Joplin Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 by Juliana
When it comes to rolling over rocks, the name Joplin is a big one to live up to. Juliana's latest effort on that front, the Joplin Carbon CC 29 XX1 ENVE Complete Mountain Bike, meets expectations with an impressive list of hits. These include a set of ENVE M60 Forty wheels, a SRAM XX1 and Race Face drivetrain, Boost thru-axles, and the ability to switch between 29in wheels and 27. 5+ without altering its geometry. It also benefits from the reworked linkage and the third generation VPP suspension that we've been seeing on the latest models from Juliana's brother company, Santa Cruz Bicycles. The Joplin is the first Juliana to incorporate all of these features, and it's all-in on the aggression front -- a fact made all the more apparent with the inclusion of beefier M60 Forty wheels instead of the previous Joplin's XC-specific M50 Fifty. The Joplin's developmental arc has been the same as Santa Cruz's Tallboy, and it culminates today in some modern touches like Boost spacing, 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 4. 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 Juliana's first use of Santa Cruz's flip chip, which originally ...
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