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    airborne sabre

    Thinking of an entry level bike for the wife. Just curious if anybody has had any experience with the airborne sabre? Thanks for any input in regards to quality and sizing.

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    has anyone experiences or any thoughts the sabre? im thinking about getting one for my brother

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    I talked a coworker into buying one, and I will be putting it together for her. I plan on trying it out first though!

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    cool, let me know how it goes, im planning to get one next week

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    Does anybody (BigDaddy) know what the stand over height is for the 15" Sabre, I'm thinking about getting one for my gf.
    I tried googling but, didnt have any luck.

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    We don't publish stand-over heights like a lot of other manufacturers as it isn't the most important component of fit. But, on the 15" Sabre it is around 29 inches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We don't publish stand-over heights like a lot of other manufacturers as it isn't the most important component of fit. But, on the 15" Sabre it is around 29 inches.
    I had the same question a couple weeks back. I emailed Airborne and called support to make sure I got the size right. Both times, I was told the 15" Sabre has a stand-over height of 27 inches.

    Also, I realize stand-over is not the most important component of fit. But seeing as how Airborne is an internet-only company with no demo bikes or shops, it would certainly be easier if ALL measurements of the bikes were published.
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    Yeah my bad, for some reason I was thinking 17 and not 15. 27 is correct, sorry!
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    Thanks for the response, and stand over height isn't the deciding factor for me personally. But for my 4'11" and 26" inseam lady friend its kind of important. She rides one of my old bikes, with similar geometry to the Sabre because its comfortable to her while moving, but the top tube is an issues, when we come to stop, and start up again, or when she tries to get on and off the bike.

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    i just place a order for the sabre, i cant wait till it get here. Anybody know where the bikes are shipped from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    i just place a order for the sabre, i cant wait till it get here. Anybody know where the bikes are shipped from?
    Thanks! We ship bikes out of our warehouse in Carson, CA (located near Long Beach). We normally ship bikes out within 2 working days of receipt of an order except during times of peak volume. Last week was a huge shipping week for us so we ran later than hoped on a few orders but this week we are fairly caught up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Thanks! We ship bikes out of our warehouse in Carson, CA (located near Long Beach). We normally ship bikes out within 2 working days of receipt of an order except during times of peak volume. Last week was a huge shipping week for us so we ran later than hoped on a few orders but this week we are fairly caught up.

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    awesome, im also located in California, so it shouldn't it been that long to have the bike delivered to my home my home

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    cool, let me know how it goes, im planning to get one next week
    Here is a write up on the Sabre from my short time with it, I am thinking it would be solid for my wife!
    Just Riding Along… Airborne Sabre build. « Bikes, Beer, and Birds… In No Particular Order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post
    Here is a write up on the Sabre from my short time with it, I am thinking it would be solid for my wife!
    Just Riding Along… Airborne Sabre build. « Bikes, Beer, and Birds… In No Particular Order.
    awesome write up, how the weight of the bike? cant wait till i received my sabre
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    purchased the sabre late monday night, it was shipped on tuesday and it was delivery on thursday night. planning to assemble the bike on friday

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    purchased the sabre late monday night, it was shipped on tuesday and it was delivery on thursday night. planning to assemble the bike on friday
    Send pictures when you are done building!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    awesome write up, how the weight of the bike? cant wait till i received my sabre
    I didn't weigh it, it's not lightweight by any means, but it's not unbearably heavy. It's probably spot on for an entry level hard tail.

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    when the box arrived, it didnt look beat up at all, it looks like it been handle nicely. However after working at UPS, ive seen how packages are handle but the bike was package really good where it cant be scratch or damage. The bike came about 85% assemble, had to install the handle bars, front wheel, seat post, stem, and little tuning the brakes and derailleurs.
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    Phat!!!

    Happy new bike day!!!

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    OP, did you end up getting this for your wife? my girlfriend is interested in mountain biking as well and I am considering getting this for her as an entry level bike. Nothing too technical, but she would be doing some beginner level trails without too many climbs.

    She's 5ft 2in (not too sure about her inseam), but I'm afraid the 15" frame could potentially be too big for her? She actually got on my 16" guardian and was able to ride it but had a little difficulty getting off unless she slanted my bike a little bit.

    Hopefully the 15" sabre could be a potential bike for her since Airborne has it back in stock now!

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    Standover heights need to be published.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    when the box arrived, it didnt look beat up at all, it looks like it been handle nicely. However after working at UPS, ive seen how packages are handle but the bike was package really good where it cant be scratch or damage. The bike came about 85% assemble, had to install the handle bars, front wheel, seat post, stem, and little tuning the brakes and derailleurs.
    Nice bike, dizwikedcbr! What pedals did you go with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffix View Post
    Nice bike, dizwikedcbr! What pedals did you go with?
    i just had some spare diamondback alloy pedals on them, eventually im planning upgrade to better pedals

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    Does this bike come with double wall rims ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizwikedcbr View Post
    when the box arrived, it didnt look beat up at all, it looks like it been handle nicely. However after working at UPS, ive seen how packages are handle but the bike was package really good where it cant be scratch or damage. The bike came about 85% assemble, had to install the handle bars, front wheel, seat post, stem, and little tuning the brakes and derailleurs.
    Mind if I ask how heavy is the bike?

