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    My Santa Cruz Chameleon is back to her self again I just spent 45 minutes re-converting her from gears to SS.

    I converted her from SS to gearie 2 years ago on a roadtrip through the mountainous western states.

    You know the cool thing about horizontal dropouts? It took about 45 minutes to convert from 27 gears back down to one. I was stoked after reading the zen of SS article in Dirtrag (yay dirtrag!) last monthI ordered a Paul SS wheelset off Ebay (i had traded my SS king wheelset for a set of raceface triple rings for the original gearie conversion) and it got here yesterday.

    The only reason it took 45 minutes instead of 20 is that I didn't have a set of chainring bolts narrow enough to acommodate a single ring. So I had to use an old White Industires crankset with a huge 42t (!) front ring.

    In summary:
    * the magic is back
    * hot damn, the magic is back!
    * can't wait to ride coe
    * need a new 36t ring and new chainring bolts
    * new brake pads (old wheelset was ceramic and still have ceramic pads, this one is not)


    picture of her when she was born in 1999



    and this is what she looks like today:





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    Nice! I had a chameleon for a long time but never ran gears on it. They are so nice as a s/s. My current s/s frame has hor. drops and a der. hanger. I've gone back and forth b/w gears and singled on it a few times and it is best by far as a single gear drivetrain

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    Oh yeah!

    I forgot, Santa Cruz charged me a cool $80 for the derailluer hanger. That was way back when, but well worth the convenience.

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    (i had traded my SS king wheelset for a set of raceface triple rings for the original gearie conversion)
    blasphemy!

    what size frame is that, btw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jace
    blasphemy!

    what size frame is that, btw?
    I say XL since there's more headtube showing between the top/down tubes than my L.

    Also, my chameleon is sitting here awaiting a decision on paint so it can go back to rigid SS... for good. I've swapped mine around from gears to single and back a FEW times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitchenware
    I say XL since there's more headtube showing between the top/down tubes than my L.

    Also, my chameleon is sitting here awaiting a decision on paint so it can go back to rigid SS... for good. I've swapped mine around from gears to single and back a FEW times.
    that's really a 20" seat tube? how do they manage to slope the top tube so much?

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    cool! I was waiting for someone to chime in on multiple conversions. My bike is a large. I t fits me perfectly -- I'm 5'11 195. I raced BMX from 80-84 and 90-94. I never raced the 26" on the track (used to race my CycleCraft 24" all thru college), but it handles fine on the doubles.

    This is the first time converting back to SS. And I am so excited. It rules. SS rules.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jace
    that's really a 20" seat tube? how do they manage to slope the top tube so much?
    Should be, it's a 'virtual' 20". My 18 (L) is really like 17.5 center to the top of the seat tube. Here's mine with gears.

    The reason I like them so much (chameleons) is the sloping tob tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitchenware
    Should be, it's a 'virtual' 20". My 18 (L) is really like 17.5 center to the top of the seat tube. Here's mine with gears.

    The reason I like them so much (chameleons) is the sloping tob tube.
    Ah. so center of bb to center of st/tt junction would be more like 16" ?

    I think that's probably about the slope I'm looking for on my next frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by font9a
    cool! I was waiting for someone to chime in on multiple conversions. My bike is a large.
    My bad... both my L frames have had the down/seat tubes touch up front. Figured it must be an XL.

    Anyway, yeah, I've swapped back/forth a few times depending on the time of year, if I had another bike etc... Now that I have a geared fully, I'm stoked to get this thing painted and single again.

    My other L, a couple years ago and the green one a couple months back in one of it's many SS builds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jace
    Ah. so center of bb to center of st/tt junction would be more like 16" ?
    my large is 14 5/8 measured that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by font9a
    (used to race my CycleCraft 24" all thru college)
    My bike of choice when I raced bmx. Wish I still had one.

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    bike pr0n to the max!

    steamy!

    I haven't measured either. But i'm pretty sure it's marked "L" from thr Santa Cruz factory. I cannot wait to ride on a killer ride that i would get normally cooked on .. on a gearie, now on my SS. I cannot wait

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    Here's a pic of my old one...It was great. This is when it was street/park only but I had it in every configuration you can think of - except multiple gears...
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    emerald green. sexy sexy sexy beast.

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    wha?

    you traded a king wheelset for a set of chainrings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzy
    you traded a king wheelset for a set of chainrings?
    i traded a SS king wheelset for a set of raceface carbon next lps (triples) and an older king wheelset: king hubs, campy rims with, xtr cassette, airborne ti skewers. it was a pretty fair trade. i rode those wheels until the sidewalls were caved in. i just rebuilt them on mavic 517 ceramics. the hubs are still perfect. yay chris king.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kitchenware
    My bike of choice when I raced bmx. Wish I still had one.
    pic below is of old man pierce on his CycleCraft 24 at 9th Street in Austinl, TX.

    CycleCrafts rule.


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