The 2017 Juliana Roubion 2.0 Carbon R1 Complete Mountain Bike lives for the adrenaline rush of big drops and rowdy terrain with six inches of plush, responsive VPP suspension that just begs to push the limits of what you thought possible. On the other side of the coin, the Roubion's carefully dialed geometry and lightweight construction lend it the versatility to revel on climbs with a nimbleness that defies its enduro sled roots. Add in SRAM's workhorse NX one-by drivetrain and smooth rolling WTB hoops, and this bike is ready to rocket right out of the box.
2017 sees Juliana carry over the myriad updates seen in the mid-2016 2.0 geometry release. With 2.0, the top suspension link directly mounts on the top tube while the lower link tucks neatly out of the way to increase stiffness and durability while also smoothing the ride. The head angle drops from 67 to 66 degrees, which sounds like a tiny change, but it provides even more high-speed stability than the previous version. At 17.05in, the chainstays are long enough to keep you centered on the bike, yet short enough to allow the Roubion to carve into turns with ease.
Juliana’s industry-leading carbon fiber construction makes its way into Roubion 2.0 Carbon S, although this version uses a slightly lower grade of carbon fiber than the super high end Carbon CC frame. This requires more material be used to achieve the same strength, so it does carry 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. The upshot is that you get a frame that’s every bit as stiff and strong, at much more palatable price point.
Both triangles are constructed as whole, monocoque pieces, which contributes to additional weight savings by allowing the carbon fiber to wrap continuously through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and requires less overall 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 increased structural integrity and, of course, lower weight. Juliana further enhances the strength and stiffness with mechanic-friendly, oversized 15mm collet-style hardware and a 12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle out back.
- Juliana's ultimate enduro sled
- 6in of responsive VPP suspension
- Slacker front end for confident stability
- Responsive rear triangle with stiff Boost spacing
- Carbon C construction balances light weight and cost
- SRAM's NX one-by drivetrain has a gear for every trail
- Accommodates tires up to 2.4in in width
- Eye-catching aesthetics and enviable functionality define Juliana
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