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Juliana Joplin Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2017

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The 2017 Juliana Joplin Carbon CC 29 XX1 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike combines trail-shredding heritage with modern tech to become the rockin' 29er goddess of today. Taking inspiration from the exuberance and renowned versatility of its namesake predecessors, the Juliana Joplin also channels the developmental curve of its genre-defining twin sibling, the Santa Cruz Tallboy. This culminates in some modern touches like Boost spacing, enduro-inspired suspension links, and Santa Cruz's versatile flip chip. The stiff boost axle widths are complemented by SRAM's groundbreaking one-by 12-speed XX1 Eagle drivetrain and Race Face hoops rolling smooth and fast on I9's renowned Torch hubs, with the Joplin getting a lighter shock tune than the Tallboy to give lighter riders full access to the bike's 4.5in of VPP travel.

The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27.5+ and 29in tires, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. The latest Joplin is Juliana's first use of Santa Cruz's flip chip, which originally debuted on the Hightower. If that model was its testing ground, then the flip chip has moved one step closer to perfection with the Joplin. While changing the Hightower results in a slight change in head tube angle, the Joplin's head tube stays constant with either size wheel.

Compared to the previous Joplin, the newest model takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2.2 degrees to fall from the standard 70.2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. Courtesy of the Flip Chip's slight geometry alteration, that number stays the same whether you're running 29in wheels with a 120mm fork or 27.5+ with 130mm of front travel. The frame's chainstays and reach also join the modern geometry movement; the stays are shorter by 13.3mm and the reach bumps up dramatically, resulting in a chassis that's far more capable in virtually every trail situation than its predecessor.

The VPP travel has also taken a turn for the crunchier, gaining an additional 10mm, which aligns the Joplin perfectly with the emerging crop of 4.5in, do-it-all rigs. That's not to say it's just rolling off the press as one faceless frame in a sea of similar models, as the flip chip means the Joplin is essentially two frames: a race rocket 29er with a long, stable geometry as spec'd here, or a plus-size barge for floaty traction on surfaces ranging from off-trail snowscapes to rain-slicked root lattices when matched with 27.5+ hoops. The beauty is that, instead of shelling out for two separate premium machines, you just need the flip chip, two wheelsets, and two forks.

Despite all the tweaks to geometry, the inclusion of a Flip Chip, and the centimeter of additional travel, the VPP design is a carry-over from Santa Cruz's re-worked frames like the Bronson 2.0 and 5010 2.0. It's inspired by the enduro-minded Nomad, and the result is that the links stay out of the way, which lets the Joplin accommodate a piggyback shock's external can without giving up the bottle cage. The repositioned links also make for more ground clearance, lower standover, and an additional boost in stiffness to the already stiff Boost back end.

The latest VPP's changes aren't limited to wandering links, though, as the system's tuning has also been tweaked. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," the new VPP's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc and, as mentioned above, a lighter tune to give lighter riders access to the deep end.

The results are that, during the initial and mid stroke, it boasts increased bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trails and root latticed climbs. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations, so it won't dampen the Joplin's spirited kick while fighting for position in a mass start or a bolting towards the line in a finishing sprint. The shock's 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.

We're happy to report that Juliana's Carbon CC frame construction also remains unchanged. For the top-tier CC frame designation, the engineers use a higher modulus carbon than the standard Carbon C model, so less material is required to hit the same strength and stiffness numbers. Less material equates to less weight, and, well, you can see where we're going with this. Climbing and pure speed both benefit when there's less mass for your engine to propel and a stiffer chassis makes for more efficient power transfer and cat-on-carpet tracking through techy trail furniture.

The frame's two carbon triangles are built as whole pieces rather than glued together from disparate bits, a method that saves weight and increases structural integrity by allowing Santa Cruz to wrap carbon continuously through and around key junctures. This process reinforces the frame with less material while eliminating the artificial stress points that result from bonded construction methods. Finally, the carbon is also compacted from both the inside and outside for a more even finish that avoids any structural defects, excess material build-up, and resin pooling for even more weight savings.

The Joplin's threaded bottom bracket is another feature that we've come to just expect from the California-based brand, and it's a strong selling point for those who don't like dealing with the tricky tolerances and creaky interface of press-fit models. The Joplin's 29er mode accommodates most manufacturer's 2.35in tires, but some may have clearance issues depending on how the tire manufacturer takes its measurements.

  • Juliana's XC rocket gets updated for expanded versatility
  • 110mm of smooth, responsive VPP travel
  • Longer, slacker geometry for stability through big lines
  • CC Carbon construction minimizes weight and maximizes stiffness
  • SRAM's top drivetrain provides 12 cogs of one-by simplicity
  • I9 Torch hubs are the new standard for swanky builds
  • Juliana Bicycles leads the way in the world of women's racing

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Carbon CC
Suspension:
VPP
Rear Shock:
Fox Float Factory
Rear Travel:
110mm
Fork:
Fox 34 Float Factory Kashima 120
Front Travel:
120mm
Headset:
Cane Creek 110 integrated
Shifters:
SRAM XX1 Eagle
Front Derailleur:
n/a
Rear Derailleur:
SRAM XX1 Eagle
Crankset:
32 t SRAM XX1 Eagle
Bottom Bracket:
73mm threaded
Cassette:
10 - 50t SRAM XG 1295
Chain:
SRAM XX1 Eagle Powerlock
Brakeset:
SRAM Level Ultimate
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
Rotors:
180mm Avid Centerline
Handlebar:
Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar 31.8 x 750mm
Handlebar Width:
750mm
Grips:
Juliana single sided lock-on
Stem:
Easton Haven 31.8mm clamp
Saddle:
Juliana Primeiro
Seatpost:
Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 150mm travel (125mm on size small)
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6mm
Wheelset:
Race Face ARC 24
Hubs:
Industry Nine Torch
Front Axle:
15 x 110m Boost
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost
Tires:
[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO, [rear] Maxxis Ardent Race EXO
Tire Size:
[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.35in
Pedals:
not include
Recommended Use:
cross country
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime on frame
Actual Weight:
Ultraviolet, S: 11690g

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Geometry chart

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Geometry Chart

 

Joplin 29
120mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.7in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 43.9in
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.7in 16.9in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.1in
L 17.7in 24.5in 23.7in 17.7in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.9in
Joplin 27.5+
130mm Travel Fork
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.6in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 44.1in
M 16.5in 23.8in 23.8in 16.8in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 45.2in
L 17.7in 24.6in 23.8in 17.6in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 46in

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