Interbike 2013 Ladies Edition - Part II

Sep 23, 2013
by Rachelle Frazer Boobar  
Juliana Bicycles announced the newest addition to their quiver at Interbike this year - The 27.5" trail bike Juno. The Juno comes with only one build kit and with a retail of $2599USD, it's aimed at being a whole lot of bike at a price you can afford. The single pivot, 125mm travel frame is equipped with a Fox Float rear shock, RockShox Sector Gold RL forks, Shimano Deore drive train and Avid Elixr 1 brakes. The components that make this bike women's specific are the Juliana Segundo women's saddle, a compact bar and grip system for smaller hands, a bit of a shorter top tube with a lower stand-over height as well as a bar, stem and crank size that's tailored to you for the best geometry possible. Juliana Bicycles are touting the Juno as pedalling efficient, nimble and perpetually playful. Sounds seductive doesn't it?

www.julianabicycles.com



Over at Sombrio things were looking sophisticated with many subtle tones spotted on the racks, but with further investigation we found some bold pieces that are synonymous with the brand. Here Smash is wearing the V'al shorts in blue which have a nifty little key pocket and also feature a higher rise at the back of the short to minimize any unwanted booty cleavage sightings. $69CAD. The clean looking Tyvekia jersey retails for $59CAD.

The classic DH/Freeride Drift short will be available in a cheeky looking pink next year $119CAD as will the Pedigree jersey for $55CAD. Available Spring 2014.

bike.sombriocartel.com



Ok we know you've seen these helmets - but just look at the colours! Ian took a moment out of his booth boy duties to demonstrate a handy feature of the Smith Forefront helmet - Take your Smith riding glasses, slide them onto your lid and away you go. Full integration is also available for your goggles, light or camera and at 295grams the aerocore mold construction will keep your head protected without weighing you down. Available Spring 2014 for $220USD.

www.smithoptics.com



THULE actually designed the Helium Aero with women in mind as it's almost half the weight of a regular aluminum rack so it's much easier to handle, install and remove. The rack comes with a fully integrated locking system and the arms fold down when not in use so you can still access the rear of your vehicle. And yes, it's mountain bike compatible. The two bike Aero retails for $339USD and the three bike Aero retails for $379USD.

www.thule.com



In its second year of production the Royal Racing womens line looked smooth, simple and sharp. From left to right is the Concept Jersey$59.95, the Cruiser short $89.95 (both shots), Core glove $24.95 (Don't be fooled by those hands, those gloves are for the girls) and the Cruiser jersey in purple $39.95.

www.royalracing.com



It takes a certain type of man to design a saddle as alluring as the Juniper. Fortunately for us, the gentlemen from Chromag happen to have that certain je ne sais quoi. The Juniper and its sassy new look will be available in Spring 2014.

www.chromagbikes.com



The Spark lumbar pack from Camelbak gets two new colours for next Spring: Imperial Purple/Graphite and Blue Jewel/Chartreuse. The Spark is designed a little smaller than the other lumbar packs to fit our figures slightly better, but it can still carry two litres or water and has room enough for all your needs. The L.U.X.E in Clementine/Light Purple features the NV back panel which has articulating pods to maximize comfort and airflow and will set you up with three litres of juice for longer days on the trails.

www.camelbak.com



Although the new carbon LEV from KS is aimed more specifically at the xc racing market, we thought that the 65mm dropper would also come in handy for the ladies on the shorter end of the height chart who might have problems finding a dropper post that's short enough to work for them.

www.kssuspension.com



What do Tracey Hannah, Myriam Nicole and Holly Feniak all have in common? They all ride fast and they all wear 100% Eyewear. Fact. The Racecraft retails for $65USD for clear lens and $75USD for mirror lens and there are plenty of other colours and styles in the range to choose from.

www.ride100percent.com



Getting hangry just isn't cool. Throw one of Luna's new Fiber bars in your pack to avoid nutritional melt-down on your next ride. Available in four different flavours the Luna Fiber bar is 70% organic and contains vitamin D, calcium, iron and folic acid - the four core vitamins and minerals essential to women's health.

www.lunabar.com



Alpinestars continues their foray into the enduro world with the Stella Drop line getting a couple of additional colours next year. The moto inspired shorts will now come in orchid as well as black and the jersey will be available in white, turquoise and black.

www.alpinestars.com



Face shot anyone? We're not sure if this little Spruzza contraption, which attaches to your handlebars and squirts you in the face, is sending the right message.



And here are the booth boys and babe of Ryders Eyewear.


Thanks for checking out the highlights for the ladies here at Interbike. See ya in 2014!


