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  • The Carbon Chameleon is dead long live the aluminium Chameleon
  • Gunz
    Full Member

    I shall reiterate a little as I’m certainly of the mind that people should ride what ever they want. I just think they’re too expensive for what you get and, as oldfart says, it’s only the UK that thinks of them as boutique bikes (I ride a battered Bird Aether though, so what do I know).

    ginkster
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    In my opinion it’s massively overpriced for the spec but guess that’s the market at the moment plus SC premium. Shame there’s no frame only option too as many spending anything like that on a hardtail would likely want a more custom build. Thankfully I bought a secondhand Chameleon aluminium frame off here a couple of years ago and built one up with a mix of new and spare parts for under £600. It’s a much, much better spec than the new ones! It’s a great bike to ride and very adaptable. Very happy.

    I also got a heavily reduced new Tallboy C from Stif a couple of years ago. I lucked in as it was before the component specs were reduced and because it was the previous year’s colour and a 650b+ the discount was huge. It cost me little more than my previous Whyte G150 and allowed me to afford a bike I could not justify otherwise. Shame there are no deals like that at the moment!!

    TrailriderJim
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    They’re for folks who like the premium lazy brands, so they’ll sell at that price, especially if they can buy them on the never-never. It’ll be on the back of a few leased Audis I’m sure.

    jim1970
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    Jesus, what a price hike. Paid £550 when they released the new one 3 years ago and did a v nice build for sub 2k which I’m still riding.

    No chance I would buy one again at that price.

    Daffy
    Full Member

    They’re for folks who like the premium lazy brands, so they’ll sell at that price, especially if they can buy them on the never-never. It’ll be on the back of a few leased Audis I’m sure.

    There’s an awful lot of assumption and judgement going on in this thread…why?

    Daffy
    Full Member

    As for SC gouging the customer – for comparison, The Yeti ARC is £4500 as a complete build or £1400 as a Turq frame only and from what I can see, it comes with about £2-£2.2k worth of bits on it…

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    why?

    New here?

    sillysilly
    Full Member

    Great marketing though, we’re all talking about it 🙂

    fenboy
    Full Member

    FYI Stif are showing the frame only for £899, bit steep still but to be expected given how everything is pricier these days! probs worth a bit more than things like the nukeproof horizon /commencal etc for the flexibility and hopefully the ride quality!

    Del
    Full Member

    my chameleon frame is a 2017 bought for 550 i think? they rose in price about 6 months after launch IIRC. it was bought as the tool for the job because when you actually look there aren’t ‘that’ many frames out there with the sort of dropout arrangement offered by SC. set up singlespeed, two sets of wheels for + and 29er experimentation, and i still switch between them mainly on the basis of which wheelset needs a tyre or bearings doing. it’s done getting on for 100km and around 2000m of climbing per week. it’s on it’s second set of forks and second dropper. it’s been good value IMO. if i had to throw it away tomorrow i wouldn’t feel too hard done by. no-one at the local hills knows what car i drive because it’s dark half the time and i ride there. last time i looked (admittedly before covid and rip-off britain really got going) an alloy FS frame with shock from SC was cheaper than the equivalent from orange by ~150 quid. SC haven’t been that bad value IMO. they’ve never been cheap but apples compared to apples they weren’t ‘that’ expensive either.
    having said that i think these prices are very steep indeed. i think they’re going to turn a lot of people off the brand for this.

    edit:

    FYI Stif are showing the frame only for £899

    £799. hmm.

    fenboy
    Full Member

    thats just changed! I’m closer to deciding now, this or pace rc529 which is ever so slightly less flexible!

    Daffy
    Full Member

    £799. hmm.

    My Niner RLT 9 (aluminium frame, carbon fork, QR at both ends) was £900 in 2014…given 7 years and the state of bike prices, is £800 for the frame that bad?

    darrenhowe
    Free Member

    Designed for California.
    Priced for the Surrey Hills 😉

    mashr
    Full Member

    darrenhowe
    Full Member

    Designed for California.
    Priced for the Surrey Hills

    I liked the “Yesterdays bike at tomorrows prices” comment myself

    huck2flat
    Free Member

    Winter bikes for the glentress dentist brigade !

