Juliana Joplin

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Weight
28.67, 30.39, 31.01, 31.49, 33.26 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Juliana Joplin. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

22 reasons to buy

  • The Juliana Joplin has a women’s specific saddle and grips.
  • The bike is available in five build options and three sizes.
  • The Juliana Joplin has room for a water bottle.
  • The steep head tube angle on the bike provides riders with a centered riding position. This promotes efficient power transfer when pedaling seated or standing.
  • The bike has adjustable geometry. The flip chip on the bottom bracket allows riders to adjust the headtube angle, while the second flip chip allows for 10mm of adjustment in the chainstay.
  • When the flip chips are in the longest and lowest position, the bike can take up to 2.6” tires.
  • Experts agreed the Joplin is a competent climber. The front wheel does not easily wander when climbing.
  • The bike is excellent at descending. The bike’s 400mm to 450mm reach and slack 65.5 degrees head tube angle gives riders the confidence to push hard on descents.
  • The bike is fast to descend. Many experts found it was the fastest bike in its category.
  • The bike comes with a SDG Trellis or RockShox Reverb dropper post allowing riders to get low on descents.
  • The Virtual Pivot Point suspension design has excellent small bump compliance, mid-stroke support and bottom-out resistance.
  • The low position of the suspension creates a lower center of gravity, providing riders with greater stability.
  • The Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR tires provide riders with excellent traction on trails.
  • The pedaling platform is firm and mellow, making it easy to tackle longer distances on the Joplin
  • Riders feel in control with the responsive SRAM brakes on the Juliana Joplin.
  • The brake levers are easy to adjust to fit the hand of the rider.
  • The short rear end makes the bike easy to manual on.
  • The bottom-out is not harsh on the Joplin, according to experts.
  • The cables are routed internally through molded tubes keeping them quiet. This also gives the bike a clean appearance.
  • The bike has a mudflap that helps protect the rear shock from mud while riding.
  • The bike is very versatile for a great variety of trail conditions and obstacles.
  • The frame comes with a lifetime warranty.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Experts agree the bike is not the best option for those looking for a race bike. They state the bike is fast on descents, but one looking to race should consider a bike that is a more efficient climber.
  • One expert found that the suspension was not the most comfortable on sections with repetitive hits.
  • One expert found the Maxxis Minion tires struggled to maintain traction on extremely technical terrain paired with loose gravel.

Bottom line

The Juliana Joplin is a women’s specific trail bike that climbs adequately but excels on the descents. It is available in three sizes and five builds. The bike has adjustable geometry in the chainstay and bottom bracket. The Virtual Pivot Position suspension offers riders comfort over a great variety of terrain. Experts agreed the bike was not the most comfortable on big hits, but the bottom-out was never too harsh. This bike is expensive compared to others in its category, but experts agree the Joplin is worth the price.

Expert Reviews

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Vital MTB
Level 2 expert

Bridging Worlds – The 2020 Juliana Joplin Reviewed

Level 2 expert

Designed to pedal with XC-like efficiency and descend with the confidence of a bigger trail bike, the new Joplin takes center stage after five months of varied ride.

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Pinkbike
Level 4 expert

2020 Pinkbike Field Test: Juliana Joplin/ Santa Cruz Tallboy – Part Country, But Mostly Rock & Roll

Level 4 expert

A competent climber, but the descents are where the Joplin really shines.

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Bike Magazine
Level 4 expert

Bible Review: Juliana Joplin X01 CC Reserve

Level 4 expert

Even the cross-country racer among us (who tested the Juliana Bicycles’ version called the Joplin) was smitten by its ascending prowess, though she didn’t feel it was “mean” or “edgy” enough to serve as a race bike.

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Pinkbike
Level 4 expert

First Ride: Juliana’s Short Travel Brawler – The 2020 Joplin

Level 4 expert

The Joplin is made for “going far and going fast” and is offered in sizes XS through Medium.

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Bicycling
Level 5 expert

The Juliana Joplin X01 Carbon CC Ain’t Nothin’ but a Good Time

Level 5 expert

If you want one ridiculously fun bike for everywhere you ride, the remarkably capable Joplin is it.

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