Well, Chameleon is a word anyone can pronounce and is recognizable in almost any language. What you see in the cover photo and gallery is known as the Chameleon from Santa Cruz Bicycles. However, the Chameleon is actually an entire line of bikes. This one is the R+ Carbon.
If you’re reading this now, welcome! Welcome to a land where the only electrical component is, well, you. You will find no Nm of torque here. No Wh of capacity, except the food you ate before the ride. And certainly no pedal-assist. Here we find riders who will only go as far as their minds and bodies will allow them. Here we find raw biking in all its natural glory.
Now, one of the things you’ve noticed about the frame is the lack of a rear suspension. This means the R+ is more of an all-around bike. But it can handle some punishment if you know how to dish it out. Overall, the bike comes in with a decent 28.75 lbs (13.04 kg) of weight and internal cable routing to keep things clean and snag-free.
Now, who do you think is supplying the shifting systems and drivetrain? I'll give you a hint; it starts with ‘S’. Got it? If you thought Shimano, you’d be wrong. Actually, the Santa Cruz team chose SRAM as their supplier for these goods. The crankset, derailleur, shifters, and chain are all SRAM 12-speed NX Eagle. Even the brakes are covered by this team.
My only mention if you look to grab something like this for you or your loved ones, please, please make sure you guys know what you’re doing. If you’re not careful, that hardtail will kick you right off. Been there, done that, and walked home with a punctured oblique.