Roubion Mountain Bike Frame
From challenging and unfamiliar enduro tracks to the flowy singletrack at your local trail network, the Roubion redefines expecations of what a 150mm travel bike can do. For this third generation of the bike, Juliana listened to the calls of their dedicated female riders and created a machine that's more composed at flat-out speeds across rugged terrain, but doesn't give up the versatility that's made the bike so successful and popular. The redesigned Roubion Mountain Bike Frame sees a reconfigured VPP suspension inspired by the Strega, a longer travel 160mm fork, a slacker head tube angle with an adjustable flip-chip, and a longer reach measurement for a roomy cockpit that inspires confidence on steep, technical descents. This particular Roubion features an aluminum frame for dependable strength at an affordable price.
The most noticeable change to the latest Roubion lies in a reconfigured VPP suspension platform. Instead of relying on the traditional upper-link driven design, the third generation Roubion enjoys the increased bump compliance and glued-to-the-trail traction you'll experience with a VPP suspension driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's inspired by the latest Strega. This lower-link driven VPP suspension platform is something that's reserved exclusively for the Roubion and Strega, seeing the need for increased bump compliance, better support, and higher levels of traction for all-mountain, enduro, and freeride disciplines. To best match the increased performance capabilities of this lower-link driven VPP, Juliana spec'd a RockShox Super Deluxe shock for a more supple feel that tracks to the ground noticeably better and resists heating up on those scintillating descents over thousands of vertical feet.
The next significant change to the third-gen Roubion lies in a longer, slacker geometry that pushes it deeper into the gravity end of the riding spectrum. However, this redesign doesn't significantly alter its all-around versatility, meaning it's still great for the rider that desires the monster-truck plushness of a slack, long-travel rig while having fun on trail systems with big climbs and blistering descents. To be specific, Juliana lengthened the reach by approximately 15 millimeters per size for a more confident, comfortable feel at higher speeds, plus a centimeter lower standover height for a better fit with shorter riders. The head tube angle drops from the previous generation's already slack 66 degrees to an even slacker 65.4 degrees in its highest setting, complete with a flip-chip that slackens it out even further to a bike park-friendly 65.1 degrees. These were numbers that you'd only see on a freeride or mini-DH bike just a few years ago, meaning you'll have tons of confidence bombing those technical descents littered with steep drop-offs and nasty rock sections.
The last major change implemented on the third-gen Roubion is the ability to clear massive 2.8-inch tires if you prefer the voluminous support of plus-sized tires. However, we'd recommend sticking with tires in the range of 2.4 to 2.6 inches, as we find the larger 2.8-inch tires hold back a bike as capable as the Roubion, seeing they squirm under hard cornering and have a tendency to pinch flat while riding at full blast over technical terrain.
Thankfully, one thing that didn't change for 2019 is Juliana's commitment to delivering an optimal fit and riding feel for female riders, thanks to a lighter shock tune that's developed exclusively for females, seeing they're on average 30 pounds lighter. There's also an extra-small frame size available for even the shortest of riders, meaning you'll finally have a bike that's custom tailored to your shorter stature without having to ride a larger bike and make major compromises. What they haven't done is water down their dialed geometry with a swooping top tube, higher front end, and shorter reach like much of the competition, which only leads to major compromises in ride quality and handling when you're actually riding hard and fast on the trail.
- Juliana's all-mountain ripper sees increased capability
- Slacker, longer geometry increases high-speed confidence
- 6in of VPP travel smooths out rock gardens and bigger hits
- Revised with lower-link driven air shock inspired by the Strega
- Shock tuned specifically for the needs of lighter female riders
- Flip-chip slackens the head tube angle from 65.4° to 65.1°
- Aluminum frame is dependable, backed by a lifetime warranty
- One centimeter lower standover for better fit with shorter riders