So, like, 27.5 is going to go everywhere because it makes a ton of sense. It's appealing to me, who has a more playful style when riding, not necessarily the most aggressive lady out there, but I certainly ride hard. I love climbing just as much as I love getting shuttled and flying down a Mountain. I'm about 5.4/5.5 and I've never really had an issue with my 29ers, but after getting on the Juliana, I can see why this wheel size would appeal to smaller riders. This is not just a fashion trend. It's here to stay and I'm happy that Santa Cruz is jumping on such a great opportunity to expand for a more versatile riding experience.
In my humble opinion, 3x10 has lots of overlap. 2x10 should have enough gears to get you where you wanna go. But hey, it's kind of a personal preference. I would go 2x10 because it's simple. With that said, I wasn't upset to be riding a good ol' 3/10 set up again. It didn't interrupt my ride but we all know what we want and I prefer otherwise.I found the Fox 32 Float FIT CTD to be very user friendly. I was able to play with it accordingly and without fumble. The 130 mm fork and the 125 mm rear was just enough for me and seemed to make sense to those I'd imagined to be the riders of the Juliana.
Sizing: The bike?s handlebar reach felt really uncomfortable for me and the thin handlebars were awkward. I have pretty small hands and even though they were definitely easier to grip, my hands kept falling asleep. I've come to the conclusion that I need something more ergonomically correct for me and these are not the route I'd go. I was on a small (which I usually ride) and I think I rushed the process a bit to get on her. In retrospect, I should have been on a medium (which is never). It felt a little undersized and perhaps that's because I am 99.9% always on a unisex/male specific bike.