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    Chameleon vs Fuse 2020

    I seem to be battling over the two in my mind, has anyone had trail experience on both? I can't demo them anywhere and I guess I understand likely cause theyre under 2,000$ I ride it all but mostly tame AZ flowy to rocky trails and definitely interested in 29x2.35-2.5 rigid SS riding only. I don't want to give my money to Specialized but that flat gray has me itching......I pedaled both in a parking lot and found myself at 5'9 somehow liking the large over the medium on the Fuse.......Chameleon only had a Large and that felt oddly fine too. Thanks

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    Well all I had for you was not giving money to the big S, so can't help ya.
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    Between those 2 I'd get the fuse if it were just about the bike. My brother has a fuse and its great, its also fantastically reviewed.

    I chose the ibis DV9 though, because its an awesome deal. It's geo is dated but got a NX Carbon build + dropper on Jenson for like 2100, so worth the slight trade off imo.

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    I have a 2019 Chameleon and a riding friend has the Fuse, same year or one year older.

    Seem to be pretty comparable bikes, on paper.

    Glad I could help. haha

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    I have a 2020 fuse and i love it. Coming from a 2019 Trek Marlin, so it a big upgrade. I know people with chameleons and live them though. I do feel like you get more for your money with the fuse though.

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    I've been riding my 2019 Chameleon in SS. it is a 27.5+. Love it that way. super fun, but aggressive Geo. have some of my fastest downhill PR's on it. the sliding dropouts are solid, never slipped. Also, it is for sale!! large slate grey.
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    I haven't checked price/value on the Specialized but I do think when I looked at it last year as a comparison, there was a better value from Specialized which is hard to say outloud. haha

    I feel the Santa Cruz Chameleon is far over priced. Top dollar hard tail for basic and low level components.

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    ^^^ you pay for the cachet.
    Do the math.

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    Take a look at the Norco Torrent as well.
    The glass is twice as large as it needs to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    ^^^ you pay for the cachet.
    I thought I was buying a bike. LOL

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