90 Comments

  • 39 1
 Women's specific food always reminds me of an interaction I had at Sea Otter one year. I tried some crescent-shaped Luna energy chews:
Me: They taste exactly like Clif Shot Bloks.
Sales rep: That's because they are made by Clif and are the same recipe.
Me: So what makes them women's specific?
Sales rep: The shape.
  • 2 0
 Whats so male about a cube? hahahaha! That's a good joke!
  • 5 0
 Women specific goggles and bike racks...you've got to be kidding me
  • 6 1
 I guess that women specific goggles could be smaller. If Oakley can make "Asian fit" sunglasses...
  • 1 0
 They explained the reason they call it the Female specific bike rack, because it weighs 50% less than their other models. So going by the stereotype of women are weaker than men blah blah blah, it kinda makes sense.
  • 5 0
 Hell I'd go for a lighter bike rack if it does the same job equally as well..
  • 18 0
 I'm with @ghunter7 here...
Perhaps someone from Juliana can chime in, but I'm confused as to what makes this really special. I checked the specs for the Juno against the comparable Santa Cruz bike, the Bantam. Both are 27.5 wheels, both 125mm travel. However, the standover height on the Juno is actually taller than on the Bantam, so I'm curious how that's actually "lower," since according to science, it's actually "taller." Additionally the top tube length is either .5mm shorter on the small OR longer on ever other size in the lineup. Seems odd. Shorter cranks don't make a bike women's specific. I prefer longer cranks to get more leverage out of my pedaling and I'm actually a pretty short lady at 5'4". I also prefer wider bars for a more aggressive descent. So narrow bars are out the window for me too. Smaller grips? Cool, but that's hardly a complicated thing to replace on your own.

I'm all for women's specific products, but putting "women's specific parts", i.e. smaller stuff, on a bike that is = to or perhaps even a bit larger... is not making a bike women's specific.

Again, I'd love to know if I'm missing something here and I'd love for a company as well respected as Santa Cruz to offer something genuinely crafted from the floor up for female geometry. I'm sure these bikes ride really well- as the Juliana has always been a beloved bike. I just want to understand the details.
  • 2 0
 Hi Lacy, If you look at the other models in the Juliana lineup's geometry and numbers, you will find something that fits you. My girlfriend is 5'1 and needs narrower bars, shorter stem and thinner grips. Alot of women also have smaller hands (the average grip is designed for bigger hands) (This department is all custom) Companies usually go with an average of what people want. same goes with "mens" or non specific bikes. you wont see 31" bars on most bikes, nor 27", you'll find an average, for the average person to enjoy. If you are proficient, and know what you like, you will probably swap the bars, stem, pedals, grips, etc, to the ones you like and are accustomed to. If not, then chances are, you'll be fine with the selections. (they can't please everyone)

reducing crank length, makes the stack/reach less (see little kids bikes) I.e. Brett Tippie's kid's custom raceface cranks.

The fact the these companies are trying to cater to women, to make them more stoked on having specific gear is awesome! I like where the industry is heading with this.
  • 2 0
 Thanks for doing the research and then calling them out on this Lacy. Limited substance in terms of actual frame design and geo.
  • 19 1
 Is the Spruzza actually marketed as a product for females? *in Cleveland's Voice* "That's Nasty"
  • 26 0
 Reminds me of the shake weight, specifically Creme Fraiche episode of South Park LMAO
  • 6 0
 Only thing missing is the cab fare dispenser
  • 2 3
 Its a water misting system marketed to all cyclists in hot weather riding. Works best for road/tt/tri riders who spend most of their time hunched down forwards and over the bars.
  • 2 0
 Spruzzamist.com. I think they were going for the "riding thru sprinklers" feel. But what do I know Smile
  • 1 1
 They should of called it, "Pearl Jam"...
  • 4 0
 Double snare, high hat.
  • 9 2
 Maybe those Juliana bikes work well for taller ladies, but so does every other bike on the market. Placing the shock on the underside of the top tube is a completely limiting design flaw. Maybe if these weren't re-branded santa cruzes and were actually designed from the ground up they could have something to offer beyond a couple aftermarket parts.
And what use is a dropper post to a short rider if the insertion depth needs to be at that grey ring???
  • 9 2
 Let me get this straight Santa Cruz. For $2599 my GF can get a single pivot aluminum frame, bottom barrel Shimano drive-train, and the worst Sram hydro brakes? Please. For the love of all GF's everywhere, where can she sign up for this incredible piece of value????
  • 5 1
 Then don't buy it.
  • 2 1
 no motard has a point, saying a 10,000$ bke with top end parts is overpriced suits the "then don't buy it" but 2600 for an entry level bike? seriously that's ridiculous
  • 1 1
 Point taken.
  • 11 1
 Yay. Thanks for putting up a ladies perspective!
  • 13 1
 My wife isn't a mountain biker but I showed her this and she feels like why do they have to make a lot of women's riding gear in stereotypical pink and purple?
  • 10 1
 "Face shot anyone?" Lol, love it!
  • 1 0
 Won't go wrong if you hire Hutchinson UR ladies as brand ambassadors.
  • 5 1
 "My wife isn't a mountain biker but I showed her this and she feels like why do they have to make a lot of women's riding gear in stereotypical pink and purple?"

