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First Look: Santa Cruz's Chameleon Hardtail Goes Carbon

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There is a custom blue Hope headset on the SE model to match the blue Hope hubs.

The Santa Cruz Chameleon Carbon is available in four build kit options, all with their lower cost C-level carbon. The top of the line Chameleon C SE 29 Reserve comes with a 120mm FOX 34 Float Performance fork, a SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, SRAM Guide R brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, a Race Face Aeffect R handlebar, a Maxxis Ardent Race/Minion DHF tire combo, and Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon rims with Hope Pro 4 hubs. It sells for $5,699 USD. Its 27.5+ counterpart has a 130mm FOX 34 Float Performance 130mm and Maxxis Rekon tires. The Chameleon C S 29 comes with a 120mm Fox 34 Float Performance Elite fork, SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain, SRAM Guide T brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, a Race Face Aeffect R handlebar, a Maxxis Ardent Race/Minion DHF tire combo, and RaceFace AR rims with DT Swiss 370 hubs. It retails for $3,799 USD. Its 27.5+ counterpart has a 130mm FOX 34 Float Performance Elite fork and Maxxis Rekon tires. Like the aluminum version, the carbon Chameleon changes to suit its environment - 29er or 27.5+, geared or single-speed. It uses swappable dropouts to convert it from trail bike to single-speed racer to bikepacking mule. There are two bottle cage mounts for those who want to use it for bikepacking, including a triple-bolt cargo cage mount under the downtube.

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Photo: Gary Perkin, Rider: Craig Evans