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    Favorite upgrades

    I definitely have a mild case of upgradeitis and am always looking for that next best thing. So I thought it might be a good thread topic to bounce around some ideas get your thoughts on your Favorite upgrades to your Airborne bike.

    To kick this off, I have a green Goblin.

    Fav upgrades:
    Seat - Charge Spoon
    Bars - 720mm Crankbrothers Iodine
    Tire - Maxxis Ardent, set up ghetto tubeless up front

    Matt

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    Definitely ditching the stock wheel set for ArchEX with DT Swiss 350 hubs. Saved almost 2lbs.

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    I'm with you - Seat (WTB Speed-V Comp,) Front Tire (VeeRubber Speed-R,) and Bars (725 RaceFace Turbines)
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    I'm with you - Seat (WTB Speed-V Comp,) Front Tire (VeeRubber Speed-R,) and Bars (725 RaceFace Turbines)
    I've seen the V Rubber tires at some pretty reasonable price points, how do they hold up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coxinio View Post
    I've seen the V Rubber tires at some pretty reasonable price points, how do they hold up?
    I've been extremely happy with them, especially for the price. Light weight, folding beads, good bead set (I haven't run them tubeless yet, but I think they'd be fine.) They're 120 so they're really supple compared to other cheap tires I've used, but I've had them in some nasty rocks and no cuts or even scrapes to the sidewall. The Speed-R's are like an Ardent knockoff so traction is great. No flats either, which is nice, despite me running them around 30psi over roots and rocks at 260lbs riding weight.
    Eric

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    I am new here just wondering if any of the Airborners have used a dropper post.

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    Stan's flow ex with hope pro 2 hubs.

    1x10 with narrow wide chain ring.

    2.4 ardent up front

    wider bar/shorter stem

    time atac pedals

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    I have a Zeppelin Elite and transferred my good parts from my race bike to it:

    Fox F100RLC
    Truvativ Carbon riser bar
    Thomson stem
    XO Brakes
    XO gripshift and rear der
    XTR fron der
    Race Face Next LP Crank
    Race Face Turbine seatpost
    Selle Italia Flite saddle
    Stans Crest rims with Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs
    SRAM PG990 Cassette
    Hope skewers
    Michelin Wild Race'r tires
    Crank Bros Egg beaters

    Got it down to just over 23 lbs!

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    Re: Favorite upgrades

    Tires to match your terrain and points of contact (grips, saddle, pedals) to match your body are always good upgrades. If you have the budget for it, I've noticed that new wheels and tires have made the biggest performance difference on my black goblin

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    Fav's for me would have to be:

    RaceFace N/W 1x10 drivetrain with the OneUp 42T
    Origin8 UltraLite pedals
    FSA Polycarbonate green headset spacers

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    Re: Favorite upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Fav's for me would have to be:

    RaceFace N/W 1x10 drivetrain with the OneUp 42T
    Origin8 UltraLite pedals
    FSA Polycarbonate green headset spacers
    I'm not so sure I would call the spacers an upgrade....but they do look nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    I'm not so sure I would call the spacers an upgrade....but they do look nice!
    Upgrades are in the eye of the upgrader.

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    Favorite upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnPar5 View Post
    Upgrades are in the eye of the upgrader.
    +1...

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    Re: Favorite upgrades

    Well I guess using that logic, bikes like this are full of upgrades! Lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Fav's for me would have to be:

    RaceFace N/W 1x10 drivetrain with the OneUp 42T
    Origin8 UltraLite pedals
    FSA Polycarbonate green headset spacers
    How are you finding the drive train? What size chain ring are you running up front? Do you miss the big ring?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    I'm not so sure I would call the spacers an upgrade....but they do look nice!
    Why not? They are lighter!

    Quote Originally Posted by coxinio View Post
    How are you finding the drive train? What size chain ring are you running up front? Do you miss the big ring?
    Loving the 1x10 - using a RaceFace 30T N/W -- Not missing the big ring one bit. Simplicity has its rewards, but it isn't for everyone. The 42T allows me to spin up any hill in almost any condition.

    Never Going Back!

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    Re: Favorite upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Why not? They are lighter!



    Loving the 1x10 - using a RaceFace 30T N/W -- Not missing the big ring one bit. Simplicity has its rewards, but it isn't for everyone. The 42T allows me to spin up any hill in almost any condition.

