Staff Rides: Sarah Moore's Juliana Roubion Mullet Bike

May 29, 2019
by Sarah Moore  


STAFF RIDES

Sarah Moore's Juliana Roubion



Juliana released their Roubion in July of last year alongside the Santa Cruz Bronson. I was all lined up to head to Vermont and ride the new bike at Kingdom Trails in Vermont, but then I crashed in an enduro race in Kamloops, BC, the week before the launch event and broke both of my arms. I'd never broken any bones before, so I really went all in, smashing both distal radius bones and an ulna all in one shot. Needless to say, I did not head across the country to the launch event.

Pinkbike tech editors Mike Kazimer and Mike Levy had great things to say about the Santa Cruz Bronson at the Field Test last August, so when I had recovered from my injury, I called up Katie Zaffke at Juliana and told her I was ready to redeem myself with the Roubion. I knew it would be a good fit for Squamish and had a feeling it would be a great bike to help me get my confidence back on the trails.

I spent several months on the Juliana Roubion and the no-compromise build is ready for rowdy trail riding right out of the box. I likely wouldn't have changed a thing on it, except that with Mike Levy's Giant atrocity, Mike Kazimer's Ransom Foxzocchi, and Daniel Sapp's Carolina Edition Yeti you've come to expect a bit more than a stock bike from the Pinkbike Staff Rides, haven't you?




The Original Configuration

Juliana offer the 150mm Roubion in both carbon and aluminum, with prices ranging from $3499 USD to $9899 USD. All of the models have 27.5" wheels, with 150mm of rear travel and 160mm up front.

The bike Juliana shipped me came with an XO1 groupset, a RockShox Super Deluxe RCT shock, Fox 36 Float Performance Elite fork with a Grip 2 damper, a stealth Rockshox 150mm Reverb, Maxxis Minion tires, DT Swiss hubs, SRAM Code RSC brakes, and Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon wheels.

What's different from the Bronson? The Roubion comes with a light rebound tune, vs the Bronson's medium, a women’s saddle, a 760 bar vs 800 on Bronson, Juliana grips, and a unique paint job.

Juliana Roubion Carbon CC

• Intended use: All-Mountain / Enduro
• Travel: 150mm rear / 160mm fork
• Wheel size: 27.5"
• Frame construction: Carbon
• 65.1° or 65.4° head angle
• Chainstay length: 430mm
• Sizes: XS-S-M
• Weight: 29.1 lb (13.2 kg) size Medium
• Price: $8,199 USD as tested
• Frame only: AL: $1999, CC: $3299
• Color: Glossy mint green
• Lifetime frame warranty
www.julianabicycles.com

The Juliana Roubion uses the new suspension layout found on the 170mm Strega, in addition to a host of other geometry changes to make it even more capable than the previous generation. I think the term 'confidence-inspiring' is vastly overused by companies, especially when marketing their women’s product, but I definitely feel like this bike really does make me more confident on all terrain so I'm comfortable using that cliché to describe the Roubion.

There are several steep slabs in Squamish's Alice Lake area that I hadn’t even worked up to before breaking my wrists, but within a relatively short period of time riding the Juliana I was able to conquer two of them. The Roubion is plush on big compressions and bumpy runouts, but not in a way that makes you feel like a passenger. Always playful, the Roubion is easy to maneuver and handle and it feels like it just wants to flick about and dance down the trail.

On the climbs, the Roubion is efficient and doesn't bob at all under power, but still has great traction and is easy to wind up tight switchbacks. I never found myself reaching for the climb switch on the shock unless I was headed up a long stretch of pavement.

