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Reinvigorated with aggressive geometry updates and the option to switch between 29- and 27.5+-inch wheels, the 2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R2 Complete Mountain Bike offers near-effortless obstacle rollover, snappy cornering capabilities, and confident descending. In its 29-inch form, the Joplin 2.0 is a highly capable XC whip that's well mannered on technical trails, thanks to its slackened 68 degree head tube angle and longer front end. Shorter chainstays promote agile handling when you're picking across rock gardens and negotiating tight switchbacks. Following suit, the Joplin 2.0's lower standover height gives female riders more control and maneuverability than ever.
This particular version of the Joplin 2.0 has a C-level carbon frame, which is exceptionally stiff and strong for riders thrashing their bikes on a regular basis. The frame's stiffness directly translates into uncompromising acceleration when you're bursting out of corners and hammering up climbs. Based off the Santa Cruz Tallboy, you'll find the same flip chip mechanism that allows you to swap 29 inch wheels for the terrain-gobbling goodness of 27.5+-inch bruisers. To do this, Juliana recommends swapping out the stock 120mm fork for a longer 130mm option. Switching between wheel sizes has virtually no effect on the Joplin 2.0's slackened geometry and nimble handling. To accommodate the wider 27.5+ wheels, the front and rear thru-axles benefit from the addition of Boost. Not only does Boost create ample clearance for the fatter tires of 27.5+, but more importantly, it rids 29-inch wheels of the extra flex exhibited by its predecessor.
Sitting at the heart and soul of this trail-taming machine, the Joplin 2.0 benefits from the reworked VPP suspension platform of its Santa Cruz brethren, such as the Bronson, 5010, and Tallboy. There's a stiffer box-style upper link and cleanly recessed lower link that prevents rock strikes when you're riding across loose, rock-strewn trails. Just like the newest Tallboy, travel is slightly increased to 110mm for better composure across the rough stuff, all without sacrificing go-fast efficiency during race scenarios. And because it's meant for females, the FOX Float Performance shock receives a special tune specifically targeted for lighter riders. This gives a cushier feel across rugged trails and harsh terrain, all without wallowing out during dips or bobbing during fast pedaling.
The well-equipped R2 build kit includes beefier components than before, including a brand new FOX Rhythm Fork with 34mm stanchions for greater stiffness than the previous Joplin's fork with 32mm stanchions. Also, the drivetrain benefits from Shimano's reworked SLX drivetrain. This 2x11 drivetrain features a larger 11-speed rear cassette for increased gear range when you're earning your turns up formidable climbs. Other notable components include tubeless-equipped WTB STP i23 wheels wrapped in aggressive Maxxis tires. The seat and grips are female-specific, with Juliana doing away with its previously spec'd narrow bars for a proper Race Face 760mm wide bar.
- Aggressive geometry updates for conquering technical trails
- Flip chip switches from 29er to 27.5+ without altering geometry
- 110mm of VPP suspension with shock tune for lighter riders
- C-level carbon frame offers uncompromising stiffness
- FOX Rhythm 120 Fork tames bigger hits and rock gardens
- Shimano SLX 2x11 drivetrain for wider range of gears
- Juliana tailors cutting-edge bikes to female riders
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