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    The rims are single-walled.

    Like most bike companies, we don't like to publish weights, especially on value-priced bikes that may have more variance in component weights. That being said, the 17" Sabre on display in our office weighs 30.5lbs, which isn't bad for its pricepoint.

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    just got my girlfriend a sabre, she is 5,2 so i got the 15in. out of the box looks very nice, cant argue with the price. 249$ at my door! put some new bars and shorter stem on it, i couldn't stand those goofy looking bars it comes with. new grips and pedals. i was wanting to put a bash guard on it but the chain rings do not come apart. after i assembled the bike i started shifting it and the rear derailleur jammed in the spokes. after looking at it the hanger was bent causing this, i took the bike to my lbs and they got it all working properly. no feed back from the girlfriend on it yet waiting till Christmas. so far i am happy with my purchase! i will re post with pics and feedback!
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    fresh powder on the sabre!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfwraptor View Post
    fresh powder on the sabre!
    Looks great! Are you planning on having some decals made up for it?

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    new decals for it! looks kinda plain still tho.....
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    So how did the 15" frame fit your girlfriend?

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    14 would be perfect, but this 15.5 will due for sure! i dont think i will ever powder again tho, it has turned into a big pain in the butt lol. we hadnt had much time to ride it yet due to bad weather

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    got it put back together with raceface sniper grips, new shimano crankset, bbg bashguard and vp pedals. new decals coming later for it. i will take a picture of it outside and then you will be able to see the colors pop out
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    I hate to bring bad news, but Airborne is stating on their site that they are out of stock on the 15 inch Sabre with no plans to make more.

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    Where did you get the graphics from? I just bought a manitou minute expert fork, and I want to put decals on (original owner took off)

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    I know, went to order the 15" for my wife and found out the bad news. Hopefully they replace it soon.

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    i got them made at a local sign shop, but they didnt stick well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jocko8752 View Post
    I hate to bring bad news, but Airborne is stating on their site that they are out of stock on the 15 inch Sabre with no plans to make more.
    That's correct, we are out of small Sabre's and Skyhawk's.

    I know, went to order the 15" for my wife and found out the bad news. Hopefully they replace it soon.
    I'm sorry about that. The sub-$400 26" bike category is something we are moving away from for the future so we aren't going to be making more of them as we run out. Hopefully you can still find something nice for your wife from someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    That's correct, we are out of small Sabre's and Skyhawk's.



    I'm sorry about that. The sub-$400 26" bike category is something we are moving away from for the future so we aren't going to be making more of them as we run out. Hopefully you can still find something nice for your wife from someone else.

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    Is Airborne abandoning the low end or are you guys just planning 29ers (or just 1 29er) to replace them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeinMinn View Post
    Is Airborne abandoning the low end or are you guys just planning 29ers (or just 1 29er) to replace them?
    It's difficult to say for certain at the moment, but I doubt we will make any bike (26 or 29) to replace them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    That's correct, we are out of small Sabre's and Skyhawk's.



    I'm sorry about that. The sub-$400 26" bike category is something we are moving away from for the future so we aren't going to be making more of them as we run out. Hopefully you can still find something nice for your wife from someone else.

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    You wouldn't have any 15" Sabre's hiding in the back...possibly a demo or something to get rid of would you??!!

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    Nope, they are all gone, sorry!~
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    my other option i was thinking before i got the sabre was a specialized p street 1. look into them they are nice bikes and they have the same sizes as the airborne sabre. little more expensive but thats cause components. i picked the sabre over it because the sabre was 5 pounds less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfwraptor View Post
    my other option i was thinking before i got the sabre was a specialized p street 1. look into them they are nice bikes and they have the same sizes as the airborne sabre. little more expensive but thats cause components. i picked the sabre over it because the sabre was 5 pounds less.
    Thanks for the tip! Nice looking bike that I had never seen before. I'm still depressed about the Sabre as I had already told the wife I was buying it for her. I think it's going to be Craigslist time...

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    i got a deal on these that i couldn't pass up. i dont think this is an entry level bike anymore lol. stans flow rims already setup tubeless, reba fork, and i got an external bottom bracket but im not sure if i want to spend the money to put it on or not yet. what you guys think?
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    not finished yet but heres a recent pic
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    Re: airborne sabre

    Very Nice!

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    airborne sabre

    Those stickers look much better!

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    thanks, do you think they are to small? i have some larger ones i was maybe thinkin of putting on the downtube. but i put these on first and i think they look decent

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    airborne sabre

    I think they look just right. Looks like it came that way from the factory and they don't look too small.

