Meg’s Juliana Quincy
Meg’s Juliana Quincy – “Fast, fun and extremely capable”
The Juliana Quincy does away the need for multiple bikes, gone away with the roadie, cross bike and hardtail.
It was a breath of fresh air to finally find a bike made for a smaller rider, at the height of 5ft3” I’m not the shortest person but with short legs and a longer torso it meant I struggled to find a bike that fitted me well. The Quincy starts at a 49cm, with a stand over height of 730cm and reach of 365cm, by far one of the smallest setups I had found.
There is one thing that stood out on this bike to me which to most shouldn’t affect the purchase of a new bike, the colour! It is quite possibly the nicest colour I have seen on a stock bike. It can only be described as a peacock feather dipped in gloss, and I can assure you that no photo will ever do it justice. Seeing is believing!
One thing Juliana understand is off-road geometry which is evident when you take the Juliana off road and on to more challenging terrain. With a low BB of just 10.91” offering a low centre of gravity optimising stability, combined with burly 650b Hope Fortus Wheels and 47c Vittoria Terrano Tyres the Quincy offers great surface traction and feels planted over loose and rough ground.
I have taken the Quincy on many rides from road to single-track and even trail centres. Once boring blues at the local trail centre are quickly turned into fun, fast and challenging trails. The Quincy has become a great tool to homing in on mountain bike skill, efficiency and perfecting line choice. This bike is more than I ever imagined it to be! Haven ridden it a lot up in the Lake District exploring bridleways, I have often found myself in tricky situations confronted by deep rutted tracks, loose rocky descents and steep single-track I would question even on my mountain bike. This bike takes everything in its stride, and I cannot wait to get more confident on it to unlock its full potential.
When you hit flatter paved sections, or even tarmac climbs, territory where a typical gravel bike would start to feel sluggish the Quincy felt remarkably like a normal road bike, even with the 47c setup. And on the climbs, the huge gear range on the 1×11 with 10-42 cassette and 38T upfront had me spinning up climbs as steep as 25%.
There isn’t much I would change on my Quincy. The key on this build for me was comfort and fun, not speed of feather weight spec. A lighter wheelset would be nice but as a Hope enthusiast, weight was something I was willing to sacrifice for reliability, quality manufacturing and longevity. Sometime in the future I would like to get a lightweight Carbon 700c wheelset, better suited for the road and cyclocross events, if I ever get fit enough to enter one.
The Juliana Quincy is for the type of rider who likes big rides off the beaten path, attacking ‘cross courses on the weekend and sneaking some gravel into your mundane road commute. I still have yet to do a multiday ride on the Quincy but from my initial rides I can already say that this is the perfect all-round bike and seems purpose-built for anyone who wants to maximise the most fun on every ride, on every surface.
Frame: Quincy CC 49cm
Wheels: Hope Fortus 26 W Pro 4 hub 650b
Brakes: Sram Rival hydraulic disc brake 160mm rotors
Drivetrain: Ssram Rival Mech, 1×11 10- 42 cassette and Wolftooth Elliptical Chainring Cinch 38T
Crankset: Raceface Next C 65mm
Cockpit: Easton EA50 AX Flare Handlebar 38cm / Easton EA50 Stem 80mm
Bar Tape: Fabric silicone black
Tyres: Vittoria Terreno Dry 27.5 x 47c
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 3
Seatpost: Hope carbon 27.2, 350mm and Hope seat clamp
Saddle: SDG Belair
Extras: Capz Skull Bar Ends, Lezyne bottle cage, Invisiframe Protective Coating