Santa Cruz Introduces the Carbon Chameleon 16

The classic do-it-all hardtail from the shredders in Santa Cruz evolves with updated geo and carbon frame construction.

Santa Cruz Introduces the Carbon Chameleon

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.


  • 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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Action photos: Craig Evans shot by Gary Perkin

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