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Daffy – WTF, you’ve compared this to two hugely overpriced products.

    Nukeproof Scout is £450 SRP frame only, £1,300 SRP for the Recon model.

    Yes, £800 for an aluminum hardtail frame is really that bad. And the full bike prices are just taking the piss.

    😀

    sofaboy73
    Free Member

    undoubtedly the new chameleon is overpriced compared to some of the rivals offerings, but…

    Every time I’ve seen someone with a SC over the last couple of years I’ve assumed they’re a bit of a mug.

    and

    They’re for folks who like the premium lazy brands

    all seems a bit judgey amd i don’t get the santa cruz (or for that matter, any bike brand) snobbery / reverse snobbery / hate?

    the usual accusation against SC is that they’re too expensive and only for dentists, where as in reality if you buy frames only they have been comparable to most other ‘premium’ brands – trek, specialized, orange etc in terms of cost. historically they seem to been one of only a small number of manufactures that have released pretty much all their bikes as frame only options, normally with alu or carbon choices to suit budget and don’t swap standard every 5 minutes, making it easy to transfer existing kit from one frame to another.

    Nobeerinthefridge
    Free Member

    Daffy – WTF, you’ve compared this to two hugely overpriced products.

    Nukeproof Scout is £450 SRP frame only, £1,300 SRP for the Recon model.

    Yes, £800 for an aluminum hardtail frame is really that bad. And the full bike prices are just taking the piss.

    How much is a solaris, bearing in mind there’s less in terms of import fees to factor in?.

    IdleJon
    Full Member

    all seems a bit judgey amd i don’t get the santa cruz (or for that matter, any bike brand) snobbery / reverse snobbery / hate?

    And at least one of those making the judgey comments is on an overpriced HT from a not-quite boutique brand. They can probably justify spending a bit too much on a brand that ‘real MTBers’ will nod knowingly about, but imagine that if they spent a tiny bit more and went for a proper boutique brand might they might tarnish their image. I’m guessing, of course, not judging. 😀

    russianbob
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    I’m not a dentist, nor do I drive an Audi.

    After sales/warranty care from Santa Cruz/Jungle/Stif is absolutely bloody brilliant and, in my opinion, worth the premium;

    – Raceface crankset failed on my Bronson after two years, brand new carbon crankset provided.
    – Swing arm cracked on 2008 Heckler in 2013, brand new swing arm within a week, no questions asked. – Provided with demo bike to use after I had ordered my Bronson prior to it being built and delivered.

    Del
    Full Member

    ‘Nukeproof Scout is £450 SRP frame only’

    And it not only looks great but presents good value I’d say. The cotic mentioned is 675 I think? Neither of these have sliding dropouts.
    The pipedream moxie had sliders and is 650 iirc.

    If we’re comparing apples to apples then look at the Salsa Timberjack. 505 in alloy with very similar features and Geo to the chameleon. That appears good value to me. If you can get one.

    lovewookie
    Full Member

    Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon Carbon Chameleons? They come and go…

    Just me with the earworm then?


    @G

    they had to really.

    SC do tend to be mopped up by the dentist/consultant/GP types. the LBS of north glasgow/south west stirlingshire seems to do a roaring trade

    lovewookie
    Full Member

    The pipedream moxie had sliders and is 650 iirc.

    add to that the Pace RC529, £600 853 and sliders

    bentudder
    Full Member

    Disclaimer: Stif’s people are, in my experience, awesome to deal with.

    Compare and contrast this with the Specialized Fuse, a very similar hardtail. For the money you’d spend on the base model Chameleon, you’d be £100 better off buying the top of the range Fuse, complete with a Fox 34, sliding dropouts and so on. I’ve got an M4 Expert frame I picked up second hand, and I have to say the only two differences I’d note are the seatpost bottle bosses, which make a longer dropper problematic but not impossible, and the lack of frame ports for running brakes moto or UK style. It rides really, really well and doesn’t slap you around the face with the branding, which is a bit of a relief. There’s nothing on the Chameleon that justifies that mark up, and frankly I’m scratching my head a bit.