All in all, it really is the perfect bike for the combination of long climbs and technical descents in Squamish. The only downside I can see with the new suspension layout is that the position of the shock makes it difficult to clean and to measure and set your sag.


bigquotesI think the term 'confidence-inspiring' is vastly overused by companies, especially when marketing their women’s product, but I definitely feel like this bike really does make me more confident on all terrain so I'm comfortable using that cliché to describe the Roubion.Sarah Moore

Specifications
Release Date July 3, 2018
Price $8199
Travel 150mm
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe RCT
Fork FOX 36 Float Performance Elite, 160mm 27.5"
Headset Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
Cassette SRAM XG1295 Eagle 10-50T
Crankarms SRAM X1 Eagle Carbon 148 DUB, 32t - 170mm (XS-S), 175mm (M)
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle
Chain SRAM X01 Eagle 12 SPD
Shifter Pods SRAM X01 Eagle
Handlebar Santa Cruz Bicycles AM Carbon Bar 35x760
Stem Race Face Aeffect R 50mm
Grips Juliana
Brakes SRAM Code RSC
Hubs DT 350
Spokes DT Competition (28)
Rim Santa Cruz Reserve 30 Carbon
Tires Maxxis Minion 27.5x2.50 DHF 3C EXO TR (front) and Maxxis Minion 27.5x2.40 DHR II EXO TR (rear)
Seat Juliana Saddle Primiero 17
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6






It's Always All About Wheelsize

This year, several of the top enduro and DH racers are riding a mullet bike, so of course, I wanted to give it a go too. Last year my personal bike was a Norco Range 29er and so I've spent a good chunk of time on the bigger wheels. I really enjoyed them on rough tracks and at high speeds, but on big compressions, after a few mishaps, I was always worried about getting in the way of the rear wheel. Once I hopped on the Juliana Roubion, I remembered what I love about cornering on 27.5"-wheeled bikes. Could the mullet be the best of both worlds?

With a 29er DT Swiss F535 fork appearing while my partner was on a business trip to the Yukon and his 29er Ibis Ripmo was idle at home, I decided to find out.




DT Swiss F535 One Fork

The Gehrig twins have been racing on this fork in the Enduro World Series for a couple of years now, but it’s only just available in North America now. It’s a distinctive looking fork with obvious attention to details including covered dials and an integrated mudguard. DT Swiss wants you to be able to set and forget the settings, so they’ve actually hidden the access to the dials and air spring with little plastic covers. You can add air to the fork by removing the caps using the T10 Torx wrench that is hidden in the axle. It’s also what you use to adjust the compression and the rebound.

Dan Roberts wrote a full review on the DT Swiss F535 One fork, which you can read here. There’s an easy to use setup guide on the DT Swiss website, and based on that and my 155lb riding weight, I’m riding 67 psi in the fork, with 16 clicks of rebound and the compression damping fully open. I found the fork super plush and comfortable in the initial stroke and it definitely helped the trails feel less rough on my hands.

I was riding the Roubion in the High setting with the 27.5" wheels, but I put the bike in the Low setting with the 29er fork. The bottom bracket height barely raised as a result; there's about a 2mm difference from riding it with 27.5" wheels in the High setting, but the headtube angle got slacker at 65.4 degrees.


Specialized Women's Power Saddle with Mimic Technology

I wrote a First Look for this saddle in November, and I've been riding it ever since. Power saddles have shorter noses than traditional saddles, which means they get out of your way when you're riding. I'm riding the widest saddle Specialized offers, 168mm, in the super subtle "Acid Lava" colour, and never have any trouble with it getting in my way when I'm riding. Side note, it seems to be the in colour this year, with the Smith limited edition Forefront 2 helmet I'm wearing in "Matte Sunburst" matching it perfectly.

I can honestly say it is one of the most comfortable saddles I have ever ridden and I've recommended it to several of my friends who have complained of saddle pain. The concept behind the Mimic technology is that the saddle accounts for the changes in the density of female soft tissue and adapts to them. The design of the new saddle mimics the body’s response to different types of pressure to create equilibrium within soft tissue. No pressure points, no pain!

Before you go out and purchase it for yourself, make sure that you get your sit bones measured. Saddle fit is complicated, and many people are riding saddles that are simply the wrong width.




OneUp Components Cockpit, EDC tool and Dropper Post

Something I was really excited to get my hands on was the new OneUp handlebar and stem. The Squamish brand's goal with the oval-shaped bar was to combine the best ride characteristics of 31.8mm in a 35mm bar. Coming back from breaking two wrists, who doesn’t want to try a more vertically compliant handlebar? I've cut the bar down to my preferred 760mm and added purple decals.

