Hardtail build – Soul or Chameleon?
Just posted in another Chameleon thread on here.. I have just built up the new version as i wanted a versatile, fun hard tail. What swung it for me was the changeable dropouts if you want to run SS and also you can get a 650b in the rear.
I went for blue as i have a Vit P Mojo HD and the yellow was too similar to that and also the blue is really nice in the flesh.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Stiff or not stiff? Matter of taste this. If you don’t get on with the basic character then it’s not going to work out. I’d say Soul but then I really dislike stiff hardtails, lots of people would say the exact opposite.
ska-49 – Member
I’d go Chameleon personally. Lighter
New Chameleon is claiming 4.7lbs for a medium, old eccentric one was 5lbs-ish. Mk3 Soul is claimed 4.4lbs for the medium. (it’s not a very fair comparison, the Chameleon needs to accomodate the bigger wheels and is warrantied for longer forks)Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
I’ve had three Chameleons and all have been a hoot. My only issue is the pigmy top tubes. The last one was a large and it fitted really well and was still ok for mucking about in the woods in (jumps, drops and short DH runs) but was still good for longer rides.
The ride is quite harsh (more so than my Sub Zero that I had before), but not too bad. My BFe is quite harsh too. I was OK doing some big rides on the Chameleon though even with an I beam post and an I fly saddle.
Not ridden a Soul, so can’t compare. Either way, both are nice bikes so you can’t go wrong.Posted 4 years agowallerMember
I’ve got both and would choose the chameleon easily over the soul which I was a bit disappointed in to tell the truth.
I don’t find the chameleon harsh at the rear however I find the soul dead and sluggish in feel. Just my own opinion though. Everyone is different and all that jazz.Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Owned both (multiple Chameleons). If I wanted another all day more XC-ey style bike I’d get a Soul. Took me a while to get used to it but it was a great bike. The Chameleon on the other hand is a case of jumping on and you’re instantly popping wheelies and looking for stuff to jump off. A very different beast (the older ones anyway, I don’t have any experience of the new Chameleon). I’d say the Chameleon is more of a BFe type bike.Posted 4 years ago
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