Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike - 2018 by Juliana
When it comes to rocks and rolling, the name Joplin is a big one to live up to. Juliana's latest effort on that front, the Joplin 2. 0 Carbon 29 S Complete Mountain Bike, meets expectations with an impressive list of hits. Big hits. Hits way bigger than we'd ever throw at the first several generations of wagon-wheel bikes. That's because--like the queen of rock for which it's named--the Joplin effectively revolutionized its genre. It proved that 29ers aren't limited to cross country riding on smooth ribbons of serene hardpack. The latest model, the Joplin 2. 0, is even more aggressive, leading into terrain with a slacker head tube and the increased efficiency and tracking of Boost axles. It's built here with a kit that encourages aggression: SRAM's GX Eagle drivetrain combines the Eagle line's ultimate bailout gear to the workhorse, fear-no-trail-furniture functionality of GX. The Joplin's developmental arc has been the same as Santa Cruz's Tallboy, and it culminates with the 2. 0 model's modern touches: Boost spacing, a slacker profile, enduro-inspired suspension links, and the protean flip chip. The key difference between the Joplin and the Tallboy is in the shock tune, with the former lightening up a bit for lighter riders. Juliana calculates that typical women cyclists are around 30lb lighter than men, so the Joplin's lighter shock tune allows lighter riders to take full advantage of the bike's 5in of VPP travel. In the end, it's a tale of suspension and geometry that's dramatic enough to rival the biography of fast-living young rock stars; however, like any good story, it has an O. Henry twist. In this case, that surprise ending is the flip chip. The flip chip sits in the upper link and can be rotated to allow the shock mount to migrate. Being able to reposition the shock attachment point effectively accounts for the 9mm difference in radii between 27. 5+ and 29in setups, keeping the geometry as static as possible across wheel sizes. The latest Joplin is Jul...
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