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    Santa Cruz Chameleon SS With Rear Disc

    I am looking for a little bit of help getting a rear disc setup on my 2003 Santa Cruz Chameleon SS. The 2003s and up have the build in disc tab, and I have yet to find anyone who has an optimal setup for running a rear disc during SS operation.

    I have heard that a 34/18 puts the rear hub in perfect position, but I don't know if that is true. Plus I am guessing with chain stetch that it probably won't work well for all that long.

    I thought about maching the existing disc mount to have slotted mounts (like a Surly 1x1), thus allowing me the slight variations I will need.

    I am fishing for a solution. I am running a v-brake back there now, and it is all good. But man, I would like to find a disc solution...

    If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.

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    no solutions but I do have a question.....do you have to remove the caliper if you are using a disc w/ those horizontal dropouts? I am hopefully going to have my 2004 Chameleon next week and wondered about this. Im starting by running a disc up front and v's in the back. After I see it, I guess I'll decide.

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    Rear Disk on Chameleon

    I have a 2004 Chameleon running Avid mechanical in the back. I first rode 34/18 and now I ride 34/20 and have no problems with set up on either. I use a half link though. And I don't have to take the caliper off to change out the wheel. I suggest you take it to your LBS and have them help you out.

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    try over on the sc board.........

    over there under "post your lizards." lots of folks with chameys running discs. 04's, 03's and older. someone is bound to have a set up that fits your bill, otherwise try SC. [email protected] knows his stuff and could surly help you. hope this helps.
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    Good job! ^^^ what he said ^^^

    except i'm not using a half-link. robin, why are you doing that? when i switched from 32:18 to 34:20 i just added a regular link to my chain and then slid the tabs forward about 2 mm. works great on my 2004 XL.

    the chameleon is such a b:tchen bike. i am enjoying min very much. anyone want to buy my bianchi? i fear i may never ride it again!

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    You won't be able to machine the mounts, and will likely trash them trying to do so. My recommendation, if for some reason eSSq's suggestion doesn't work (32 x 18, 34 x 20), would be to have a good shop order you the upside-down mount from pre-2003 Chameleons. It will still fit, and then you won't have any issues whatsoever - plus, you can remove your rear wheel without loosening the caliper.
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    Half link is the way.

    Well I'm not using the tension spacers from SC that your supposed to use if you want to ride it with a derailer and my frame is a large. I don't know if the chainstays are different sizes but I like my chain on the tight side. I have a 2000 Chameleon frame and RS Duke Race fork in case anyone is interested.

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    Thanks a lot! Those are some great suggestions!! I currently run a 32/18 and will try it with that setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eSSq
    except i'm not using a half-link. robin, why are you doing that? when i switched from 32:18 to 34:20 i just added a regular link to my chain and then slid the tabs forward about 2 mm. works great on my 2004 XL.

    the chameleon is such a b:tchen bike. i am enjoying min very much. anyone want to buy my bianchi? i fear i may never ride it again!
    and the pictures of it are where????? I know, you're having too much fun riding it to take its pic. Either that or its camera shy because I know its not because you are procrastinating.
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