Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Turq Mountain Bike Frame - 2017 - Women's
Don't be fooled by the cutsie naming convention, the 2017 Yeti Cycles ASR Beti Turq Mountain Bike Frame isn't the downgraded pink-and-shrink fare we're used to seeing in products targeting women. It features the same top-tier, hard-riding, trail shredding construction and geometry found in the ASR Turq, just with a lighter tune to better suit smaller riders. While we can go back and forth about the merits of gendering bikes by colorway, there's no arguing that the ASR Beti is a great option for lighter riders of all genders looking for a whip-fast XC ride that still holds a hint of that famed Yeti enduro aggression.
This ASR Beti also carries Yeti's new Turq designation, which represents the most advanced frame the company can make at any given time. For the ASR, this means a more precise carbon layup, carefully molded to reinforce key stress points along the frame without adding any unnecessary bulk. This results in a frameset that has strength where you need it, and much appreciated weight reductions where you don't. Weighing just a claimed4.28lb, this feathery frame shaves even more weight by choosing a single-pivot suspension system over the heftier Switch Infinity, giving it nearly limitless acceleration potential on smooth, serpentine climbs without compromising on its ability to take on root lattices and brake-rutted descents.
That's not to say that the ASR Beti gets timid when grueling climbs flow into jarring descents. It shines across abusive terrain and white-knuckle descents that would have other cross-country bikes quaking in their tires. The ASR Beti is built to pair with 27.5 or 29in wheels, depending on size, so the big (or bigger) hoops steamroll anything lying in their path, allowing you to ride over trail impediments with effortless composure. And because it's distinctly Yeti at heart, this frame proudly retains a gravity-friendly persona with a head tube angle of either 68 or 69 degrees, again depending on size. This more relaxed geometry won't chuck you over the bars like other cross-country bikes when the going gets steep, allowing you to confidently descend on only four inches of suspension where other riders opt for longer-travel bikes.
As with the ASR, the ASR Beti eschews Yeti's applauded Switch Infinity in favor of a significantly lighter single-pivot suspension. Not only does this design save a ton of weight for efficiency, but it also simplifies regular maintenance for riders and racers servicing their own bike. The exceptionally stiff high modulus carbon frame and swing arm complement the lightweight suspension platform, translating into uncompromising acceleration needed for tearing the competition to shreds.
Juliana Joplin D Mountain Bike - Women's
A Jackie of all trades, the Joplin D Complete Mountain Bike is just as at home doing endurance races as it is getting buck on raucous trail rides where roots, rock gardens, and ledge drops are all part of the recipe. With the fast-rolling XC, 29-inch wheel option, the Joplin covers plenty of miles of trails quickly and efficiently. This frame is constructed from aluminum for durability and without the higher price of its carbon fiber sisters. Adding a Rock Shox Recon fork and SRAM's NX group builds up a capable bike that is ready for challenging trails at a friendly price tag.
Taking design notes from its big brother the Tallboy, the Joplin blends highly responsive XC handling with that of a go-anywhere, ride-anything trail bike with its 110-millimeters of VPP suspension paired with a 120-millimeter fork for the 29 wheels and tires. The shorter travel out back and extra squish up front lets the bike pedal with exceptional efficiency, and offers a little more security when sending blind drops and twisting the throttle when the trail opens up. One area where the Joplin and Tallboy differs is in its female-specific shock tune, so instead of skipping over rocks and roots with damping suited for heavier riders, the suspension will be better able to absorb the hits and keep you in control.
The VPP suspension gets 10-millimeters of extra travel over the previous Joplin, positioning the bike in the do-it-all category of rigs in the 4 to 5-inch range. Juliana didn't just increase the travel, it revised the VPP platform making it perform better in all conditions and making sure that you are able to utilize all of the 110mm of travel. Juliana engineered the leverage ratio so the travel is more supple off-the-top so you'll have more traction when you're riding over bumpy rock and root sections.
The shock remains linear until the end of the stroke for a smooth, bottom-less feel, then ramps up, becoming more progressive resisting bottom-outs on drops to flat and high speed jumps. The suspension kinematics help you use all 110 millimeters of travel leaving you with a plush bike that can handle trails typically reserved for bigger travel bikes. The 68-degree head tube angle remains the same for confident descending when the trail turns steep and rocky, as well as keeping the short 17-inch chainstays and low-slung bottom bracket at 13 inches for nimble carving and stable handling.
