Juliana Wilder

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Summary of Reviews

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

11 reasons to buy

  • Experts and owners describe the Wilder as an aggressive climbing bike that is still stable on descents.
  • Testers feel the Wilder is a good choice for avid trail riders who want a light, nimble hill climber.
  • The Wilder's suspension design propels the bike forward rather than upward when the suspension rebounds.
  • Experts say the 29" wheels and suspension pair well to create a smooth ride.
  • Juliana is a female-specific brand, so the Wilder is optimized for average female weight and proportions.
  • Experts appreciate the size-specific geometry, cranks, and chainstays.
  • Riders (especially those needing small frames) love that Juliana fits two bottle cage mounts inside the bike's small triangle instead of the usual single bottle holder.
  • Experts are impressed by the electronic drivetrain and wireless dropper post equipped on the top X01 build.
  • Juliana offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and bearings.
  • Cable routing is fully internal for better cable protection.
  • Owners like the color choices, especially one dubbed "Purple Sweetness and Lavender."

5 reasons not to buy

  • Reviewers find the Wilder to be expensive, especially the top build.
  • According to some testers, the 120mm (front) and 115mm (rear) travel may be too much for serious cross-country riders.
  • Experts feel that a bottle cage mounted on the outside of the downtube would be easily damaged, making that mounting point redundant.
  • Reviewers find the SRAM X01 AXS drivetrain a pricey upgrade, arguably without the performance to match.
  • Testers are disappointed by the stock Maxxis Rekon tires.

Bottom line

Juliana is a sub-brand of Santa Cruz specializing in women's bikes. The Wilder has female-specific geometry and components, and the suspension is tuned for lighter riders. Both experts and owners enjoy riding the Wilder, but this fun comes with a substantial price tag. The bike's marketing as a "Carbon XC race rig" may also sell it short. According to experts, the Wilder performs better as an all-day trail machine than as a pure cross-country racer. Overall, the design and component quality is evident, but the high price may be a deterrent, particularly for a bike that lacks specialization.
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Expert Reviews

87/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

Juliana Wilder CC X01 AXS TR Reserve Review

Lightweight and very maneuverable, the Wilder has a wonderfully playful ride. On smooth climbs, the ‘firm’ suspension option is very effective, delivering a speedy ride with minimal compromise to pedaling efficiency.

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Review: Juliana’s Wilder is a Wildly Capable XC Mountain Bike

…the Wilder comes pretty close to being that “one bike to do it all.” 

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Juliana’s Trail-Inspired XC Machine

A top-shelf choice for the XC racer that has outgrown 100mm-travel bikes, the Juliana Wilder can take on more challenging courses, bigger features, and wilder terrain.

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Adventure Cycling Association

Road Test: Juliana Wilder

Even without the super fancy-pants features that make this particular model so exceedingly expensive, I love this bike and would be very happy to ride any of the more affordable builds.

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Teton Gravity Research

Tested: 2022 Juliana Wilder CC

I’m still keeping my big bike for bike park days and gnarly epics. But when it comes to most after-work spins, I find myself reaching for the Wilder, and I don’t feel guilty about it in the slightest. 

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User Ratings

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#12 Best Cross Country
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#16 Best Trail
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#3 Best Juliana Bike
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#154 Best of All Bikes
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