Agility reigns supreme.
Hitting the sweet spot for a majority of trail riders, the Juliana Furtado 2.1 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike emphasizes nimble handling over the demolishing force of a long-travel enduro brute. Offering 130-millimeters of responsive VPP travel, the Furtado 2.1 begs for fast and flowing trails with massive berms, tight switchbacks, and long climbs to the top of the forest. For 2018, it retains the dialed geometry inspired by the iconic Santa Cruz 5010, but the shock is tuned specifically for the needs of lighter female riders for a more sensitive feel when you're pedaling over rocks and roots.
As the smaller sibling to Juliana's enduro-bred Roubion, the Furtado 2.1 emphasizes surgical precision, especially on tighter trails where trees and rocks pose clearance issues. That being said, the Furtado 2.1 doesn't sacrifice much in the way of descending composure versus the Roubion, thanks to a reinvigorated geometry that's longer, slacker, and low-slung. The 67-degree head tube angle keeps you confident and composed when you're dropping into steep descents littered with rocks and sudden drops. Plus, it retains one of the lowest bottom brackets in Juliana's line at a mere 13.1 inches, keeping you glued to the trail when you're charging at high speeds and railing around corners. Another notable geometry number, the 16.7-inch chainstays are shorter than your average trail bike, making it quick to change direction around corners.
It's packing 130-millimeters of travel (just a tick over five inches) of VPP suspension, which balances responsive pedaling with bump-smoothing compliance over rock gardens and forest roots. Surprisingly, the engineers at Juliana made this 130-millimeters of VPP travel feel a bit deeper than the numbers suggest, making it suitable for conquering all but the most technical of trails. And because Juliana gives it a custom shock tune for lighter female riders, you'll find its more sensitive and responsive than a shock designed for heavier male riders.
This particular version of Juliana's VPP suspension recently underwent a subtle redesign in the top suspension linkage, now attaching it to the top tube for greater stiffness and extra stand-over clearance for shorter riders. The lower linkage is neatly tucked above the bottom bracket, protecting it from flinging rocks and trail debris. As always with VPP, you'll find it strikes a nice balance between pedaling efficiency on the climb and rock-smoothing plushness on the descent, making it complementary to the Furtado's balanced geometry.
Juliana's Carbon C frame makes the Furtado impressively stiff, meaning rider energy is better directed into forward motion with every turn of the cranks. This particular S build kit comes with a Fox 34 Float Performance fork, which provides stiff tracking and precise handling with its 34-millimeter stanchions and 130-millimeters of plush travel. It's finished off with the SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain, which gives you a massive range of usable gears without having to deal with a pesky front derailleur. Moreover, it's outfitted with size-specific dropper posts, so you can get the most out of every trail ride.
- Lively bike brings a playful disposition to trail riding
- Refined geometry is slacker and longer to inspire confidence
- 16.7-inch chainstays create nimble handling in tight terrain
- 130-millimeters of smooth, responsive VPP suspension
- Boost axle spacing for a reliably stiff wheel build
- Carbon C frame for exceptional strength and stiffness
- Fox 34 Float Performance fork offers a stiff chassis
- GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain with massive range of usable gears