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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.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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    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!

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post







    Stop trolling, dude

    Thanks for making my point for me. No these are not carbon copies, but to my eye, I see a lot of similarities, top tube, HTA, upper linkage. I would say these bikes are more alike than different. And just because I am not a sycophant does not make me a troll. I have damn near bought 2 Airbornes, but the fact I could not check it out in person and that there is no after sale service swayed me to a LBS purchase. I still like the damn things so get off my back.

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    They're both AM bikes, how different can they look?

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    It looks more like a Slash than a trance. And that is a good thing!

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    Can we get a group hug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikron View Post
    Thanks for making my point for me. No these are not carbon copies, but to my eye, I see a lot of similarities, top tube, HTA, upper linkage. I would say these bikes are more alike than different. And just because I am not a sycophant does not make me a troll. I have damn near bought 2 Airbornes, but the fact I could not check it out in person and that there is no after sale service swayed me to a LBS purchase. I still like the damn things so get off my back.

    They are almost nothing alike other then the rocker arms. Read my previous post, the suspension designs are not even remotely similar. By your eye, there are 5-10 bikes that are alike, just because they have rocker arms and and a bend in the top tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Can we get a group hug?

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    Does that come with a discount?

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    Holy Crapsicle you guys have some cool stuff !

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    Hoping the 27.5 gets the green light. If so, this is the bike I've been holding out for from Airborne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazman72 View Post
    Hoping the 27.5 gets the green light. If so, this is the bike I've been holding out for from Airborne.
    I concur.

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    damn...now I wish I had waited on getting my Seeker...thought its a sick bike as well!

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    I've been waiting for something like that from Airborne also, preferably 27.5". Will it come as the frame only or built up? Or both? I would rather build one up myself. It looks great!

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    I can't get this bike out of my head.... I need info! Specs? Possible production time?
    I have been waiting for an all-mountain model....please keep this thread alive!

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    I'm not trying to sound like a dick, so please don't take it that way, but I've stated already there's no further info to be given. We are in the test-riding and exploratory phase. When/if we go to production is unknown and its not even certain production would exactly resemble the photos that were leaked.

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    Hey, no problem. I completely understand....just excited and I let it get the best of me...I didn't mean to sound annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDM88 View Post
    Hey, no problem. I completely understand....just excited and I let it get the best of me...I didn't mean to sound annoying.
    I'm with ya. I just wanted to get some hype started so they could see the want for an all mountain model. Not sure what the average turn around is from testing phase to production so here's to hoping it's not terribly long.

    This proto looks along the lines of the bikes in my list of considerations which is why I got excited. Looking at demoing the Niner WFO and Kona Process in the near future to help narrow down my wants/needs. My next purchase will probably be June so I just hope a little info gets out before then.

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    Sorry, there won't be any info before June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Sorry, there won't be any info before June.

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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.

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

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    Dang, my bday is in June and was hoping this would be the present to myself.
    Just an example but, the way the Process is selling out and on their 2nd production run I'd think this would be a no-brainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazman72 View Post
    Dang, my bday is in June and was hoping this would be the present to myself.
    Just an example but, the way the Process is selling out and on their 2nd production run I'd think this would be a no-brainer.
    Considering we just started ride-testing these in December.............June is really, really, really (really) unrealistic. Proper development time, if mostly everything goes correctly, is generally 14-18 months. Our lead times for parts orders for production is 120-150 days for most vendors. So June would have only been a possibility of we (irresponsibly) decided as soon as we built one up that we liked it and decided to make production as-is with no changes and no ride time (and no EN14766 testing). That's not practical and not the way we do things. We don't put untried, untested things out there on the public. I always like to say that "we are bike guys first and businessmen second", and being bike guys we don't want our name on something that we don't feel 100% good and certain about. If we were just businessmen churning out a ton of SKU's and slapping our name on everything maybe that would be different.

    I hope that you appreciate my thoughts and have a better understanding of how things work behind the scenes. I appreciate that everyone is excited about this model but I have to be the level-headed voice of reason when it comes to these sort of things. In hindsight I kinda wish these detailed photos didn't get out there but what's done can't be undone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Considering we just started ride-testing these in December.............June is really, really, really (really) unrealistic. Proper development time, if mostly everything goes correctly, is generally 14-18 months. Our lead times for parts orders for production is 120-150 days for most vendors. So June would have only been a possibility of we (irresponsibly) decided as soon as we built one up that we liked it and decided to make production as-is with no changes and no ride time (and no EN14766 testing). That's not practical and not the way we do things. We don't put untried, untested things out there on the public. I always like to say that "we are bike guys first and businessmen second", and being bike guys we don't want our name on something that we don't feel 100% good and certain about. If we were just businessmen churning out a ton of SKU's and slapping our name on everything maybe that would be different.

