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How high she flies.
One glimpse of the mesmerizing lines, alluring paint scheme, and gravity-inspired shock configuration of the Juliana Strega Carbon CC XX1 Complete Mountain Bike is all that's needed to conjure up thoughts of scintillating park laps and epic rides across formidable ranges. Fittingly named after the Italian word for witch, we'd be lying if we didn't admit our spellbinding attraction to the Strega's gorgeous aesthetics paired with its mix of aggressive geometry, smooth suspension feel, and top-flight Carbon CC frame.
We'll go as far to say the folks at Juliana created a bike without equal in the women's market, throwing preconceived notions aside of what women desire in a mountain bike with its 170 millimeters of VPP travel. That being said, it's purely intended for the demanding rider desiring a long-travel bike to keep up with their ever-progressing skills across big hits, scary steeps, and technical alpine terrain. Ultimately, it's the type of bike for those pouring their heart and soul into every ride, whether that's weekend shuttle runs on downhill trails or self-propelled adventures deep into the mountains.
One of the first things you'll notice with the Strega lies within its reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that marks a radical departure from the likes of Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This shock location takes cues from the Santa Cruz V10, which is renowned for its dominance on the pro downhill circuit. Translated to the Strega, the lower shock placement makes it feel more consistent and supple throughout its stroke, allowing it to track smoothly across steep and rugged terrain, much like a dedicated downhill bike. Another thing to note, Juliana employs a custom shock tune that's designed for the lighter builds of female riders, meaning it'll feel more responsive and not as harsh as male-specific shock tunes.
Delving into its geometry, the Strega inspires downhill confidence with a 65-degree head tube angle (high geometry setting) that makes it the slackest women's bike on the market. A couple of years ago, this would limit the Strega to lift-accessed downhills and shuttle runs like most gravity-specific bikes. However, realizing that many female riders desire a long-travel bike that can actually pedal uphill, the designers at Juliana engineered it with a pedal-friendly 74.5-degree seat tube angle (high geometry setting). This means you'll be able to power up steep climbs and conquer long swaths of trail, especially with the superb gear range of the XX1 12-speed drivetrain.
Seeing that mountain bikes are best when customized to your personal style, Juliana engineered the Strega with a flip-chip on the linkage that changes the bike's geometry from its gravity-friendly 65-degree head tube angle to a downhill-dedicated 64.6 degrees, as well as lowering the bottom bracket and slightly elongating the wheelbase for greater downhill composure. Another cool detail, the reconfigured shock includes a special fender that blocks flinging rocks and kicked-up mud. Juliana didn't stop there with the obsession to detail, hooking up the Strega with a custom shuttle guard, so your Carbon CC frame doesn't get damaged from banging it around on truck tailgates.
Speaking of its Carbon CC frame, the Strega Carbon CC XX1 offers weight savings over the cheaper Carbon C frame, but without sacrificing the strength or stiffness that's made Juliana frames legendary. We don't have any real figures on hand for the weight savings, but a typical Juliana Carbon CC frame weighs about nine ounces lighter than its Carbon C counterpart. Juliana achieves this fine-tuned balance of stout construction and feathery weight by using a lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber in the lay-up of its Carbon CC frames. And seeing it's custom built for hard-charging females, low standover heights (as low as 27.7 inches for the XS frame) and size-specific droppers make the most of the bike's slack and aggressive geometry without compromising on fit.
- Spellbinding control across rowdy terrain and big hits
- Downhill-inspired geometry, yet it still pedals efficiently
- 170mm of VPP travel with a smooth, consistent shock feel
- Lower-link mounted shock elevates it into gravity realms
- Women's-specific shock tune increases its responsiveness
- Carbon CC frame shaves weight without giving up strength
- Bolt-on shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender
- Female-friendly touch points: Juliana saddle and grips
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- Q & A
Can't Stop Smiling!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I love Bikes- and I love talking about bikes and riding bikes and REALLY LOVE long travel bikes! I ended up getting to demo the Strega on a 10 miles ride and holy smiling fun! I can't even stop laughing the next morning. This bike is SO FUN! All the funs were had on this bike. It climbs so much better than I ever expected and would totally take it out on 20+ mile rides. I might sound crazy- I am willing to pedal anything for a good downhill. I pedaled the bike fully open the whole time to see how the climbing experience was and I was super impressed. And this bike is also FAST- so fast that you can't help but want to keep pushing your personal speed limits.
I have not stopped smiling and laughing about how FUN this bike truly is. Having ridden the V10 and Roubion, this bike takes some features from the downhill bike and translates them into a playful freeride/ enduro bike that's FAST.
The lower link mount makes it very playful in the descent while having a consistent feeling through the uphill pedal strokes.
The Strega is the Nomad but branded for women plus a few touch points making it women's specific. And if you were wondering about the name:
The name 'Strega' originates in Triora, a small medieval town in Italy with a gruesome history. While riding there during the bikes development process the Santa Cruz / Juliana team began to uncover the history of the witch trials that took place. Also known as the town of the witches, Triora was alleged to be one of the last places in Europe to perform witch trials, and over a period of several years following a time of famine, witchcraft was blamed as the source of the misfortune the people suffered, and the trials began. The women were tortured and burned, suffering all sorts of horrors at the hands of the Inquisition; they were seen as outcasts of society, different from the masses. This is where the idea for the name 'Strega' comes from, but rather than being condemned, Juliana felt that being different should be celebrated, and the theme of the witches stuck.
This bike should be celebrated- it's fast, it's fun and you will not stop smiling.
JULIANA STREGA in action