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ROUBION CARBON R MOUNTAIN BIKE
Radically redesigned into a lower-link mounted shock configuration, the Juliana Roubion Carbon R Mountain Bike has taken notes from the Strega’s spell-book to provide a suspension performance that allows you to push harder and charge towards things you used to think were too big to handle. Destroying chunky rock lines and ripping apart alpine descents with unflappable poise, the Roubion Carbon R has 150 millimeters of VPP travel to smooth out the roughest terrain without flinching and make it well suited for rallying over large piles of rocks, sending bigger drops, and even dropping into the lift-accessed runs at the resort.
Suited for the unknowns of demanding terrain, this bike channels aggression into high-speed stability with its slacker geometry and longer wheelbase. This aggressive geometry makes the Roubion best suited for conquering demanding alpine terrain and rocky descents where short-travel trail bikes would be overwhelmed. The 65-degree head tube angle provides stability when you’re opening it up at higher speeds and dropping into steep descents. The longer reach provides a roomy cockpit, so you’re never cramped or uncomfortable while riding the Roubion across large swaths of alpine terrain. Furthermore, its snappy 17-inch chainstays keep it agile when you’re cleaning tight switchbacks and ripping around berms.
Equipped with Juliana’s Carbon C frame, which provides exceptional stiffness that transfers every pedal stroke into forward momentum, this bike’s aso incredibly tough to withstand the regular thrashings you’re bound to subject it to. Internal cable routing cleans up its overall aesthetic while keeping muck from clinging to all your bike cables. Another subtle, yet all-too-important feature is the threaded bottom bracket, which resists the annoying creaks you’re bound to get with a press fit bottom bracket.
Headlining the Roubion’s long list of features is the VPP suspension, which benefits from revised architecture of the linkages. The upper link attaches to the top tube for increased stiffness and increased stand-over height, which is especially useful for shorter female riders, and the lower link neatly sits above the bottom bracket, which protects it from damaging rock strikes and flinging debris on the trail. These changes in linkage location translate into improved suspension performance, with this generation of VPP being more supple and sensitive to small bumps, as well as exhibiting increased mid-stroke support. As you’d expect from a VPP suspension, you’ll find it’s quite progressive at the bottom stroke, ramping up hard to prevent you from bottoming out on bigger hits.
Delving into the R build kit, you’ll find a mix of dependable parts tailored to the needs of all-mountain riding. The RockShox Yari MotionControl RC fork serves up a stiff chassis that’s ideal for rallying over rugged trails littered with rocks and roots, with 160 millimeters of travel soaking up every bump along the way. The SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain provides a wide range of usable gears, as well as shifting simplicity without dealing with a front derailleur. Furthermore, you’ll find size-specific dropper posts complement the Roubion’s aggressive demeanor on steep descents and rugged stretches of trail.
- Trail bike built for aggressive styles of all-mountain riding
- Longer and slacker geometry adds stability at high speeds
- 150-millimters of travel soaks up rock piles and bigger hits
- VPP suspension ramps up at end-stroke to prevent bottoming out
- Women’s shock tune increases sensitivity for lighter riders
- SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain offers wide range of usable gears
- Boost axle spacing creates a stiffer wheelset