The new stem is basically a completely new way of preloading a headset so that you can run their EDC tool without needing to tap the steer tube. The stem has a numbered system on the side of it so that you know which order to tighten the bolts in and how much to torque it. I’d been riding the EDC tool in the pump until I got the stem, but this is the best of all worlds since I can now carry a CO2 in the pump, and the EDC tool in my steer tube. There are seven different options for the top cap colour.

I knew I liked the OneUp dropper from my experience with it on the Canyon Spectral, so I got it to ride on the Roubion as well. I was hoping to fit a 170mm dropper on there, but couldn't quite squeeze it in with the low style shock on the Juliana, so I went with the 150mm option, which is still a great amount of drop for a Medium sized frame.



FSA Powerbox Power Meter

The FSA Powerbox power meter uses a power2max system with FSA's carbon crank arms. The same system is used on several other brands' power meters. The 30mm alloy spindle fits every mountain bike frame, but you do have to get the bottom bracket separately. You'll also need a device that is ANT+ / Bluetooth compatible in order to know what your watts are when you're riding.

I'd only ever trained with power inside before and it's a completely different game outside. I may have felt like a professional athlete with my carbon cranks and watts spiking on my Garmin, but training with specific power numbers outdoors is a lot more difficult than you would think. It's hard not to spike your watts like crazy when you want to make it up a technical climb, so I can see why so many mountain bikers spend easy days on the road bike. While it's fun to see the numbers you can generate with just the power of your legs, my experience leads me to believe that power meters are best suited to someone with a coach and a training plan.




Brakes

The Code RSC brakes came on the Juliana Roubion, but I would just like to emphasize how much I appreciate the power and modulation they have. Riding the steep rock rolls that Squamish is known for is a lot easier when you have dependable and trustworthy braking.

I also am a big fan of the adjustability of the levers on the RSC model since I've struggled a lot with grip strength in the past months as I came back from injury. I've been riding with the levers as close to the bar as possible since my hands feel like they are in a stronger position when they are more tightly closed on the bar and I get less arm pump, while still feeling the bite of the pad on the rotor.




Other Accessories

It's worth noting that there is a full-sized water bottle on a size medium 150mm travel bike. Mine is a particularly gorgeous Specialized Purist bottle that matches the Roubion perfectly. The Specialized Zee Cage II is one of the best cages out there, especially for mountain bike frames. I've never had one break or lost a bottle, and it gives you an extra bit of space to maneuver when trying to get your bottle in and out of the frame. You can also get it left or right loading, depending on whether you're left or right-handed.

The wrap on my top tube is actually a set of tire levers and a tube that are sold to go in the Specialized SWAT box, but obviously not all bikes have a SWAT box to put it in so I've strapped it to the Roubion top tube with a ski strap. I like not having to think about what I'm carrying with me and whether it's enough to fix a flat and with this set-up, I'm pretty much self-sufficient on the trail whenever I pull my bike off the rack.



How's It Ride?

The DT Swiss fork combined with the 29er Ibis front wheel and Santa Cruz Reserve 27.5" rear wheel may have given me the trendiest bike of the year, but I'm going to go back to riding the bike in its original 27.5" configuration.

Yes, my partner wants his wheel back, but also, despite the fact that I slammed the stem, the front end rides a bit too high on the mullet bike for my liking. As a result, it doesn’t corner as well as it does in its stock setup. The handling is just so sharp and nimble in the 27.5" configuration that it feels like the bigger wheel wallows in comparison.

On the steep and rough stuff the wheel did smooth out the bomb holes and I felt a slight reduction in roughness, but it wasn't as drastic as I'd expected, despite the head angle being a degree slacker.
Cannondale Habit
Sarah Moore
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Age: 28
Height: 5'7"
Inseam: 27"
Weight: 155 lbs
Industry affiliations / sponsors: None
Instagram: @smooresmoore

That being said, I felt like the disadvantages of the cornering on flat flowy stuff outweigh any of the advantages I felt on the steeps. The bike is so well balanced in its original form that I'd only recommend tinkering if you happen to have a 29er fork and a spare 29er wheel lying around.