Juliana Joplin Carbon R Mountain Bike - Women's
Not a one-hit wonder, the Juliana Joplin Carbon R Complete Mountain Bike takes on hits way bigger than we'd ever throw at the first several generations of wagon-wheel bikes. That's because, like the queen of rock for which it's named, the Joplin effectively revolutionized its genre. It proved that 29ers aren't limited to cross country riding on smooth ribbons of serene hardpack. The latest model is even more aggressive, leading into terrain with a slacker head tube and the increased efficiency and tracking of Boost axles. It's built here with a kit that encourages aggression: SRAM's NX Eagle drivetrain combines the Eagle line's ultimate bailout gear to the workhorse, fear-no-trail-furniture functionality of NX.
Boost spacing, a slacker profile, enduro-inspired suspension links, and the protean flip chip are some of the modern features that cap off its developmental arc, following that of the Tallboy. The key difference between the Joplin and the Tallboy is in the shock tune, with the former lightening up a bit for lighter riders. Juliana calculates that typical women cyclists are around 30lb lighter than men, so the Joplin's lighter shock tune allows lighter riders to take full advantage of the bike's 4.5in of VPP travel. In the end, it's a tale of suspension and geometry that's dramatic enough to rival the biography of fast-living young rock stars.
Compared to the previous Joplins, the newest model takes just a bit off the top of the head tube, dropping 2.2 degrees to fall from the standard 70.2 to a moderately slack 68 degrees. The Virtual Pivot Point travel has also taken a turn for the crunchier, gaining an additional 10mm, which aligns the Joplin perfectly with the emerging crop of 4.5in, do-it-all 29ers. The VPP design is a carry-over from Santa Cruz's re-worked frames like the Bronson 2.0 and 5010 2.0. It's inspired by the enduro-minded Nomad, and the result is that the links stay out of the way, which lets the Joplin accommodate a piggyback shock's external can without giving up the bottle cage. The repositioned links also make for more ground clearance, lower standover, and an additional boost in stiffness to the already stiff Boost back end.
The latest VPP's changes aren't limited to wandering links, though; the system's tuning has also been tweaked. Where the old suspension curve described a deep "U," the new VPP's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the arc and, as mentioned above, a lighter tune to give lighter riders access to the deep end. The results are that, during the initial and mid stroke, it boasts increased bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy trails and root latticed climbs. It also maintains its predecessor's firm feel during accelerations, so it won't dampen the Joplin's spirited kick while jockeying for position in a mass start or a finishing sprint. The shock's ramp-up arc doesn't dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent across travel, with less wallowing, bob, and bottom-outs, even while the Boost axle's path turns rearward to absorb bigger hits deep in its travel.
Juliana's industry-leading carbon fiber construction makes its way to the Joplin, although this version uses a slightly lower grade of carbon fiber than the top-tier Carbon CC frame. This requires more material to achieve the same strength, so it does carry a bit more weight, but in every other aspect it's held to the same uncompromising standards as Juliana's Carbon CC frames. The upshot is that you get a frame that's every bit as stiff and strong at much more palatable price point.
The frame's two carbon triangles are built as whole pieces rather than glued together from disparate bits, a method that saves weight and increases structural integrity by allowing Santa Cruz to wrap carbon continuously through and around key junctures. This process reinforces the frame with less material while eliminating the artificial stress points that result from bonded construction methods. Finally, the carbon is also compacted from the inside and the outside for a more even finish that avoids any structural defects, excess material build-up, and resin pooling for (you guessed it) even more weight savings.
The Joplin's reworked linkage means it's one-by only, but it still comes equipped with ISCG 05 tabs. The threaded bottom bracket is another feature that we've come to just expect from the California-based brand, and it's a strong selling point for those who don't like dealing with the tricky tolerances and creaky interface of press-fit models. Understandably, the frame's clearance decreases as a 29er, but it still accommodates most 2.35in tires, which we think occupy the sweet spot of plush traction without getting top floppy and muddying trail feel.
