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Carsten Schabacher

”Pure-bred Racer”

The STEVENS Jura Carbon Team not only convinced Mathieu van der Poel who used it on the race track in the last two MTB World Cups but also the testers of MountainBIKE in their latest lab and track test.

STEVENS Jura Carbon Team

MountainBIKE’s verdict about the Jura Carbon Team high-end marathon fully: It’s a ”pure-bred racer”. Among five ”high class sports bikes” – light 29er fullies with up to 120mm of travel – the Jura was awarded an A (”very good”) with the second best points score (217). It didn’t particularly stand out in any of the categories but mainly excelled in its overall balance.

Confirmed By Mathieu van der Poel:
That the Jura Carbon was indeed race-worthy was recently confirmed by Mathieu van der Poel (who actually is a top-class ’cross rider, Dutch and 2015 World Champion of team Beobank-Corendon) during the last few weeks. At the first UCI Cross Country MTB World Cup in Nove Mesto he rode his custom-fit Jura Carbon from starting place 90 to a place-8 finish. He gave another proof of his capabilities one week later in Albstadt where he, starting from the first grid, rode to a second place and his first World Cup podium.

Fascinating Di2
Even the serial model was outfitted with ”super classy” specs, says MountainBIKE. ”There’s not only top-shelf Fox Factory suspension components, many Ergon and Syntace parts and light DT-Swiss wheels (Spline One), but also Shimano XTR Di2 electronic shifting to admire.”

Especially shifting was very much to the testers’ liking. ”It is almost science fiction-like how smoothly the 2x11-speed Di2 changes gears.” Even more so since the Jura Carbon deliberately got rid of the left shift lever.

The Di2 commands the shifting between chain rings automatically via ”Synchro Shift”. This worked “sensationally well ”even under high pedalling force.

"Wow, This is Fun”
The classy specs contributed to the low weight of 11.1kg (24.4lbs). And that adds to a joyful ride: ”Wow, it’s just fun to put the pedal to the metal. The Stevens accelerates quickly and easily keeps its speed – thanks to the fast, yet sticky (Schwalbe) Rocket-Ron tires and the pleasantly drive train-neutral four-link rear triangle.”

It therefore also climbed easily, even very steep sections while providing lots of traction, though according to the testers, it lacked that extra amount of aggressiveness. It also wasn’t the most nimble on tight, twitchy trails. Yet, the marathon bike excelled ”with lots of directional stability and quickness thanks to the sensitive 120mm Fox chassis.”

Conclusion:
”You are looking for a racy sportster with classy specs? Here you are - the Jura is your bike. It’s arrow-fast, climbs easily and provides reassuring stability in the downhill.”

Two issues before MountainBIKE already experienced the entry-level Jura with alloy frame and Shimano SLX group to be a ”very good” bike. ”Touring fans get an all-round solidly built faithful companion” was their conclusion about the touring fully with the same 120mm of travel. Between the entry-level model and the high-end racer there are another four marathon and touring fullies in the Jura model range based on either aluminium or carbon frames.

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