It wasn’t until recently that 29” mountain bikes proved they were more than just a fad. It wasn’t until recently that 29” mountain bikes were designed for anyone shorter than 5’8”. More than anything, it wasn’t until recently that a 29er could be sprightly, nimble, and most importantly fun. The newest Juliana Joplin C full suspension women’s trail bike strikes a balance in the 100-120mm full suspension world as an adept climber but one of the most impressive descending bikes money can buy. With both 29” and 27.5” + wheel sizes, the Joplin C continues to be one of the best bikes money can buy.
Over the years, cross country mountain bikes from every brand have been injected with more “rowdy”; like the long travel bikes that are growing in popularity, these normally-conservative bikes are more than ever blurring the lines between traditional XC bikes and trail bikes. The Juliana Joplin – whose last iteration was much more capable than it’s 100mm travel suggested – now 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 Joplin’s playful character into something much more capable. Longer reach and shorter chain stays fuel that personality on the Joplin C, which uses a carbon fiber frame and swingarm that matches the more-expensive CC frameset in stiffness and overall strength, but is much more inexpensive and slightly heavier. The Joplin also offers women’s specific suspension tuning (read: lighter weight) and touch points.
While travel has increased from 100mm of the original to the 120mm or 130mm/110mm of the current bike, it’s role as a premier cross country/trail bike is cemented. 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. It may not be the lightest choice for the dedicated cross country racer, but for someone who enjoys climbing as much as they do descending, the Joplin should be at the top of the list.
Equip it with the 130mm fork and available 27.5” + wheel size, and the wider tires float over dusty corners and find grip better than any normal tire size, while it’s extra tire volume make it feel like it has more than just 130mm travel. Equip it with 29er wheels and the bike is just plain fast right out the gate. Despite it being built for XC exploits, it is a through and through Juliana, built to be confidence-inspiring everywhere.
The Juliana Joplin C is available in three sizes (S-L), one colorway (Coral), and in six build kits, with a choice of 29er or 27.5”+ wheels:
- Juliana Joplin C R/Juliana Joplin C R+ – Fox 34 Rhythm 120/130mm fork, Fox Float Performance DPS 110mm shock, SRAM NX Eagle w/10-50t cassette, SRAM NX 30T crankset, SRAM Level T brakes, and a Race Face Aeffect dropper seatpost. It retails for $3899.
- Juliana Joplin C S/Juliana Joplin C S+ – Fox 34 Float Performance 120/130mm fork, Fox Float Performance DPS 110mm shock, SRAM GX Eagle w/10-50t cassette, SRAM Stylo 30t crankset, SRAM Level TL brakes, and a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $4799.
Juliana Bicycles offers a lifetime warranty for each frameset they sell.