b'MOUNTAIN BIKESBEST FOR WOMENJuliana Joplin $8,199The women-specific JulianaJop-lin and its unisex sibling, the Santa Cruz Tallboy, are hard tocategorize. The slack65.7-degree head angle and long reach would have been cutting-edge on last seasons en-duro bikes, but the 120 millimeters of rear suspension paired with a 130-millimeter fork place it in theshort-travel trail-bike category. Where the rubber meets the dirt, this translates into a bike thatdevours technical climbs but feels like a mini downhill machine on steep descents. When terrain turns rowdy, the long, slack front endencourages riders to speed down the trail and take bonus lines, though its easy to run out of sus-pension. Testers frequently had to rein in the Joplin, remembering that the geometry outpaces the short travel. But that didnt stop them from grinning ear to ear. BEST CROSS-COUNTRYTrek Supercaliber 9.8 $5,900The light and fast Supercaliber is a purebred cross-country racing steed. Its also surprisingly fun, and more capable on technical terrain than it should be. Credit goes to Treks clever IsoStrut rear sus-pension, which is lightweight and integrated into the bikes top tube, helping to give the bike its clean lines. Despite only 60 millimeters of rear travel, it does a commendable job of absorbing trail impact and providing additional traction duringout-of-the-saddle efforts. Testers preferred its pedaling performance to the high-tech (andexpensive)electronic Fox Live Valve that other brands use on their cross-country bikes. We also appreciated that the IsoStrut system let us carry two water bottles on the main frame. If you have podium ambitions, or you appreciate the simplicity of a hardtail but need a little extra give, the Supercaliber is for you. 82OUTSIDEBUYERSGUIDE2020 | BIKESBG20_BIKE_GOYMountainBike_rlsd_448869.indd 82 3/31/20 4:05 PM'