Santa Cruz came to the Outdoor Demo with their usual fleet of 80 demo bikes. Two bikes there stood out from the full-suspension armada. First is the Stigmata cyclocross bike. Brand new for 2008, this bike retails for $899 and weighs in at 1300 grams or 2.86 lbs. The frame material is Easton’s new EA6X tubing and it is completed with a powdercoat finish.
It has a low bottom bracket of 11 inches and also features tight, size-specific geometry. It is built to handle aggressively for the cross racer. There’s also a ton of tire clearance for those who want to spec bigger tread on the rear.
The other standout is the revamped Santa Cruz Chameleon. The Chameleon is the frame that keeps on ticking. Over the years, cyclists have found many different purposes for this bike from urban, dirt jump, singlespeed. The frame’s ruggedness and dropout versatility have given it a cult following.This year, Santa Cruz gave the Chameleon an eccentric bottom bracket and vertical dropouts. The frame now only supports disc brakes. The front end is robust enough to handle 160mm forks. Finally, it is adorned with a hydroformed top tube. It’s not only functional but pretty now as well.