Juliana Launches New Strega 170mm Bike

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The new Juliana Strega
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Strega – either an Italian witch, or a delicious liquer

Juliana bikes has also launched a new bike today. The Strega is now one of the longest travel women’s mountain bikes on the market, exceeding the company’s own Rubion. And while it looks like it’s just a rebadged Santa Cruz, Juliana is quick to point out that it goes to great lengths to spec specific shock tunes for lighter riders, more appropriate ‘touch points’ like saddles and grips – and the bike comes in an Extra Small size (though, to be fair, the new Nomad does too now…)

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SRAM’s XX1 Eagle makes an appearance here
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Some nice interfaces there…

Claimed to be “more agile and versatile than a Santa Cruz V10, more composed at speed and on steeps than acRoubion, the Strega launches straight into the nowoman’s land of a 170mm travel bike.”

With a 65° head angle and 27.5in wheels, the bike is obviously aimed at hard hitting trail riders and bike park sessioners.

Juliana boasts “suspension tuned appropriately for the anticipated rider, crazy low standover heights and frame size specific dropper posts. Juliana is founded upon a drive to meet the demands of the most committed female outdoor athletes. We’re not afraid to see where that leads us, and the Strega proves that sentiment. It may be the most niche bike we’ve ever produced, but those who know, know that the wickedest of good times lie out there on the fringes.”

And that’s about all we know about the Strega right now, so we’ll turn you over to the spec sheet. It’ll be interesting to see if any of these bikes start appearing at the EWS or Tweedlove rounds coming up. Or is that not what they’re for? It’ll be interesting to see who likes the look of these.

JULIANA STREGA KEY FEATURES

    • Custom shock tune for lighter riders: Enables a plusher ride straight out of the shop
    • Low standover: Size XS offers 27.7” (704mm) clearance (low setting)
    • Female driven component choice: From shock tune to chainring size and saddles to grips, our crew of dedicated female product testers have pored over all the details a modern female mountain biker wants.
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Ligher tuned air shock as standard
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The frame boasts great standover clearance

Juliana Strega Specifications

  • 170mm VPP™ travel
  • 65 degree head angle
  • 150mm Reverb compatibility on medium, 125mm on small, and 100mm on XS
  • Full carbon frame and swingarm, with a lifetime warranty
  • Suspension tuned for lighter riders
  • Low standover height for better maneuverability
  • Progressive lower-link shock configuration
  • Bolt on shuttle guard, downtube protector and shock fender
  • High and low geometry settings via flip chip in link
  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • Santa Cruz Reserve 30 carbon wheel upgrade option
  • Color: Wicked
  • Available in CC and C carbon
  • Sizes: XS, S, M

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)

    I’m not their target market – for a number of reasons – but that is a very nice looking bike

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