Chameleon 29 D Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Santa Cruz Bicycles
The Santa Cruz Chameleon has always been one of the most versatile hardtails on the market, due to its aggressive design giving it well-balanced composure on technical trails where you'd normally leave the hardtail at home in favor of a full-suspension bike. For 2018, the Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 D Complete Mountain Bike upholds its adaptable namesake with the ability to run both 27. 5+ and 29-inch wheels courtesy of interchangeable drop-outs, as well as modern trail geometry that's longer, low-slung, and relatively slack. 6000-series aluminum retains high levels of strength and stiffness without incurring the cost of fancier carbon frames. Nice-to-have frame details include stealth dropper post routing for future upgrades, multiple bottle mounts, and a threaded bottom bracket that eliminates the annoying creaks of press fit bottom brackets. Delving into the Chameleon's geometry in 29er form, you'll find a relatively slack 67. 3-degree head tube angle offering the stability for dropping into steep descents littered with rock and root impediments. This slacker head tube angle is desirable if you're an aggressive trail rider looking to conquer steep, technical trails without the bike feeling squirrely on the descent like racier XC bikes with steeper head tubes. However, the head tube angle isn't the only geometry cue that's telling of the Chameleon's personality, so you'll be delighted to know its longer reach and wheelbase figures create a roomier cockpit that maintains stability when you're opening it up at high speeds. And because the front end is longer, the engineers at Santa Cruz kept the chainstays short at only 16. 3 inches, allowing for quick maneuverability and easier lifting of the front over trail impediments standing in your way. Seeing it's one of the most versatile hardtails on the market, it only makes sense that Santa Cruz equipped the Chameleon with interchangeable dropouts, so you can swap out the provided 29-inch wheels for 27. 5+ fatties, shou...
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