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    XC racing on a Chameleon??

    As some of you may know, I have been spending a decent amount of time riding urban, park, and doing some jumping this winter. I'm not sure what spring will hold for me but I have really been enjoying this kind of riding and think that I'll be doing more of it and less xc racing as we begin to thaw out. That said, I'm strting to think the Blizzard might need to be replaced with something a bit more burly. I LOVE the Blizz but I'm thinking something like a Santa Cruz Chameleon might be better suited for my riding. The reviews are awesome if you want a dirt jumper/urban/park bike. What I want to know is if the bike is too much bike for xc racing (particularly singlespeed xc racing). I'd be doing more endurance stuff (12hr/24hr) than anything else. Has anyone had much experience with this bike for those purposes?

    Thanks all and depending on the replies, you might want to check the classifieds and/or email me if you want a 2003 17.5" Blizzard frame.

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    I'm gonna race mine...

    but I'm not going to win.

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    Despite the reviews, I'd be hard pressed to classify it. I don't do anything you (or the reviews) described with mine, but it seems to do it all, and more.
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    I used to use my '03 Chameleon as an urban assualt rig. Loved it!

    Then I converted it a heavy duty XC/All Mountain bike, and it worked awesome!

    Now it is used as a SS XC platform, that I have raced on. It is setup with a 105mm Marz Marathon SL, disc brake up front, and a v-brake in the rear. It is extremely light, and works amazing as a race rig. Good geometry, handles tight single track and fast fire roads with the same precision.

    The Chameleon is my favorite bike to ride, and it will serve you great as a SS race bike. Good Luck! Let me know how the setup goes.

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    thanks guys. With a bmx, road bike and mtb in the basement, the wife just can't see the obvious reason that I need another bike. What's not to get I ask? Anyway, for the mtb, I really need a do it all kinda bike. My buddy who owns an LBS and is a SC dealer said he think the Chameleon might be no fun as a SS racer. I didn't think that was true but your real world experience does help. I'll keep you posted.

    ps, Know anyone looking for a sweet 853 Blizzard frame with only one year on it?? lol!
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    the '04

    fwiw, the size large '04 appears to be a bit heavier than you'd expect. i'd guess it's probably 4.5 lbs. it is very pretty and undoubtedly a solid piece of work, but a great xc racing machine it is probably not.

    a "do-all" bike is going to ba a jack of all trades, but a master of none. i think what you need to do is to educate your wife better on the distinctions between an xc race bike and a freeride/park bike. explain to her that the RM is too light for park use, and that you'll spend as much money on replacing broken parts on the RM (your race bike) as you would on a new SCZ chameleon, so why not just buy a chameleon?

    it might work. let me know if she buys it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eSSq
    explain to her that the RM is too light for park use, and that you'll spend as much money on replacing broken parts on the RM (your race bike) as you would on a new SCZ chameleon, so why not just buy a chameleon?

    it might work. let me know if she buys it!
    Nice logic! How can you argue with that??? I tell ya , if you were a woman......whoa, what the h@ll am I saying??? Thanks again man, post them pics when you get them. I'll give my bud's Chameleon a ride at the park tonight and see how it handles on the ramps. That should help with the decision.
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