Now known as the gold standard of measurement against which all the other trail bikes are measured, the Juliana Furtado has taken a firm hold of its place at the top of the trail bike herd. For 2016, the engineers took a risk and embarked on a massive redesign of this well loved frame's geometry, which resulted in an even better ride than its predecessor. The 2016 Juliana Furtado 2. 0 Carbon S Complete Mountain Bike begins with that heavily revised frame lower, longer, slacker, yet with a more aggressive pedaling platform and nimbler back end and pairs it with a Pike RC fork, a dose of SRAM GX componentry, and Shimano's SLX hydraulic disc brakes to create a race ready whip. The key geometry changes accounting for the transition to the 2. 0 designation lie in the head and seat tubes. They're slacker and steeper, respectively, with the head tube losing a whole degree, from 68 to 67, bringing it in line with the previous Bronson model. As you can imagine, the change is noticeable when the tires hit dirt, completely blowing up our own expectations for how much crunch a trail bike is equipped to handle. The steepened seat tube is equally impressive, though in a different way. The forward oriented position of the saddle makes for better leverage on the pedals while grinding out climbs or burning diesel on long stretches of fast singletrack. The Furtado 2. 0 also has a longer reach, lower bottom bracket, 5mm more travel, increased dropper range, stubbier chainstays, and a wider rear axle. That pile of alterations means that it pedals harder, takes bigger bites out of terrain, and provides a wider dropper range for aggressively tackling double digit grades on either side of zero. The Virtual Pivot Point 3 VPP3 suspension also got hit by the redesign hammer. The most immediately obvious change is the extra 5mm of travel, but the tuning has also been revised. Where the old suspension curve described a deep U, VPP3's curve resembles a flattened check mark, with...