News: Juliana Bicycles Launch the Joplin 2

The Juliana team has been busy with the big wheels to revise the Joplin trail bike

It’s a little known fact that Juliana Bicycles design and produce luxury high end mountain bikes, specifically built for women.

Founded by legendary rider, Juli Furtado, Juliana bicycles have grown into a leading brand name for adventurous trail blazing women everywhere.

From their four selective models, the Joplin stands out for its big wheel size and XC capabilities. So when Juliana announced the Joplin 2 earlier today, we were more than a little excited.

Joplin 2

Still promising the same high quality super light carbon frame, the new Joplin resembles its Santa Cruz counterpart, the Tallboy.

Differences between the two lie in the finely tuned lighter suspension set-up, which has been engineered to offer a smooth push-off from the first pedal stroke.

Stand-over height has been lowered to offer a more comfortable benchmark on both the 29″ and 27.5+” models, with the large size having seen a full 30mm reduction.

The new ultraviolet colour frame is bold and beautiful, fitting in with the Juliana fleet of cool attractive colour-ways.

What’s Changed from the Joplin 1?

Photo: Duncan Philpot

So what’s changed exactly, other than the dynamic ultra violet colour? Well, Juliana have made small precise changes to the geometry whilst tweaking component compatibilities. Juliana endeavour to build a comfortable big wheel trail bike, and this is how:

  • Lower Stand-over Height: 10-30mm depending on frame size. The stand-over height is the distance from the floor to the centre of the top tube. Having a lower stand-over height is often preferred to allow more manoeuvrability around the bike, and make for easier mounting/dis-mounting.
  • Slacker Head Angle: Is 2.2 degrees more slack than previously. At 68 degrees, the head angle allows for more controlled handling.
  • Longer Reach: 40-50mm depending on frame size. A longer reach provides more room in the centre of the bike, which can be more comfortable for some riders.
  • Shorter Chain-stay: 11mm shorter to provide better control and handling over the rear end of the bike, keeping it tight for technical features.
  • Shorter Seat Tube: 30mm shorter, for a better stand-over and dropper compatibility
  • Steeper Seat Tube Angle: 0.6 degrees steeper for a more effective pedalling position. A minor adjustment, but a steeper head tube will shift your weight slightly for a more efficient pedal.
  • Suspension Tuned: Juliana has tweaked their suspension settings for lighter riders, and smoother use.
  • More Progressive Tune: Resists bottom out the suspension, appropriate to the length of travel in the forks and shock.
  • Wheel Size Switchable: You can choose between a 29″ or 27.5+” wheel-set.
  • More travel: Now 120mm rather than previous 100mm. More travel in the front forks allows you to absorb more impact when riding over rocks, bumps and rough terrain.
  • Stiffer Fork Chassis: Fox 34 forks instead of previous Fox 32 model. Fox 34 forks have wider stanchions for more stability and strength.
  • Grippier Tyres: For greater trail handling on the trails Juliana offer: 29 x 2.3” Maxxis tyre combo, or 27.5×2.8” Maxxis Rekon tyres.
  • Dropper Post: A luxury and a God send to many, a dropper post allows quick and easy control over your seat height, so you don’t need to interrupt your flow of riding to adjust
Photo: Duncan Philpot


Like the Roubion, Furtado and Nevis models, the Joplin 2 will be available in a number of different build options varying in component spec and price.

Frame only with set you back roughly £2000, with full bike build options ranging from £4500 to £5500.

Juliana Bicycles are continually working hard to revise and perfect their range of women’s specific mountain bikes. They listen to the ambassadors, thier race team and women’s market to ensure that needs and demands are being met.

The new Joplin is sleek and stylish, and a serious contender for your trail big wheel purchase.

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