. The return process is simple: fill out the Warranty Bearing Replacement Form, upload a copy of your purchase receipt, and we'll get a new set of bearings out to you within 48 hours! 

Reserve Wheels

Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels carry a warranty for the lifetime of the original, registered owner.

Handlebars

Santa Cruz carbon handlebars are warrantied for a period of five years from the date of purchase. 

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.

File a Warranty or No-Fault Replacement Claim

Something not right? Use one of the forms below to file a claim. We'll do everything we can to get you back to riding as fast as possible. 

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