115 Comments

  • + 67
 Given the small differences between SC and Juliana (shock tune seems like the most important one here), I'm a bit surprised I don't see more men on Julianas that they picked up used on the cheap. When I was looking a few years ago, the savings going from a Santa Cruz to the equivalent Juliana were about $1k, and, honestly, I often end up liking the Juliana color schemes better.
  • - 26
flag jarrod801 (May 29, 2019 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
 its because you didnt have your sit bones measured for the saddle
  • + 3
 I'd buy one, but sizing seems to be the issue.
  • + 13
 Are male mountain bikers immune from insecurity issues???
  • + 16
 I have usually steered my female friends away from Juliana and to SC, including my own partner. The reason I've done this is because resale for a Juliana is quite a bit tougher than SC. I think that going for a SC does not limit your resale options but going for a Juliana definitely does, at least to some degree. When you're putting down the kind of money needed to buy one of these bikes, I think it's smart to consider resale implications.


I'm not saying this is the ONLY thing to consider when deciding between the two but it may be a little shortsighted to ignore this.

As for sizing, the frames and geo appear to be exactly the same between the brands. However, if you're over 5'9", you pretty much have to go for a SC because Juliana sizing stops at medium.
  • + 9
 I'm a guy and ride a Bronson. I would be happy to save money on the Juliana equivalent when my current bike needs replacing, but they only are available in XS, S, and M. I'm way too big for a medium, so Juliana isn't an option for me. I've occasionally picked up "womens" ski gear for a song as most women aren't 6'3" and so it's not clear why they made a flower print version in XL, but I'm not insecure so I'm not complaining.


I agree though, I do just like some of Juliana's color schemes a lot.
  • + 3
 There are probably a lot fewer Julianas around, many of them size S or XS. Actually finding a used one to fit a guy could be close to impossible.
  • + 1
 I'm not super tall or super heavy, 5'9 and 160 lbs and I have certainly considered a Juliana. Depending on year and model, some of the Juliana colors are way cooler. The only thing they really change are bar width, saddle, and shock tune. All of which are easily changed.
  • + 2
 @BlackVR: At 5'9" tall you probably need a Large Santa Cruz. . . their sizing is off due to them having an XXL size.
  • + 5
 @airdonut41. That has been my gripe about Santa Cruz. The frames are identical for Juliana and Santa Cruz just the name, build, and color schemes. Instead of having two brand names, they should just have more options for color choices and name them all Santa Cruz. Some of the Juliana color options are better than the Santa Cruz frames.
  • + 22
 @tacklingdummy: It's always about more than just the bike and I think that Juliana has done a great job of creating a space that is uniquely focused on women within mountain biking and dedicated to inspiring more women to ride.
  • + 0
 The whole female/male bicycle thing is hilarious to me. Right down to Shimano SLX supposedly being female oriented, and Shimano XT being male oriented. It's like some sort of extreme nerdy action figure collector mentality. I find it hilarious.
  • + 7
 @Kramz: where did you hear that?
  • + 1
 @unrooted: I'm right in between medium and large. I have fairly short arms and legs and after demoing both sizes I'm more comfortable on my medium
  • + 2
 Quick search on buy/sell shows Less than 20 Juliana’s for sale in Medium, everything else being smaller. I’d say they aren’t priced much less than the “male” equivalents either. I simply don’t see what you are saying to be true. Too bad, cause I love deals.
  • + 3
 @sarahmoore: how exactly does different stickers inspire women to ride? Serious question I know nothing about Juliana.
  • + 17
 Completely off topic, but I’ll know I have found nirvana when I come home from a business trip and my wife has ‘borrowed’ parts off my bike.
  • + 28
 Not sure my boyfriend agrees...
  • + 11
 @sarahmoore: Well if he doesn't see it as a plus, I can shed some light on the alternative for him Wink
  • + 6
 @sarahmoore: I can confirm that having your partner *borrow* bits off your bike when you are away can lead to heated marital discussions.
  • + 3
 @mattwragg: only because you don't know what you're missing. Those of us with partners that don't ride would gladly take that any day.
  • + 11
 I'm glad you healed up well from the broken arms and are tackling new challenges. Geez both at once! You don't do anything half-way! Wink
  • + 13
 Full commitment to the send! Thanks though, I'm glad the arms & my confidence have recovered Smile
  • + 5
 Ya. I got a 2018 nomad with a 150mm 29 er fork. It replaced a 180mm. I find it’s almost exactly the same height. And is awesome. I’ve ridden a ton of 29ers. But I’d take this bike anyday. Just never loved a 29er rear wheel. But I do love a front 29er.
  • + 3
 Do you have a picture of that?
  • + 1
 Yeah I was looking for a Commencal Clash which have a 180mm fork. Would have put a 160mm 29'' fork to have the same AC but would still be a bit higher with a 29er wheel vs 27.5... 150mm like you did would be perfect but a bit weird with 165 rear travel?!
  • + 4
 It seems like a lot of these mullet bike conversions have to do with re-forking and raising up the front end on a 27.5 bike, but I've been running a 27.5 wheel in the back of my 2018 range 29, and it seems like that setup avoids most of the complaints that @sarahmoore has with this bike. I have noticed more pedal strikes, but not much compromise other than that.
  • + 3
 It quite a significant rise at the front as you get roughly +20mm on axle to crown from the fork change plus the change in wheel radius.
Changing the rear is only a radius change.
  • + 3
 i think the bottom bracket might be gettin too low when you put a 27,5 wheel into a 29er frame.
  • + 8
 Or why not lower the front travel to keep the geo the same?

