Carbon fiber, VPP, FOX Racing Shox, and Shimano XT components are enough buzz words to make any knobby tire enthusiast weak in the knees. Add to the picture 27. 5in wheels and 125mm of travel and you've got a recipe for mountain bike of the year. But, the Juliana Furtado Carbon Primeiro Complete Mountain Bike isn't for the masses that determine that. Instead, it's designed by a decorated rider for a much smaller sect of the mountain biking population. The female rider. What started as a flower in Santa Cruz's line of bikes, Juliana is now its own division of SC headed by you guessed it Juli Furtado. This means that each model meets her expectations not Joe Sixpack's. If you take a look at the saddle, bars, and cranks of this Joplin Carbon Primeiro you'll see that they're sized proportionally for female riders. Not to mention the 27. 5in wheels being more nimble and easier to package in the smaller chassis women require. By having proportionate components, you can enjoy the benefits of a carbon fiber frame out of the box. And, one of those advantages, aside from the obvious weight is it allows the frame to offer superior line holding stiffness. The front triangle is constructed as once piece. Rather than have components produced separately, and then bonded or wrapped, the carbon fibers are continuous around tube junctions to distribute loads and absorb impact energy better. One thing that you can't see without cutting the frame in half is that it looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside. There's nothing there except smooth carbon, this actually prevents stress risers in failure prone areas of the frame. For that reason too, there are no riveted or bonded on cable and hose guides they're incorporated into the original layup. That layup provides stiff and solid mounting points for the latest generation of VPP rear suspension. The upper and lower links flatten out the shock rate and provide a more active feel to the early part of the a...