Santa Cruz bikes just released a freshly updated version of their perennial do-it-all ripper the Chameleon. Gone (thank you, thank you, and thank you) is the eccentric bottom bracket and in is a new replaceable dropout system. No word on if you’ll still be able to open adult beverages with the hanger, but at least you won’t be adjusting your droopy chain after every few rides.
The frame has also been updated for this, the year of our lord two thousand and twelve, with a tapered headtube, ISCG 05 mounts, a slightly longer top tube, and a one degree slacker headtube angle.
Jokes aside, the Santa Cruz Chameleon is an amazing bike. In fact, my first serious non-xc mountain bike was one of the last made in America models. On that bike I learned to blast the same wooden transitions, berms, and sandy corners that Steve Peat and Ratboy destroy in the clip. That video made me home sick and now that the bike has been updated with a more modern geometry and specs, I’m suddenly longing for another one….
Pricing, pictures, and geometry after the break
Frame price $751
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|32 Float CTD oc 120||N/A||2277||2549||2583||3760||3760||3811|
|32 Float CTD oc 130||N/A||2277||2549||2099||3760||3760||3811|
|32 Float CTD Adjust FIT 120||N/A||2433||2705||2739||3916||3916||3967|
|32 Float CTD Adjust FIT 130||N/A||2433||2705||2739||3916||3916||3967|
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