Part endurance racer, part rowdy trail bike—the Joplin is ridiculously fun. The original model redefined what people thought a 29er could be. This latest version breaks the mold all over again.
Conventional wisdom always held that a big-wheel bike like this was good for one thing—covering lots of ground quickly. We’ve never had much use for conventional wisdom. Yes, the Joplin is a fine cross-country/endurance machine. With its light-yet-stiff carbon frame, efficient VPP® rear suspension, and 29-inch wheel option, this bike can be an absolute race weapon—but the Joplin is more than that.
The Joplin has always been, to reduce this thing to a single word, fun. As in the uncontrollable-giggling-spontaneous-high-fiving kind of fun. We cranked the knob on that particular trait to 11 this year with a ground-up redesign that increases the bike’s composure on descents, adds a bit more small-bump suppleness to the mix and improves its handling in tight turns.
The new Joplin also gives you the option of running either 29er or 27.5+ wheels. If you’re looking for quick acceleration and a nimble feel, go 29er. If you’re wanting extra traction and a more forgiving ride over roots and babyhead rocks, go 27.5+. It’s your choice.
Is the Joplin a cross-country racer? Sure. A trail bike? Absolutely. Is it fun? Oh, hell yes. This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frames, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
As a brand, we carry Juliana because we believe you can’t just give a mountain bike a fresh paint job and call it “women specific”. Juliana is committed to bringing together like-minded riders and discovering what mountain biking means to women. The Joplin shares the same platform (110 mm rear travel and dual wheel compatability) as the Santa Cruz Tallboy, but with suspension tuning specific for lighter riders. A few years ago , we watched the Joplin 29 change the short travel “big bike” paradigm for SG’s women riders, and 2017 geometry updates only serve to make the Joplin more confidence inspiring – not an ounce of maneuverability has been spared.
FRAME MATERIAL Carbon CC
FORK FOX 34 Performance Elite 120
SHOCK Fox Float Performance Elite
Rear Dérailleur SRAM X01 Eagle
Shifters SRAM X01 Eagle
Crankset SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon; 30t
Bottom Bracket Included w/ crankset
Cassette SRAM XG1295; 10-50t
Chain SRAM X01 Eagle Powerlock
Brakes SRAM Level TLM w/180mm Avid Centerline Rotors
Headset Cane Creek 40; Integrated
Bars Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar; 31.8x750mm
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic
Grips Juliana single sided lock-on
Front Hub DT Swiss 350 110x15 Industry Nine Torch 110x15
Rear Hub DT Swiss 350 148x12 Industry Nine Torch 148x12
Rims Race Face ARC 24 m60/40 ENVE Rims with custom color options
Spokes DT Swiss Competition
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent Race Exo; 29x2.35
Tubes Stans Sealant
Seat Post Rock Shox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x 125mm(S), 150mm M-L)
Saddle Juliana Primeiro Saddle