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. We’ve 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. We 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. This CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as our C-level frames, but weighs about 280 grams less, due to the use of some lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon fiber. Using this material in key places allowed us to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
Custom ‘light’ suspension tune for a plusher feel
Low stand over height for better maneuverability
148mm Rear Hub Spacing
Accepts both 29er and 27.5+ wheel/tire combos
Juliana anatomical women's saddle
73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket
Collet axle pivots - lock in place without pinch bolts
Double sealed pivots with grease ports for low maintenance
Full carbon frame and swingarm
Frame Material: Carbon CC Fork: Fox 34 Float Factory Kashima 120 Shock: Fox Float Factory Rear Dérailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle Shifters: SRAM XX1 Eagle Crankset: SRAM XX1 Eagle; 32t Bottom Bracket: Included w/ crankset Cassette: SRAM XG1295; 10-50t Chain: SRAM XX1 Eagle Powerlock Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate w/180mm Avid Centerline Rotors Headset: Cane Creek 110; Integrated Bars: Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar; 31.8x750mm Stem: Easton Haven 31.8mm clamp Grips: Juliana single sided lock-on Front Hub: Industry Nine Torch 110x15 Rear Hub: Industry Nine Torch 148x12 Rims: RaceFace ARC 24 Spokes: DT Swiss Competition Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3 Rear Tire: Maxxis Ardent Race Exo; 29x2.35 Tubes: Stans Sealant SeatPost: RockShox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x 125mm(S), 150mm M-L) Saddle: Juliana Primeiro Saddle
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