Chameleon 120mm, Alloy, Hardtail

  • Frame: £599
  • Complete Bikes from £1,699

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

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 Only: from £599

Complete Build Options

Chameleon | D+
Wheelsize: 27.5+ - £1,699

Colours Green / Purple - 29er
Green / Purple - 27.5+
ForkRockShox Recon RL 120 - 27+
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
ShiftersSRAM NX 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm
CranksetRace Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XL)
CassetteSRAM PG1130 11-42t
ChainSRAM PC1110
HandlebarRace Face Ride - 35x760mm
StemRace Face Ride - 50mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
SeatpostRace Face Ride
SaddleWTB Volt Sport
Front TyreWTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
Rear TyreWTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
WheelsF: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (HG)
Rim: Race Face AR 40 - 32h
Spoke: DT Competition
SealantStan's Sealant

Available Upgrades

SeatpostKS LEV Si + £200

Chameleon | D
Wheelsize: 29 - £1,699

Colours Green / Purple - 29er
Green / Purple - 27.5+
ForkRockShox Recon RL 120 - 29
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
ShiftersSRAM NX 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm
CranksetRace Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XL)
CassetteSRAM PG1130 11-42t
ChainSRAM PC1110
HandlebarRace Face Ride - 35x760mm
StemRace Face Ride - 50mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
SeatpostRace Face Ride
SaddleWTB Volt Sport
Front TyreMaxxis Crossmark II DC EXO TR - 29X2.25"
Rear TyreMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR - 29x2.3"
WheelsF: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (HG)
Rim: WTB ST i23 TCS
Spoke: DT Competition
SealantStan's Sealant

Available Upgrades

SeatpostKS LEV Si + £200

Chameleon | R+
Wheelsize: 27.5+ - £2,349

Colours Green / Purple - 29er
Green / Purple - 27.5+
ForkFOX Rhythm 34 120 - 27+
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX 11spd Long Cage
ShiftersSRAM NX 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level T
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm
CranksetRace Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XL)
CassetteSRAM XG1150 CS 10-42T
ChainSRAM PC1110
HandlebarRace Face Ride - 35x760mm
StemRace Face Ride - 50mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
SeatpostRace Face Aeffect - 31.6x125mm (S-M), 150mm (L-XL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Front TyreWTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
Rear TyreWTB Ranger Light/High Grip - 27.5x3.0"
WheelsF: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (XD)
Rim: Race Face AR 40 - 32h
Spoke: DT Competition
SealantStan's Sealant

Chameleon | R
Wheelsize: 29 - £2,349

Colours Green / Purple - 29er
Green / Purple - 27.5+
ForkFOX Rhythm 34 120 - 29
Rear DerailleurSRAM NX 11 speed Long Cage
ShiftersSRAM NX 11 speed
BrakesSRAM Level T
RotorsAvid Centerline - 180mm
CranksetRace Face Aeffect 30t - 170mm (S), 175mm (M-XL)
CassetteSRAM XG1150 CS 10-42t
ChainSRAM PC1110
HandlebarRace Face Ride - 35x760mm
StemRace Face Ride - 50mm
GripsSanta Cruz Palmdale Grips - Black
HeadsetCane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
SeatpostRace Face Aeffect - 31.6x125mm (S-M), 150mm (L-XL)
SaddleWTB Volt Race
Front TyreMaxxis Minion DHF EXO TR - 29x2.3"
Rear TyreMaxxis Crossmark II DC EXO TR - 29X2.25"
WheelsF: Novatec D711 - 15x110mm
R: Novatec D462 - 12x148mm (XD)
Rim: WTB ST i23 TCS
Spoke: DT Competition
SealantStan's Sealant
Suspension SystemFront DerailleurHeadset/HeadtubeSeat PostFork CompatibilityBB ShellMax Tire SizeBrake TypesWater Bottle Mounts
Hardtail
Direct to Frame
Integrated (IS41/52)
31.6mm
120mm-140mm
Standard
3.0"
Disc
1x bottle cage mounts