A little bit (cross) country. A little bit rock and roll.
The Joplin is a bit of an XC wild child, a light bike that’s heavy on capability with a “let’s go” attitude to any trail.
Let’s go fast. Let’s go far. Let’s go until your legs are ready to give up, and then go some more. Let’s make every second count. Let’s carve rides out of busy days and put those lines on the map on your done list.
The Joplin’s 29-inch wheels and lean frame float over washboard bumps with the same ease it devours jagged ledges. A geometry bred for long days in the saddle is blended with 130mm of travel in the front and 120mm in the rear, creating a capable climber that doesn’t flinch when roots get ragged and rocks start to roll. The lower link VPP suspension offers a responsive pedaling platform that’s ready to get up and go the moment you are. Whether you’re flossing rock gardens or making the rider in front of you your next hare, the Joplin is one rapid little trail fox that will take you farther than you thought you could and give you the confidence to go bigger than you thought you would.
With a size range that starts at XS, this bike brings big-wheel benefits to those of us in the fun-size category too. And yes, every size in the line fits a water bottle inside the main triangle because XS doesn’t mean “do things by half”. Tying up the package is a range of component builds that weave the line between fun and fast, creating a bike that’s ready to race the distance or just race the clouds home.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go!
Kit - D
Price - $3599USD
Weight - 15.72kg / 34.66lbs
Fork - RockShox Recon RL, 130mm, 29/27+
Shock - FOX Float Performance DPS
Rear Derailleur - SRAM SX Eagle 12spd
Shifters - SRAM NX Eagle, 12spd
Crankset - SRAM X1 Eagle DUB, 30t
Cassette - SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t
Chain - SRAM SX Eagle, 12spd
Bottom Bracket - SRAM DUB 68/73mm
Brakes - SRAM Level
Brake Rotors - Avid Centerline 180mm
Headset - Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated Headset
Bars - RaceFace Ride
Stem - RaceFace Chester
Grips - Juliana House Grip, 30mm or Burgtec Bartender Pro Grip Minnaar
Front Hub - SRAM MTH 716, 15x110, Torque Cap, 32h
Rear Hub - SRAM MTH 746, 12x148, 32h
Rims - WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29"
Spokes - Sapim Race
Front Tire - Maxxis Dissector, 29"x2.4, 3C, EXO, MaxxTerra, TR
If you're on the cusp between the recommended height range of two sizes, the absolute best thing is to try to ride them both. At a minimum, check the stack/reach measurements on your current bike and compare it to the new model you are looking at to get an idea of a fit you are already comfortable with. If riding the bike is not an option, consider the following.
A larger size frame will be more stable, and will give you more room to move without upsetting the weight-balance of the bike. The larger size will put the front wheel further in front of you, which gives the feeling of security and conversely, it will require more significant body movements when you WANT to shift the weight-bias of the bike. Think hard about your riding style and how active/intuitive you want it to be vs stable and speedy. You'll need to work a bit harder to muscle the larger bike around.
Not all bodies at a given height are the same. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso than the average person your height, that may push you towards the smaller of the recommended sizes. If you're all torso and arms, most likely you'll want to size up.
Eye to Eye length
Max Tire Size
Max Chainring Size
Water Bottle Mounts
Shock Mounting Bushing Front
Shock Mounting Bushing Rear
Download the shock setup PDF for this bike and get even more detailed sag, high/low rebound, and high/low compression recommendations for shocks below and get recommendations for the fork in each build.