Juliana Strega Carbon C Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 - Women's
The Strega must have been conjured from a cauldron full of rock gardens, rooty tree lines, gravity, and carbon fiber, with an engineer's finger or toe thrown in for good measure. Wicked-slack angles and bewitching suspension design are combined into a bike that's so capable it's spooky. The Juliana Strega Carbon C Mountain Bike Frame, aptly named after the Italian word for witch, may be able to fly down mountains with no hesitation, casting spells on riders every which way, but it's best if you don't burn it, it may feel bombproof, but we make no guarantees that this witch isn't flammable.
Diving deep into the dark of it, The Strega is not designed for just any woman who reaches for a mountain bike, it yearns for women who want to ride like a bat out of hell through the roughest terrain. The unwavering stability necessary for this kind of riding is achieved through an incredibly slack head tube angle, which is adjustable with the swap of a flip-chip on the linkage, so you can customize the ride from the High, enduro and trail hungry 65-degree head tube angle, to the downhill centric 64.5 degrees, which drops the bottom bracket and lengthens the wheelbase. We all hear about long and low geometry in mountain bikes so often that we might think someone may have hexed us, but the Strega is so slack, it's impossible not to comment on the length of the wheelbase. With just over a 47-inch between the hubs in a size Medium (low geometry setting), the Strega is incredibly long and stable, and the slackest women's specific bike currently on the market. When the long wheelbase is paired with short chainstays for a responsive rear end, and a seat tube angle that's even steeper than the Roubion at 74.5-degrees, you've got a long-travel bike that's still happy to be pedaled up steep climbs, so you're not cursed to a life of anything but shuttles and lift access riding.
The Strega's VPP suspension design takes some queues from the Santa Cruz V10 with its lower link location, but dives into territory that hasn't been on the market before, and it's done in such an aesthetically pleasing way. Nestled in the lower-link is the RockShox Super Deluxe R shock, with 170mm of suspension, centered within a tunnel of meticulously laid-up carbon fiber that arcs around it as if to worship it, capped with a fender in the back to shield it from mud spray and stray trail debris. The location of the shock at the lower link translates to a more linear shock rate with a quick responding and consistent ride that wants to track its way through rubble and roots. This shock placement marks an extreme departure from the suspensions of the Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. The Super Deluxe R air shock was redesigned with increased bushing overlap for a smoother stroke to send it over chunder, and metric sizing to future-proof it, should you want to upgrade the rear suspension later down the road. The shock also received a women's specific tune, since we tend to weigh an average of 30 pounds less than the guys on the trails.
The Strega Carbon C uses Juliana's second-tier carbon, which hosts similar construction methods to their higher grade CC, with a different grade of material that adds a mere 250-280g to the frame, and saves big on money. The carbon is constructed using the same one-piece carbon layup technique as their CC level, with unidirectional carbon plies that wrap between the tubes so that the frame can absorb impacts more effectively, and a compressive bladder for applying outward pressure against the mold while carbon is curing to reduce resin pooling. The result is a bike that lures us in with its spellbinding aesthetics and captures our souls with the drive to fly down every mountain in sight on a bike so light that we may confuse it for a magic broomstick.
Juliana Strega Carbon CC X01 Mountain Bike - 2018 - Women's
A mere glimpse of the spellbinding lines, alluring paint scheme, and gravity-inspired shock configuration of the Juliana Strega Carbon CC XO1 Complete Mountain Bike conjures up daydreams of flying downhill at high rates of speed, sending intimidating freeride lines, and conquering hour-long descents in epic alpine terrain. Fittingly named from the Italian word for witch, the Strega mesmerizes fellow riders and onlookers with its drop-dead gorgeous aesthetics paired with aggressive geometry, smooth suspension feel, and exceptional Carbon CC frame.
Creating a long-travel bike without equal in the women's market, Juliana tossed preconceived notions aside of what ladies desire in an aggressive mountain bike in designing the Strega. Packing 170 millimeters of VPP travel, the Strega is purely intended for the demanding female rider seeking a long-travel bike to keep up with their progressing skills across big hits, scary steeps, and technical alpine terrain. Ultimately, it's the type of bike for those pouring their heart and soul into every ride, whether it's weekend shuttle runs on downhill-dedicated trails or self-propelled adventures deep into high-alpine terrain.
