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Santa Cruz Introduces the Carbon Chameleon

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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 but evolved it into a lighter, faster, more advanced 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 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 Carbon Chameleon changes to suit its environment. Twentyniner or 27.5+, 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.

The most versatile bike in our range ticks even more boxes.

Features

  • Two bottle cage mounts (including option for a cargo cage mount under downtube)
  • Convertible between 29 or 27.5+ wheels
  • Geared and singlespeed dropouts (compatible with aluminum Chameleon, too)
  • Clearance for up to 3.0” tires (27.5+) or 2.5” (29er)
  • Internal brake and dropper routing
  • Made for: Backyard trail thrashing and backcountry soul-searching
  • At home on: cross country to crossing countries
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL

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Specs

Pricing

For more information, head on over to www.santacruzbicycles.com.

Action photos: Craig Evans shot by Gary Perkin