Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland give the 2013 Santa Cruz Chameleon a damn good thrashing

The Santa Cruz Chameleon is a stone-cold classic – one of the first bikes you could truly use everywhere, from trail rides to downhill runs and dirt jump sessions. It’s gone on a diet for 2013 but it’s still a top all-rounder, as Santa Cruz Syndicate teammates Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland prove on an old-school hardtail shred session at the pump track, trails and skatepark.

Source: Steve Peat & Josh Bryceland thrash the new Santa Cruz Chameleon from Santa Cruz Bikes

Santa Cruz Chameleon 2013. Source: www.santacruzbicycles.com

The fifth generation Santa Cruz Chameleon is made from slimmer, lighter hydroformed aluminium tubing

Santa Cruz Chameleon 2013. Source: www.santacruzbicycles.com

The gussets are gone but it's still ready for a thrashing, with ISCG-05 mounts and a slacker 68° head angle

Santa Cruz Chameleon 2013. Source: www.santacruzbicycles.com

A tapered head tube boosts front end stiffness, and the top tube's a little longer than before

Santa Cruz Chameleon 2013. Source: www.santacruzbicycles.com

Swappable rear dropouts mean it can be run singlespeed if required

Get the full lowdown at www.santacruzbicycles.com/chameleon.