Like run a 140mm travel fork with the 29r instead of the 160mm on the 27.5.
  • + 3
 @Johnoble we swapped a 27.5" wheel into a 29er Rocky Mountain Instinct BC Edition for our little broscientific back-to-back test. Depending on the bike different approaches make sense. www.pinkbike.com/news/video-are-29275-mullet-bikes-faster-than-29ers.html
  • + 4
 Yeah the floor-to-crown length difference between the same travel 29er to 27er fork is about ~40mm.
~20mm longer fork and ~20mm bigger wheel radius.
Reducing the travel negates that somewhat, but not much really.

There does seem to be fewer downsides to putting a small wheel in the back of a big-wheeled bike than vice-verca
  • + 1
 @striveCF15: bottom bracket does get lower, hence more pedal strikes. It might be risky with a bike thats already super low, but the change is still within the range of what a flip chip would do, with a slacker head angle and dropped bb.
  • + 3
 "What's different from the Bronson? The Roubion comes with a light rebound tune, vs the Bronson's medium, a women’s saddle, a 760 bar vs 800 on Bronson, Juliana grips, and a unique paint job." Soooooo basically nothing?
  • + 25
 Not exactly - it comes with a light rebound tune, a women's saddle, a 760 instead of 780 bar, Juliana grips and a unique paint job.
  • + 2
 Whilste the lady tune might work well, the juliana branding ist crap. Even the font looks poor. Colour schemes of the bronson are much nicer, says my wife. Plus reselling a Juliana will be very difficult as compared to the bronson.
  • + 1
 i would take the green over the blue or green bronson. font looks like from the movie jurassic park.
  • + 1
 @funkzander: yeah this is pretty dang nice color for a bike. It looks great. (I'm 50/50 on the fork)
  • + 6
 Decent review of changes that make a difference and why.
  • + 4
 Thank you! I'd rather be riding than fiddling on my bike, so if I'm going to go to the effort of making changes to an already great stock bike, they'd better be worth it!
  • + 2
 Id be curious to know more about the fork offset and if they tried different travel. I've considered going to a mullet on my commencal supreme SX. I have a 37mm CSU lyrik and would drop to travel to 160mm in the front to keep the bar stack similar to the 27.5.
  • + 2
 is there anything womans specific about Juliana other than the marketing and maybe a seat? Seems strange to isolate them selves from the male portion of the market that might like the colours. Ive heard resale of these is tough.
  • + 2
 The shock tune is a huge thing. I've got a 120 lb kid and a 135 lb kid on adult size bikes and the 120 lb kid uses about 1/2 of the travel available on the bike even at very low pressures in the fork and rear shock.
  • + 1
 Nice bike Sarah! if you have wrist issues I can't recommend rev grips enough. My first year at grinduro (grinduro.com if you're unfamiliar) with NO rev grips my hands were completely dead after this one last descent on my flat bar bar rigid gravel bike, the following year I put rev grips on and did the same trail with a faster time and completely normal feeling hands. These things actually do wonders!
  • + 1
 Both fox and rock shocks are now selling their 29er forks as 27.5+/29. Putting a 27.5+ in place of a 29er would be a reasonable compromise as it's around .75" to 1.25" smaller diameter. That being said, all the new(boost) 27.5 forks clear 27.5x2.8 anyways so it still really only makes sense for those with spare 29er forks.
  • + 2
 Yeah, but that 27+/29 fork increases the A-C by 15mm, which exacerbates the already increased front end height resulting from a larger front wheel.

