Old things become new and new things become old, so they say. Well, Santa Cruz believes that reviving old classics is not only good for a few cliche’s, but good for riders looking for a versatile, no-nonsense and affordable bike. So, with that in mind, we present the all-new Santa Cruz Chameleon hardtail — available in either 29 or 27.5+ variations.

It’s aluminum and it’s trail worthy — an excellent combo for an entry-level bike, a second bike, a fun bike or even a trusty bike-packing steed. The latter is something we’d eye it for and most certainly in the 27.5+ variant. 27.5+ hardtails are just so darn fun and versatile.

A few Chameleon 7 features:

  • 6000-series aluminumĀ frame
  • Built for 120mm travel fork
  • Compatible with 29 or 27.5+ wheels
  • Threaded 73mm BB — huzzah!
  • Trailbike geometry
  • Can accept a front derailleur (if you’re still into that sort of thing)
  • Internal routing for stealth dropper posts
  • Available as complete or frame-only
  • Geared or single speed via swappable dropouts
  • Weight: 27.7 lbs – 29.5 lbs (4.6 lb frame)
  • Color: OliveĀ Green
  • MSRP: $1599 – $1999 ($749 frame)
Santa Cruz Chameleon 7 29er

The Chameleon 7 in 29er variant.

Santa Cruz Chameleon 7 27.5+

The Chameleon 7 in 27.5+ variant.

Santa Cruz Chameleon

Flexible dropouts can swap between BOOST, 12×142 and single-speed.

More Info: Visit SantaCruzBicycles.com

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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