My wife is 5'11" and purposely bought a flaming pink ski jacket and goggles with hearts on them so the burnouts would stop calling her 'dude' by accident while in the lift line. Don't know how the hips and pony tail sticking under her helmet didn't give it away. Meth kills.
  • 11 0
 I accidentally call women dude, man, bro etc all the time and I have never tried meth. My foot just fits remarkably well in my mouth.
  • 1 0
 Can't argue with that.
  • 7 1
 Its disappointing for Santa Cruz to have this new lineup of women's specific bikes, That don't fit women under 5feet. Is it really that hard to make an extra small on a women's lineup. Something with a 14.5 ish seat tube. And short TT.
  • 1 0
 Mr Mars, it's all about the market segment, my friend. How many women under 5' want to buy a Juliana, specifically, when there's Specialized, Trek and Giant who all make women's bikes? BTW, Giant makes, or made, XS women's frame's too. SC ain't gonna blow capital on high end bikes for really short ladies, where's the market? At that point they may as well get a custom made frame sized perfectly for them.
  • 2 0
 Actually the reason they don't make a tiny frame probably has LESS to do with market share and more to do with their suspension design. It is probably impossible to fit a shock long enough to accommodate the travel on a very small frame. The rear shock is what is so limiting with small full suspension bikes.
  • 1 0
 DG, es posssible, but couldn't they just move the shock further forward underneath the tt? Anyways, maybe it's ltd by the swing arm size as well.
  • 1 0
 It is really hard to make a fully suspended bike in that small of a size whip out a tape measure measure a sock length then a bb shell and try and. cram that into 14 in I wish it were so easy.
  • 5 0
 Lots of women specific marketing here.
  • 1 0
 How short do women have to be to need a 65mm-dropper-post? I (as a man) am only ~1,65m (5'5" for the american guys) and use a 125mm dropper post, which means I can nearly drop the post all the way down, which is very comfortable.
  • 1 0
 I'm 5'2" and have a 27" inseam. I use a 75mm KS post. Anything longer will absolutely not work for me (i.e. Reverb). So glad KS makes a wide selection.
  • 4 2
 PB glad your including more women sepecific aritcles. Thule I don't know anyone that would rack up their sweet ride with straps.
  • 2 0
 Also, it's irrelevant for most road bikes with perfectly straight top tubes but for MTBs, try fitting hydroformed toptubes in there. On the other hand, pretty cool that they got the weight limit up to 35lbs/bike as when I was on the market for a rack, most of them were capped at 28lbs or so which sounds problematic when you intend to carry multiple DH sleds.
  • 1 0
 35 is pretty light for dh... most peoples bikes are like 40 unless they have the frames from 2011+
  • 2 0
 Yeah I know, it would always be on the back of my mind but I didn't want to be nitpicky. I just wanted to point it out because this is a MTB oriented site and that rack is not very MTB oriented. Pretty sure our bikes are still safe at 40lbs on a 35lbs rack. Stuff is usually engineered with a much higher actual tolerence than the claimed one to keep a safety margin. Also, their DH market is probably microscopic though so the jump from 28 to 35 is probably less painful on the pricing compared to a jump from 28 to 45 that would be overkill for the vast majority of their potential clients, especially when considering it's hitch mounted and the T2 already fills that niche better than this offering.
  • 6 2
 Ahh yes, the Spruzza "Bukkake."
  • 4 0
 That Chromag saddle... totally going on my new bike build.
  • 3 0
 Those Hot Pink pants are something I should get for the wife!
  • 9 6
 Those smith helmets are just awful IMO
  • 2 0
 Finally a dropper post that doesn't have 5" of travel! Too bad its carbon and probably costs a ton.
  • 2 0
 It's just an example of what is out there. KS have other short options as well as do other manufacturers.
  • 2 6
flag VTwintips (Sep 23, 2013 at 18:12) (Below Threshold)
 Why would you want LESS adjustment??? You realize that there is a thing called infinite adjustability right?
  • 5 0
 Because try using a dropper with hundreds of mm of travel when your saddle is only 120mm above the top tube.
  • 2 0
 I only use 60mm of my Reverbs "infinite adjustability". Something like that KS would be great if it saved a crap ton of weight.
  • 1 0
 Dear, Smith, would you please sponser me for next year, so you can sell me your helmet at a price still above what it should be. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 WOW, congratulations girls, Once again you get a bunch of pink clothes. BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 I think I must be the only person out there that absolutely loves all the pink!
  • 7 6
 Seriously? I wrote a negative comment about the sizing of those julianas being useless for short girls and it got deleted??
  • 2 1
 Nope, not deleted, just down voted because it was very negative and not really worthwhile...
  • 10 3
 The comment was negative coming from someone who has actually attempted to fit a girl of short stature to a mountain bike. The bike industry does not offer a bike that fits properly, and this is yet another attempt by a manufacturer to rebrand a product line that doesn't actually meet the needs of their target audience.
  • 2 0
 Are the 13" Treks/Specializeds not small enough? They're tiny and I've seen 11 year old kids riding them.
  • 1 0
 Girl Power!! I know of lots of bikes that fir Jesse and other shorter women. You did mean women, right? And not 'girls' ??
  • 1 0
 Fit (autocorrect is great!)
  • 2 0
 Santa Cruz makes the Juliana orgin for women under 5'0. It's a 100mm single pivot design.
  • 3 1
 Yes I am referring to fitting women, lots of shorties out there! For someone who is learning to ride and hovering around 5', not being able to put a foot down on a trail creates a dangerous situation. None of their bikes offer this, and personally I take offence to it as a male and seeing yet another "women's specific" bike that doesn't address this because it wasn't designed from the ground up for this.
  • 2 0
 If you actually went to the website, you would see that the santa cruz juliana range of bikes have a few models that are suitable for under 5" tall... Like the Juno, for example.. and the "origin" can fit people all the way down below 4'8" so what are you on about?
  • 1 1
 Yes I went to their website, and if you actually look at the standover heights you would notice that they are all above 27" which judging from the photos is directly under the nose of the saddle. So the usable standover is actually significantly taller than that. Someone in that height range needs more room than that.

