The newest addition to the Juliana Bikes line is the Juliana Strega. Strega, Italian for the word “witch”, comes from Juliana rider Anka Martin, who thought of the name while racing in Northern Italy. What is the Strega? It starts off with the base of the formidable Santa Cruz Nomad. This 170-millimeter-travel, 27.5-inch-wheeled bike straddles the line between the all-mountain strength of the Juliana Roubion, and the steamroller quality of the Santa Cruz V10 downhill bike. The shock rate is nearly linear, which means feather-light small bump sensitivity right off the bat, and overall progression that mirrors that of a downhill bike. The Strega can run both standard metric coil shocks and lighter air units, depending on ride style. It is also available in a wide range of build kits based around the Strega C (standard carbon) and the Strega CC (ultralight carbon). The result is a women’s mountain bike without peers, thanks to it’s low weight women’s specific kit, and low standover height. It’s purely intended for the demanding rider who desires a long-travel bike to keep up across big hits, technical terrain, and bike park antics.
The Juliana Rubion is another 27.5” bike built for high speed stability and lower speed maneuverability. Based off of the legendary Santa Cruz Bronson, this long travel 27.5” mountain bike uses 150mm travel and their patented Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension kinematics. VPP is based on the patented principle of having two short links rotating in opposite directions, of which allows for efficient pedaling performance that’s the hallmark of the VPP suspension design, and whether seated or standing the bike feels very efficient, with minimal bobbing. This leads to excellent grip climbing, but the ability to take big hits on fast descents. Meanwhile a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle combines with a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length to create a Rubion that is allows riders to simply focus on landing their next drop. Overall, the Juliana Rubion feels composed everywhere, and incredibly confidence inspiring, whether in Roubion C (standard carbon), or Roubion CC (ultralight carbon) frame models.
The Juliana Furtado is named after the founder, meaning that this is built for her style of riding: aggressive trail riding from a cross country background. The Juliana Furtado trail bike is an ideal companion. Based off of the Santa Cruz 5010, the Furtado is quick and nimble, and well-prepared for the kinds of trail riding found in Northern Utah. This is thanks largely to it’s VPP suspension kinematics and 130mm travel front and rear. When it’s time to descend, the bike’s 67-degree head tube angle, and generous reach make for precise and confident handling. The top-tube-mounted, box-section upper link is a leap forward in durability and stiffness, and the lower link rests cleanly out of the way, dramatically improving clearance and minimizing rock strikes. Trail bikes must be everything to ever rider, but the women’s-specific Juliana Furtado (in both Furtado C level standard carbon and Furtado CC level ultralight carbon) is confidence inspiring all over the trail.
One of the most exciting additions to the Juliana Bicycles line is the Juliana Joplin trail bike, as it blurs the lines between an efficient cross country bike and a more capable trail bike. Based off of the Santa Cruz Tallboy, the Joplin offers a 110mm shock out back, and a 120mm or 130mm fork for 29er or 27.5” + tires. A 68 degree head angle VPP kinematics, and a rear shock flip chip develops the original Tallboy’s playful character into something much more capable than any other XC bike. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality on Joplin CC (lightest carbon), Joplin C (medium-mod carbon), and Joplin A (aluminum). It is still very much a bike that climbs tight trails with great poise, never feeling sluggish, or that the front wheel was too unweighted. On the descents, however, it feels faster, and again is much more capable than it’s 110mm travel suggests. If you prefer climbing to the summit of a trail to blasting down the back side of the mountain, this is the ideal Juliana.
Every Juliana is the distillation of their desire to ride and build the highest performance mountain bikes in the world, specifically for women. They don’t compromise on kit, build quality, or performance, and in doing so continue to be the premier women’s-specific mountain bike brands on the market today.