Part Furtado endurance racer, part fun trail bike…
price: $6599 save 0% weight: 27.17 LBS / 12.33 KG
The 2017 Juliana Furtado 2.0 CC arrives on the scene with longer, lower, and slacker geometry than its lauded predecessor with a nimble back end and aggressive pedaling platform that redefines the limitations of a trail bike. Reigning as the gold standard by which all other trail bikes are measured, the Furtado saw a few updates with it’s mid-season release that further widened the gap to the rest of the herd. While this particular version rocks a kit featuring a Sram one-by 12 drivetrain, Sram Guide RSC hydraulic brakes, a dropper seatpost, and hard-charging Easton Arc 24 rims.
The shifts in geometry appear most obviously in the slacker head tube and steeper seat tube in comparison to the Furtado 1.0. The head tube loses a whole degree, dropping from 68 to 67, which brings it more in line with the previous Roubion model while expanding the Furtado capability when things possibly get steeper and or truly gnarly. The steeper seat tube angle is equally impactful, with the forward-oriented position of the saddle making for better leverage on the pedals while grinding up climbs or cranking out speed over long stretches of flowy singletrack.
Compared to its predecessor, the Furtado also features a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. This Juliana stack of alterations means that it pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider seat height range for aggressively tackling double-digit grades on either side of zero.
The Virtual Pivot Point 3 (VPP3) suspension also sees some changes in the Furtado. The most immediately obvious is the extra 5mm of travel, but the tuning has also been revised. Where the old suspension curve described a deep “U,” VPP3 curve resembles a flattened check mark, with less dramatic ramping on either end of the travel arc.
The results are that, during the initial stroke, VPP3 provides increased small bump compliance to keep the tires glued to the trail for more traction across lumpy terrain and root-strewn grades. It also maintains that firm feel of the predecessor during accelerations while jockeying for position off the line or clearing a shelf at the crux of a climb. When paired with a Fox Evol air can, the ramp-up arc doesn’t dramatically alter as the shock compresses, so the pedaling platform stays consistent across travel with less wallowing, bob, and bottoming out—even while the axle path turns rearward as travel increases to absorb big hits.
Both 2.0 triangles are constructed on the Juliana as whole, monocoque pieces, which also contributes to keeping weight low because the carbon material can be wrapped through junctures and around joints. This eliminates the artificial weak points of bonded frames and actually requires less material in the process. While being cured, the Furtado frame is compacted from inside and out, a final step that virtually eliminates any extra material and resin pooling, resulting in more structural integrity and, of course, additional weight savings.
So this CC-level carbon frame is every bit as stiff and strong as Juliana’s 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 them to use less material overall, which is what shaves off more than half a pound from the frame.
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- Furtado is a versatile trail bike redefining the category
- 130mm travel with smooth, controlled VPP3 suspension
- Longer front end holds your line choice with confidence
- Nimble rear triangle with Boost spacing adding stiffness
- Sram X01 Eagle drivetrain for a wide range of gearing with one-by simplicity
- The X01 Eagle cassette gives you a huge range with it’s 10x50t gear spread
- Carbon frame blending strength and rigidity
- Furtado is defined by rich aesthetic and enviable functionality