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Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon C S+

Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon C S+
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The tin lizard has ascended the evolutionary ladder and is now a fully-imagined carbon fiber creature. It’s Darwinism in action.

We 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 features custom blue Hope hubs and headset on the SE kit making 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-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.

The most versatile bike in our range ticks even more boxes.

- Carbon C frame
- Fox 34 Performance 130 fork
- SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain
- Race Face AR 40 27.5" rims with DT 370 hubs and Maxxis tires
- RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost

Wider than standard yet narrower than fat, plus-size rims and tires hit the sweet spot in grip, stability, and speed, giving you more confidence on technical terrain. Compared to a standard tire you’ll feel grip in places you wouldn’t expect thanks to a bigger contact patch and greater rollover clearance. More air volume allows lower tire pressures which softens bumps and increases float on sand or snow. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, the benefits of plus-size tires and rims will amplify your mountain biking fun.

A dropper seatpost allows you to quickly lower and raise your seat to give you an ideal riding position. Dropping your seat creates a lower center of gravity for better control and maneuverability on steep descents, while raising it puts you at normal riding height for efficient pedaling.

Construction can include either hydraulic- or cable-actuated systems and the post’s travel can either be infinitely adjustable or stopped at set intervals, depending on the model.

Dropper seatposts come in standard lengths and diameters and vary by the amount of travel.

Specs

Frame Carbon C
Fork Fox 34 Performance 130mm
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Axles Front: 15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle
Rear: 12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Rims/Wheels Race Face AR 40 27.5" 32h
Hubs DT 370
Spokes DT Competition (32)
Tires Maxxis Rekon 27.5 x 2.8" EXO TR
Crankset SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB
Chainrings 30T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB 68/73mm Threaded BB
Chain SRAM GX Eagle 12spd
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
Cassette/Rear Cogs SRAM XG1275 Eagle 10-50T
Shifters SRAM GX Eagle
Handlebars Race Face Aeffect R 35x780mm
Tape/Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
Stem Race Face Aeffect R 50mm
Brakes SRAM Guide T
Saddle WTB Silverado Pro
Seat Post RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6mm

* Subject to change without notice.

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