The Joplin is a short-travel 29er with a playful nature that encourages you to ride further, faster and squeeze every last drop of fun out of the trail on whichever trail your find your wheels on.
The Juliana Joplin R
The Juliana Joplin R wins Women’s Trail Bike of the Year 2018
While many of the bikes in the women’s trail category veered more towards the all-mountain or cross-country side of riding, the Joplin managed to handle everything that was thrown at it.
Yes, it’s built for the XC side of things, but it’s very much on the trail side of XC rather than vice versa. It’s fast and stable at speed, feels great in corners, and with a little effort put into the suspension it’s wonderfully playful and fun.
It’s a rewarding ride too, and despite being a short travel 29er it even handled technical descents on a number of downhill tracks in the UK and San Remo, Italy.
If you’re looking for one bike that will shine on 90 percent of the riding that 90 percent of riders do and that will be poppy and fun on undulating tracks, but handle things when they start to get rough and techy, the Joplin is your girl.
Anna Cipullo, one of our BikeRadar testers, had this to say about the Joplin: “This bike feels like an enduro bike on the descents, yet climbs as efficiently as any other short-travel trail bike I’ve ridden. It’s fun and it’s fast, and it’s definitely more than the sum of its parts!”
The new Canyon Spectral WMN with women’s specific designMatt Wragg / Immediate Media Co
For those who are looking for a bike that provides exceptional value for money despite it’s high price tag, and for a bike that works well for smaller riders, the brand new Spectral WMN delivers.
The Spectral WMN now boasts a women’s specific frame geometry that Canyon claims gives the average female rider the same on-bike position and ride experience as the average male rider achieves on the men’s version of the Spectral.
From its SRAM Eagle groupset with carbon cranks to the Fox Factory 34 forks and Float DPS Evol shock, this build has pretty much all the whistles and bells, and great performance to match, though our testers did have mixed feelings about the new geometry.
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Our testers have ridden thousands of cumulative miles to put each bike through it’s paces on a range of terrain and in all weather conditions to bring you the best advice possible to help you choose the right bike for you.
Aoife is an experienced journalist, editor and product tester. With 6 years’ experience of reviewing bikes and kit, she’s ridden and rated nearly every women’s road and mountain bike available on the market. She enjoys putting the latest products through their paces, helping riders find the right kit for them and sharing the best advice, hints and tips to help them get the most out of riding.