Chameleon Goes Carbon

Santa Cruz’s Chameleon has been a fun, versatile hardtail within the firm’s lineup for as long as I can remember. While multiple iterations have been made to the frame over the years, Santa Cruz is (finally) giving the Chameleon a full blown makeover. 

Yes, the Chameleon has gone carbon. It’s compatible with 29″ and 27.5+ hoops with clearance up to 3.0″ in 27.5+ or 2.5 in 29er, a swappable dedicated dropout for single speeders, a threaded bottom bracket, internally-routed cables and dual bottle cage mounts, with one being a heavy duty triple bolt mount on the downtube.


The carbon Chameleon is available now starting at $1,599 frame only plus four build kits in both wheel sizes ranging from $3,799 to $5,699. The higher-end SE build will be kitted out with matching Hope hubs and headsets as well. Furthermore, the pre-existing aluminum Chameleon will continue to stay in the lineup for the time being. 

But enough about the bike. I absolute LOVE the accompanying launch video. It doesn’t feature Christopher Walkens, or crazy ride footage from Whistler, but it’s got the whole office involved. Can I just work there now?