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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
  • Required Hope Headset Model: Hope 7 J
Colour
Blue 27.5+
  • Blue 27.5+
  • Blue 29er
  • Orange 27.5+
  • Orange 29er
Build
Chameleon D+
  • Chameleon D+
  • Chameleon D
  • Chameleon R+
  • Chameleon R
  • Chameleon S+
  • Chameleon S
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Build Options

Chameleon Frame Only: from £649

Full Builds

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  • Chameleon
    D+
    £1,899
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5+
  • Colours
  • Orange 27.5+
    Blue 27.5+
    Blue 29er
    Orange 29er
  • Fork
  • RockShox Recon RL, 120mm
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Long Cage, 11spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX, 11spd
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Ride, 30t - 170mm (S)
    Race Face Ride, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1130, 11spd, 11-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110, 11spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride {bar}
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride {stem}
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Ride, 31.6, 400mm
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Comp Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon, 27.5"x2.8", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon, 27.5"x2.8", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0 27.5
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Chameleon
    D
    £1,899
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Orange 27.5+
    Blue 27.5+
    Blue 29er
    Orange 29er
  • Fork
  • RockShox Recon RL, 120mm
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Long Cage, 11spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX, 11spd
  • Crankset
  • Race Face Ride, 30t - 170mm (S)
    Race Face Ride, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1130, 11spd, 11-42t
  • Chain
  • SRAM PC1110, 11spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride {bar}
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride {stem}
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Ride, 31.6, 400mm
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Comp Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark II, 29"x2.25", DC EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Chameleon
    R+
    £2,599
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5+
  • Colours
  • Orange 27.5+
    Blue 27.5+
    Blue 29er
    Orange 29er
  • Fork
  • FOX Rhythm 34, 120mm
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride {bar}
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride {stem}
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon, 27.5"x2.8", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon, 27.5"x2.8", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0 27.5
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Chameleon
    R
    £2,599
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Orange 27.5+
    Blue 27.5+
    Blue 29er
    Orange 29er
  • Fork
  • FOX Rhythm 34, 120mm
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride {bar}
  • Stem
  • Race Face Ride {stem}
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • Race Face Aeffect, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Race Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Crossmark II, 29"x2.25", DC EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, 32h
    R: SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
    Rim: WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Chameleon
    S+
    £3,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5+
  • Colours
  • Orange 27.5+
    Blue 27.5+
    Blue 29er
    Orange 29er
  • Fork
  • FOX 34 Float Performance, 120mm
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level TL
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride {bar}
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R, 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon, 27.5"x2.8", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Rekon, 27.5"x2.8", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 40 27.5"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Chameleon
    S
    £3,199
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Orange 27.5+
    Blue 27.5+
    Blue 29er
    Orange 29er
  • Fork
  • FOX 34 Float Performance, 120mm
  • Shock
  • Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Shifters
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Crankset
  • SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 170mm (S)
    SRAM Stylo 7k 148 DUB, 30t - 175mm (M,L,XL)
  • Cassette
  • SRAM XG1275 Eagle, 12spd, 10-50t
  • Chain
  • SRAM GX Eagle, 12spd
  • Brakes
  • SRAM Level TL
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Ride {bar}
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R, 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
  • Seatpost
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6
  • Saddle
  • WTB Silverado Pro Saddle
  • Front Tyre
  • Maxxis Minion DHF, 29"x2.3", 3C EXO TR
  • Rear Tyre
  • Maxxis Ardent Race, 29"x2.35", EXO TR
  • Wheels
  • F: DT Swiss 370, 15x110, 32h
    R: DT Swiss 370, 12x148, XD, 32h
    Rim: RaceFace AR Offset 27 29"
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Geometry

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  • Metric
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"

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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

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