Chameleon 27.5+ R Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
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 n+1 a reality--traits that surface again in the Chameleon 27. 5+ R Complete Mountain Bike. 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. As proponents of all of the above, we appreciate the bike's 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. The Chameleon 5. 0 takes everything we loved about the frames of the past and supersizes the clearance so you can now choose 27. 5+ or 29in wheels. Add in FOX's Rhythm 34 fork, SRAM's value packed NX group, and some fat 3in 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 29in and 27. 5+ wheels, and it comes set up with the latter. Changing between wheel sizes requires different dropouts to adapt the geometry; those dropouts 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 encourages a rider to test their limits, and alloy is the right choice for when those tests see a rider picking themselves (and the bike) up 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 s...
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