ABOUT JULIANA BICYCLES

The Original Women’s Mountain Bike

In the ’80s and ’90s, mountain bikes were effectively designed for, and marketed to, men. At the same time, a few bold females were pioneering the sport for women. Inspired by this movement, we felt it was time for a change.In 1999 we created the first mountain bike aimed specifically at female riders. It was a groundbreaking shift in focus for the industry, driven by a groundbreaking woman – Juli Furtado – one of the fiercest mountain bikers of all time. We called this bike “The Juliana”.
Today, Juli’s initiative has grown into an award-winning line of premium mountain bikes ridden by a crew of athletes, racers and guides who continue to blaze new trails. Our goal is to ignite the imagination of female adventurers around the world and create something uncompromising for those who refuse to accept the status quo.

A BIKE FOR LIFE

Every Juliana Bicycle is designed and tested in California, and specially built-to-order for our network of selected retailers. Our philosophy is to create a bike capable of running like new – indefinitely, and with as little hassle and expense as possible. We support that claim by offering a lifetime of back-up and customer support for every frame we make.

*Available to original registered owner only. If you already own a Juliana but haven’t yet registered it, here’s the link to secure your lifetime of support.

A BIKE THAT FITS

WOMEN’S SPECIFIC? LET’S BE SPECIFIC.

There have been bicycles designed specifically for women for more than a century now. The basic step-through bicycle—what’s often called a “girl’s bike”—was born in the 1880s and immediately made riding, and catching air in a hoop skirt, a whole lot easier. Yeah girl, get after it.

Fast forward a century or so and a new “women’s specific” bike geometry arose. It was based on the theory that women have (proportionally) shorter torsos and longer legs than men. And it led many bike companies down the path of creating women’s mountain bikes with a shorter reach and a taller front end.

This approach, which creates a more upright riding position, was also said to help inexperienced or timid riders feel more comfortable. Sure, it might feel good when you first sit on it and take a quick pedal around the bike shop, but when it comes to mountain biking and control on the trail at speed, an overly upright riding position is not optimal for good handling and stability. And last time we checked, there’s plenty of women out there who aren’t timid when it comes to mountain biking.

Still, some people (male or female) may prefer that kind of geometry, but there is nothing that proves it to be a good fit for women in particular. Women want a bike that doesn’t let theory compromise real-world handling. They want a bike that’s been refined to have the most appropriate reach, height, and overall geometry for the terrain they’re riding. And that’s what Juliana has offered from the very beginning.

BUT, WAIT A MINUTE, WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT FROM MEN!

Yes. On average, women are shorter and weigh less than men – about 5 inches shorter and 30 pounds less, according to the CDC*. And this is corroborated by our own studies**, which suggest the average female rider demoing a Juliana is around 32lbs lighter than male riders of similar height.

So what does this mean for Juliana bicycle design? It simply means our bikes need to:

  • Accommodate the broadest range of rider heights and keep standover heights minimal across all sizes.
  • Offer suspension tuned for a typically lighter rider than a “normal” mountain bike would.
  • Offer build kits that have been used and approved by women.

We know it sounds awfully simple, but the truth often is.

GETTING IN TUNE WITH OUR RIDERS

It doesn’t matter how well designed your frame is or how many fancy knobs and levers you can click on your shock—if the internal parts of your suspension aren’t properly tuned for you, you’ll never get the most from your ride.At Juliana, we like to get a bit rowdy on technical trails—it’s all part of the fun!  But it should happen in a manner that’s balanced and controlled, which only happens when the suspension is right for you. However, mountain bike suspension is historically tuned with male riders in mind, simply because they represent a larger portion of the market. In the United States, the mean-average dude weight is a solid 30 pounds more than that of the average American woman*. This fact is corroborated by our own studies** and is true (to varying degrees) throughout the world.

If a stock shock is tuned to work best for the average dude, it will not perform optimally for the average woman.

SO WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?

Juliana staff work closely with Santa Cruz engineers, and the technicians at Fox and RockShox, to develop custom tunes that bring out the best in each of our models.

We then test those products amongst a diverse group of women to ensure theory meets reality.  We’re looking for a tune that delivers the best balance of traction and control in the widest variety of situations, and the result is what makes Juliana different.

The Joplin, for example, features all the same great engineering and geometry traits as the Santa Cruz Tallboy, however it offers the typically lighter Juliana rider a plush and smooth feel throughout the travel, thanks to its custom ‘light’ tune.

And regarding all those fancy knobs and levers? Check back on August 2nd for advice from our Juliana Product Manager, Andrea Turner, on how to dial in your suspension even further.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL!

Juliana’s component selection refines your ride even further.  We know people like to customize their bikes to suit their individual needs, but our aim is to deliver a product you can ride straight out of the shop with no messin’ around.

From shock tune to chainring size and saddles to grips, our crew of dedicated female product testers have pored over all the subtle details a modern female mountain biker wants.  We don’t shout about these details all over the bike itself because we don’t feel we need to.  Our founder is one of the fiercest riders of all time—her name on the downtube says it all.

A BIKE THAT INSPIRES

Juliana is as much about creating a voice for women in mountain biking as it is about creating the products themselves.No matter how much thought goes into our bicycles, it’s the people who ride them that bring them to life. And because Juliana is a stand-alone brand, we enjoy the luxury of uninterrupted focus on these women. From guides to adventurers, pro racers to passionate enthusiasts, we support as many inspirational women as possible and share their stories with others who share the same drive for mountain biking.

GOING PLACES

“Going Places”, is a mini-film series that places the spotlight on different Juliana riders who co-run some of the best mountain bike guiding companies around the world. You can watch them all here.

JULIANA-SRAM PRO TEAM

This is our trio of international pro athletes who race for more than just results. Let us introduce you to the exploits of Anka Martin, Kelli Emmett, and Sarah Leishman here.

AMBASSADORS

We support a select number of leading ladies who are so fired up on mountain biking they actively bring their riding community together to share the glow. Meet our ambassadors here.

DEMO

We try to make it as easy as possible for women to try out a Juliana at their favorite trails, their local shop, or at our own factory in California. Find out how you can experience one of our bikes here.

FACTORY SESSIONS

These are an eclectic blend of free skills classes, tech workshops, yoga sessions, and (of course) group rides based out of our factory in Santa Cruz.  Anyone is welcome to join us, click here to find out how.

A BIKE FOR LIFE

Every Juliana Bicycle is designed and tested in California, and specially built-to-order for our network of selected dealers. Our philosophy is to create a bike capable of running like new – indefinitely, and with as little hassle and expense as possible.We support that claim by offering a lifetime of back-up and customer support for every frame we make.

LIFETIME FRAME WARRANTY

Not only are our frames guaranteed for life, they carry our “No-Fault” replacement warranty too.  This means that in the event of a crash, or any other unfortunate non-warranty situation, we make replacement frame parts available to the original owner at minimal cost.

LIFETIME BEARING REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

We carry replacement bearings for all our models, so that your Juliana can continue to perform like new year-after-year. It’s pretty similar to how premium watch companies operate, except that we do it for free!

*Available to original registered owner only.  If you already own a Juliana but haven’t yet registered it, here’s the link to secure your lifetime of support.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

We offer comprehensive technical and customer support to all Juliana owners.

Please drop a note to tech@julianabicycles.com,  call us at +1 (831) 471-2547, or email us at info@julianabicycles.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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