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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:43 pm 
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This is my third Chameleon, and the previous two are likely the only bikes I've ever truly regretted selling. I simply love the versatility of this bike. My first one was owned/ridden back in the early 2000s. It was built up as a freeride/DH sort of rig, weighed about 28 pounds. Super burly. The second one was a light weight single speeder... Fox F80x fork, lots of ti and carbon. This one will be somewhere between the earlier two. Light enough for a long XC ride; but burly enough to handle my fat ar$e on the way down. :lol:

Picked this one up in January of this year. I've been sourcing parts since then. Much thanks to all the RBUKers who have contributed parts along the way. I'll give specific shout-outs as the time comes.

For now, here's the beginning.

Frame: 1999 medium SC Chameleon in the ever-so-perfect lime green and a Thomson seatpost hiding under the green shop towel.
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The fork, a 2000 Z1 CR, mid-overhaul.
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CK headset pressed in.
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Bottom bracket shell tapped (threads were fine, just lots of old thread lock material in them).
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Nice and clean!
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More to come!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:45 pm 
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Maybe the color shows up better with an outside shot?

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Nope, not really.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:39 pm 
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Looks brilliant!

Exactly what I'm looking to do with mine.

I'm struggling with fork choice... No ideas what to look for.

I'm considering ss on mine, long rides won't happen that often.

Keep the updates coming. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:50 am 
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TSP wrote:

I'm struggling with fork choice... No ideas what to look for.

I'm considering ss on mine, long rides won't happen that often.


If you're thinking lighter duty and SS, I'd lean towards a Marz Z2 atom bomb, or something like that, from that period (1997 to 2000, keep in mind the date stamp on the fork is usually the yr prior to actual model yr). The Marz's with the bolt-on arches just look right on that frame, especially with the box chain stays. If I could just find a Blackspire arch for mine, it'd be perfect. SC spec'd Chameleons with Judys in 1998/99 but they can't hold a candle to a Z2 (or Z1 if you're thinking burlier), IMHO.

Here's a link to a Z2 atom bomb on eBay USA (not mine, for full disclosure, but I do have one in silver).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marzocchi-Z2-At ... 1120527179


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:47 pm 
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Sounds good, thanks for the tip :)

I like the idea of Z1 Bams in orange... Thats just nostalgia talking though!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:47 pm 
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Great green style on this lizard!

I tried my 2000 built chameleon with a Z2 and the angles got too steep. Moreover,the z2 looked skinny relative to the frame and especially the massive steerer-and downtube.

I now ride it with a 105mm Marzocchi marathon s 2003 with 3cm sag and it feels o.k. but its still on the nervous-handling side.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:51 pm 
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How would a Chameleon respond to something short travel?

Just something to take the sting out of your wrists ?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:56 pm 
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A great looking frame. Look forward to seeing the finished product.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:09 am 
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TSP wrote:
How would a Chameleon respond to something short travel?

Just something to take the sting out of your wrists ?


short travel forks (below 80mm) make the chameleon jittery on the front end. Also, the steeper seat angle brings more impact to the saddle rails and the comfort is generally cut down.

If indeed a short travel fork is without any alternative, then it should ran with high air pressure or with a stiff spring rate to keep the sag limited.

There are short travel forks with a relatively large axle-to-crown-length as the german answer kilo or the amp parallelogram fork. Both are light and make the ride comfortable.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:53 pm 
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Thanks mate... Somewhere in the middle it is then :lol

Sorry for the hi-jack PeteC, any updates? :D


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