The $1,999 R1+ kit we tested no longer exists. For 2018, Santa Cruz now offers two build 27.5+ build kits, the $1,699 D+ build and the $2,349 R+ kit. Overall, the R+ build is the most similar to our test bike so we link to it on Competitive Cyclist above. We outline the differences below.
The Chameleon is a shredder for those seeking a spritely ride with excellent cornering and sharp steering. You can manual through every dip and bounce over every bump, smiling ear to ear. While the Chameleon is a serviceable climber, the Specialized Fuse is more comfortable and well-rounded.The Santa Cruz Tallboy is more suitable for long days in the saddle without sacrificing efficiency.