Chameleon 120mm, Alloy, Hardtail

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

Frame Features

  • 27.5 Plus-Compatible
  • 29" wheels
  • Aluminum frame
  • Bottle cage mount
  • 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
Colour
Green / Purple
  • Green / Purple
Build
Chameleon D+
  • Chameleon D+
  • Chameleon D
  • Chameleon R+
  • Chameleon R
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Build Options

Chameleon Frame Only: from £599

Full Builds

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  • Chameleon
    D+
    £1,699
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5+
  • Colours
  • Green / Purple - 29er
    Green / Purple - 27.5+
  • Fork
  • RockShox Recon RL 120 - 27+
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX 11 speed
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm
    Race Face Aeffect 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1130 11-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride - 35x760mm
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride - 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Ride
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Sport
  • Front Tyre
  • WTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
  • Rear Tyre
  • WTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (HG)
    Rims: Race Face AR 40 - 27+
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Available Upgrade:Seatpost
    KS LEV Si
    + £200
  • Chameleon
    D
    £1,699
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Green / Purple - 29er
    Green / Purple - 27.5+
  • Fork
  • RockShox Recon RL 120 - 29
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX 11 speed
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm
    Race Face Aeffect 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1130 11-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride - 35x760mm
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride - 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Ride
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Sport
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark II DC EXO TR - 29X2.25"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR - 29x2.3"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (HG)
    Rims: WTB ST i23 TCS - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Available Upgrade:Seatpost
    KS LEV Si
    + £200
  • Chameleon
    R+
    £2,349
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5+
  • Colours
  • Green / Purple - 29er
    Green / Purple - 27.5+
  • Fork
  • FOX Rhythm 34 120 - 27+
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX 11spd Long Cage
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX 11 speed
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm
    Race Face Aeffect 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride - 35x760mm
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride - 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect - 31.6x125mm (S-M), 150mm (L-XL)
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • WTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
  • Rear Tyre
  • WTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (XD)
    Rims: Race Face AR 40 - 27+
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Chameleon
    R
    £2,349
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Green / Purple - 29er
    Green / Purple - 27.5+
  • Fork
  • FOX Rhythm 34 120 - 29
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX 11 speed
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm
    Race Face Aeffect 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1150 CS 10-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline - 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride - 35x760mm
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride - 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect - 31.6x125mm (S-M), 150mm (L-XL)
  • Saddle
  • WTB Volt Race
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR - 29x2.3"
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark II DC EXO TR - 29X2.25"
  • Wheels
  • F: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
    R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (XD)
    Rims: WTB ST i23 TCS - 29
    Spokes: DT Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Geometry

Geometry Chart

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.

  S M L XL
Reach 415mm - 16.34" 440mm - 17.32" 460mm - 18.11" 490mm - 19.29"
Stack 615mm - 24.21" 615mm - 24.21" 615mm - 24.21" 624mm - 24.57"
Head Tube Angle 67.5° 67.5° 67.5° 67.5°
Seat Tube Length 390mm - 15.35" 420mm - 16.54" 450mm - 17.72" 490mm - 19.29"
BB Height 315mm - 12.4" 315mm - 12.4" 315mm - 12.4" 315mm - 12.4"
Wheelbase 115mm - 4.53" 1140mm - 44.88" 1160mm - 45.67" 1193mm - 46.97"
Chainstay Length 415mm - 16.34" 415mm - 16.34" 415mm - 16.34" 415mm - 16.34"
Head Tube Length 100mm - 3.94" 100mm - 3.94" 100mm - 3.94" 110mm - 4.33"
Top Tube Length 596mm - 23.46" 621mm - 24.45" 642mm - 25.28" 674mm - 26.54"
Seat Tube Angle 73° 73° 73° 73°
Standover Height 689mm - 27.13" 705mm - 27.76" 721mm - 28.39" 739mm - 29.09"

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.

  S M L XL
Reach 412mm - 16.22" 437mm - 17.2" 457mm - 17.99" 487mm - 19.17"
Stack 617mm - 24.29" 617mm - 24.29" 617mm - 24.29" 627mm - 24.69"
Head Tube Angle 67.3° 67.3° 67.3° 67.3°
Seat Tube Length 390mm - 15.35" 420mm - 16.54" 450mm - 17.72" 490mm - 19.29"
BB Height 315mm - 12.4" 315mm - 12.4" 315mm - 12.4" 315mm - 12.4"
Wheelbase 1115mm - 43.9" 1140mm - 44.88" 1160mm - 45.67" 1194mm - 47.01"
Chainstay Length 415mm - 16.34" 415mm - 16.34" 415mm - 16.34" 415mm - 16.34"
Head Tube Length 100mm - 3.94" 100mm - 3.94" 100mm - 3.94" 110mm - 4.33"
Top Tube Length 601mm - 23.66" 626mm - 24.65" 649mm - 25.55" 682mm - 26.85"
Seat Tube Angle 72.8° 72.8° 72.8° 72.8°
Standover Height 689mm - 27.13" 696mm - 27.4" 721mm - 28.39" 740mm - 29.13"

* Effective top tube
** Seat Tube length measured from center of BB to top of seat tube

Size Guide

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

Frame Specs

Suspension SystemHardtail
Front DerailleurDirect to Frame
Headset/HeadtubeIntegrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post31.6mm
Seat Clamp Diameter36.4mm
Fork Compatibility120mm-140mm
BB ShellStandard
Max Tire Size3.0"
Brake TypesDisc
Water Bottle Mounts1x bottle cage mounts