Pedaling response: 13.3/15
In today’s era of niche mountain bikes, the Furtado is a refreshing dose of versatility. The frame’s carbon fiber construction makes it lightweight, and the virtual-pivot suspension offers a firm platform for climbs and pedally trails.
But this spearmint-colored 27.5-inch wheeled ride really shines when going downhill, with predictable handling (thanks to a slack 67-degree head angle) and a capable 130-millimeter-travel RockShox Pike RCT3. That’s paired with a Fox Float Factory shock with equal travel out back. Produced by Santa Cruz, it is no surprise that all Juliana bikes share this great suspension platform and a carbon frame that tracks through the chop with a steady hand. The Furtado also comes with a sensible build: SRAM’s excellent X01 shifting and its latest Guide RSC brakes, which are greatly improved over the company’s previous stoppers, and nice, wide handlebars.
The Furtado’s quick handling is balanced, but if you like to tackle rougher trails or race enduro, you might consider a longer-travel fork or Juliana’s 150-millimeter travel Roubion.
Component highlights: SRAM X01 drivetrain with RaceFace Turbine 32-tooth crankset; SRAM Guide RSC brakes; RockShox Pike RCT3 fork; WTB Asym i23 rims laced to DT Swiss 340 hubs
Weight: 26.3 pounds (size L)