The first thing you'll notice with the Strega lies within its reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's radically different than the likes of Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This shock location takes cues directly from the Santa Cruz V10, which is renowned on the professional downhill circuit for numerous victories against the fastest riders in the world. Translated to the Strega, the lower shock placement makes it feel more consistent and supple throughout its stroke, allowing it to track smoothly across steep and rugged terrain, much like a dedicated downhill bike. Another thing to note, Juliana employs a custom shock tune that's designed for the lighter builds of female riders, meaning it'll feel more responsive and not overly harsh like male-specific shock tunes.
Delving into its geometry, the Strega inspires downhill confidence with a 65-degree head tube angle (in its higher geometry setting) making it the slackest women's bike on the market. A couple of years ago, this would limit the Strega to lift-accessed downhills and shuttle laps like most gravity sleds on the market. However, realizing that aggressive riders desire a long-travel bike that can actually pedal uphill, the designers at Juliana engineered it with a pedal-friendly 74.5-degree seat tube angle (high geometry setting). This means you'll be able to power up steep climbs and conquer long swaths of trail, especially with the 500% gear range provided by its XO1 12-speed drivetrain.
Seeing that mountain bikes are best when they're customized to your personal style, Juliana engineered the Strega with a flip-chip on the linkage that changes the bike's geometry from its gravity-friendly 65-degree head tube angle to a strict downhill-dedicated 64.6 degrees, as well as lowering the bottom bracket and slightly elongating the wheelbase for greater composure at white-knuckle speeds. Another sweet detail, the reconfigured shock includes a special fender that blocks flinging rocks and kicked-up mud from clogging it up. Juliana didn't stop there with the obsession to detail, giving the Strega a custom shuttle guard, so your the Carbon CC frame doesn't get damaged from banging around on truck tailgates.
Speaking of the Carbon CC frame, the Strega Carbon CC XO1 shaves a significant deal of weight from the cheaper Carbon C frame. Juliana achieves this by using a lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon lay-up, all without sacrificing one bit of strength or stiffness you've come to love from Juliana carbon frames. We don't have any real figures on hand for the weight savings, but a typical Juliana Carbon CC frame weighs about nine ounces less than a Carbon C counterpart. And seeing it's custom built for hard-charging ladies, low standover heights (as low as 27.7 inches for the XS frame) and size-specific droppers squeeze every ounce of performance from the bike's aggressive geometry without compromising on fit.
Juliana Furtado Carbon 27.5+ S Mountain Bike - Women's
The Furtado line from Juliana has created high expectations that resonate across the industry, and the Furtado Carbon 27.5+ S Complete Mountain Bike is no exception thanks to this year’s redesign which gives it a slacker, more versatile geometry than ever before. Featuring a playful feel that flicks around tight corners, maximizes efficiency while you pedal up rock-littered steeps, and appreciates a speedy, energetic descent, this bike redefines what it means to be called a trail bike. The Furtado makes a wider range of terrain accessible to you, with a low-slung geometry that feels more stable at high speeds without losing the agility, efficiency, and nimble handling that made its predecessors able to successfully replace a garage full of bikes with different applications. This version also features 27.5+ tires, which enhance traction as you climb and add cushion for harder landings as you cruise over drops and jumps on the way back down.
As has been the trend with previous Furtado redesigns, the latest model leads with a slacker head tube angle, down from 67 degrees to 66.5 in its high setting and 66.2 in its low setting. The high and low settings owe their presence to a significant change out back, where Juliana’s flip-chip technology lets you tweak the shock attachment to tune the bike’s geometry for the terrain and riding style at hand. Feeling more of an aggressive, downhill vibe—maybe even with some lift assistance? Go low to send it with the confidence of that extra stability underfoot. Planning on a full day of pedaling? Go high to enjoy a front end less prone to wandering on climbs.
Not only does the flip-chip allow you to ride in a more slacked-out position if you so choose, but it also gives you ample clearance to run wider tires—up to 2.8in. Juliana outfits this particular Furtado with 2.6in tires, which deliver all the traction and bump-smoothing benefits of a traditional 2.8in tire, but without feeling overly vague or excessively heavy. This 2.6in tire gives confidence to monster truck across the rockiest stretches of trail but without worrying about the tire squirming under hard braking and cornering like a larger 2.8in tire.
