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In the high setting you’ll find the geometry has slackened a touch, from the previous bike’s 67-degree head tube angle down to 66.5 degrees. If you desire an even slacker geometry for steep descents with intimidating rocks and roots posing a threat, you can slacken it even further down to 66.2 degrees. These slacker figures make it all the more capable on terrain that used to be a bit overwhelming for the Furtado, allowing this trail bike to drop into terrain where you’d normally want an all-mountain bike. Besides being slacker, the Furtado has a 15 millimeter longer reach for a better overall fit on a trail bike of this pedigree. And to compensate for the slacker, longer geometry, the seat tube angle is steeper by one full degree for an optimal pedaling position where you can really lay down power on long climbs.
As you’d expect from a Juliana, the Furtado retains the high degree of bump compliance, pedaling efficiency, and bottom-out resistance of its VPP suspension platform. While others in the Juliana line have moved to a lower-link mounted shock, the Furtado retains its upper link-style VPP platform, seeing it’s not as gravity-oriented as the Roubion or Strega. This particular Carbon CC 27.5 XO1 Eagle build benefits greatly from a FOX Float DPX2 Performance Elite Shock, which gives you a more supple feel with heightened traction while pedaling over bumpy sections of trail.
Juliana’s Carbon C frame makes the Furtado impressively stiff, meaning rider energy is better directed into forward motion with every turn of the cranks. This particular S build kit comes with a Fox 34 Float Performance fork, which provides stiff tracking and precise handling with its 34-millimeter stanchions and 130-millimeters of plush travel. It’s finished off with the SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain, which gives you a massive range of usable gears without having to deal with a pesky front derailleur. Moreover, it’s outfitted with size-specific dropper posts, so you can get the most out of every trail ride.
One thing that hasn’t changed for 2019 is Juliana’s commitment to delivering an optimal fit and riding feel for female riders with a lighter shock tune that’s developed exclusively for females, seeing they’re on average 30 pounds lighter. There’s an extra-small available for even the shortest of females, meaning you’ll finally have a bike that’s custom tailored to your shorter stature without having to ride a larger bike and make major compromises. What they haven’t done is water down their dialed geometry with a swooping top tube, higher front end, and shorter reach like much of the competition, which only leads to major compromises in ride quality and handling when you’re actually riding hard and fast on the trail.
- Trail riding gets a fun, lively upgrade with this bike
- Slacker, longer geometry increases confidence at high speeds
- Retains low bottom bracket and short chainstays for agility
- Flip-chip switches between 66.5° and 66.1° head tube angles
- Increased clearance lets you run up to 2.8in tires
- 5in of VPP travel balances efficiency with bottom-out resistance
- Carbon C frame for exceptional strength and stiffness
- GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain with massive range of usable gears