The New Juliana Roubion, A Womens Mountain Bike with Every Option Checked
Named after a picturesque mountain town in France, this bike has “all the brawn of a Bronson in the spirit of a Juliana,” which is to say it’s a Bronson with a great new paintjob and a few lady specific components. Starting from the front, the handlebar is a custom affair that enables the company to spec significantly thinner than average grips. The handlears and grips are complimented by a custom Juliana saddles, which ranks among the most comfortable saddles I’ve ever ridden.As previously mentioned, the Roubion is essentially a Bronson, so all the words you’ve read about that supple 150mm VPP platform, also apply here.
What makes this model different from any in the Juliana or even Santa Cruz line up, is that it’s the first time we’ve seen the Cane Creek Double Air come as a standard option.
We know from experience that the engineering and product team at Santa Cruz can ride, and they like to outfit their production models with the same kit they enjoy, so we won’t be surprised to some new shock offerings available.
It will also be interesting to see how many trail bikes will continue to be spec’d with the existing CCDB, now that the new lighter, more affordable, Cane Creed Double Inline is available.
Another new interesting spec change for the Roubion is the inclusion of a 1x drivetrain. Up until now, all of the company’s assorted produce lines have come standard with a triple (with a custom option for a double on some models.)
In fact, this model is only available with a 1x. Now that the Nomad has shuffled off it’s
mortal coil double compatibility, could this be a sign of things to come?
Between the shock, wheels, and drive trains options, the Roubion is not cheap. It’s the most expensive bike in the catalog, and supersedes the price of the brands former hallmark bike, the Furtado Premiero, by nearly four thousand dollars.
Why is this a big deal? Well, it’s the first womens specific bike to ever be available stock in such a high end trim.
Sold yet? You can order yours starting June 15th and expect an early July delivery.