Part endurance racer, part rowdy trail bike—the Joplin is ridiculously fun. The original model redefined what people thought a 29er could be. This latest version breaks the mold all over again.
Conventional wisdom always held that a big-wheel bike like this was good for one thing—covering lots of ground quickly. We’ve never had much use for conventional wisdom. Yes, the Joplin is a fine cross-country/endurance machine. With its aluminum frame, efficient VPP™ rear suspension, and 29-inch wheel option, this bike can be an absolute race weapon—but the Joplin is more than that.
The Joplin has always been, to reduce this thing to a single word, fun. As in the uncontrollable-giggling-spontaneous-high-fiving kind of fun. We cranked the knob on that particular trait to 11 this year with a ground-up redesign that increases the bike’s composure on descents, adds a bit more small-bump suppleness to the mix and improves its handling in tight turns.
The new Joplin also gives you the option of running either 29er or 27.5+ wheels. If you’re looking for quick acceleration and a nimble feel, go 29er. If you’re wanting extra traction and a more forgiving ride over roots and babyhead rocks, go 27.5+. It’s your choice.
Is the Joplin a cross-country racer? Sure. A trail bike? Absolutely. Is it fun? Oh, hell yes.
|FORK||Rock Shox Recon RL 29/27+|
|SHOCK||Fox Float Performance DPS|
|Rear Dérailleur||SRAM NX|
|Crankset||Race Face Aeffect; 30t|
|Bottom Bracket||Included w/ crankset|
|Cassette||SRAM PG1130 11-42t|
|Headset||Cane Creek 10 Series|
|Bars||Race Face Ride 760mm; 35mm clamp|
|Stem||Race Face Ride; 50mm clamp|
|Grips||Juliana single sided lock-on|
|Front Hub||Novatec D711; 15x110mm|
|Rear Hub||Novatec D462 - 12x148mm|
|Rims||Race Face AR 40|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Competition|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Rekon 27.5x2.8 EXO TR|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Rekon 27.5x2.8 EXO TR|
|Seat Post||Race Face Ride|
|Saddle||Juliana Segundo Saddle|
|HEAD TUBE ANGLE||68°||68°||68°|
|SEAT TUBE LENGTH||390mm||420mm||450mm|
|HEAD TUBE LENGTH||90mm||100mm||100mm|
|TOP TUBE LENGTH||575mm||604mm||624mm|
|SEAT TUBE ANGLE||73°||73°||73°|
|Coral / Large||58-18147-054-4-542-415701||40632|