You’ve seen the launch video for the Carbon Chameleon, Oh, you’ve not? Well, you can watch it here then come back.
Ok, so now you’ve seen the launch video for Santa Cruz’s new carbon hardtail, now it’s time to see just what the bike can handle. Before you even click play, you can rest assured that Craig Evans really rides the wheels off this spendy hardtail number, it’s hardly surprising that a rider of his calibre is able to do so, but it’s a nice reminder that not every new bike has to be miles long, and slacker than Shaggy from Scooby Doo to get the job done.
Here’s a little info about the rider:
Craig Evans is a rider’s rider, flying modestly under the radar despite being perhaps one of the most versatile individuals on two wheels, he was born in Stocksbridge, a small industrial town on the outskirts of Sheffield which has gone through its fair share of change over the years.
Winning Hardline in 2017 and putting out memorable segments in GAMBLE and Wheel Love were all huge feats. But those that know him will tell you he’s at his best when riding back home at the local.
Late last year, right before Craig went into surgery to fix a wrist injury that he grafted through 2018 with, we went out in the slop for a thrash about on the latest Carbon Chameleon. Looking back we’ve got a bit of history shooting hardcore-hardtail films and this is just the latest chapter.
You can’t stop change, whether you’re ready for it or not. But luckily, Craig is still the same humble shredder he always has been and we’re keen to see him show his colours even more going forward.
We’ve got a first ride impression of the Carbon Chameleon here, and full details on the bike here, but if you’ve already done enough clicking today here are the main features of the bike:
Santa Cruz Carbon Chameleon C Features
- Carbon fibre 29/27.5+ trail hardtail
- Modular dropout design: Setup for gears or singlespeed
- Max tyre clearance: 29×2.5in or 27.5×3.0in
- Fork travel: 120mm (29in) – 130mm (27.5+)
- 67.2-67.3° head angle
- 72.7-72.8° seat angle
- 415-430mm chainstay length
- Two water bottle mounts including a triple-bolt cargo cage mount under the downtube
- 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell
- ISCG 05 chainguide tabs
- Dropouts: 148x12mm (geared) or 142x12mm (singlespeed)
- Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
- Frame RRP: £1,399