Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame
Strega is the Italian word for witch, and we're not sure if the folks at Juliana picked the name or designed the frame first. Either way, the bike lives up to its namesake; you're in for a wicked good time as you get aggressive with the Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame's slack angles and efficient yet plush VPP suspension design. The Strega packs all the features you'd want in a hard-hitting enduro bike and gives you all the speed you'll need to keep from getting burned at the stake—err, off the line.
The big-hit Strega is easily the rowdiest, most capable women-specific enduro sled we've come across. The incredibly slack head tube angle is adjustable with a simple re-position of the flip-chip on the linkage, so you can customize the ride from a higher, trail-taming 65-degrees, to a DH-worthy 64.5-degrees. The DH setting also drops the bottom bracket and elongates the wheelbase, offering plenty of composition at speed yet staying agile enough to take anywhere. Regardless of setting, the steep 74.5-degree seat tube angle allows this bike to pedal well up sheer terrain. You can really get your weight forward, encouraging you to attempt the sharpest uphill switchbacks without resulting in extreme body-English while your power is right over the pedals.
The Strega's VPP suspension design takes cues from the Santa Cruz V10 and Nomad with its lower link location. Nestled in the lower link is the RockShox Super Deluxe RCT shock, with nearly 7in of suspension, positioned in a way to keep the bikes center of gravity as low as possible. No detail goes unnoticed with the Juliana team, and the shock has its own fender shielding it from errant trail debris.
The shock location also creates the most sensitive VPP platform in the Juliana line-up, providing a consistent linear feel throughout the shock stroke and a quality of travel that can make some DH bikes green with envy. New eye-to-eye lengths afford the use of the metric shock standard, gaining increased bushing overlap for a smoother stroke that encourages descending with reckless abandon and still allows room for a full-size water bottle to sit inside the downtube. The shock also receives a custom tune for lighter—yet no less heavy-hitting—riders.
The frame is constructed from top-of-the line CC carbon in a manufacturing facility exclusive to Juliana and Santa Cruz. A one-piece carbon lay-up is used to eliminate overlapping joints, saving weight because there is no need for extra carbon to bond or wrap those joints. Instead, carbon is wrapped seamlessly between tubes for better distribution of loads and impact energy, resulting in a stronger frame. Frame strength is further enhanced by Juliana’s ability to achieve maximum compaction of the carbon layers. This prevents resin migration, resulting in a stout frame that is almost as smooth on the inside as it is on the outside. The lay-up also allows them to integrate full length tunnels for the internal cable routing, greatly simplifying the process of routing housing through the frame. A threaded bottom bracket further eases maintenance duties for the home mechanic and eliminates the BB creaks that often plague press fit systems. Finishing details include an integrated shuttle bumper to protect the frame when it's slung over a tailgate for shuttle laps, a downtube guard to protect from rock strikes, and molded chainstay protectors to silence chain slap. To cap it off, Juliana includes a lifetime frame and pivot bearing warranty to the original registered owner.
- A big-hit bike for riding steep trails all over the mountain
- 6.7in of VPP suspension rides smoothly in the roughest conditions
- Lighter shock tune for responsiveness under smaller riders
- Carbon CC construction maintains low weight and high stiffness
- Steeper seat tube angle improves pedaling efficiency
- Adjustable flip-chip with low and high geometry settings
- Backed by a lifetime warranty on frame and pivot bearings
- Shock fender, downtube protection, and integrated shuttle bumper for armor on chairlifts and tailgates