    I hope that you appreciate my thoughts and have a better understanding of how things work behind the scenes. I appreciate that everyone is excited about this model but I have to be the level-headed voice of reason when it comes to these sort of things. In hindsight I kinda wish these detailed photos didn't get out there but what's done can't be undone.

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    LOL~!

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    I’ve been following Airborne since I got back into mountain biking in June and always appreciate Jeremy’s openness and honesty about the company’s philosophy and plans in his posts.
    You guys really hit a sweet spot when it comes to price point and what you get for your money. I guess I’ll hang on a while longer and see what happens.

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    I’ve been following Airborne since I got back into mountain biking in June and always appreciate Jeremy’s openness and honesty about the company’s philosophy and plans in his posts.
    You guys really hit a sweet spot when it comes to price point and what you get for your money. I guess I’ll hang on a while longer and see what happens.
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    Man, I would just copy Kona new geo's that is getting all the rave reviews and build! Kidding of course, man this winter is getting to me and need to ride more!!!!!!!!!!!

    On the serious side, I wonder how a small company like Airborne develops it full suspension bikes versus the big co.s. I visited the Trek HQ and they have huge teams of engineers with modeling software and in house production equipment. I know other small companys contract support to the likes of Dave Weagle and Sotto Group. I don't want Airborne to spill it secrets but it would be interesting....
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    I was thinking I might go for the Gob Evo after my Father In Law picked one up. But now, I think I will save my pennies a little longer and see what ends up happening with this. I would love to try a 650b bike, but really haven't wanted to pony up and spend the big bucks on the name brand bikes.

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    Loving my AM frame! Hazard has a little more time on his frame than I do, but I put a hard thrashing on it last week. Over 50miles and 10k in climbing. Keep an eye out in Dirt rag, and on the Dirt Rag website. You may see some more photos soon! This thing is scary fast! Can't wait for it to be released. There will be a lot of happy mountain bikers with money left over for beer. Stay tuned!

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    Cool people are asking about the Airborne in the comments section

    And yes, scary fast indeed!
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    Hey J thought it was time I get on the boards over here and represent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endurobro View Post
    Hey J thought it was time I get on the boards over here and represent.
    I think so too! Welcome, glad to see you here brother! Killer ride, aint she?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    I think so too! Welcome, glad to see you here brother! Killer ride, aint she?
    You ain't kidding buddy! I have some thoughts for you, but I will email you later. After a week on this thing I am more than impressed. Fast does not begin to describe it. I have been on motor cycles that don't feel this fast. I got a lot of maintenance to do! I also have to send my bars back to Enve, and my front brake back to SRAM! So time to dig out the spare box. On top of that is will be 70 and sunny the next 2 days. Killing me to look at that bike in the garage and not be able to ride it!

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    This bike is the worst kept secret across social media at this point. How about some details gentlemen?

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    Don't want to keep sounding like a broken record but.....

    We can't really give details on something that is in the proto/ride phase. There are still more changes for it on the horizon and anything I say now will probably not be correct by the time we finally go to production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazman72 View Post
    This bike is the worst kept secret across social media at this point. How about some details gentlemen?
    Duuuuude. Yeah I don't think it's a secret, we are creating Internet buuuuuzzzzz. The only thing I will tell you is I am in love with it.

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    Excited for Airborne-1801295_10202785253944387_168263039_o.jpg

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    That looks... fun.
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    Is it just me or do the decals look like they were photoshopped on there?

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    Agreed, looks fake and pretty whack
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    Excited for Airborne

    That bike belongs to one of the guys at Airborne. He told me the other day when I was there that it's his go to bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbw View Post
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    Hmmm.... could be my next ride, looks sweet, anxious to hear the specs! Probably a good time to start a savings plan to get this bad boy when it rolls out..

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    These pics are killing me, can't wait for it to be released!!!!!!

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    Sans decals for those of you who aren't fans.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cbw View Post
    Sans decals for those of you who aren't fans.

    Do you have any angles or measurements you can leak? Really curious
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    Those decals better never make it to production, ugly.


    But the naked one? That thing looks sweet. Should do the Airborne in matte black on the gloss black frame if it must go on there (I'm sure it does). Keep it understated and simple.

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    What length stem is that on the proto?
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    I think he runs a 50. I can ask.

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    They are just generic decals on the proto. They have nothing to do with actual production graphics.

    Eric is currently running a 50mm BOX stem on his proto, thanks.

