Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 275 R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 - Road Bike Shop
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Chameleon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
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The Chameleon has been a staple in the Santa Cruz lineup for over 20 years. The model has endured, with a legion of fans, because of the bike's ability to adapt to rider's needs all the while coming in at a price that makes n1 a reality. The frame caters to those that favor a heavy-duty hardtail that can handle laps at the bike park, black diamond singletrack, and camping trips alike. We appreciate the bikes ability to easily switch from gears to singlespeed and the tweaks to the frame in an effort to modernize the geometry and allow the frame to work with longer travel forks. Chameleon 5. 0 takes everything we loved about the frames of the past and supersizes the wheels so you can now choose 27. 5 or 29 inch. Adding FOX's excellent Rhythm 34 fork, SRAM's value packed NX group, and some fat 3. 0" tires and the Chameleon R will put a smile on your face and become the go-to bike that's always getting dirty.The R version of the Chameleon is compatible with 29-inch and 27. 5 wheels and comes set up with the latter. Changing between wheel sizes require different dropouts to adapt the geometry between the two wheel sizes and are available separately from Santa Cruz. The sliding dropouts allow you to adjust the chainstay length so you can adjust the distance between the rear dropouts and bottom bracket to suit both your terrain and riding style. The dropout design also allows for chain tension management if you choose to run the bike as a singlespeed.We applaud Santa Cruz in constructing the Chameleon frame from aluminum. This is a bike that we see ourselves pushing the limits on in an effort to progress our skills and we will likely be picking ourselves and the bike off the ground. The material choice is durable and also keeps the price quite reasonable, leaving enough in your pocket to outfit the bike for several weeklong bike packing excursion or a second wheelset if you wish. Most folks associate hardtails with cross country but with the Chameleon's short ch...