    Never Going Back!
    How is the shifting with the 42? Are all the shifts as smooth as the original cassette?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    How is the shifting with the 42? Are all the shifts as smooth as the original cassette?
    To be honest, I don't notice any shifting irregularities at all, nor do I have any issues getting the chain up to that big ring. For fun today, I decided to veer off course and spin up a sand wash - it's amazing what you can pedal through!

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    Going 1x9 on my guardian was by far the best upgrade I've done. Entire new setup is in the works currently including stans arch rims tubeless for this coming season.

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    1x9 was the best upgrade I ever made on any bike.

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    1.Specialized Dropper Post
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    3. Tires
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    +1 for 1x9 drivetrain.
    I added a Reba to my Guardian, made a world of difference. Putting some Spank Spike pedals on this spring. I also have been running more aggressive tires since last spring that have served me well.

    Doubt I would upgrade much else before upgrading the bike or building a new one. But first, I want a fatbike!
    Nathan

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    Trevor what type of Airborne do you have? Annoy issues with the 2.4 rubbing?

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    I cant speak for Trevor but I can say that I run a 2.4 on the front of my Seeker and it definitely made a huge difference in the way it handles. Lots of spare room too... No rubbing issues. I think it would rub the FD in the rear so I use a 2.2
    Eric

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    Goblin for me. No issues with the 2.4 ardent rubbing up front.

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    Dose anyone use the Maxxis Ardent tubeless?

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    I don't, personally, but a guy I ride with runs an Ardent front and Ikon rear both tubeless on Stans Flow rims with no problems. The Ardent definitely holds better than the Ikon.
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    I run the ardent tubeless on Stans flow ex wheels without any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by technate View Post
    Dose anyone use the Maxxis Ardent tubeless?
    Check! Zero issues running tubeless.

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    Goblin

    I switched out to FSA carbon handle bar and Seat Post. WTB lock on grips. Sun Ringle Black Flag wheels...after trying some VeeRubber cross tires on my Cross Check I decided to giver their mountain tires a try...picked up a set of VeeRubber Vee 10(similar to SB8s)..29x2.1..price was right and they are real easy to set up tubeless..Saddle saw the parts bin a long time ago

    Not sue putting a rigid fork on her is a upgrade for most people but I run it rigid sometimes..silly light and fast in that mode..

    Getting ready to strip down a bike I no longer use and use the x9 stuff on it and put it on the Goblin..shifters, rear and front derailleur..

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    Favorite upgrades

    My favorite upgrades so far have been my Pure V saddle and Black Flag Pro wheels.

    I'm running AKA's on my Goblin. I really like the stock SB8's that came with the bike (it was originally a 1st gen green Goblin) but I wanted a little more bite. I'm considering a 2.35 Maxxis Ikon for the front and the 2.2 AKA on the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyKreitzer View Post
    My favorite upgrades so far have been my Pure V saddle and Black Flag Pro wheels.

    I'm running AKA's on my Goblin. I really like the stock SB8's that came with the bike (it was originally a 1st gen green Goblin) but I wanted a little more bite. I'm considering a 2.35 Maxxis Ikon for the front and the 2.2 AKA on the rear.
    I run an Ardent up front and love it. Currently have a conti Mking on the back but will most likely switch it out for a Crossmark when the trails dry out and leave the ardent up front.


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    Tubeless with Specialized Ground Control Control up front and Captain Control rear. The combo shaved almost a pound from my original build. Cheapest pound I've ever lost.
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    Re: Favorite upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyKreitzer View Post
    My favorite upgrades so far have been my Pure V saddle and Black Flag Pro wheels.

    I'm running AKA's on my Goblin. I really like the stock SB8's that came with the bike (it was originally a 1st gen green Goblin) but I wanted a little more bite. I'm considering a 2.35 Maxxis Ikon for the front and the 2.2 AKA on the rear.
    Ill be mounting up an ikon 2.35 on the front of my goblin once the weather warms up, I'll be sure to give a ride report!

    But don't hold your breath, I'm in MN so it will be at least 2 months before the trails are dry enough to ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    Ill be mounting up an ikon 2.35 on the front of my goblin once the weather warms up, I'll be sure to give a ride report!

    But don't hold your breath, I'm in MN so it will be at least 2 months before the trails are dry enough to ride
    And to think I was pissed because I couldn't ride because of the rain! Just need a couple of days for it to dry out...

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