    [edit] I’m in the Surrey Hills, so Specialized is a bit of a niche brand compared to Santa Cruz 😀

    RustyNissanPrairie
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    I know the On-One Hello Dave is a bit extreme compared to a Chameleon but for £1500 complete with a Pike, full GX, Reverb and a WTB/Formula/Schwalbe wheelset you can have two and change.

    (Ive had a MK1,2 & 3 Chameleons – and now a Hello Dave.)

    lucky7500
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    A lot of the issue with perceived value seems to stem from the often peculiar translation of cost from dollars to pounds with US ’boutique’ brands. If someone living in the UK happened to be on holiday in the states and chose to buy a Chameleon while there the cost would be,
    £1,760; £2,170; £2,760 or £699 frame only. There would potentially be taxes etc to pay on returning but to me at least those prices seem far less outlandish.

    mashr
    Full Member

    A lot of the issue with perceived value seems to stem from the often peculiar translation of cost from dollars to pounds with US ’boutique’ brands. If someone living in the UK happened to be on holiday in the states and chose to buy a Chameleon while there the cost would be,

    The Americans think SC are having a laugh too

    bentudder
    Full Member

    A lot of the issue with perceived value seems to stem from the often peculiar translation of cost from dollars to pounds with US ’boutique’ brands.

    That’s an odd description for Santa Cruz. They’re mainstream. The cost comparison I made above was with another US mainstream brand. Santa Cruz isn’t two people with edgy haircuts and leather aprons in a shed.

    Even the Forex- and import-dodging answer comes out at a £400 difference between the highest spec Chameleon and Fuse build, assuming you don’t import the Fuse and pay UK retail price. What’s that £400 buying?

    chakaping
    Free Member

    The Americans think SC are having a laugh too

    Yep, just seen the Pinkbike comments have not been too kind…

    https://www.pinkbike.com/news/first-look-2022-santa-cruz-chameleon-and-five-individual-builds.html

    At least PB’s editor removed the “just” from the ridiculous price of the base model though.

    LAT
    Full Member

    If someone living in the UK happened to be on holiday in the states and chose to buy a Chameleon while there the cost would be, £1,760; £2,170; £2,760 or £699 frame only. There would potentially be taxes etc to pay on returning

    don’t know if you accounted for his, but such a person would need to pay federal and possibly state sales tax on those prices.

    personally, i’d buy a Rock Mountain Growler. the middle spec 40 model is 2000 canadian dollars plus sales tax.

    what i like most about santa cruz is that their parent company describes themselves as being “involved in mobility products, services, and solutions globally.” such a wide reach doesn’t come cheap.

    iamtheresurrection
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    SC do tend to be mopped up by the dentist/consultant/GP types

    To a non-mountain biker (you know, the vast majority of people) we’re all just a bunch of **** riding bikes around the woods.

    The lads I know on SC are all pretty fast to be fair, and buy them because their LBS has a long history with them and have always given great support.

    Not sure why people want to judge others based on the bike they are riding. Do we also assume people on old 26ers are low income, non-professionals?

    bentudder
    Full Member

    it was bought as the tool for the job because when you actually look there aren’t ‘that’ many frames out there with the sort of dropout arrangement offered by SC. set up singlespeed, two sets of wheels for + and 29er experimentation

    Fair comment, that. However, and off the top of my head:
    * Pipedream
    * 18 Bikes
    * Pace
    * Vertigo
    * Downland
    * Shand
    * Surly
    * Salsa
    * Vassago
    * Specialized
    * Cotic
    * Trek
    * Singular
    * Stif
    * Alpkit
    * Planet X / OO

    A few years ago, I couldn’t get a Chameleon frame only, although Stif / Jungle were exceptionally helpful. My LBS hooked me up with a Stache frame instead, which did everything the Santa did with a shorter back end and 29+ compatibility. Back then, by the way, the Stache cost a bit more. I ran it with 27.5+, 29 and 29+.

