Furtado Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike
The Furtado line from Juliana has created high expectations that resonate across the industry, and the Furtado Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike is no exception thanks to this year’s redesign which gives it a slacker, more versatile geometry than ever before. Featuring a playful feel that flicks around tight corners, maximizes efficiency while you pedal up rock-littered steeps, and appreciates a speedy, energetic descent, this bike redefines what it means to be called a trail bike. The Furtado makes a wider range of terrain accessible to you, with a low-slung geometry that feels more stable at high speeds without losing the agility, efficiency, and nimble handling that made its predecessors able to successfully replace a garage full of bikes with different applications. This version also features 27.5+ tires, which enhance traction as you climb and add cushion for harder landings as you cruise over drops and jumps on the way back down.
As has been the trend with previous Furtado redesigns, the latest model leads with a slacker head tube angle, down from 67 degrees to 66.5 in its high setting and 66.2 in its low setting. The high and low settings owe their presence to a significant change out back, where Juliana’s flip-chip technology lets you tweak the shock attachment to tune the bike’s geometry for the terrain and riding style at hand. Feeling more of an aggressive, downhill vibe—maybe even with some lift assistance? Go low to send it with the confidence of that extra stability underfoot. Planning on a full day of pedaling? Go high to enjoy a front end less prone to wandering on climbs.
Not only does the flip-chip allow you to ride in a more slacked-out position if you so choose, but it also gives you ample clearance to run wider tires—up to 2.8in. Juliana outfits this particular Furtado with 2.6in tires, which deliver all the traction and bump-smoothing benefits of a traditional 2.8in tire, but without feeling overly vague or excessively heavy. This 2.6in tire gives confidence to monster truck across the rockiest stretches of trail but without worrying about the tire squirming under hard braking and cornering like a larger 2.8in tire.
The slightly longer reach is another major update to this generation’s Furtado. It may be a touch more than you’re used to on a trail bike, but it provides a roomier cockpit for plenty of knee clearance even when you’re shifting your weight toward your bars for those extra steep climbs. This alignment increases composure at the higher speeds you'll be pushing for, and the seat tube is a full degree steeper to keep you in an optimal pedaling position whether you're climbing for thousands of vertical feet or muscling up a short, punchy climbs with rocks and roots standing in your way. The longer reach and slacker head tube are also offset by a short stem, which keeps handling snappy even while you reap the benefits of more stable confidence.
Despite the changes, the new Furtado retains the high degree of pedaling efficiency and bottom-out resistance its predecessors featured courtesy of its VPP suspension. This VPP platform neatly tucks the lower link above the bottom bracket to protect it from rock strikes and damage from flinging trail debris. The upper portion remains attached to the top tube with a new stiffer box-section upper link. While other DH-oriented frames in the Juliana line have moved to a lower-link mounted shock, the Furtado retains its upper link-mounted shock to minimize the risk of bottoming out even with its reduced travel. That being said, it's spec'd with a FOX DPX2 Float Performance shock for a supple feel with improved traction while pedaling over bumpy trail sections, as well as greater resistance to heating up for more consistency on those long descents. Juliana tuned the shock specifically for lighter, female riders, so this bike complements your riding style in a manner that maximizes sensitivity and response without sacrificing power.
One thing that hasn't changed is Juliana's carbon manufacturing. This particular frame benefits from the resounding stiffness and strength you've come to love from the Northern California brand's Carbon C layup. This high degree of stiffness translates to lightning-quick acceleration when you're powering out of a corner or hammering up a steep, punchy climb on the trail, as well as allows you to hold your line over rugged stretches of trail. Additionally, you'll find the Carbon C frame pairs nicely with SRAM's GX Eagle group, which provides you with the range needed for steep, extensive climbs as well as lets you find your max speed more efficiently. The frame is backed by an amazing lifetime warranty, so you'll have peace of mind for riding hard and fast out on the trail.
- Trail bike combines playful geometry with burly traction
- Slacker and longer geometry for increased composure at speed
- Low bottom bracket and short chainstays build a corning monster
- Flip-chip switches between 66.5° and 66.1° head tube angles
- Plus-sized 2.6-inch tires for plow-anything confidence
- 130mm of VPP travel for efficiency and bottom-out resistance
- Carbon C frame is resoundingly stiff and reliably strong
- SRAM GX Eagle group features a 50-tooth cog for bailout hills