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    Airborne Goblin

    Lookin to pull the trigger on a '13 Goblin. Anybody out there a "Goblin" believer? Let me hear the pros and cons!

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    I was just talking a buddy of mine through buying a new bike, and he's pulled the trigger on the '13 goblin. He did it because A) it's a good frame that B) has full X7 on it and C) it's the same price as all the x5/x7 mix bikes available at the LBS. In essence, it's the most bike he could get for the money in that price range.

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    Top Ten 29"er Products of 2011: Airborne Goblin 29
    with links to earlier tests.
    The fork is the standout component -- no upgrade needed.

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    I'm becoming a true believer and for the price it cant be beat! I have a buddy who wants to buy one also,but he is very skeptical about buying a bike,in a box,site unseen with no test ride.Any comments about that aspect of the purchase?

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    As long as you've ridden similar bikes at your LBS, you should have a good idea what bike works for you. I have a Guardian that I rode site unseen, but I had ridden similar bikes and it worked out great. If in doubt, give Airborne a call. They helped me work out my measurements and gave me a good idea of the ride.

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    From reading reviews by people who've ridden multiple HT 29er bikes, there have been a couple references to the Specialized Rockhopper 29er having very similar feel to the Airborne Guardian/Goblin. I would include a test ride on the Rockhopper to help determine how the Guardian/Goblin might feel.
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    I'm also considering this bike to replace my vintage Stumpjumper. Looking at pictures of them the geometry seems to bebut it different between them but I've not checked the numbers. To me it looks like the back wheel would be a bit more forward on the Stumpjumper because of the bend in the seat tube.

    Same components for half the price is a heck of a deal tho...

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    +1 For the Goblin. I've had mine for a few months and love it. Very good bang for your buck and customer service at Airborne has been fantastic. I was going to buy the Guardian, and because I'm a heavier guy decided on the Goblin with a better fork. Glad I did. Easy to put together and the majority of tuning I did was from crashing it and bending the rear derailure on the first ride out. It's all good now.

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    it looks to be a really good bike from what I have read and heard from others

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    6:19pm Clicked the approved transaction button..no turning back now.

    Let the waiting and aprehension begin..

    Looking at a used Park stand on Sunday for $60, not sure of the model.

    It's going to be interesting to go over and through this bike.

    Can't wait!

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    Congrats. Looking forward to the pics.

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    Get the stand. How about an unboxing and assembly vid for youtube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Get the stand. How about an unboxing and assembly vid for you tube.
    Youtube?
    What's that... I am an "old" geezer (just turned 48 last week)
    Don't know much about this fancy thinking box stuff..

    Hopefully if I can practice patience, I might give it a whirl. But every time I intended to do some type of how-to with pictures and procedures for upgrading one of my cars, I invariably end up with just two pictures. How it looked before I started and the finished project.

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    I also took the plunge and bought up last week on the new Goblin. Mr. Visa transaction has already gone through. I'm a noob to say the least but I will try and get some photos up as soon as I can. I have the bike being delivered to my works brokerage warehouse in NY where it will be redirected up to where I work. I hope the tax and duty police take it easy on me. I heard bikes get taxed pretty hard.

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    Been contemplating a Goblin for quite some time... Now I think I've decided to wait for the HobGoblin. This aging body needs full suspension!

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    I'm also considering a New Goblin. Lucky for me I'll be able to check it out in person the first weekend of October at Midwest Outdoor Experience in Dayton, OH.
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    I am not of the fans of bikes. I don't like to ride a bike. Anyway, I think MoTec is right

    Quote Originally Posted by MoTec View Post
    I'm also considering this bike to replace my vintage Stumpjumper. Looking at pictures of them the geometry seems to bebut it different between them but I've not checked the numbers. To me it looks like the back wheel would be a bit more forward on the Stumpjumper because of the bend in the seat tube.

    Same components for half the price is a heck of a deal tho...

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    Airborne Goblin

    Note: I know that this post is probably not in the correct thread. However, I am new to the site and don't have enough posts yet to create my own

    I decided to finally pull the trigger and purchase the Goblin after several weeks of researching. The bike arrived late Thursday (9/13) evening which was exactly one week from the day I placed the order. I immediately contacted a friend who is more knowledgeable in building bikes and told him to come over Saturday morning. Saturday morning came and I was now more than ready to get this Coolaid Green Goblin built and out on the trials. We opened the box and started cutting about a hundred zip ties. Everything was going good and I was already trying to decide where I should take it for the first ride. Then we looked at the rear part of the frame where the skewer for the rear wheel sets into the frame itself. Is it just me or is that piece of the frame bent? Nooo...Crap...Yep!