    The frames from the above makers do the same job for less money, or sell complete bikes which are far less.

    I completely agree with the reverse snobbery point, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that, even compared to Santa Cruz’ own range, this bike is terrible value for money.

    If you need sliding dropouts and a complete bike, a Specialized Fuse Comp or Expert will tick the same boxes for less money. Don’t need sliding dropouts? The world truly is your oyster. Heck, for that, I’d consider going custom.

    This bike will float a lot of peoples’ boats, but it’s a triumph of marketing over substance, and plenty of people remember when the Chameleon was the exact opposite of that.

    Del
    Full Member

    I don’t argue that the complete bikes are poor value and I think I said that in my first post  but a lot of the bikes you list are not comparable in the slightest. Many are steel, many don’t have adjustable dropouts,  many don’t have modern Geo, and many don’t do both 29 and 27.5 + (Surly? Great bikes for sure but give me a break!) Some even aren’t available any more (general modern world issues aside – do singular even make bikes any more?)

    As I said before probably the most even comparison is the Salsa Timberjack which at 300 quid less frame only looks like very good value.

    Edit: have you seen the price of the Trek Roscoe frame only!?

    WildHunter2009
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    Am I the only person who quite likes them? Also…. I fear when this years cycle of new models gets going we all might be in for a bit of a shock about prices Vs specification. I’m seeing a few brands letting people know that the current batch is the last before cost increases…

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    Taking cost out of the equation, it’s just a bit meh IMO, there’s nothing about it that makes it stand out from the rest.

    Putting cost back into the equation, yeah it’s terrible value, but SC has been for a while, more at the top end of the ranges, but I guess trickle down affects everything eventually.

    bentudder
    Full Member

    I don’t argue that the complete bikes are poor value and I think I said that in my first post but a lot of the bikes you list are not comparable in the slightest. Many are steel, many don’t have adjustable dropouts, many don’t have modern Geo, and many don’t do both 29 and 27.5 + (Surly? Great bikes for sure but give me a break!) Some even aren’t available any more (general modern world issues aside – do singular even make bikes any more?)

    Yep – I’m not disagreeing with you at all, just reeling off the huge amount of choice we’re lucky enough to have on hardtail frames these days at lower prices than the Santa. Apologies if I sounded a bit chippy – not my intention.

    Pretty much, if you can fit a 29″ in, you can also fit 27.5+. However, here’s a list of manufacturers from my list above that claim compatibility *and* have adjustable dropouts. Sure, some are steel, but I’m not going to apologise for that 🙂

    Pipedream Sirius
    Specialized Fuse Comp / Expert
    Trek Stache
    Pace 629
    Salsa Timberjack

    At £799 for the frame only, there’s some pretty stiff competition. If I’d not already got a good deal on a Fuse frame second hand, I probably would have been queuing up to buy a Salsa Timberjack frame – it’s properly nice.

    I expect Santa Cruz will sell a lot of Chameleons. They always do, and they’re cracking bikes. The Chameleon just seems rather overpriced this year compared to previous years, and overpriced compared to the competition.

    stevedoc
    Free Member

    Ragley frame £350 leaving plenty of room to build a very nice hardtail up for that kind of money … Seems like the wild fires have taken there toll.

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    The Chameleon just seems rather overpriced this year compared to previous years, and overpriced compared to the competition.

    Bikeradar (Seb Scott iirc) were particularly scathing about the value proposition of the outgoing model when it was originally released

    chakaping
    Free Member

    I never saw that many of the last model out and about.

    Maybe a different story darn sarf though?

    Expect to see even fewer of these.

    Nobeerinthefridge
    Free Member

    Similarly, never seen many chameleons in the flesh tbh, but then not many hardtails at all round here really.

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