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Furtado 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike
Get ready to rip up climbs, and conquer the descents with the Juliana Furtado 27.5+ D Complete Mountain Bike. This steed sets the benchmark for fun, with nimble and playful handling that's at home in twitchy and tight trails, or boosting rollers and lacing clean lines through rough rock gardens. In its current generation it sits longer and slacker than years before, boosting its capabilities when you point it downhill, while keeping snappy, short chainstays in the rear for turn-on-a-dime control that powers right up to the top of climbs when its time to earn those turns. Juliana equips the Furtado with 130mm of titular VPP suspension designed to manage big hits, smooth out square-edge bumps, and find the happy medium between the rock-gobbling enduro sleds, and ultra-light cross-country whips.
The Furtado emphasizes surgical precision, especially on tighter trails where trees and rocks pose clearance issues. That being said, this bike doesn't sacrifice much in the way of descending composure versus the Roubion — its enduro-bred, big sister — thanks to a reinvigorated geometry that's longer, slacker, and low-slung. The sub-67-degree head tube angle keeps you confident and composed when you're dropping into steep descents littered with rocks and sudden drops. Plus, it retains one of the lowest bottom brackets in Juliana's line at a mere 13.1 inches, keeping you glued to the trail when you're charging at high speeds and railing around corners. Another notable geometry number, the 16.7-inch chainstays are shorter than your average trail bike, making it quick to change direction around corners.
The inclusion of flip-chip technology allows for a subtle change from the 66.5-degree head tube angle in the high setting and a 66.2-degree head tube angle in its low setting. It not only allows you to ride with a couple of geo options, but also provides the clearance needed to run wider tires up to 2.8 inches in width. Juliana outfits this particular Furtado with their 2.6-inch tires, which deliver all the traction and bump-smoothing benefits of a traditional 2.8-inch tire, but without feeling bouncy, slow, or excessively heavy. This 2.6-inch tire really gives you the best of both worlds, traction and plushness over the rockiest stretches of trail, but without the rolling resistance or tire squirm under braking and hard-cornering like a larger 2.8-inch tire.
As you'd expect with the Furtado, it retains the high degree of pedaling efficiency and bottom-out resistance of the previous version. This VPP platform neatly tucks the lower link above the bottom bracket to protect it from rock strikes and damage from flinging trail debris. The upper portion remains attached to the top tube with a new stiffer box-section upper link. While other DH-oriented frames in the Juliana line have moved to a lower-link mounted shock, the Furtado retains its upper link-mounted shock, as to not lose the pedaling efficiency and bottom out resistance needed for the reduction in travel. That being said, it's spec'd with a FOX Float Performance DPS shock for a supple feel with improved traction while pedaling over bumpy trail sections, as well as greater resistance to heating up for more consistency on those long descents. Juliana tuned the shock specifically for lighter, female riders, so this bike complements your riding style in a manner that maximizes sensitivity and response without sacrificing power.
Please note, because the alloy version of the Furtado uses an integrated headset, the headtube measurement is 10 millimeters longer than what's indicated on the geometry chart, as to match the same headtube measurement as the carbon frame with its external lower cup and internal upper cup installed. Other than this headtube measurement, everything indicated on the geometry chart is accurate.
- Find your happy medium with Juliana's coveted trail bike
- 16.7-inch chainstays create nimble handling in tight terrain
- 130-millimeters of smooth, responsive VPP suspension
- Flip-chip switches between 66.5° and 66.1° head tube angles
- Plus-sized 2.6-inch tires for plow-anything confidence
- Boost axle spacing for a reliably stiff wheel build
- Aluminum frame provides money-saving durability
- New SX Eagle drivetrain offers 12-speeds without breaking the bank
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- Q & A
Loved it but would upgrade to an R model
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Nabbed this as a rental for a lap around Park City last weekend. It’s a super fun little bike! I’m pretty new to mountain biking & haven’t played around with different components enough to get a sense of what features affect the performance the most, but it felt great on the uphills and trustworthy on the downhills. I’ve demoed a couple of other brands and models, and the product description of this bike being “nimble” is really accurate.
My only two complaints are specific to this entry-level D model. The first was that the shocks on this model felt just a bit stiff, even on the softest setting. Nothing terrible, but I’m super tiny & tend to have a hard time weighing down stiffer shocks; the rest of the bike was so well set up for a true XS that that detail surprised me a little. The second was that there’s no dropper post. As a newer rider just learning to get through intermediate tracks, I tend to bail early & bail often. My normal seat height for climbing was a little too high for those shenanigans, so I ended up riding a lot of the trail on a weird middle height that was too low to really feel comfortable. I liked this bike enough that it’s on the table as a future purchase, but I would definitely recommend considering an upgrade to one of the R models.