Santa Cruz kills off the carbon Chameleon but replaces it with a new alloy Chameleon starting from just £2399.
Wet muddy trails mean it’s about time for some hardtail hooning, and if you’re after something fresh Santa Cruz has the goods.
The Santa Cruz Chameleon has been a bit of a hardtail hero for some time, and this new updated version of the classic is even more versatile than ever before.
Santa Cruz has treated the new Chameleon to a bunch of updates and changes so that this hardtail really can be ridden anywhere you want and how you want. Hardcore fans will likely love the fact the new frame can be built up with a mullet wheel configuration with 130mm fork, while hardtail enduro riders can build one up with dual 29er wheels for speed. Although Santa Cruz has built the Chameleon to take some serious abuse they also want riders to use it for long-distance riders too, and so have included additional cargo hanger bolts along the downtube.
We’re not so sure many UK riders, especially in winter, will use the downtube rack options so it’s just as well Santa Cruz have updated the geometry for some serious muddy rut action. Reach has increased across all sizes, the head angle has been relaxed to 65-degrees and the top tube has been dropped for better clearance when flinging the bike about.
Santa Cruz will offer the new aluminium Chameleon in 3 builds in either 29er or mullet build (so 6 bikes in total) with pricing ranging from £2399 – £3499. Before you ask, no there won’t be a frame only option and there also won’t be a new carbon frame.
2022 Santa Cruz Chameleon Geometry
2022 Santa Cruz Chameleon Pricing
- Santa Cruz Chameleon D – £2,399
- Santa Cruz Chameleon R – £2,999
- Santa Cruz Chameleon S – £3,499
For more details head over to the Santa Cruz website.