The right way to do this is to use a reduced travel fork or a purpose built frame.
  • + 2
 @sarahmoore what about getting shorter travel on the fork and get a crown to axle lenght almost like with the 27,5 fork and make the front end height the same as the original 27,5 fork???
  • + 2
 Yeah, I'd like to try that.
  • + 1
 @sarahmoore That's an interesting observation you make about powermetres. Do you think mountain biking has too many variables to use them effectively where constant power can only really be achieved when the terrain isn't moving around underneath you?
  • + 2
 @sarahmoore have you considered running a 150mm fork to bring the front end down a smidge and possibly make it steer a little better?
  • + 1
 I have the same experience running the Bronson with 170mm front travel vs. the stock 160mm. I found the stock configuration much more balanced and crisp. Probably the 29er front is similar to the 170mm front.
  • + 1
 I haven't tried that yet, but sounds like it would be similar!
  • + 1
 @sarahmoore: You might try the 29er wheel with a 150mm fork though.
  • + 2
 Not sure why people call these mullet bikes a mullet is short in the front long in the back so the term doesn't really work with the bikes.
  • + 9
 Business up front party out back ????
  • + 2
 @scoobydoo-85: still doesn't make sense i can party harder on longer travel. So that saying doesn't really work either
  • + 4
 i always thought the mullet bike term refers more to the performance vs fun aspects of the 2 wheel sizes. Up front is business because 29ers are for fast, serious racers while the rear is party because 27.5 is fun, snappy/playful, park bike size. In reality though, its all business if you really think about it because the end goal is increased performance/speed of the entire package as a whole by getting the best of both wheel sizes. I dont think many people doing this expect the bike to be more fun (maybe more forgiving with smoother rollover?) - just faster.
  • + 2
 Careful, man... The media has already bought into it, you'll be disposed of if you reveal an issue with it.
  • + 1
 This is the first time I've heard it.
Anyone genuinely know why this is called a 'mullet' bike?
  • + 1
 @Try-To-Be-Positive-My-Dude: if you have to ask you'll never know
  • + 1
 It is big up front and small in the rear. I'd call it an "emo-bike".

