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Chameleon Carbon Trail, Carbon, 29 or 27.5+

Carbon, carbon, carbon, carbon, carbon Chameleon...

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 make 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.

Frame Features

  • Available in: Carbon C
  • Wheel size: 29" or 27.5"+
  • Front travel: 120mm or 130mm
  • Rear travel: Hardtail
Colour
Bronze
  • Bronze
Build
Chameleon C S+
  • Chameleon C S+
  • Chameleon C S
  • Chameleon C SE+
  • Chameleon C SE
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Build Options

Chameleon C Frame Only: from £1,399

Full Builds

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  • Chameleon C
    S+
    £3,799
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5+
  • Colours
  • Bronze - 27.5+
    Bronze - 29er
  • Fork
  • Fox 34 Performance 130
  • 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 Guide T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • 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 C
    S
    £3,799
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Bronze - 27.5+
    Bronze - 29er
  • Fork
  • Fox 34 Performance 120
  • 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 Guide T
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • 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
  • Chameleon C
    SE+
    £5,699
  • Wheelsize
  • 27.5+
  • Colours
  • Bronze - 27.5+
    Bronze - 29er
  • Fork
  • Fox 34 Performance 130
  • 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 Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R, 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Headset (Turquoise)
  • 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: Hope Pro 4 (Turquoise)- 15x110mm
    R: Hope Pro 4 (Turquoise) - 12x148mm (XD)
    Rims: Santa Cruz Reserve 37 27.5" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant
  • Chameleon C
    SE
    £5,699
  • Wheelsize
  • 29
  • Colours
  • Bronze - 27.5+
    Bronze - 29er
  • Fork
  • Fox 34 Performance 120
  • 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 Guide R
  • Rotors
  • Avid Centerline 180mm
  • Handlebar
  • Race Face Aeffect R
  • Stem
  • Race Face Aeffect R, 50mm
  • Grips
  • Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
  • Headset
  • Hope Headset (Turquoise)
  • 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: Hope Pro 4 (Turquoise)- 15x110mm
    R: Hope Pro 4 (Turquoise) - 12x148mm (XD)
    Rims: Santa Cruz Reserve 27 29" Carbon
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Race
  • Sealant
  • Stan's Sealant

Geometry

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  • Imperial
  • Metric

Carbon 27.5+

    S M L XL
A Reach 411mm16.18" 436mm17.17" 456mm17.95" 486mm19.13"
B Stack 614mm24.17" 618mm24.33" 628mm24.72" 637mm25.08"
C Head Tube Angle 67.2°67.2° 67.2°67.2° 67.2°67.2° 67.2°67.2°
D Seat Tube Length 390mm15.35" 420mm16.54" 450mm17.72" 490mm19.29"
E Front Center 704mm27.72" 731mm28.78" 755mm29.72" 789mm31.06"
F BB Height 314mm12.36" 314mm12.36" 314mm12.36" 314mm12.36"
G BB Drop 47mm1.85" 47mm1.85" 47mm1.85" 47mm1.85"
H Wheelbase 1117mm43.98" 1144mm45.04" 1168mm45.98" 1201mm47.28"
I Chainstay Length 415-430mm16.34" 415-430mm16.34" 415-430mm16.34" 415-430mm16.34"
J Head Tube Length 95mm3.74" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 120mm4.72"
K Top Tube Length 596mm23.46" 623mm24.53" 646mm25.43" 684mm26.93"
L Seat Tube Angle 72.7°72.7° 72.7°72.7° 72.7°72.7° 72.7°72.7°
M Standover Height 693mm27.28" 709mm27.91" 731mm28.78" 746mm29.37"

Carbon 29er

    S M L XL
A Reach 412mm16.22" 437mm17.2" 457mm17.99" 487mm19.17"
B Stack 613mm24.13" 618mm24.33" 627mm24.69" 636mm25.04"
C Head Tube Angle 67.3°67.3° 67.3°67.3° 67.3°67.3° 67.3°67.3°
D Seat Tube Length 390mm15.35" 420mm16.54" 450mm17.72" 490mm19.29"
E Front Center 703mm27.68" 730mm28.74" 754mm29.69" 787mm30.98"
F BB Height 315mm12.4" 315mm12.4" 315mm12.4" 315mm12.4"
G BB Drop 55mm2.17" 55mm2.17" 55mm2.17" 55mm2.17"
H Wheelbase 1112mm43.78" 1139mm44.84" 1163mm45.79" 1197mm47.13"
I Chainstay Length 415-430mm16.34" 415-430mm16.34" 415-430mm16.34" 415-430mm16.34"
J Head Tube Length 95mm3.74" 100mm3.94" 110mm4.33" 120mm4.72"
K Top Tube Length 596mm23.46" 622mm24.49" 646mm25.43" 684mm26.93"
L Seat Tube Angle 72.8°72.8° 72.8°72.8° 72.8°72.8° 72.8°72.8°
M Standover Height 695mm27.36" 711mm27.99" 733mm28.86" 748mm29.45"

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

Size Guide

27.5+

s
5'0"152 — 5'5"165cm
m
5'5"165 — 5'10"178cm
l
5'10"178 — 6'1"185cm
xl
6'1"185 — 6'6"198cm

29er

s
5'0"152 — 5'5"165cm
m
5'5"165 — 5'10"178cm
l
5'10"178 — 6'1"185cm
xl
6'1"185 — 6'6"198cm

FAQS

Can I put a chainguide on the Chameleon C?

Yes! It comes with ISCG05 tabs, so it's easy to bolt a chainguide on.

What kind of brake mount does the Chameleon C use?

Both of the stock geared dropout options are Post Mount 160. The aftermarket Single Speed dropouts use an IS160 mount

What kind of headset does this bike use?

This bike uses integrated headset cups. The upper up is 41mm and the lower cup is 52mm. The SHIS name is IS 41/28.6 IS 52/40.

What size fork should I use?

Our recommended setup is 120mm for 29er and 130mm for 27+ bikes. This makes for similar angles and BB height between wheel sizes. Feel free to mix-and-match or put longer on there if you wish. We'd suggest a max travel of 140mm for optimal handling

What size tire can I fit?

The Chameleon C will accommodate up to 29x2.5 or 27.5x3.0. If you adjust the dropouts back a bit (lengthen chainstays) you can fit some 29x2.6 tires as well

Which dropouts do I need to run geared or singlespeed?

Wheel size-specific swappable dropouts maintain the same geometry while allowing the use of 27.5+ or 29er wheels in geared or singlespeed configurations. Geared options use 148mm 'Boost' spacing while the single speed options use 142 spacing to accommodate dedicated singlespeed hubs.

Why are there 3 bolts on the underside of the downtube?

This triple mount is used to mount 3-bolt "cargo cages" for carrying large waterbottles or various other items for bikepacking. You can also mount a traditional 2-bolt waterbottle cage.

Frame Specs

Suspension System
Hardtail
Headset/Headtube
Integrated (IS41/52)
Seat Post
31.6mm
Seat Clamp
36.4mm
Fork Compatibility
120-150mm
BB Shell
73mm Threaded
Max Tire Size
3.0"
Chainline Spec
Boost
Water Bottle Mounts
2

Bearing Adjustment & Service Documents

Updated Bearing Adjustment Guide View Here

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