Thought I'd throw my thoughts about this bike up here finally. Mods:
Easton EC70 carbon bar (685mm)
Ergon GS-1 grips
Fizik Gobi saddle
Race Face post (cheap, just wanted something w/ adjustable saddle tilt)
Mavic C29SSMAX front wheel (tacoed the stock wheel)
1x10 conversion w/RF nw 32t chainring
Schwalbe RR 2.25 Performance front
Specliazed The Captain 2.0 rear
Custom Reba decals (I give myself a B- on the installation on these)
Shimano PD-530 pedals
Bathroom scale says 25.8 lbs
- I got a lot of bike for the money I spent. I actually tried to order the Airborne Seeker, which is a level down, but they ran out and so I got a great deal on this; $1099 shipped. Kudos to Airborne. Love the Reba, love the drivetrain, geo is good. Starting weight on this bike is good.
- Maybe I just got unlucky, but the stock front wheel didn't hold up too well. After a ride with a pretty long, fast descent through some rocky fire road, the rim was bent. Had it trued up by a shop, but it tacoed a few days later on a pretty minor low speed impact. This was a WTB i19 rim on a generic hub.
- You have to be really strong to run 1x10 gearing in a place with lots of elevation change! Working on this, riding every day and noticing improvement.
- I've had lots of trouble with the Elixir 7's. Besides requiring an annoying amount of maintenance to keep them quiet (sanding the rotors, etc), the pistons just don't want to retract like they should, even after being cleaned and lubed by my local shop. They're OK for now.
If Airborne could stock this bike with even a lower level Shimano hydraulic brake (just going from my bad and somewhat extensive experience with Avid brakes) and almost any folding bead tire (stock wire bead AKA's are just so heavy, not a great choice for a 29er), it would make this bike that much better for the next Goblin. Getting back into biking I'd say this bike, even at full price, is a really good value and would definitely recommend.
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