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    A lot of photos from Sea Otter of the proto. I have heard the timeline possibly being late summer early fall.

    Vital shares a little insight into pricing as well.
    Prototype 650B Airborne Trail/Enduro Bike - Sea Otter Classic - 2014 Sea Otter Classic Pit Bits - 2nd Edition - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB

    Airborne Bicycles has always focused on high value products, and their upcoming 650B (27.5-inch) Trail/AM/Enduro bike will follow suit. The bike will come in two builds priced at just $1,799 and ~$2,800 complete.

    This prototype features 6-inches of travel, a 66-degree headtube angle, 72-degree seat tube, and 440mm chainstays, though numbers may change slightly for production.

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    Re: Excited for Airborne

    A 27.5 trail bike for 1799?


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    Quote Originally Posted by cbw View Post
    A lot of photos from Sea Otter of the proto. I have heard the timeline possibly being late summer early fall.

    Vital shares a little insight into pricing as well.
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    Pike and xx1 for 2800? sign me up.

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    I wouldn't take the spec in that photo for gospel... Would be cool though
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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Pike and xx1 for 2800? sign me up.
    Sign me up too! That's less than what my employee/industry discount would be for all the parts to build such a bike!

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    I think your standard X7 (maybe X9 shifters) drivetrain and a PIKE fork would be a good compromise! Can't afford to replace XO, XX1 when they wear out anyways...can't wait for this bike to release...hoping before Xmas!

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    I think your standard X7 (maybe X9 shifters) drivetrain and a PIKE fork would be a good compromise! Can't afford to replace XO, XX1 when they wear out anyways...can't wait for this bike to release...hoping before Xmas!
    Agreed! Anything higher than X7 and you're paying mostly for lighter weight and flashier looks, the bang for the back goes wayyyyy down.

    I'd much rather have high end suspension and a mid range drivetrain than vice versa

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    I wouldn't even mind a Xfusion Sweep, it has been getting good reviews at half the price of a Pike. But a Pike would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betorac View Post
    I wouldn't even mind a Xfusion Sweep, it has been getting good reviews at half the price of a Pike. But a Pike would be nice.
    +1 I really like the Xfusion stuff.

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    Any chance of getting an X9 10 speed option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Don't want to keep sounding like a broken record but.....

    We can't really give details on something that is in the proto/ride phase. There are still more changes for it on the horizon and anything I say now will probably not be correct by the time we finally go to production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    ^^^
    for the release video just make a spoof saying we took the best components from a 1995 walmart bike and made the bike no one wanted!

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    This bike will be my next purchase. No questions asked. I plan on having enough scratch together by release time to snag the high-spec version. Hoping on a Pike and anything above x7 will just be gravy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Don't want to keep sounding like a broken record but.....

    We can't really give details on something that is in the proto/ride phase. There are still more changes for it on the horizon and anything I say now will probably not be correct by the time we finally go to production.

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    Totally agree with you Jeremy, given that, I will gladly take one of the Prototypes

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    Jeremy, any plans to sell as a frameset? It seems hit or miss on the website on what bikes can be purchased as frames only, or is it as easy as calling direct and getting a frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akaBrowntown View Post
    Jeremy, any plans to sell as a frameset? It seems hit or miss on the website on what bikes can be purchased as frames only, or is it as easy as calling direct and getting a frame?
    Hey there,

    It's not really hit or miss, there's a bit of a logic to it. Where we offer the most value is on complete bikes, so frames aren't our priority. In the few cases where we offer frames, its because we feel it's a good market to get into and/or we can offer a good value proposition in the category.

    Unless its on the website, its not available. So someone can't call us up and say they want a Guardian frame, for example.

    In the case of the 6" AM rig, we aren't at that place where we have yet made the decision regarding spec or frame-only offerings. I'm personally leaning toward not offering frame-only's for this model, but it hasn't been finally decided yet.

    The prices for the completes that were printed in the Vital story aren't gospel, and are likely to be different by the time we get to production.

    Thanks!

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    I just found this thread and I'm in the market for a bike. Looks fantastic. Keep that top tube long, the stem and chainstays short, bars wide, and seat tube angle steep. Not sure if I will be able to pass this one up.

    Take my money!

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    I love the looks of the top tube. It reminds me of the Mondraker all-mountain bikes that I will never be able to afford. I really want this bike.

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    The biggest question for me will be how efficient is that suspension design? You can tell the bike will be awesome on the downhills, but what about as a full trail bike? Will it get you up hill pretty well, or will it not be designed with that in mind? The suspension looks very simple, which isn't always a bad thing. I just wonder if they optimized it for more than downs.

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