    Packaging - I have to say that my Goblin was packaged extremely well and I would seriously doubt that this occurred during the shipping process. I think you could drop the box off the roof and the bike would be fine. I would suspect that the issue occurred on the manufacturing side prior to shipping.

    Goblin - Despite the aforementioned issue, the build quality appears good and the bike itself looks great!

    Time to call / email Airborne and see what happens now. I sure hope they have an answer as this was not a cheap purchase for me.
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    Dude, that sucks large. On a positve note I'm sure Airborne will act swiftly and get you a new frame in no time. Their CS seems to be top notch being a fairly small operation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dp16052 View Post
    Note: I know that this post is probably not in the correct thread. However, I am new to the site and don't have enough posts yet to create my own

    I decided to finally pull the trigger and purchase the Goblin after several weeks of researching. The bike arrived late Thursday (9/13) evening which was exactly one week from the day I placed the order. I immediately contacted a friend who is more knowledgeable in building bikes and told him to come over Saturday morning. Saturday morning came and I was now more than ready to get this Coolaid Green Goblin built and out on the trials. We opened the box and started cutting about a hundred zip ties. Everything was going good and I was already trying to decide where I should take it for the first ride. Then we looked at the rear part of the frame where the skewer for the rear wheel sets into the frame itself. Is it just me or is that piece of the frame bent? Nooo...Crap...Yep!

    Packaging - I have to say that my Goblin was packaged extremely well and I would seriously doubt that this occurred during the shipping process. I think you could drop the box off the roof and the bike would be fine. I would suspect that the issue occurred on the manufacturing side prior to shipping.

    Goblin - Despite the aforementioned issue, the build quality appears good and the bike itself looks great!

    Time to call / email Airborne and see what happens now. I sure hope they have an answer as this was not a cheap purchase for me.
    That color is amazing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleevem1 View Post
    Dude, that sucks large. On a positve note I'm sure Airborne will act swiftly and get you a new frame in no time. Their CS seems to be top notch being a fairly small operation.
    Yes, everything that I have read indicates that their CS is top notch. I know they answered all my questions prior to the actual order extremely fast despite the holiday weekend. I have already left a message for them and will send a follow-up email with the photos. Will follow-up on here once I get to talk with them on Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    That color is amazing!!
    Indeed! The color looked good on their website but it really didn't do it justice. When I opened that box that green was better than expected. I wouldn't be surprised if Airborne gets a few more orders when I get to show of the bike.

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    It stinks that you ordered and waited. I'm sure you were geeked when the box finally arrived.

    It sounds like Airborne will make this right.

    Please, post your customer service experience whether good or bad.

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    Wow, that is horrible! Please post your CS experience. They have a good rep...

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    Sorry to see that. Eric will be calling you back today to work with you. More than likely we will just send you out a complete new bike.
    Please Note: I no longer work for Airborne. If you have an Airborne question or problem please contact them directly.

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    Update - Airborne called me by 9:00 this morning and was already on top of the issue. They are shipping a new bike today and have scheduled UPS to pickup the damaged bike tomorrow. I will post again when I have the new bike in hand but this has been a painless process. Its nice to work with a company with good customer service reps who seem to care about their company. Two thumbs up to Airborne!

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    Thats awesome! If they had a Kool aid green goblin in 21" i'd buy it in a minute!

    Good luck and thanks for the update

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    I would say this is one of those unforseen advantages of working with a small (direct) company. They know that to sell bikes, their reputation, especially in the area of customer service, must be impeccable.

    Keep us posted on the prgress.

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    Wow, that's crazy about the frame damage. Way to step in and take care of business, Airborne!
    Nathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    Thats awesome! If they had a Kool aid green goblin in 21" i'd buy it in a minute!

    Good luck and thanks for the update
    We have some 22's, which fit like most companies' 21.5" models. Take a look at the effective TT and compare to what else you've been looking at.

    We only have a few of them and a few 18's and then they are all gone. So if you want one the time is growing short, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dp16052 View Post
    Update - Airborne called me by 9:00 this morning and was already on top of the issue. They are shipping a new bike today and have scheduled UPS to pickup the damaged bike tomorrow. I will post again when I have the new bike in hand but this has been a painless process. Its nice to work with a company with good customer service reps who seem to care about their company. Two thumbs up to Airborne!
    Glad that it worked out. Sorry that you have to wait longer to ride though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We have some 22's, which fit like most companies' 21.5" models. Take a look at the effective TT and compare to what else you've been looking at.

    We only have a few of them and a few 18's and then they are all gone. So if you want one the time is growing short, thanks!
    Idk if a 22 will do me justice. But I'm loving the look and price of the zeppelin elite

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    What are your measurements?

