The New 2022 Juliana Wilder Fills an XC-Sized Gap
Juliana has had a massive XC bike-sized hole in their lineup for years. The Joplin has worked for many people, but as the analog and its sibling, the Santa Cruz Tallboy has grown into dedicated trail bikes, riders wanting something zippier were left lacking. Not so anymore. Starting today, the new Juliana Wilder XC mountain bike not only fills that gap, but it might also just become a go-to cross country mountain bike.
What is the Juliana Wilder?
The Juliana Wilder shares its bones - from geometry to build kits to price points - with the new 2022 Santa Cruz Blur TR. This means the Wilder features a lightweight single-pivot suspension system, here offering up 115mm rear wheel travel paired to a 120mm fork.
For us and the riding that we like to do, this places the Wilder alongside the Joplin as our go-to bikes for long distances, quick lunch rides, and every sunset chasing ride this summer.
Now, if you’re interested in a full tech breakdown of the Wilder, be sure to check out our first look at the Santa Cruz Blur, where we spare no expenses on offering up as many details as we could gather on the bike.
Differences Between the Juliana Wilder and Santa Cruz Blur
That said, there are a few critical differences between the Wilder and Blur TR. First and foremost, the Wilder doesn’t come in a shorter travel 100mm suspension version. The slightly longer 120mm/115mm suspension it does come with, however, is a lighter tune made with women in mind. The touchpoints - namely the handlebar grips and saddle - are also women’s specific. But besides these and the beautiful periwinkle color, Wilder and Blur TR are very similar.
Wilder is available with a choice of two carbon frames. Wilder CC comes in at just 1800g for a frame, swingarm, and hardware, while Wilder C weighs just 250g more without sacrificing strength, stiffness, or durability. Build kits start at the Wilder C R and continue up to a maxed-out Wilder CC with SRAM X01 AXS and the new Reserve 28 carbon wheels. Top bikes weigh in at just over 22 lbs, and all come with dropper posts.
Frame features are fairly straightforward. Sizes medium and up can hold three bottles (two inside the frame, one on the downtube), but every size can carry one bottle on the downtube and one bottle under the bike. You also get a threaded bottom bracket, Boost hub spacing, and Santa Cruz's lifetime frame and pivot bearing warranty.
Juliana Wilder: In Stock!
We’ll have the Juliana Wilder in stock soon in all sizes and build kits. Give us a call or send us an email today to learn more or reserve your own Juliana.
Words by Alvin Holbrook. Photos by Berin Klawiter.