First Look: 2017 Santa Cruz Chameleon

Santa Cruz Bicycles are back with the seventh iteration of their classic alloy hardtail, the Chameleon. The latest version takes its shape-shifting persona to new levels with capabilities that range from hardtail ripper to bike-packing mule and everything in between. Adaptable from 29er to 27.5-plus, geared or single speed, the Chameleon utilizes a series of swappable dropouts to change modes and match its terrain. Throw in a low stance and laid-back geometry, and the Chameleon delivers that stable trail bike feel, all in an affordable aluminum package.

With a low stance and laid back geometry, the Chameleon delivers that stable feel that defines the modern trail bike.

Chameleon Version 7

Chameleon 27.5+
Chameleon 29

Chameleon Features

  • Trail Bike Geometry
  • 67.5-degree head angle
  • 120mm travel fork
  • Internal dropper routing
  • Two water bottle mounts
  • 6000-series aluminum
  • Low direct FD mount
  • Threaded 73mm BB
  • Geared or single speed
  • Color: Olive Green
  • 27.5+ complete - $1,599-$1,999 USD
  • 29 complete - $1,599-$1,999 USD
  • Frame-only - $749 USD

Wheel Size-Specific Swappable Dropouts

Wheel size-specific swappable dropouts maintain the same geometry while allowing the use of 27.5+ or 29er wheels in geared or single speed configurations. Geared options use 148mm Boost spacing while the single speed options use 142mm spacing to accommodate dedicated single speed hubs.

148 Boost Geared 27.5+
148 Boost Geared 29er
142 Single Speed 27.5+
142 Single Speed 29er

Build Kits

Chameleon 27.5+ Geometry

Frame Size Reach Stack HT Angle HT Length ST Angle ST Length RC//Chainstay FC BB Height BB Drop Wheel Base (short) Wheel Base (long)
S 415 615 67.5 100 73 390 415-430 704 315 50 1,115 1,130
M 440 615 67.5 100 73 420 415-430 729 315 50 1,140 1,155
L 460 614 67.5 100 73 450 415-430 749 315 50 1,160 1,175
XL 490 624 67.5 110 73 490 415-430 783 315 50 1,193 1,208
F Travel
AC R Spacing FD Headset BB ISCG05 Wheel Size



120
530.0 148x12 Low Direct IS Threaded 73mm No 27.5+



Chameleon 29er Geometry

Frame Size Reach Stack HT Angle HT Length ST Angle ST Length RC//Chainstay FC BB Height BB Drop Wheel Base (short) Wheel Base (long)
S 412 617 67.3 100 72.8 390 415-430 703 315 55 1,115 1,130
M 437 617 67.3 100 72.8 420 415-430 728 315 55 1,140 1,155
L 457 617 67.3 100 72.8 450 415-430 748 315 55 1,160 1,175
XL 487 627 67.3 110 72.8 490 415-430 782 315 55 1,194 1,209
F Travel
AC R Spacing FD Headset BB ISCG05 Wheel Size



120
530.0 148x12 Low Direct IS Threaded 73mm No 29



For more information, visit www.santacruzbicycles.com

Action photos: Gary Perkin // Studio photos: Mike Thomas // Rider: Seb Kemp

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3 comments
  • How Much You Squat?

    3/15/2017 8:07 AM

    I'm in the market for an AM HT, and this is mostly what I was hoping for.

    Would love to see SCB put this out with a high end build (XT/X1 or higher w/ Pike, etc.). Love that price point, but don't want to spend a bunch on replacing or build from scratch (SCB has better buying power than me!).

    Was hoping for a high-end Chameleon build with this release, but will re-focus my HT hunt to the Kona Honzo cr dl, Chromag (Variety) and Trek Stache 9.8 EX. Anyone with other 27.5+, 9er, and/or 9er+ HT high end build recs?

    With all that said, congrats SCB on producing a killer 7th version of the Chameleon at a great price point.

  • Losvar

    3/17/2017 2:55 PM

    Try looking at Production Privee, Cotic or Stanton

  • sideshow

    3/15/2017 5:42 AM

    I've always wanted one, and I still do! SS 27.5+ HT would be sick.

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