The Chameleon is a bike that rides like a high-quality machine, yet folds very compactly for travel.
Speed of folding was not the main design criteria; there are other bikes on the market that achieve this. The aim was to produce something that rides as well as a 700C road bike or a 26" mtb but at also gives a really compact fold. Since the main aims are performance and a "packable" bike rather than a quick-folder which stays as one unit, they did not have to consider the wheels as part of the folded package.
The removal of this constraint immediately presented many possibilities. The result is a full size frame that can be folded most compactly to fit into a hand-carry luggage (frame folded size is only 52cm x 36cm x 20cm). They also achieved the goal of locating the folding pivot in an ideal position for a Unified Rear Triangle suspension, eliminating any biopacing effect and rider-induced bouncing. At the same time, the bike has a clean, aerodynamic straight-line look.
There are two ways to fold the Chameleon. The "First Fold" involves removing the front wheel and undoing the quick release lever on the seat mast. The back wheel then swings around to fit between the front forks. This needs no tools and is small enough for the boot of a car or a train or bus journey. There is a special "First Fold Bag" which is the perfect size. The "Full Fold" requires an allen key to release the handlebar stem and you have to remove the back wheel. This leaves you with a small frame package and two seperate wheels. The whole lot will then fit into the special suitcase.
The Airnimal is suitable for commuting, touring or racing and comes with a range of options to suit. Fitting a rear rack changes the folded size slightly, as in the first fold it would rest on the rack. For the full fold the rack has to be removed. You can fit full mudguards or the quick release "Raceblades" which are held on with elastic straps but give good coverage.