Juliana Joplin Terco Complete Mountain Bike $2,599.00
More options is always a good thing.
Before the transition of Juliana from a single model to its own division of Santa Cruz, if you wanted to ride a female-specific Virtual Pivot Point mountain bike there were no options. You were stuck replacing everything from the bars, to the cranks, and of course the saddle on an existing model in the hopes that fit wouldn't be an issue. Now, thanks to Juli Furtado's leadership, you can enjoy six VPP bikes, like this Joplin Terco complete mountain bike, designed with your exact needs in mind.
The Terco aims to offer the most value of Juliana's VPP line by incorporating 29-inch wheels, an alloy frame, and Shimano Deore components. While it's going to be slightly heavier than the carbon Joplin Primeiro, its hydroformed aluminum top and down tubes warrant a much friendlier price, while still using Santa Cruz's patented counter-rotating shock link which allows for a changing feel throughout the suspension travel.
When sag is set correctly, the Terco is extremely responsive to small- and medium-sized bumps. For larger hits that push it deeper into its travel, it becomes more stubborn, a necessity to avoid harsh bottom-out. It's also a crisp, efficient pedaler, even in the small chainring. The suspension is sprung by a light and custom-tuned FOX FLOAT CTD rear shock.
Its three-position lever lets you select from distinct damping for the terrain you're riding -- Climb, Trail, Descend. Up front is a 15mm thru-axle equipped, 120mm-travel Rock Shock Recon fork. For the rest of the components comprising the Terco, you'll find Deore cranks, along with rear and front derailleurs, shifters, and cassette. The wheels consist of a SRAM MTH 746 rear hub and SRAM MTH 716 front hub laced to WTB ST i19 rims with DT Swiss spokes.
Stopping those wheels are Avid Elixir 1 disc brakes. Aside from the Joplin's women-specific geometry, the Terco is also a proud recipient of a Juliana Segundo saddle along with a narrower and compact grip/bar combination that's optimized for smaller hands. The Juliana Joplin Terco Complete Mountain Bike comes in sizes X-Small through Medium and two colors; Persimmon or Pearl White.
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