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 light-yet-stiff carbon 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.
|Frame Material||Carbon C|
|Fork||Fox 34 Float Performance 120|
|Shock||Fox Float Performance|
|Rear Dérailleur||SRAM GX 1x11|
|Crankset||Race Face Aeffect AL|
|Bottom Bracket||Included w/ crankset|
|Cassette||SRAM XG1150; 10-42t|
|Chain||SRAM PC 1130|
|Brakes||SRAM Level TL|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40; Integrated|
|Bars||Race Face Ride 760mm; 35mm clamp|
|Stem||Race Face Ride; 35mm clamp|
|Grips||Juliana single sided lock-on|
|Front Hub||Novatec D541; 15x110mm; 32h|
|Rear Hub||Novatec D542; 12x148mm; 32h|
|Rims||Race Face AR 24|
|Spokes||DT Swiss Champion|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29x2.3|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Ardent Race Exo; 29x2.35|
|Seat Post||Rock Shox Reverb Stealth; 31.6x 125mm(S), 150mm M-L)|
|Saddle||Juliana Segundo Saddle|