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Old 10-24-03, 06:11 AM
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Got my new bike together....finally!

Well after 2 1/2 months of waiting for parts my new bike is finally built. It is a 2003.5 Santa Cruz Chameleon. I am going to be using it primarily for XC. It isn't exactly a lightweight but it should be able to take anything I can throw at it. I'm hoping that training on a hardtail will help me learn how to pick out lines again.

Anywho, what ya think?
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Old 10-24-03, 07:54 AM
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Anywho, what ya think?
I think it's sweet! What fork is that?
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Old 10-24-03, 08:01 AM
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White Brothers XC1.0. It is 100 mm. Same fork I am using on my Superlight, my personal favorite.
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With a new steerer tube pressed in I hope!

Nice bike!

Is that the pewter color or blue anodized? Hard to tell from the picture.

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Old 10-24-03, 02:46 PM
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It is the gun metal grey. This picture may be a little better.

I just took my first ride on it. I love it! This is the first hartail that I have ridden in two years that I really enjoyed. BTW, they aren't joking when they say that it has a stiff rear triangle.

Chameleon picture
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Old 10-26-03, 01:10 PM
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Ive fallen in love with that rig Very nice!
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Old 10-26-03, 02:03 PM
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I would have bought one if I hadn't had my roast. I found the frame really cheap and fell in love with it ...very nice rig
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that bike is dead sexy
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Old 10-26-03, 06:55 PM
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is it just me, or does it look kinda like it has a really short top tube? how do you like the geometry?
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I must be a bike snob cuz I want that bike. hehe
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Thanks everyone, appreciate the compliments!

As for the top tube I don't think it is short at all. It is the exact same as my Superlight. It is 23.25". Here is a link to the Chameleon geometry.

It feels perfect to me. I was really worried about getting back on a hardtail but so far I have had no problems. I am clearing everything just as well as I was on my dually. I believe that this is really going to help me to remember how to pick out lines, I haven't had to do that for a while. I have always just relied on the rear suspension to bail me out of trouble. The two rides that I have had on it so far are two of the best rides I've had all season. It could just be that new bike thing though.
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Old 10-27-03, 06:57 AM
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Let's see if this works, here is the pic that I linked to earlier.
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hmm, must've just been the pic...it looks normal in the second one. Very compact and sexy looking. I like how the white bros fork looks sorta old-school...
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