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2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike


The Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike loves nothing more than spirited romps through the woods where sweeping berms, rowdy rocks, and elevated bridges pose a challenge to your riding skills. Although it could be categorized as a fast-rolling XC machine in 29er form, the Joplin 2.0 doesn’t like to be categorized, defying the 29er genre with its modern trail geometry that’s nimble and fun to ride above all else.

Inspired by the Santa Cruz’s iconic Tallboy, the Joplin 2.0 blurs the line between razor-sharp XC rig and spirited trail bike with its 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with a 120-millimeter fork. This combination of a bit less travel out back with greater plushness up front makes it pedal with resounding efficiency, but with extra margin of error when you’re dropping into rocky descents and sending natural drops littered along the trail. Where the Joplin differs from the Tallboy lies within its female-specific shock tune. By tuning the rear shock for lighter riders, it feels more active tracking over rocks and roots, without it feeling overly harsh.

New for this 2.0 version of the Joplin, you’ll find the ability to switch between 29 and 27.5+ wheels with its integrated flip chip along the upper linkage. The flip chip rotates to allow the shock mount to migrate between high (29er) and low (27.5+) settings, but without a drastic change in the bike’s geometry. In fact, Juliana preserved the 68-degree head tube angle between both wheel sizes, and also retained the snappy 17-inch chainstays and low-slung 13-inch bottom bracket height for confident handling. For the 2.0 incarnation of the Joplin, the reach has lengthened substantially, giving you a roomier cockpit with higher levels of control when you’re dropping into high-speed descents.

The VPP suspension gains 10-millimeters of travel over the previous version, aligning the Joplin with the new crop of do-it-all rigs with 4.5-inches of travel. However, that’s not to say it’s just rolling off the assembly as one faceless frame in a sea of similar models, as the flip-chip gives the Joplin a dual personality, depending on the wheel size chosen. In the high/29er mode, you’ll find it a zippy-fast bike that blurs the lines between XC and trail, versus its rock-gobbling, traction-grabbing feel when outfitted with voluminous 27.5+ wheels.

As far as the VPP suspension is concerned, you’ll find it’s revamped slightly to offer greater small-bump compliance to keep your tires glued to the trail, especially in rocky areas where you’d previously struggle for traction. However, it does maintain its predecessor’s firm feel during acceleration, so you won’t lose momentum to unwanted bobbing motion. The shock’s ramp-up arc remains more consistent until the end-stroke, at which point it becomes more progressive to resist bottom-outs on bigger hits. By ramping up at the end stroke, you’ll find the Joplin’s VPP suspension feels deeper than its 110-millimeters would suggest, meaning it won’t feel overly harsh or bottom out on bigger hits.

This particular R1 build gains the immense stiffness and strength of Juliana’s Carbon C frame. Stiff carbon frames help to transmit rider energy into forward locomotion, meaning you’ll feel the Joplin’s urge to climb with gusto and burst from corners. Another impressive feature of this build lies in the Fox Rhythm 120-millimeter fork, which is a nice addition with its 34-millimeter stanchions giving the front end a bit of stiffness to prevent deflection across rough terrain. It’s rounded out with a SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain, which ditches a pesky front derailleur for an 11 to 42-tooth cassette. This wide range cassette gives you plentiful range without having to deal with shifting the front ring of a 2x drivetrain.

Fun-loving trail bike with a spirited XC edge

29-inch wheels provide roll-over and momentum-carrying benefits

110mm of efficient VPP travel with a progressive shock tune

Flip-chip provides the ability to switch 29er for 27.5+ wheels

Carbon C frame is impressively stiff and reliably strong

FOX Rhythm fork with 34mm stanchions for stiff tracking

SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain for hassle-free shifting


2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

Carbon C



Rear Shock:

Fox Float Performance

Rear Travel:



Fox Rhythm

Front Travel:



Cane Creek 10 Series



Front Derailleur:


Rear Derailleur:

SRAM NX 11-speed


Race Face Aeffect (aluminum)

Bottom Bracket:

English threaded


SRAM XG1150 (11-42t)




SRAM Level T

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


Race Face Ride, 35mm

Handlebar Width:



Juliana lock-on


Race Face Ride, 35mm clamp

Stem Length:



Juliana Segundo


Race Face Ride

Seatpost Diameter:



WTB STP i23 TCS (32h)


[front] Novatec D711, [rear] Novatec D712

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle


[front] Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, [rear] Maxxis Crossmark 2 DC EXO TR

Tire Size:

[front] 29 x 2.3in, [rear] 29 x 2.25in

Recommended Use:

cross-country, trail

Manufacturer Warranty:

lifetime on frame


2017 Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 R1 Complete Mountain Bike


Joplin 29
120mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.7in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 43.9in
M 16.5in 23.7in 23.7in 16.9in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.1in
L 17.7in 24.5in 23.7in 17.7in 27.8in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.6in 17in 45.9in


Joplin 27.5+
130mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




S 15.3in 22.6in 23.4in 15.9in 27.6in 3.5in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 44.1in
M 16.5in 23.8in 23.8in 16.8in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 45.2in
L 17.7in 24.6in 23.8in 17.6in 27.7in 3.9in 68o 73o 1.3in 17in 46in


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