That said, obviously the bigger wheel up front is nothing new. It is just that UCI finally dropped the silly ban on using dissimilar wheels in competition. But brands like Foes, Liteville and Specialized have been doing this for a good while. It is just after the removed UCI ban that Pinkbike finally jumped on board and started calling them "mullet bikes".
  • + 4
 Nice one Sarah, sweet looking bike.
  • + 4
 Thank you!
  • + 1
 I really like that colour scheme with the matching grips and orange seat.
Could you explain the "mountain bikers spend easy days on the road bike" comment I don't really understand what you mean?
  • + 1
 @sarahmoore you mentioned that you were worried about getting bitten by the 29er rear wheel. Does that mean you were bitten or were you just fearful about that happening?
  • + 1
 Hey David!! Definitely got nipped a couple of times before changing the way I ride.
  • + 3
 Well done, articulate video. Giving Kaz and Levy a run for their money.
  • + 4
 Oooo, I don't know about that, but thank you!
  • + 2
 @sarahmoore: Don't sell yourself short! This was one of the best gear related articles I have read and watched on here in a long time. Great insights. You spoke more about your experiences and choices and preferences, and the reasoning behind it all, rather than your opinions. Which I believe provides a lot more valuable information about what it would be like to actually live with a bike/product than your typical "review", and gives me a lot more that I can relate to with my own experiences and preferences. More objective. Less subjective.
  • + 1
 @Metacomet: Thank you very much for the positive feedback, really appreciate it!
  • + 2
 @sarahmoore Have you tried the "regular" Specialized Power saddle as well? If so, how do the two compare?
  • + 3
 I have! The shape of the two saddles is the same. The main difference is the Mimic technology (like a gel at the tip of the saddle) which I think makes it even more comfortable.
  • + 1
 @sarahmoore: Thanks! I've got first hand experience with Selle SMP, but I'm opened to some alternatives. Currently I have an interest in Power, both the standard one and the new Mimic model and also SQlab 60x.
  • + 1
 As a bike fitter I also check saddle on every bike - this is NO Juliana saddle! Smile

This Specialized saddles are the best ever! Also Hill know this! Big Grin
  • + 3
 I'm already tired of 'mullet' bikes
  • + 6
 But the party's just getting started!
  • + 2
 @sarahmoore: Isn't this a "Tellum" Bike? Length in the Front, Short/buzz in the back? - A reverse Mullet = Tellum
  • + 3
 @ncrider5: yes mullet is entirely incorrect. This is reverse mullet, or sacksaver. In this case, can you say labia saver on the internet?
  • + 1
 Sarah, what did you think of the new OneUp bar? I have found many 35mm bars are too stiff for my liking. Is it working for you?
  • + 1
 My first impressions are very positive but I'm going to have to spend a bit more time on it. I changed a couple of things at once so I haven't isolated my variables enough to give you a definitive answer!
  • - 1
 I've ridden 29/27 bikes a bunch, rarely does it work well because the frame is not designed for this use, so the front end is too high, the STA is too slack, etc....

Needs to be a purpose built frame to work well, but of course who's gonna buy something like that just to ride a gimmick.
  • + 1
 ST Honzo works great with the 27.5x29 setup and on a 140 fork. Slam the seat forward to make up for the slacker seatpost and good to go!
  • + 1
 Rad Review Sarah, I definitely learned a few things during that review.. so much better than reading Big Grin !!
  • + 2
 You mean I wrote the article for nothing? Darn! (But glad you enjoyed the video!)
  • + 1
 Several riders on the EWS riding mullet bikes? Can you name more than 5?????
  • + 3
 great looking bike.
  • + 2
 Please don't call it the mullet setup.
  • + 1
 I really, really wanted to use another word... Let me know if you think of one!
  • + 3
 @sarahmoore: id be more inclined to call it a bulldog bike, short in the back and big and stocky up front.
  • + 2
 @sarahmoore: I would call it moto style, but anything but mullet.
  • + 3
 Nice.
  • + 1
 Most importantly @sarahmoore , what's its name?

Billy Ray? Dog the Bounty Hunter? So many options...
  • + 3
 That is a really important question that I'm afraid I don't have a good answer to yet.
  • + 1
 So... size does matter Wink
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 Stoked on my Roubion! Can’t wait to get more riding n
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 I assume putting on the bigger wheel resulted in less foot clearance to the wheel?
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 I wish I had free forks appear with no affiliation or sponsors
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 How come you didn't get the 170mm dropper and shim it down?
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 She was probably running into issues with insert length. I had similar problems using the 170mm version on my Smuggler - I had to shim it down to 140mm because the post's insert length was limited by a kink in the frame. But with a 150mm OneUp I could use it unshimmed.
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 weird double post
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 That is one badass bike regardless of what second riding it. Looks awesome
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 OOF
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 Good lookin whip!
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 VPP ????
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 Looks like a bronson.
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