JULIANA Maverick Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame
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MAVERICK CARBON CC MOUNTAIN BIKE FRAME
We are rebels. We are renegades. We are revolutionaries that don’t like to be told what we can or can’t do, and limited by frilly bikes that pack in dumbed-down technology that insult our hard-charging demeanor, and neither do the designers at Juliana Bicycles. We know this from the brand’s ever progressive lineup of bikes that are fitted with all of the bells and whistles we need to go fast, and push hard, and the Maverick Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame enters into the lineup this year just to make sure you don’t forget it. The Maverick offers progressive geometry built to handle high speed descents, plus flip-chip technology for spinning around on a dime to earn your turns. It’s 29-inch wagon wheels speed through technical climbs with ease, and pair up with deep 140mm travel in the rear for ear-to-ear grins on rocky and rowdy descents. Lower-link suspension keeps your center of gravity lower, boosting stability to improve handling when you’re pushing it hard through rough and technical descents, and pairs up with Juliana’s signature shock tune that softens things up just a touch to accommodate lighter weight riders.
The Maverick is built to eat up obstacles with its 29-inch wagon wheels and deep, 140mm of VPP suspension. It utilizes Juliana’s lower link VPP suspension design that we’ve seen previously in the Roubion and Strega, which is engineered to minimize big bumps, while keeping things pedal efficient. Unlike the upper-link driven design, you’ll experience better support, and higher levels of traction for all-mountain and gravity oriented disciplines. This model employs a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock that is dialed with an immense amount of tune-ability, so you can set things up exactly how you want it, optimizing small bump compliance for traction on the climbs, and eating up bounders and greasy roots on the race back to the bottom. First hand, we found that this lower link suspension excelled in the technical trails that challenged our sanity, gobbling up chatter, rock rolls, and drops that lead into hair-pin blind corners without hesitation. Despite its lofty 29-inch wheels, the Maverick retains a nimble, playful feel that’s maneuverable through tight switchbacks, and capable of threading the needle when the trail calls for it.
We know we’re not alone when we say our riding temperament changes from day to day, and we don’t think our bike should limit that, which is why we’re thankful that Juliana implements an integrated flip-chip to change the Maverick’s geometry from one ride to another. All you need to do is grab a hex-wrench and in a flash you can slacken the head tube, and drop the bottom bracket for an extra planted feel when you’re craving some lift-access rowdiness that challenges the sum of the bike’s numbers. With the flip chip in the lower position, the head tube is stretched out to a long-and-low 65.2-degrees (compared to 65.5 in high), and bottom bracket height lowers 4-millimeters to keep you lower to the ground and more stable when gravity takes over. In practice, this enables the Maverick to switch from a climb-conquering trail queen to an all-out enduro sled with the turn of a wrench. It’s worth noting that the bike ships in the low setting, and will be ready to eat up steep, challenging terrain right out of the gates.
Juliana models the Maverick after its Santa Cruz sibling, the Hightower. As such, you’ll find that the Maverick features the same carbon fiber layup, and geometry as her brother. This particular Maverick benefits from the top-shelf Carbon CC layup, which drops weight as it uses a higher-end carbon in the manufacturing process, without sacrificing one bit of stiffness or strength. You can count on this lighter Carbon CC version to save anywhere from 250 to 280 grams over the lower-spec Carbon C model, so it’s worth upgrading if you’d like a lighter build, especially when you want to soar up climbs to earn that sweet descent.
- Juliana’s all-mountain hard-hitter built for pushing boundaries
- Long, slack, low geometry is built to get down, and go fast
- 140mm of lower-link VPP boosts stability, eats rocks and roots
- Flip Chip lets you swap geometry from climb-centric to gravity-ready
- CC level carbon layup is meticulous, light, stiff, and strong
- RockShox Super Deluxe suspension is rider-tuned for lighter riders
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