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Airnimal Chameleon Performance Sport


The Chameleon Performance Sport is a step up from the Performance, but reverts to the traditional drop-bar configuration of the road racer. The spec of the bike is raised across the board by inserting 20 speed Shimano 105 equipment. Weight drops to just over 10kg, making this a serious road race contender against any conventional racing bike you may care to name.

Usually stocked at our Bishopthorpe Road branch.

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Matt Black, Titanium and Yellow

Airnimal folding bikes set out to give true full-size bike performance in a compact collapsible format. Driven by the desire to be able to take your best bike with you wherever you go, be it bus, train, car or plane, the concept was brought to the market. The brand offers two basic road-based models, which are both available with a variety of different specifications: the Chameleon and the Joey.

Both bikes are classed as collapsible rather than folding because they involve a level of dismantling. However, within 30 seconds they are ready to be carried aboard a bus or train in carry-on size. Within 3 minutes, they are packed into a case ready for airplane travel.

The Chameleon is distinguished by a heat treated 7005 aluminium suspended frame and 24" ISO 520 wheels, which, with the carefully designed geometry, combine to make a light, stiff, fine handling bike. The suspended rear triangle has its pivot placement optimised to give a 'unified rear triangle' - which means that no power is wasted in compressing the suspension during the pedal stroke. But what really distinguishes this bike is its extremely comfortable ride - like floating on air, hence the name!

So well does the Chameleon perform that many riders use it for their most important events and challenges. Chameleons have not only been used for self contained tours across the US and around the world, but also have been ridden to PBs, climbed the highest surfaced road in the world, completed the Etape du Tour and the Paris Brest, and ridden to a medal in the World Triathlon Championship. 

We love these bikes because they offer a very practical solution to a classic conundrum: how to bring your best bike with you on your travels. We think they've succeeded.

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