Furtado 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike - 2016
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Now known as the gold standard of measurement against which all the other trail bikes are measured, the Juliana Furtado has taken a firm hold of its place at the top of the trail bike herd. For 2016, the engineers took a risk and embarked on a massive redesign of this well-loved frame's geometry, which resulted in an even better ride than its predecessor. The 2016 Juliana Furtado 2.0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike begins with that heavily revised frame — lower, longer, slacker, yet with a more aggressive pedaling platform and nimbler back end — and pairs it with a Pike RC fork, a dose of SRAM GX componentry, and Shimano's SLX hydraulic disc brakes to create a race-ready whip.
The key geometry changes accounting for the transition to the 2.0 designation lie in the head and seat tubes. They're slacker and steeper, respectively, with the head tube losing a whole degree, from 68 to 67, bringing it in line with the previous Bronson model. As you can imagine, the change is noticeable when the tires hit dirt, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much crunch a "trail" bike is equipped to handle.
The steepened seat tube is equally impressive, though in a different way. The forward-oriented position of the saddle makes for better leverage on the pedals while grinding out climbs or burning diesel on long stretches of fast singletrack. The Furtado 2.0 also has a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. That pile of alterations means that it pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider dropper range for aggressively tackling double-digit grades on either side of zero.
The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) suspension also got hit by the redesign hammer. The most immediately obvious change is the extra 5mm of travel, but the tuning has also been revised. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the travel arc.
The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 boasts increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trails and root lattices. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations while jockeying for position in a mass start or clearing a shelf at the crux of a climb. When paired with FOX's Evol air can, the ramp-up arc doesn't dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs — even while the axle's path turns rearward as travel increases to absorb big hits.
Juliana’s industry-leading carbon fiber construction makes its way into Furtado 2.0 Carbon S, although this version uses a slightly lower grade of carbon fiber than the higher end Carbon CC frame. This requires more material be used to achieve the same strength, so it carries a bit more weight, but in every other aspect it’s held to the same astoundingly high standards as Juliana’s Carbon CC level frames. And the upshot is that you get a frame that’s every bit as stiff and strong, with a much more palatable price tag.
Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which also contributes to keeping weight low because the carbon can be wrapped through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and actually requires less material in the process. While it's being cured, the frame is compacted from inside and out, a final step that virtually eliminates any excess material and resin pooling, resulting in more structural integrity and, of course, additional weight savings.
- A do-it-all bike that redefines the trail discipline
- 130mm travel with smooth, controlled VPP suspension
- Longer front end holds lines with confidence
- Nimble rear triangle with Boost spacing adding stiffness
- Carbon C frame blends strength and rigidity
- Consistent SRAM drivetrain and Shimano brakes
- Rich aesthetics and enviable functionality define Juliana
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