Honestly, I am stumped. I've compiled a list of bikes that interest me:
SANTA CRUZ CHAMELEON
With such a large list and literally doing a full days worth of research, countless hours of reading, comparing & contrasting, I do not have the ability to edge out a decision (my brain has gone 'kaput'). So I will put a bit of personal information here and hopefully have the community guide me to a consensus.
I am looking really for a do-it-all hardcore hardtail, can take jumps, decent commuter with the ability to go off-road take singletracks with some light freeride/downhill terrain. I used to own a CX bike but I am moving to Utah so I decided to start fresh. I can ride relatively far distances with no problems, and that's fine but I've decided to test my limits and try to learn & polish up on my techniques regarding bunnyhops, wheelies etc. I know that they are easier to attempt on hardtails and specifically some of the ones above are ideal but making a decision such as this has been alot harder than expected. I will be building my bike or at least, attempting to, so I am trying to find the best frame for the money. My job in Utah will be about an hours worth of daily commuting (one way) each day and though I like the comfort of a CX I don't mind sacrificing that if I can have a little play time to substitute. As you know Utah does see the better side of winters but if I slap on a decent pair of snow tires I should be fine. Probably will be using a single chain ring in the front with a 9 speed in the rear. Also when riding a bike of this variant do you usually run a short cage derailler?
I am about 5'7" 135-138lbs 30" inseam
I am open to other frame suggestions. Please, help me.
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