Joplin 2.1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 by Juliana
Blurring the line between cross-country efficiency and trail composure, Juliana Joplin 2. 1 Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame effortlessly transitions from the blistering pace of XC races to rowdy trail rides littered with volcanic outcroppings, banked turns through the trees, and elevated bridge crossings. Although many would call the Joplin 2. 1 a fast-rolling XC machine in 29er form, it defies categorization with its flip-chip linkage switching between 29 and 27. 5+ wheels--all without significantly altering geometry or messing with suspension kinematics. The flip-chip is key to the Joplin 2. 1's dual personality, easily transitioning from the momentum-carrying benefits of a 29er to the massive traction and rock-plowing ability of 27. 5+ wheels. This top-shelf version of the Joplin 2. 1 receives Juliana's Carbon CC frame for a weight savings in the neighborhood of 280 grams, versus the lower-priced Carbon C frame. This is a significant weight savings that's likely to appeal to the competitive cross-country racer or discerning trail rider looking to shave every possible ounce from their ride. And even though it's lighter than Juliana's lower-priced Carbon C frame, you'll be pleased to note it's every bit as strong and stiff, so you won't sacrifice anything in terms structural integrity or ride characteristics. Borrowing design cues from Santa Cruz's iconic Tallboy, the Joplin 2. 1 blurs the line between razor-sharp XC scalpel and spirited trail bike with its 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with Juliana's recommendation for running either a 120 or 130-millimeter fork (29er/27. 5+). The combination of shorter travel out back with extra plushness out front makes it pedal with resounding efficiency, but with greater margin for error when you're dropping into rocky descents. Where the Joplin differs from the Tallboy lies within its female-specific shock tune, which is targeted towards the lighter bodies of female riders. By tuning the Fox Float Factory DPS sho...
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