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  1. #926
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    Here's mine:

    Medium frame, 1x9 setup, 140mm RockShox Revelation fork, Hope/ZTR Arch wheels, Formula The One brakes, and some other bits and pieces...






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    That is one sweet looking bike!

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    Bella!

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    Lovely bike Qprs, how do you find the 1x9 setup. Does it have enough range for climbs and descents?

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    My XL

    Last edited by axarob44; 05-18-2012 at 11:52 AM.

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    I so wanted a white one but all I could get my hands on was a orange one, I'm not complaining. Pics soon to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hempress View Post
    That is one sweet looking bike!
    I second that!

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    My very first MTB build, well one and a half build since I started on the Jackal (unfinished) but decided a Chameleon will suit me better. Attempting to finish it in May, that's in 8 days!!!


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    Are those Xpedo suspension pedals on your bike? How does those feel to pedal?
    I love the smell of the TF2 chain lube in the morning.

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    miqu. Yes they are and they are pretty weak. The little rubber pieces keep popping out of place. I'm going to replace them soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jockhaggis View Post
    Lovely bike Qprs, how do you find the 1x9 setup. Does it have enough range for climbs and descents?
    Thanks..
    I ride with 36T up front with a 11-32 cassette, which is just enough range for where I ride (I live in Holland).
    But I'm planning on taking this bike to the Alps instead of my FS, and than I'll need a granny gear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circus Creature View Post
    OK, I had to play hooky from work today to finish up the bike. Check it out. At this point it has only been around the block just so I could dial it in. Man, it handles so well. I still have to get some zip ties and put something over the chain stay to keep the paint from chipping. That's it. Can't wait to get it dirty!
    Can you somebody tell me what kind of tires is on this bike?

    Thank you

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    This Chameleon is not mine, but it is soooo sweet that I had to post this link to this thread:
    Orange Chameleon (this is by no means ment to be any kind of advertisement)


    Nice 2012 decals and stripes.

    Still waiting for my Lizard, so I decided to order Reverb seatpost like above...
    Last edited by miqu; 06-06-2012 at 04:37 AM.
    I love the smell of the TF2 chain lube in the morning.

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    That's my friend's bike, it is really nice, would make someone a lovely purchase...
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    2013 Trek CrossRip Elite
    2015 Trek Farley 8

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    This is a great job, how did you get the powercoat off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbroz View Post
    This is a great job, how did you get the powercoat off?
    You didn't quote or reference anyone in this thread (and it's rather large), so we do not know who should respond to this question.

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    Yeah sorry, just getting used to the forum, it was in relation to your polished EBB 09 Chameleon. I'm looking at doing the same, since finding a Large Anodised frame is looking like near on impossible (my first choice).

    What did you use for stripping the powdercoat?
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbroz View Post
    Yeah sorry, just getting used to the forum, it was in relation to your polished EBB 09 Chameleon. I'm looking at doing the same, since finding a Large Anodised frame is looking like near on impossible (my first choice).

    What did you use for stripping the powdercoat?
    Cheers
    pbroz,

    I used Aircraft Grade paint stripper. This stuff is super nasty and can really hurt you. I took my time over 3 weeks getting the bike just right. The powder coat is extremely tough to remove. Make sure you only use nylon brushes and a plastic scrapper to remove the powder coat. Using anything else will put groves in the aluminum and scratch up the frame.

    My advice would be to NOT do this yourself. If you live in a metropolitan area, you should be able to find someone to media blast the frame for you (not sandblasting!) or have someone chemically dip the frame for you in a large tank (preferred).

    If you decide to tackle this yourself, feel free to PM me if you need further advice or have questions. Good luck!

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    Thanks SoWal
    First step is to find a suitable frame. I'm pretty handy with these types of things so would be keen to give it a red hot go! but will keep your advice in mind.
    Cheers
    Broz

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoWal_MTBer View Post
    pbroz,

    I used Aircraft Grade paint stripper.!
    You did an asome build!!!! one of the most beutifull work .... congrats again!!!