    I like the newer style logos better than what's on my green Goblin and have considered doing exactly what you did. Paint or powder coat the frame white and do the newer style stickers.

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    sweet man looks real good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyKreitzer View Post
    I think they look just right. Looks like it came that way from the factory and they don't look too small.

    I like the newer style logos better than what's on my green Goblin and have considered doing exactly what you did. Paint or powder coat the frame white and do the newer style stickers.
    When you do, get with me and I'll send you the art file for the new decal style.

    not finished yet but heres a recent pic
    That looks great!
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    Purchased a Sabre for my wife on a bit of a whim today. She's been wanting to get out there with me on some lighter trails given that it's hard for her to keep up with my usual pace on my road/fixed bikes consistently. This will probably work out a bit better for us riding together and for $249 to my door, even sight unseen yet, it's worth a shot. She's definitely excited.

    How is everyone's Sabres holding up seeing as how they've been in people's hands for a bit now?

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    I've taken mine out half a dozen times or so. So far so good. First few rides my chain kept slipping off sprocket during climbs, but that's probably because I'm the one who put it all together haha

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    Hey all, new to the site and mountain biking altogether but last night I ordered a sabre for my girlfriend. Very excited to receive it and get it assembled for her. I was going to pick up a wingman for myself but in the end decided to go a different route.

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    I bought the sabre a while back and was impressed with the quality. It can easily upgraded to hang with the higher end bikes. Hopefully I will still be able to get a derailleur hanger when they quit making it.

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    The RD hanger shouldn't be an issue with any of our Airborne bikes, even if (heaven-forbid!) we were to go out of business. I've made a point to keep the guys at derailleurhanger.com in the loop regarding models and their respective hangers. All of them can be found here:

    Airborne Derailleur Hangers

    Thanks!

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    Ordered my Sabre about an hour ago. Very excited to get it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfwraptor View Post
    not finished yet but heres a recent pic
    That is a sweet looking bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDocTx View Post
    That is a sweet looking bike!
    thank you sir! it turned out to be a very good bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfwraptor View Post
    liking the green, that green remind me of the kawasaki lime green. what kind of wheels did you upgrade to? from all the parts you upgrade, it not a entry level bike anymore
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    they are stans ztr flow rims. i agree, its top of the line almost now lol. the front derailleur is the only thing stock left on it, and its horrible.

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    Would anyone happen to know what type and size headset the sabre uses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfwraptor View Post
    they are stans ztr flow rims. i agree, its top of the line almost now lol. the front derailleur is the only thing stock left on it, and its horrible.
    What do you primarily use the bike for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jms0211 View Post
    Would anyone happen to know what type and size headset the sabre uses?

    The headset is an "internal" headset, with a 44mm headtube ID.
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    local xc trails mostly

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    Here is mine as of today. Only original parts left are the cranks and bottom bracket. Both of which will be replaced, so I can finish the 1x9 setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms0211 View Post
    Here is mine as of today. Only original parts left are the cranks and bottom bracket. Both of which will be replaced, so I can finish the 1x9 setup.
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    that one nice looking bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms0211 View Post
    Here is mine as of today. Only original parts left are the cranks and bottom bracket. Both of which will be replaced, so I can finish the 1x9 setup.
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    Nike Bike! What all have you upgraded and what are your plans for the drive train upgrade?

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    Thanks...The only original parts left on the bike are the crankset and bottom bracket.

    For the drive train I have a 9 speed cassette and derailleur installed. I'm running the original crankset , middle ring only, until I find a new one. Just need to find a single chainring with a bash guard that wont break the bank.

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    Hi guys, im thinking of getting an airborne sabre but all they got now is the 19" frame and im just a 5'-3" frame. would it be good to get the bike, buy a new 15" frame and swap the components? would appreciate your comments on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange617 View Post
    Hi guys, im thinking of getting an airborne sabre but all they got now is the 19" frame and im just a 5'-3" frame. would it be good to get the bike, buy a new 15" frame and swap the components? would appreciate your comments on this.
    I wouldn't get the 19 inch. I got it and am 5'8". It is an inch or so too big as far as stand over goes. As far as components go I would not buy the bike just to take of the components

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeromjenkins View Post
    I wouldn't get the 19 inch. I got it and am 5'8". It is an inch or so too big as far as stand over goes. As far as components go I would not buy the bike just to take of the components
    thanks jeromjenkins...it just felt sad that now that i have the money, i cant get the size i want...it would have been awesome to strap it to the carrier side by side with my taka.

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    are 26x2.3 tires to big for the sabre?
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    The Sabre has 68mm of space between the stays where the tire sits, which is approximately 2.7 inches. So in theory a 2.3 inch tire would fit, with .2 inches of clearance on either side.

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    Jeremy
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