The slightly longer reach is another major update to this generation’s Furtado. It may be a touch more than you’re used to on a trail bike, but it provides a roomier cockpit for plenty of knee clearance even when you’re shifting your weight toward your bars for those extra steep climbs. This alignment increases composure at the higher speeds you'll be pushing for, and the seat tube is a full degree steeper to keep you in an optimal pedaling position whether you're climbing for thousands of vertical feet or muscling up a short, punchy climbs with rocks and roots standing in your way. The longer reach and slacker head tube are also offset by a short stem, which keeps handling snappy even while you reap the benefits of more stable confidence.
Despite the changes, the new Furtado retains the high degree of pedaling efficiency and bottom-out resistance its predecessors featured courtesy of its VPP suspension. This VPP platform neatly tucks the lower link above the bottom bracket to protect it from rock strikes and damage from flinging trail debris. The upper portion remains attached to the top tube with a new stiffer box-section upper link. While other DH-oriented frames in the Juliana line have moved to a lower-link mounted shock, the Furtado retains its upper link-mounted shock to minimize the risk of bottoming out even with its reduced travel. That being said, it's spec'd with a FOX DPX2 Float Performance shock for a supple feel with improved traction while pedaling over bumpy trail sections, as well as greater resistance to heating up for more consistency on those long descents. Juliana tuned the shock specifically for lighter, female riders, so this bike complements your riding style in a manner that maximizes sensitivity and response without sacrificing power.
One thing that hasn't changed is Juliana's carbon manufacturing. This particular frame benefits from the resounding stiffness and strength you've come to love from the Northern California brand's Carbon C layup. This high degree of stiffness translates to lightning-quick acceleration when you're powering out of a corner or hammering up a steep, punchy climb on the trail, as well as allows you to hold your line over rugged stretches of trail. Additionally, you'll find the Carbon C frame pairs nicely with SRAM's GX Eagle group, which provides you with the range needed for steep, extensive climbs as well as lets you find your max speed more efficiently. The frame is backed by an amazing lifetime warranty, so you'll have peace of mind for riding hard and fast out on the trail.
Juliana Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame - 2018 - Women's
Just one glance at the intriguing lines, flashy paint scheme, and gravity-inspired shock configuration of the Juliana Strega Carbon CC Mountain Bike Frame is all that's required to evoke thoughts of scintillating downhill laps and epic rides over formidable alpine terrain. Fittingly named after the Italian word for witch, we'd be lying if we didn't admit our spellbinding desire to the Strega's gorgeous aesthetics paired with a mix of aggressive geometry, smooth suspension, and top-flight Carbon CC frame.
Juliana set out to create a bike without equal in the world of women's market, throwing preconceived notions aside in favor of what women desire in a mountain bike with its 170-millimeters of VPP travel. That being said, it's purely intended for the demanding rider seeking a long-travel bike to push their ever-progressing skills over no-fall lines, rowdy rock gardens, and seriously treacherous descents. Ultimately, it's the type of bike for those pouring every bit of passion into their riding, regardless if it's lift-accessed downhills on the weekends or self-propelled adventures deep into the alpine wilderness.
One of the first things you'll notice with the Strega is the reconfigured VPP suspension, driven by a lower-link mounted shock that's radically different from the likes of Roubion, Furtado, and Joplin. This shock takes cues from the Santa Cruz V10, which is renowned for its dominance on the pro downhill circuit. Translated to the Strega, the lower shock placement makes it feel more consistent and linear throughout its stroke, tracking to steep descents and dicey lines in a smooth, supple fashion much like a downhill rig. Another important detail, Juliana employs a custom shock tune for the lighter bodies of female riders, making it more responsive when you're pedaling and descending over rugged stretches of trail.
Looking at the Strega's geometry, you'll notice its 65-degree head tube angle (in high geometry setting) makes it the slackest women's-specific bike on the market. A couple of years ago, this would limit the Strega to lift-accessed terrain and shuttle runs like most gravity bikes. However, realizing that many female riders desire a long-travel bike that actually propels itself back uphill, the designers at Juliana engineered it with a pedal-friendly 74.5-degree seat tube angle (high geometry setting). In conjunction with its longer reach, you'll find it's able to power up steep, punchy climbs without struggling to weight the front wheel like many of the slacker rigs in the gravity category.
