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ROUBION CARBON CC X01 EAGLE COMPLETE MOUNTAIN BIKE
You’ve got your priorities straight. When trail day comes, all that matters is getting on the dirt, tackling miles of undulating rollers, blasting berms, and gobbling up rock gardens, and when the day ahead of you begs you to dig deeper into the travel, charge harder, and get a little boosty, the Juliana Roubion Carbon CC X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike won’t blink an eye. This all-mountain shredder is more capable than ever, thanks to the wealth of updates we saw last season, with ultra-aggressive geometry, reconfigured VPP suspension that’s inspired by the beefy big sister, the Strega, and a longer 160mm fork that balks at boulders, and laughs in the face of rock walls. The Roubion also packs in the new flip-chip for quick geometry tweaks with the turn of a wrench, plus a longer reach that offers you a bit more space in the cockpit for total control on technical descents that would send other bikes squirreling away.
As we’ve seen with trends across the mountain bike world, the third-gen Roubion receives a longer, slacker geometry that’s more at home on rowdy descents. Remarkably, it doesn’t significantly alter its all-around versatility, so that slack, long-travel plushness comes in handy on the downhills without being a detriment on the climbs. Specifically, Juliana lengthened the reach by approximately 15 millimeters across all sizes for a more confident, controllable ride at eye-watering higher speeds, plus that centimeter lower standover height offers a better fit with smaller riders and allows for more dropper post travel. The head tube angle slackens from the previous generation’s generously-slack 66-degrees to an even slacker 65.4-degrees in its highest setting, complete with a flip-chip that slackens it out even further to a near DH bike friendly 65.1-degrees. These were numbers usually reserved for freeride or mini-DH bikes just a few years ago, so you can guess what this offers while bombing down technical descents full of steep drop-offs and nasty rock sections.
The other significant change to the latest Roubion lies in a reconfigured VPP suspension platform. Instead of relying on the previous upper-link driven design, the third-generation Roubion enjoys the increased bump compliance and glued-to-the-trail traction you’ll experience with a VPP suspension driven by a lower-link mounted shock that’s inspired by the V10 and Nomad. This lower-link driven VPP suspension platform is something that’s reserved exclusively for the Roubion and Strega on the Juliana lineup as it provides increased bump compliance, better support, and higher levels of traction in all-mountain, freeride, and downhill disciplines. To best match the increased performance capabilities of this lower-link driven VPP, Juliana spec’d a Super Deluxe RCT shock for a super-supple feel that stays glued to the ground noticeably better and resists heating up on those rough descents that lose thousands of vertical feet.
The last major change implemented on the third-gen Roubion is the ability to clear massive 2.8-inch tires if you prefer the voluminous support of plus-sized tires. However, we’d recommend getting the 2.6-inch version that comes spec’d with what Juliana is calling the “new” plus as the internal width of the rims are greater and better support the tires. Larger 2.8-inch tires do provide more traction, there’s no question about that, however, they can be squirmy under hard cornering, feel a little draggier on the climbs, and the tires have more of a tendency to pinch flat while riding at full blast over technical terrain since they shave material to save weight. Juliana specs this Roubion with a 2.5-inch front Maxxis Minion DHF and slightly narrower 2.4-inch Maxxis Minion DHR II in the rear for an optimal blend of traction over kitty-litter and loam, cornering support, and fast-rolling speed.
Thankfully, one thing that didn’t change with the updates is the construction of Juliana’s carbon frames, which is a good thing since its legendary strength and unwavering stiffness of their renowned carbon layups is known industry-wide. This particular Roubion benefits from a Carbon CC layup, which offers excellent stiffness and strength, as well as reducing weight to the tune of about half a pound over the Carbon C frames. The frame’s impressive stiffness translates to telepathic handling when at speed over demanding terrain, as well as quick accelerations when stepping on the pedals out of corners and up steep climbs.
Of course, Juliana’s commitment to delivering an optimal fit and riding feel for female riders continues too, and it extends to a lighter shock tune that’s developed with female riders in mind, as they’re on average 30 pounds lighter. There’s an extra-small size available for even the smallest-stature females, meaning you’ll finally have a bike that’s custom tailored to your vertical disposition. Saddle and grip touch points also cater to the female anatomy so you can ride in comfort when you’re going hard and fast on the trail.
- The Roubion is hungry for a third helping of rocks, roots, and steeps
- Geometry stretches out to boost composure riding at high speeds
- Deep 150mm of travel tames rowdy rock gardens and bigger drops
- A flip-chip lets you alter the head tube angle from 65.4° to 65.1°
- Revised lower-link driven air shock inspired by the Strega
- Shock tuned specifically for lighter female riders
- Carbon CC frame saves weight over the C version
- A centimeter lower standover offers a better fit with smaller riders