The Best Rewards are given to people who have given much of themselves for the good of mankind. Thus, this very fine looking and well built carbon hardtail mountain bike is awarded to … The Good Man From Abra!
The recipient of this glorious Santa Cruz Chameleon C deserves this custom build by Raven Cycles x Valleybikes. We collaborated with Masterflex ze Orihinal Bike Pimp, Ben of Raven Cycles.
Valleybikes is very fortunate to be given a chance to document this Chameleon C build.
Santa Cruz Chameleon C small frame
Hope Fortus 35 with Hope4 wheelset
Brooks C17 Cambium (orange)
Hope Floating disc brake rotors 160mm
Fox 34 140mm travel/ 15 x 110— WhattaFORK!
Fox Transfer Factory dropper seat post
Shimano Deore XT 12 speed (microspline)
Hope stem 35mm Orange
Chris King headset Orange
Enve M9 handlebar (cut to 760mm)
ODI lock on grips
copper chain 12 speed
Maxxis Ikon 29 x 2.2 (tubeless ready)
6pack Titanium pedals
Big thank you to: Ben of Raven Cycles for whipping out the yummy orange parts! Yessss for the Brooks Cambium Orange!
Bert for putting love and skill into assembling this monster.
Biketown and Bike101 for the XT and Enve handlebar.
Macky for the as usual soulful music! (astig bro)
How does the Chameleon ride?
Its acts like a full suspension bike that was bitten by a radioactive spider, thus giving it super powers on everything. It is agile, nimble and light. You know it is sturdy and strong, plus the lines, shape and aesthetics of the Chameleon would send cat calls on its way.
Due to the light parts, it seems as though the bike is cheating.
What do you mean the bike is cheating?
Climbing is easy.
Doing a bunny hop, if followed properly and practiced religiously would be very easy as well.
I am not good at wheelies, but when I popped a wheelie using the SC, it would make you feel pleased about yourself.
The modern geometry matched with the latest technology puts this mountain bike in the pedestal highlight build of 2020.
I had a great time doing this build. Brainstorming with Ben, analyzing some issues, choosing alternatives and all the intricacies of a bike build.
The orange yummy parts were all perfect for the brown/bronze color of the chameleon. My favorite is the Brooks Cambium saddle that was hidden in the top cellar of Ben’s attic. Thanks for letting it go, Ben.
Tires got inflated big due to the 35mm width of the Hope Fortus. the 29 x 2.2 looked beefier than a 2.3 but with narrower short knobs… just right for the riding conditions in Abra.
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