Among Juliana's most popular bikes, the Furtado lives up to its reputation as a trail bike with a solid skill set. It climbs and descends equality well, balancing precise handling with downhill stability. This allows the bike to maintain playful on-demand antics while remaining calm and confident when you're playing it straight. It's the most confident women's bike we tested, taking on chunder and big drops with admirable stoicism. It's also balanced and responsive, requiring very little body language to operate. The Furtado's 130mm of travel and mildly aggressive geometry hit its limits in steeper, more technical, or teeth chattering terrain. In these situations, the Furtado starts to get twitchy. Everywhere else, the bike combines a lively trail feel with stability. That equals fun in our book.
It's hard to go wrong with the Furtado. A fun and proficient choice for seasoned MTBers and newbies alike, it's a solid choice for a wide range of riders. We've ridden some more exciting options though. If you're interested in big wheels, the 110mm travel, 29er Santa Cruz Tallboy/Juliana's Joplin has the same aggressive attitude as the Furtado with the speed benefits of big wheels. If playful is your thing, consider the super-sporty 2018 Ibis Ripley LS. (Our shorter women testers, 5'3" to 5'4", aren't quite sold on big wheels.) For well-rounded riding with a descending bent consider the Santa Cruz Bronson/Juliana Roubion.