Since mountain bikes are best when customized to your particular riding style, Juliana engineered it with a flip-chip on the linkage that changes its geometry from its stock 65-degree head tube angle to a downhill-dedicated 64.6 degrees, as well as lowering the bottom bracket and slightly elongating the wheelbase for greater composure on downhills. Another cool detail, the reconfigured shock includes a special fender that blocks flinging rocks and kicked-up mud. Juliana didn't stop there with the obsession to detail, hooking up the Strega with a custom shuttle guard, so your Carbon CC frame doesn't get damaged from banging around on truck tailgates.
Speaking of its Carbon CC frame, this version of the Strega offers a significant weight savings over the cheaper Carbon C frame—all without sacrificing the legendary strength and stiffness you've come to love from Juliana bikes. Although we don't have any real figures on hand for the weight savings, a typical Juliana Carbon CC frame weighs about nine ounces lighter than its Carbon C counterpart. Juliana achieves weight savings by using a lighter and stronger carbon fiber lay-up while trimming away strategic areas to reduce weight. And seeing it's custom designed for hard-charging ladies, low standover heights (as low as 27.7 inches for XS) make the most of the bike's aggressive geometry without compromising fit.
Juliana Strega Carbon C GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike - 2018
The Italian word for witch is Strega and we feel Juliana certainly picked an apt name for this bike as your riding game will surely transform, feeling as if you conjured up some witchcraft as you achieve faster speeds and tackle technical lines like never before. Designed to help in the progression of the modern female freerider, if you're looking to upgrade your park and double black diamond trail game, the Strega Carbon C GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike sports the slack geometry and efficient, yet plush VPP suspension travel for soaking up big hits without being a burden if the shuttles aren't running. This build gets a custom curated kit that balances value and performance with a ride so addictive, you'll keep coming back for more.
The big-hit Strega is easily the most aggressive women-specific freeride bike we've come across. It's incredibly slack head tube angle is adjustable with a simple re-position of the flip-chip on the linkage, so you can customize the ride from a steeper, all-mountain 65-degrees, to an almost DH World Cup-worthy, slack 64.5 degrees. The DH setting also drops the bottom bracket and lengthens the wheelbase, offering composure and confidence at speed yet remaining agile enough to still be fun on tamer trails. Regardless of setting, the steep 74.1 to 74.5-degree seat tube angle lets this bike pedal well up sheer terrain. It places your weight forward, encouraging you to attempt steep, ledgy trails without having to resort to extreme Body-English as your power is right over the pedals.
The Strega's VPP suspension design takes cues from the Santa Cruz V10 and its brother, the Nomad, with its lower link pivot location. Nestled in the lower link is the RockShox Super Deluxe R shock, with nearly 7in of suspension, positioned in a way to keep the bike's center of gravity as low as possible for berm carving goodness and stability. No detail goes unnoticed with the Juliana team, and the shock even has its own fender shielding it from errant trail debris and mud.
The shock location also creates the most linear VPP platform in the Juliana line-up, providing a consistent feel throughout the shock's stroke and an off the top sensitivity that rivals some DH bikes. A shorter eye-to-eye length relative to the stroke, afforded by the use of the metric shock standard, gains increased bushing overlap for a smoother stroke and more rear-end stiffness for a point and shoot riding style that still allows room for a full-size water bottle to sit on inside the downtube. The shock also receives a custom tune for lighter—yet no less heavy-hitting—riders.
SRAM's GX drivetrain matches the value focus on offer from the Strega Carbon C frame, with a super wide-range cassette capable of taming any gradient climb while offering enough top-end to never run out of gears. A 170mm RockShox Lyric fork guides the bike with its beefy stanchions and simply refuses to deflect off of its line. The over-sized party continues upstairs with the Race Face 35mm Aeffect R bars and stem. Other touch points include Juliana's own anatomic saddle and slim grips, also selected with the female rider in mind.
The Strega Carbon C uses Juliana's second-tier carbon, which boasts identical construction to the higher grade CC carbon but uses a different modulus that adds a tiny bit of weight to save big on cash. The method remains the same, with unidirectional carbon plies wrapping between tubes, adding strength and long-term durability. An inner bladder applies outward pressure against the mold while the carbon cures to reduce resin pooling and virtually eliminate imperfections. This results in a frame that is so tough, Juliana backs it with a lifetime frame and bearing warranty.