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    Excited for Airborne

    I've been following Airborne for awhile now. Almost took the plunge on an XO Hobgoblin last year but the travel wasn't quite what I was wanting.

    LOVE the Toxin as I've been looking at either a new bike to replace my hardtail or a second DH exclusive bike for Park duty and throw a nicer fork on the hardtail for the majority of my riding.

    Then I saw this:
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    Which might be the perfect fit. Of still being able to get around on the local trails and have fun on the weekends at the park. So what's the ETA on more info on this beast?

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    Excited for Airborne

    Nice. I bet there is this one guy that will comment on this bike thread *****ing about the price of the pathogen frame.

    Am I the only one that thinks the top tube looks strange??

    I know it's a proto so it's no biggie. But is seems really long.

    It would be nice to see another enduro bike on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbw View Post
    I've been following Airborne for awhile now. Almost took the plunge on an XO Hobgoblin last year but the travel wasn't quite what I was wanting.

    LOVE the Toxin as I've been looking at either a new bike to replace my hardtail or a second DH exclusive bike for Park duty and throw a nicer fork on the hardtail for the majority of my riding.

    Then I saw this:
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    Which might be the perfect fit. Of still being able to get around on the local trails and have fun on the weekends at the park. So what's the ETA on more info on this beast?
    Nice! Where did you find this picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeinMinn View Post
    Nice! Where did you find this picture?
    It was in the All Mountain Picture thread. Prototype so no other info but looks super promising.

    Here's a link: Let's see those AM setups

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    At this time we can't divulge any more info in regards to the AM project.

    We are in the test-riding phase on two different wheel sizes.

    No ETA on release date and no ETA on complete bike spec info.

    I happen to like the top tube, it looks great in person.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    At this time we can't divulge any more info in regards to the AM project.

    We are in the test-riding phase on two different wheel sizes.

    No ETA on release date and no ETA on complete bike spec info.

    I happen to like the top tube, it looks great in person.

    Thanks,

    Jeremy
    I volunteer to help test out here in CO Pretty pumped. Hope to hear more before the upcoming season. *fingers crossed*

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    I saw it before but didn't want to start a new thread since I knew it was still in prototype phase. I'll definitely wait until it is finished before I pull the tigger on a new trail/all mountain bike or whatever is the latest catch phrase it.

    - I also like the top tube, a good looking bike on top of being a good bike is always a plus
    - I love the horst-link type suspension
    - The different color pivots look cool
    - The long top tube short stem is good too. Ive ridden bikes with similiar setups, read reviews, and this seems to be the latest in "modern" geometrys. The Kona Process has all the rave reviews about its geo.
    - Pike has been getting a bunch of awards lately. Hopefully on final spec.
    - I won't argue wheel size on performance since the whole package matters most. But I would lean towards 27.5 because from what I've heard 26 sales aren't that great. Also as a user I would be worried about available of tire choices in the future.
    - I can't see the BB but I would prefer GXP BSA since it is so easy to work on at home.

    Overall, it looks wicked and can't wait to see final product. I think Airborne has another hit on their hands.

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    I like it a lot. Two things jump out at me. The shock has appears to have a very short stroke for an AM bike. Must have a very high leverage ratio. And it the Geo looks pretty slack, which is exactly what I am looking for. Hope this is available by this time next year.

    Side note: I think 26'' bike sales are down because high end models are pretty much extinct. From all the people I know, and poles I have come across, there is still a big market for 26'' bikes, just no availability on bikes worth buying. That said, I have wanted to try a 650b bike for a while...

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    For now the BB shell is a BSA (threaded). No plans to change it.

    We are testing both 26 and 27.5 and *may* end up producing both.

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    Good looking bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    For now the BB shell is a BSA (threaded). No plans to change it.


    - If those are the Hayes Prime Pros, I reallly like those as well. I have Hayes brakes and they're easy to bleed, have plenty of power, and love the adjustability. Like them way better than the Avids for sure.
    - Having the Monarch PLUS is great as well, should greatly improve rear suspension performance.

    The bike looks spot on!!!

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    That is one sweet looking trail ripping air catching get the crap out of my way looking rig!

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    Thats thing looks a lot like a Trance, sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTx View Post
    That is one sweet looking trail ripping air catching get the crap out of my way looking rig!
    LOL Tony...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyTx View Post
    That is one sweet looking trail ripping air catching get the crap out of my way looking rig!
    Really trying to make sure the bases are covered....








    ... not getting how it looks like a Trance though. I think it's fairly unique - which is tough in the current field of AM machines.
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    Airborne - My vote
    Stick with threaded BBs!!!!
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    It looks nothing like a trance. The front triangle is completely different, and the rear triangle has pivots at the drop outs where a trance has no pivots on the rear triangle at all, and instead uses a link(mastro link) connecting the rear triangle to the frame, making a trance a VPP(virtual pivot point for the newbs out there). The pivots on the chainstay mean no link and it will be a regular single pivot design. Not even close to the design of a Trance other than similar looking rocker arms, which is used by many manufactures because its a great way to control leverage ratios in an efficient way.

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    Hey Jerry - feel free to bring that rig up to the four corners for a complete test! Just don't forget to invite me... Great looking pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Really trying to make sure the bases are covered....








    ... not getting how it looks like a Trance though. I think it's fairly unique - which is tough in the current field of AM machines.
    Amen!

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    Re: Excited for Airborne

    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    Thats thing looks a lot like a Trance, sweet.






    Stop trolling, dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Hey Jerry - feel free to bring that rig up to the four corners for a complete test! Just don't forget to invite me... Great looking pics!
    My wife still works shifts in Farmington, so that's a very distinct possibility. We'll see how her schedule and my weekends fall as summer approaches. Would love to hook up and ride Alien or Phil's. Or Barker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Really trying to make sure the bases are covered....








    ... not getting how it looks like a Trance though. I think it's fairly unique - which is tough in the current field of AM machines.
    Keep the pictures coming! haha tease away!

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    Glad you guys like it so far.

    I just want to re-state that spec is TBD. The parts you see on our test rigs are generally what we put on there for personal preference as individuals evaluating primarily the frame.

    This is true of any protos of ours that you may see photos of, like last year when I put up photos of the my personal Goblin Evolution proto (that no one noticed ) that was decked out in X0 and other bits.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Glad you guys like it so far.

    I just want to re-state that spec is TBD. The parts you see on our test rigs are generally what we put on there for personal preference as individuals evaluating primarily the frame.

    This is true of any protos of ours that you may see photos of, like last year when I put up photos of the my personal Goblin Evolution proto (that no one noticed ) that was decked out in X0 and other bits.

    Thanks!

    Jeremy
    Can you re-post it so we can see what we missed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Glad you guys like it so far.

    I just want to re-state that spec is TBD. The parts you see on our test rigs are generally what we put on there for personal preference as individuals evaluating primarily the frame.

    This is true of any protos of ours that you may see photos of, like last year when I put up photos of the my personal Goblin Evolution proto (that no one noticed ) that was decked out in X0 and other bits.

    Thanks!

    Jeremy
    Understood, just wanted to give you guys props based on whats in the pics. I'm sure the final spec will be in line with Airborne performance versus price, and provide good value compared to other brands. Frame looks excellent...

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