The Furtado is one of the newest editions to the Juliana family. With its 27.5″ wheel-size and 130mm travel, I was excited to take it for a spin on the trails in the Welsh mountains to see how it would perform – and I wasn’t disappointed.
The Juliana women’s specific bike brand emerged in 2013, sister company to the legendary mountain bike manufacturers, Santa Cruz. Founded by the godmother of mountain biking herself, Juli Furtado, the range has made waves in women’s cycling for producing industry leading bikes.
Juli Furtado was the first woman to win the Women’s World Cup MTB championship in 1991 and paved the way for female riders everywhere. Owing to injury, Furtado left the race scene and headed into developing mountain bikes to the highest quality.
The Juliana range of bikes are renowned for being the largest women’s specific bike range on the mountain bike market. Being a sister company to Santa Cruz, many models share the same frames – for example the Juliana Roubion and the Santa Cruz Bronson are near identical in terms of frameset. However, that’s certainly not something for Juliana to shy from – they’re proud to be partnered with such a reputable brand like Santa Cruz.