Essentially their frames, like most of what else is on the market, is just a short top tube version of a men's bike. Although to their credit they do have a low profile head tube which does world's for maintaining proper geometry. If this wasn't a company that markets directly as being suited for women it wouldn't be an issue.
  • 3 1
 That juliana is on the short list for my wife's 2015 bike upgrade.
  • 4 2
 I half expected to see something called a "Trailpon."
  • 2 0
 I'd like that Chromag saddle for my own bike.
  • 4 1
 Smith helmet? No thanks
  • 2 0
 seriously and 220$ get out of here with that madness!
  • 3 0
 I'm not sure if I'm the only one but the design of the Smith helmet reminds me Predator's head.
  • 2 0
 That smith helmet looks exactly like the evil scientist from the nightmare before christmas to me: images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Scientist-nightmare-before-christmas-226921_640_480.jpg
  • 1 0
 haha thats pretty good
  • 1 0
 Im not a lady, but i would definately wear those pink 100% goggles...those are so sick
  • 1 0
 Clothes, foods, freaks... Come on, let's show more bikes for girls, not that sh'te like that.
  • 2 2
 Oh look-more turquoise blue and fuscia pink for women. Big f-ing surprise. Just like like every other women's line. Yawn.
  • 2 2
 Fiber right in the middle of a ride sounds like it'd be disasterous
  • 5 7
 Wow...Not one stupid fat bike. Women must be smarter than I gave them credit for.
  • 1 0
 really?
  • 1 0
 No, not really.Its just everyone around around here neg.props you for any and an every bullshit joke (brits and canucks) I figured I would make a joke not to offend them and I get nothing.
  • 2 0
 yeah that's pinkbike for you...
  • 5 7
 ladies love the money shot for hydration..
  • 5 8
 Hey all this lady stuff is cool but did we ever get a men's stuff edition?
  • 10 3
 What like, every other Interbike post this past few days?
  • 2 0
 Actually quite a few people in the forums were commenting on how the interbike coverage has been lackluster. It's almost like so much stuff was revealed over the summer that there was nothing left to reveal at interbike, in terms of bikes, that is.
  • 1 0
 To recap: we saw a bunch of e-bikes, Rocky Mountain, Liteville, a few randoms at the outdoor demo, some stuff from X-Fusion, Norco, Jamis, Marin. Did I miss any major manufacturers?
  • 7 9
 Smith helmet? No thanks
  • 4 2
 Please do explain how?
  • 12 0
 It's different and expensive, that pushes a lot of pinkbikers buttons.
  • 1 0
 PLC07 won this one.
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