I was an architect in my previous life. Before I began documenting cycling culture. One of my favorite architectural theorists is a fella named Rem Koolhaas. In his book, Delirious New York, he claims that “A city is a plane of tarmac with some red hot spots of urban intensity”. While the book is an examination of New York City, many have applied this observation to the sprawling city of Los Angeles.
I don’t know what to title it. But the bike is really fun, so this is worth the read. I like to think that the writing is also fun, making it double worth the read.
The bottom line at the top: The new Juliana Joplin ups the “raucous trail ability” of its predecessor a few ticks with the new build: feeling right at home pointing down chunky and steep serpentine terrain, while somehow maintaining that xc pedal-ability we sometimes care about. While the positioning of the historic Juliana Joplin, which launched with the brand in 2013, pointed towards super-capable cross country, this bike and its lineage have always pushed the boundaries of the technical ability of a bike that can still pedal fast.
Quincy, California sits at the northern end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s in the heart of California’s Gold Country where in the mid-1800s, miners from all over the world came for their chance at striking it rich. It’s in part thanks to the Gold Rush that within spitting distance of town, you have access to hundreds of miles of mountainous dirt roads.
While the town itself is small, with not much more than a movie theater and a few places to shop, each year around September the population swells with the crazy two-wheeled set for Grinduro weekend. Juliana’s new drop bar bike, the Quincy, is 100-percent made to rule on this terrain. Before Sea Otter, I was invited down to hang out with the Juliana/Santa Cruz team and test out the Quincy. With a 40+ mile ride in the mountains around Big Basin Redwoods State Park, we rode hard on everything from tarmac connectors and loose chalky gravel to branches, mud, and gopher-hole-checkered grassy downhills.
If you’re in Santa Cruz or en route to Monterrey for Sea Otter, be sure to swing through the Juliana Bike Night at the Santa Cruz Bicycles Factory – 2841 Mission St – at 6pm!
People fear what they don’t understand… Nice one, Juliana!
Melissa Munro is one half of the Trans-Provence. Along with her husband, Ash, she helps plan the world’s most famous enduro races but it doesn’t end there. When the race is over, she leads guided tours down the same trails and tracks…
Sven and Anka have probably one of the most scenic lives!
“Aneela McKenna, together with her husband, Andy, runs GoWhere Scotland, a guiding company dedicated to showing you the real, remote, beautiful wilds of Scotland.”
Check out more of that new Joplin and more at Juliana!
These ladies rip and they’ll continue to rip throughout this year, kicking off with the EWS kickoff in Valdivia, Chile, on March 26. Go Juliana!
There’s no debating that Santa Cruz, California is home to some exceptional mountain, cross and road cycling. The best part: it’s all within a few miles of where ever you’re staying. These past few days I’ve enjoyed hitting the dirt with the ladies of Juliana Bicycles on their home turf. I haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time riding trails with women and I gotta say, I’ve had a blast shredding with these total bad asses! Riding their wheels, watching their lines and eating their dust (literally – send rain!)
Thanks to the locals for showing this recent California transplant a good time in the dirt.
‘Cross bikes, ‘cross bikes, ‘cross bikes…
Look. I love cyclocross bikes but I was beginning to get a little Grinduro’d out. After a weekend of shooting, talking, riding and basically living bikes at the event, I wanted a recovery day. Decompression. Detachment. Whatever you want to call it. I needed a vacation. Ok, not really. I just wanted to ride mountain bikes and be out of cell reception for 24 hours.
Luckily, we were already in the midst of some incredible mountains, so it was literally a no-brainer to hop on the road and book it up to Downieville. That place has always carried such a mystique for me. I’d never been before, for various reasons, but had ridden all over California so I was familiar with the terrain. But still. There’s something about that trail network that had been beckoning me for years.
It was my friend Andrea‘s birthday on Monday and she too wanted to ride there one last time before the season ended. She’s been numerous times, so it worked out perfectly. Sunday morning after Grindruo, we would leave Quincy, drive an hour or so, get to town, pass out, wake up for a morning shuttle, take it super chill, shoot photos, eat gummy worms, sip the flask and barrel along the downhill line, ending at the river…
There was one detail we were missing: bikes. ‘Drea and I were on Grinduro-ready rigs, not 6″ trail bikes.
Luckily Yuba Expeditions had rental bikes for around $100 a day. I scooped up a Ibis Mojo, Andrea got a Santa Cruz Nomad and we were good to go. Oh and tubes. Oh and I needed knee pads. Now we’re good to go.
Our friends over at Juliana bicycles, the sister company to Santa Cruz, have just announced a SRAM Pro Team for 2015. Featuring Anka Martin, Sarah Leishman and Kelli Emmett, the team will be competing in various enduro races around the globe. Huge props to Juliana and SRAM for taking the leap and supporting these women as they chase their dreams. Read up more at the Juliana Blog and see a few photos below.
Also, hi Anka!
Are you a woman that loves to MTB and wants to work with a rad company like Juliana? Well read up:
“Juliana riders reflect a go-getting attitude that inspires us to get on our bikes, go out there, and ride. We’re ready to grow our family, and are looking to support more racers, ambassadors, and juniors in our dealer communities in the US and Canada. If you identify with the spirit of Juliana Bicycles and share our passion for riding mountain bikes, get in touch and tell us about yourself.
I hope you sign up and good luck!
Santa Cruz has the Bronson and over at Juliana, the sister company, they have the Roubion, a do-all 150mm travel trail bike, specifically designed for women without holding back on any of the tech benefits. These bikes mean business!
See more below.
Photo by Gary Perkin
Juliana Bicycles, the sister company to Santa Cruz, sponsored a rather epic MTB excursion in February with Anka Martin throughout New Zealand and the surrounding areas of the Nelson Tasman district. I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand and now, I want to go there even more. This looks like it was quite the trip!