Part endurance racer, part rowdy trail bike—the Joplin is ridiculously fun. The original model redefined what people thought a 29er could be. This latest version breaks the mold all over again.
Conventional wisdom always held that a big-wheel bike like this was good for one thing—covering lots of ground quickly. Juliana have never had much use for conventional wisdom. Yes, the Joplin is a fine cross-country/endurance machine. With its light-yet-stiff carbon frame, efficient VPP® rear suspension, and 29-inch wheel option, this bike can be an absolute race weapon—but the Joplin is more than that.
The Joplin has always been, to reduce this thing to a single word, fun. As in the uncontrollable-giggling-spontaneous-high-fiving kind of fun. They cranked the knob on that particular trait to 11 this year with a ground-up redesign that increases the bike’s composure on descents, adds a bit more small-bump suppleness to the mix and improves its handling in tight turns.
The new Joplin also gives you the option of running either 29er or 27.5+ wheels. If you’re looking for quick acceleration and a nimble feel, go 29er. If you’re wanting extra traction and a more forgiving ride over roots and babyhead rocks, go 27.5+. It’s your choice.
Is the Joplin a cross-country racer? Sure. A trail bike? Absolutely. Is it fun? Oh, hell yes.
Frame: Minor Chip in paint on the left side of the top tube, moderate paint chipping on the rear triangle directly behind the chainring due to top chainslap, minor scuffing/blemishes on left side seatstay
Fork: Moderate scratch on left side lowers.
Rear Shock: Decals slightly peeling
Wheels: One or two very minor blemishes
Crankset: Minor Paint wear on ends from use
Grips: Slight wear/tearing at ends probably from the bike being on its side
Shifters: Like New
Tires: 80-90% of tread left, markings, and some scrapes from use
Saddle: Seat Rails have some paint chipping
Cassette: Some paint loss but very little actual wear
Brakes: Very minor paint blemishes on calipers, levers are like new except for a small scrape on the clamp on the left side lever.
Front/Rear Derailleur: One or two paint ships, probably from moving the bike around or the bike being on its side.
Chain Wear: No notable wear
Seatpost: Slight play, compresses roughly 50mm (somewhat normal for reverb posts)
Handlebar: One or two minor blemishes, probably from moving the shifter/brake levers
Stem: The bolts have some paint wear from adjustments, and the actual stem itself is like new
Additional Details: Most of the defects on it are from being moved around other bikes in storage except for the chain slap on the rear triangle.
Frame Model Juliana Joplin 2 CC XO1+ Kit Ultraviolet Large
Frame Size Large
Frame Color Ultraviolet Blue
Frame Year 2018
Rear Shock Fox Float Performance Elite
Headset Cane Creek 40; Integrated
Spacers (yes/no / xxmm) yes, 4
Fork Model Fox 34 Float Performance Elite 130
Fork Travel 130mm
Front Axle 15x110mm Thru Axle with Q/R
Front Axle Spacing 110mm
Front Wheel Diameter 27.5"+
Front Hub DT Swiss 350 110x15
Spoke Holes 28
Front Spokes DT Swiss Competition
Front Rim Easton Arc 40
Front Tire Maxxis Rekon+ Exo #c Maxx Terra 27.5"x2.8"
Front Tube Tubeless
Front Brake Model SRAM Level TLM w/180mm SRAM Centerline Rotors
Disc Rotor Interface Six Bolt
Disc Rotor Model SRAM Centerline 180mm
Disc Rotor Diameter 180mm
Stem Model Raceface Turbine Basic
Stem Length 55mm
Stem Steer Tube Diameter 1 1/8"
Stem Bar Clamp Diameter 31.8mm
Handlebar Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar; 31.8mm clamp, 780mm