The cycling world tends to be in a state of division regarding bicycle quality and kit. Many feel that one needs little more than two pedal-powered wheels to get the most out of cycling joy. Others feel that they needs nothing less than the best to enjoy riding. For those looking for the epitome of “kit doping”, the Juliana Roubion CC long travel 27.5” mountain bike not only carries some of the best technology Juliana has to offer, in a package that is undeniably capable, poised, and fun.
The newest generation of the Juliana Roubion CC starts life with their CC-grade carbon, which is 280g lighter as a frame and hardware, without sacrificing anything in durability. It features their revised Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension kinematics. Shock rate has been refined to deliver greater small bump sensitivity and a more progressive mid-stroke, a complaint of previous generation VPP designs. They’ve also added a one-degree slacker 66 degree head tube angle, and a 20-25mm longer top tube and shorter chainstay length. The revised linkage is placed to make it much stiffer as well. Combined, these changes makes the bike feel much more confidence inspiring through bumpy corners, without the kind of bobbing one might feel in other full suspension bikes while climbing. Other features include a threaded bottom bracket, Boost hub spacing front and rear, a direct mount front derailleur tab, and cable routing for both an external or internal dropper seatpost. It also features women’s specific grips, saddle, gearing, and suspension tuning (for lighter weight riders).
Some might say that 150mm travel seems like too much for everyday riding. It’s definitely more capable than a normal trail bike; it’s slack head tube angle means it requires a bit more weight on the front wheel in corners to make it grip. What’s surprising about the Roubion is how well it rides over a myriad of terrain. It’s VPP suspension means the bike floats over techy terrain without feeling disconnected. It allows riders to pick up speed on descents easily and with great confidence, and it’s 27.5” wheels means it is more nimble than it’s long travel intentions insist. The Roubion CC won’t easily keep up with it’s short-travel siblings on climbs, but the bike pedals well enough to keep the rear shock completely open without feeling sapped.
The Juliana Roubion CC women’s all mountain bike is built for everything, from the Juliana-SRAM downhill mountain bike team, to weekend adventures. It’s plenty light and feels great launching off of jumps, whether on the trail or at the bike park. Money might not make a cyclist any faster, but riders will certainly have more fun on this bike.
The Juliana Roubion CC is available in three sizes (XS-M), a Sage colorway, and two build kits:
- X01 – Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 160mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe RCT 150mm shock, SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain with a 10/50t cassette, SRAM Code RSC brakes, and Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $6999, or $8199 with Santa Cruz Reserve 30 carbon rims.
- XTR Rerserve – Fox 36 Float Factory 160mm fork, RockShox Super Deluxe RCT 150mm shock, Shimano XTR 1×12 drivetrain with a 10/51t cassette, Shimano XTR brakes, and a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper seatpost. It retails for $9899 with Santa Cruz Reserve 30 carbon rims.
X01 models receive a Race Face ARC 27 27.5” rims to DT Swiss 350 wheelset and Maxxis Minion tires, with the option to upgrade to a Santa Cruz Reserve to DT Swiss 350 wheelset. All Juliana models receive a lifetime frameset and bearing warranty, while Santa Cruz Reserve wheels also receive a lifetime warranty.
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