Just one glance at the intriguing lines, flashy paint scheme, and gravity-inspired shock configuration of the Juliana Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is all that's required to evoke thoughts of scintillating downhill laps and epic rides over formidable alpine terrain. Fittingly named after the Italian word for witch, we'd be lying if we didn't admit our spellbinding desire to the Strega's gorgeous aesthetics paired with a mix of aggressive geometry, smooth suspension, and top-flight Carbon CC frame.
Juliana set out to create a bike without equal in the world of women's market, throwing preconceived notions aside in favor of what women desire in a mountain bike with its 170-millimeters of VPP travel. That being said, it's purely intended for the demanding rider seeking a long-travel bike to push their ever-progressing skills over no-fall lines, rowdy rock gardens, and seriously treacherous descents. Ultimately, it's the type of bike for those pouring every bit of passion into their riding, regardless if it's lift-accessed downhills on the weekends or self-propelled adventures deep into the alpine wilderness.
One of the first things you'll notice with the Strega is the reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's radically different from the likes of Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This shock takes cues from the Santa Cruz V10, which is renowned for its dominance on the pro downhill circuit. Translated to the Strega, the lower shock placement makes it feel more consistent and linear throughout its stroke, tracking to steep descents and dicey lines in a smooth, supple fashion much like a downhill rig. Another important detail, Juliana employs a custom shock tune for the lighter bodies of female riders, making it more responsive when you're pedaling and descending over rugged stretches of trail.
Looking at the Strega's geometry, you'll notice its 65-degree head tube angle (in high geometry setting) makes it the slackest women's-specific bike on the market. A couple of years ago, this would limit the Strega to lift-accessed terrain and shuttle runs like most gravity bikes. However, realizing that many female riders desire a long-travel bike that actually propels itself back uphill, the designers at Juliana engineered it with a pedal-friendly 74.5-degree seat tube angle (high geometry setting). In conjunction with its longer reach, you'll find it's able to power up steep, punchy climbs without struggling to weight the front wheel like many of the slacker rigs in the gravity category.
Since mountain bikes are best when customized to your particular riding style, Juliana engineered it with a flip-chip on the linkage that changes its geometry from its stock 65-degree head tube angle to a downhill-dedicated 64.6 degrees, as well as lowering the bottom bracket and slightly elongating the wheelbase for greater composure on downhills. Another cool detail, the reconfigured shock includes a special fender that blocks flinging rocks and kicked-up mud. Juliana didn't stop there with the obsession to detail, hooking up the Strega with a custom shuttle guard, so your Carbon CC frame doesn't get damaged from banging around on truck tailgates.
Speaking of its Carbon CC frame, this version of the Strega offers a significant weight savings over the cheaper Carbon C frame—all without sacrificing the legendary strength and stiffness you've come to love from Juliana bikes. Although we don't have any real figures on hand for the weight savings, a typical Juliana Carbon CC frame weighs about nine ounces lighter than its Carbon C counterpart. Juliana achieves weight savings by using a lighter and stronger carbon fiber lay-up while trimming away strategic areas to reduce weight. And seeing it's custom designed for hard-charging ladies, low standover heights (as low as 27.7 inches for XS) make the most of the bike's aggressive geometry without compromising fit.
- Spellbinding composure across rowdy terrain and big hits
- Downhill-inspired geometry, yet still pedals efficiently
- 170mm of linear VPP travel for a smooth, consistent feel
- RockShox Super Deluxe RCT shock with women's-specific tune
- Flip-chip on linkage switches between high and low geometry
- Bolt-on shuttle guard, downtube protector, and shock fender
- Boost axle spacing increases wheel stiffness and clearance
- ISCG-05 tabs for running a chainguard, if desired