Why We Like The Maverick Carbon CC X01 Eagle Mountain Bike
With Juliana's launch of the Maverick Carbon CC X01 Eagle Mountain Bike
we're equipped with a berm-blasting machine built to conquer rides that
push us so far that we're teetering on the line between pleasure and
pain. When it comes to shredding the trail, we've never been one to take no for an answer, and certainly don't appreciate people who question our abilities. In fact, we get a hefty degree of pleasure from ripping through technical, rowdy lines, and watching the faces of bystanders change from doubt to awe. We don't hesitate to tackle adverse situations on the trail, and constantly strive to challenge the edges of our comfort zone and push beyond it. We need a bike that can keep up with us, and until now, we just couldn't find one that's tuned to our needs.
The Maverick is built to eat up obstacles with its 29-inch wheels and deep, 140mm of VPP suspension. It utilizes Juliana's lower link VPP suspension design that we've seen previously in the Roubion and Strega, which is engineered to minimize big bumps, while keeping things pedal efficient. Unlike the upper-link driven design, we'll experience better support, and higher levels of traction for all-mountain and gravity-oriented disciplines. This model employs a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock that is dialed with an immense amount of tune-ability, so we can set things up exactly how we want it, optimizing small bump compliance for traction on the climbs, and eating up bounders and greasy roots on the race back to the bottom. First hand, we found that this lower link suspension excelled in the technical trails that challenged our sanity, gobbling up chatter, rock rolls, and drops that lead into hair-pin blind corners without hesitation. Despite its lofty 29-inch wheels, the Maverick retains a nimble, playful feel that's maneuverable through tight switchbacks, and capable of threading the needle when the trail calls for it.
We know we're not alone when we say our riding temperament changes from day to day, and we don't think our bike should limit that, which is why we're thankful that Juliana implements an integrated flip-chip to change the Maverick's geometry from one ride to another. All we need to do is grab a hex-wrench and in a flash we can slacken the head tube, and drop the bottom bracket for an extra planted feel when we're craving some lift-access rowdiness that challenges the sum of the bike's numbers. With the flip-chip in the lower position, the head tube is stretched out to a long-and-low 65.2-degrees (compared to 65.5 in high), and bottom bracket height lowers 4-millimeters to keep us lower to the ground and more stable when gravity takes over. In practice, this enables the Maverick to switch from a climb-conquering trail queen to an all-out enduro sled with the turn of a wrench. It's worth noting that the bike ships in the low setting, and will be ready to eat up steep, challenging terrain right out of the gates.
Juliana models the Maverick after its Santa Cruz sibling, the Hightower. As such, we'll find that the Maverick features the same carbon fiber layup, and geometry as her brother. This particular Maverick benefits from the top-shelf Carbon CC layup, which drops weight as it uses a higher-end carbon in the manufacturing process, without sacrificing one bit of stiffness or strength. We can count on this lighter Carbon CC version to save anywhere from 250 to 280 grams over the lower-spec Carbon C model, so it's worth upgrading if we'd like a lighter build, especially when we want to soar up climbs to earn that sweet descent.
To complement this Maverick's CC level carbon layup, Juliana equips this build with Race Face ARC 30 wheels. These lofty wheels provide all of the strength and stiffness we need from carbon hoops, and with a 30mm internal width that offers we the ideal perch for the Maxxis DHR 2.4-inch tires they are paired up with. Additionally, they're even backed by an amazing lifetime warranty for added peace of mind when we're taking the Maverick to the absolute limit. This build is topped off with SRAM's X01 Eagle, providing plenty of range for those days that tickle 5-digit accent numbers, and RockShox's Super Deluxe rider-tuned suspension to take on downhill encounters of the gravity kind.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- Aggressive enduro bike built for downhill capability
- Carbon CC frame offers premium stiffness in a lightweight package
- VPP linkage optimizes stability to get us through rough terrain
- RockShox rear suspension throws in 145mm of plush rear squish
- Fox 36 front eats up aggressive trail riding
- Enduro ready X01 package keeps weight down and performance at the focus
- Flip-chip equipped frame allows for slacker, longer, lower customization