The Juliana Furtado Mountain Bike Frame which shares a geometry and material layup with its celebrated brother bike, the Santa Cruz 5010 is an easy front runner on the favorites list of editors, reviewers, and riders across all factions of trail bike partisans. The Furtado's plush geometry, VPP suspension, and medium travel CTD shock mean that it can handle just about everything a mountain throws at it, coming dangerously close to eliding the distinctions between trail and all mountain frames. The nice thing about buying a frame is that you get to spec it yourself, so you're not limited by what the manufacturer thinks you should be on. Maybe you want a lighter, 1X crank rather than the stock triple chainring option that Juliana ships on the pre built Furtado, but you love the above mentioned proven geometry and industry leading VPP suspension. Well here you go. Specing a bike yourself can cost a little more and be a bit of a hassle, but some cyclists enjoy the thrill of the gear hunt almost as much as the rush of hunting for a line on a technical descent. The Furtado is made of hydroformed aluminum, which is shaped and butted to place more material where it's needed, earning the modifiers lightweight with durable while capitalizing on aluminum's storied stiffness for efficient climbing and confidence on downhills. The rear triangle is shaped asymmetrically to account for unequal drive side and non drive forces. This prevents flex and ensures suspension motion is directed to the rear shock and not into flexing the frame, which would cause it to dog trot around switchbacks or across rock gardens. The Furtado uses Juliana's Virtual Pivot Point VPP suspension. VPP is a dual link suspension model whose links move independently of each other for a suspension that basically moves the rear axle in different ways during different stages of travel. We write basically because this is an over simplification of how VPP works, but it conveys the general idea well e...