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    I'm so glad I get to post on this thread after creeping for so long...

    2010 Chameleon
    2003 Marzocchi Marathon
    King headset and Hayes brakes...
    Most everything else can be filed in the "perfectly adequate" bin.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SoWal_MTBer View Post
    I recently picked up my first Santa Cruz frame from a fellow forum member. Seeing as how there was little information on Chameleon builds out there, I thought I'd start this thread on my build process to hopefully help someone else in the future.

    Here is the '09 Chameleon green frame as I purchased it.



    My intention all along was to have a new EBB raw frame, but I couldn't see forking out $900 on a frame to only strip it, so I I purchased used.

    Here is the final result. First, the frame was chemically stripped (a huge pain the butt!), then the frame was completely smoothed using the finest 3M scotch bright pads. After going over the whole frame with the pads, I used 800 and then 1000 grit automotive sandpaper to wet sand the frame to prep for polishing. Finally, I used a Mothers powerball and cone with aluminum polish to go over the entire frame.



    I purchased factory decals and the head tube badge directly from Santa Cruz. They are super helpful and friendly. The ones on eBay are not very good at all!

    Here is the bike completed.











    Build specs:
    • 09' Santa Curz Chameleon Frame
    • Azonic B-52 Bars
    • Azonic Phantom 40mm Stem
    • Race Face Sniper Lock-On Grips
    • SRAM X-9 Polished Rear Shifter
    • Avid Elixr7 Hydraulic Brakes & 160mm Rotors
    • Cane Creek Tank Polished Headset
    • 12' Fox 32 Talas 150mm-120mm
    • Hope Pro Hubs
    • Stans ZTR Flow Rims
    • WTB Dissent Tires 2.3 Tubeless
    • Tompson Elite Seat post
    • Marzocchi 'The Boss' saddle
    • Race Face Atlas Cranks
    • 32T Race Face Chain ring
    • MRP Lopes Chain Guide
    • Straitline DeFactor pedals
    • SRAM PG980 Casette
    • SRAM PC-991 Hollowpin Chain
    • SRAM X-9 Polished Rear Derailluer


    Fking beautiful!

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    My $700 project, seriously...Spent $2,800 and 3 months of hustling on Ebay and Craigslists on the Chammy frame, 2 complete MTBs and other new and used parts, parted them out, kept what I wanted and sold everything else for $2,100. 90% complete, have to build up the rear Halo rim, install the front brake and rotor and dial it.




    Set up:
    2009 Chameleon Medium
    2011 Fox 32 Float 140mm lowered to 100mm
    Thomson seat post and X4 50mm stem
    Chris King headset, rear hub and fun bolt
    Shimano - XT Crank 35T, Deore hydraulic brakes, XTR BB, XTR shifter, XTR chain, Ultegra cassette, and Saint rear derailleur
    MRP Mini G2 SL chain guide
    Brev M chainring bolts
    Renthal 760mm Fat bar
    ODI grips
    Twenty6 predator pedals
    DT Swiss 240s front hub
    Magura Storm SL brake rotors
    Halo Chaos white rims
    WTB Silverado Saddle

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    [QUOTE=chunkmunk;9504266]My $700 project, seriously...Spent $2,800 and 3 months of hustling on Ebay and Craigslists on the Chammy frame, 2 complete MTBs and other new and used parts,


    Wow!!! excelente job im fan of this forum... looking for a frame and start my custom build... it is very dificult to find it... show us the finish build!!!

    if someone is selling a frame small o medium is my size...

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    chunkmunk ->

    Nice build. White/orange combo is so sweet and refreshing to look at.

    Looking your bike makes my waiting even more intorelable. My Chameleon frame already arrived BUT due to manufacturing defect my fork went back for warranty replacement...
    I love the smell of the TF2 chain lube in the morning.

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