    Height?
    Inseam?
    Arm Length?
    Torso Length?

    I can let you know if it will fit. Thanks!

    Jeremy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    What are your measurements?

    Height?
    Inseam?
    Arm Length?
    Torso Length?

    I can let you know if it will fit. Thanks!

    Jeremy
    I'll post up some measurements at lunch. I'm currently freezing my @ss off on a job site. Thanks! Maybe you could just paint me at zeppelin kool aid green?? Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    What are your measurements?

    Height? 6'3"
    Inseam? 33"
    Arm Length? 27"
    Torso Length? 25"

    I can let you know if it will fit. Thanks!

    Jeremy
    Did these measurements by myself. Let me know if something don't add up.

    My build is very wide. Wear a 17-1/2 35-36 dress shirt with the collar opened up. Broad chest. Sissy legs. Hence why I'm coming back to biking haha

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    What are your measurements?

    Height?
    Inseam?
    Arm Length?
    Torso Length?

    I can let you know if it will fit. Thanks!

    Jeremy
    Height and inseam I know how to measure. What's the correct way to measure arm length and torso length?

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    Sorry for the delayed response as I am in Denver on my way to Vegas for Interbike as noted in one of my other posts. Given your info, I'd say you'd fit perfect on our 22. You may end up buying a shorter stem to bring the reach back a little after purchase, like maybe a 100mm.

    Hope that helps!

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    Hey Jeremy,
    A fitting, please! I expect I'll take the biggest bike but I'm also wondering about stem length recommendations, etc.

    Height 6'4"
    Inseam 37" (pelvic bone to floor)
    Arm Length 30" (point of shoulder to tip of little finger)
    Torso Length 20" (C7 to a line between the top of the hip bones)

    Looking at these numbers it sounds like my torso is short and my legs are extra long compared to others.

    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoTec View Post
    Hey Jeremy,
    A fitting, please! I expect I'll take the biggest bike but I'm also wondering about stem length recommendations, etc.

    Height 6'4"
    Inseam 37" (pelvic bone to floor)
    Arm Length 30" (point of shoulder to tip of little finger)
    Torso Length 20" (C7 to a line between the top of the hip bones)

    Looking at these numbers it sounds like my torso is short and my legs are extra long compared to others.

    What do you think?
    I agree. Are you measuring to where your pants stop? I went from right below my most important parts to my ankle bone.

    Your only two inches taller than me but your numbers are quite a bit more. But then again I don't know what I'm doing anyways haha

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    I am usually smack in-between small and medium frames, but thinking a small would work best for my first 29er.
    Last edited by BodyLinksystems; 10-07-2012 at 11:29 AM.

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    wow, that green is gorgeous! I wasnt so fond of it the way it shows on their website, it clearly does it no justice.

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    I'm a new mtn biker and I pulled the trigger on the Kool Aid Goblin about a month ago. Took a little time to get use to the 2x10, but loving the bike so far! I get a lot of random people on the mountain asking me "hey is that the airborne goblin?" heh

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    I'm seriously considering pulling the trigger on a Green Goblin, just waiting for a response on fitment. I'm pretty sure the 18" is right, but want to make sure.

    ....then I just need to come up with a way of telling the wife that I NEEDED to spend a grand on my first mountain bike. Luckily she was remembering that the one she has now was $500 almost 15 years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwalsh9152 View Post
    I'm seriously considering pulling the trigger on a Green Goblin, just waiting for a response on fitment. I'm pretty sure the 18" is right, but want to make sure.

    ....then I just need to come up with a way of telling the wife that I NEEDED to spend a grand on my first mountain bike. Luckily she was remembering that the one she has now was $500 almost 15 years ago
    Would 2x10 and Reba ring any bells in her? lol

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    lol that would get me nothing more than a blank stare in response

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwalsh9152 View Post
    ....then I just need to come up with a way of telling the wife that I NEEDED to spend a grand on my first mountain bike
    my girlfriend asked me how much my bike was... I just said "oh, I got a good deal based on the components". she left it at that... success!

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    I'm gonna work the "fat guys break cheap things" angle, and that I spend nearly half as much annually on her gym membership that she seldom uses

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwalsh9152 View Post
    I'm gonna work the "fat guys break cheap things" angle, and that I spend nearly half as much annually on her gym membership that she seldom uses
    We must be brothers cuz I used those same two lines to buy a Zeppelin. And still get pissed monthly when that $60 gym membership pulls from my bank account. Worst Xmas present ever.

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    My wife actually uses her gym membership so when my bike budget went from $300 to $600 then to $1,000 and finally plateaued at $1,200 I just told her the bike is a great value and that was it. Then she got the opportunity to work some OT and the deal is done.

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