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    Trek Fuel EX 8 vs Juliana Furtado or Joplin

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    So hard to find reviews on these bikes. Please let me know if anyone has recent feedback they would like to share? The rider is 5-2 and she's demo'd the Juliana Joplin in the 29 configuration. Hoping to find a local dealer that may have the Fuel EX or Juliana's in a 27.5, so she can demo as well. For riders of this height, I understand the 27.5 may feel a little more "grounded" and less twitchy. Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastman View Post
    Hello!

    So hard to find reviews on these bikes. Please let me know if anyone has recent feedback they would like to share? The rider is 5-2 and she's demo'd the Juliana Joplin in the 29 configuration. Hoping to find a local dealer that may have the Fuel EX or Juliana's in a 27.5, so she can demo as well. For riders of this height, I understand the 27.5 may feel a little more "grounded" and less twitchy. Thanks in advance for any help!

    My wife is riding the 27.5 Furtado and loves it. Shes 5'3" and on a small. Coming from a Rocky Mountain Altitude 50 before this, her riding technique progressed immensely.
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    Thanks, Kevin. Unfortunately, my wife only had a few minutes to demo the Furtado 27.5 after the demo ride on the Joplin 29'er. All in all, do you think your wife would prefer a 29'er configuration or at the 5-2/5-3 height, the 27.5 seems to be the best fit? Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastman View Post
    Thanks, Kevin. Unfortunately, my wife only had a few minutes to demo the Furtado 27.5 after the demo ride on the Joplin 29'er. All in all, do you think your wife would prefer a 29'er configuration or at the 5-2/5-3 height, the 27.5 seems to be the best fit? Thanks again.
    She had no desire to try a 29'er. Her RM was a 26", so once she demoed the Juliana, which was decked out in all the top shelf components, she was hooked. I really couldn't see her on a 29'er. The 27.5 fits her perfectly. I built it up just like the demo bike, only different brand names.
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    I'm 5'2 and have no desire to try a 29er. I feel like it would be much too big for me. I feel like I would be perched up too high or stretched out too far in order for the frame to accommodate the big wheels.

    I guess I could be wrong though?

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