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    Guardian 2.0 page is now live for info and pre-orders

    For those of you who are interested, we've got the page up for the new Guardian. More pics to come later!

    Airborne Bicycles. Guardian 2.0

    Fork has been increased to 100mm, FD upgraded to X5, curved TT on the 16" frame (just like the Goblin) for better standover clearance.

    We are stoked to be able to offer 2 color choices! Sales have been so good that we are able to start doing this with more models now.

    Thanks so mcuh for all of the support,

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    Dudes those are some tight looking bikes

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    Sweetness

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    Very cool, I like both colors but if I were getting another Guardian, I'd go with the black/red. I'm impressed you guys kept the price the same but still added a few small touches. I think this is an improvement over the original Guardian, which is saying a lot.
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    Looks awesome! The black/red has my vote, but the white is damn good looking too.

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    Hey there, I hope you don't mind if I answer a few questions for ya............

    Airborne has been around since April of 2010. There used to be another company named Airborne from 1998-2004 that offered Ti and Aluminum bikes, but they went out of business. We are the same company in name-only. Two of us that work here at Airborne used to work for the first Airborne in their sales department and marketing department.

    Shipping is indeed $75, but right now we are running a free freight deal until 7/30. We normally don't do any free freight deals except for new-model pre-orders.


    Thinking I'll be buying an Airborne bike this week or next. While lurking in the past I ran accross the above. Does it apply here? Btw NW OH childhood here too. A bit further north though.

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    We aren't running any pre-order specials on the Guardian. At the price we kept it at, $75 is a huge chunk of any profit we make. I hope that doesn't change your enthusiasm about ordering one.

    NW Ohio? Is that the Toledo area? If so i really like Toledo. I've been there many times.

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    Maumee. My mom still lives on River Road up there. My brother lives in Toledo. I moved to sunnier weather.

    I'll be ordering Friday. I'll call for sizing tomorrow, as i fall on a line.

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    Enthusiasm?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We aren't running any pre-order specials on the Guardian. At the price we kept it at, $75 is a huge chunk of any profit we make. I hope that doesn't change your enthusiasm about ordering one.

    NW Ohio? Is that the Toledo area? If so i really like Toledo. I've been there many times.

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    Unfortunatly, it increases it. The $75 was what I needed to Justify the Seeker to the wife. That's why it was an "ordering this week or next" thing. NBD. I'm sure I'll like the Guardian.

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    Looks good, I would love to see some additional pictures to help select my color option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Mac View Post
    Looks good, I would love to see some additional pictures to help select my color option.
    Working on that this week, thanks!

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    Hmm, I would've waited and bought the black/red. Oh well, maybe I'll get a Seeker next... My Guardian already has the X5 FD so not a big deal about the 100mm for me on trails, anyway. Great bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Working on that this week, thanks!

    Jeremy
    Thanks a lot, now I have to choose between black/red and white. I'm hoping for a more subdued color and REALLY can't decide.

    On the other hand I also can't decide on the size too. I am 5' 7'' and 30 inch inseam. It should be obvious that I'm a 16 inch right? Feels like i'm on the border but a 18 inch bike with 30.5 inseam seems not doable.

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    Those new guardians look amazing guys.
    Out of curiosity, can you guys keep the old guardians specs page up on your website somewhere?

    I know there are only a few changes between the new and old guardians but i often pull up my bikes stats for component sizes and measurements from your site.

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    All this Toledo talk, you guys should do a bike demo at jermain park. The trail builders there have been hard at work and it's turning into a great ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elbowtko View Post
    Thanks a lot, now I have to choose between black/red and white. I'm hoping for a more subdued color and REALLY can't decide.

    On the other hand I also can't decide on the size too. I am 5' 7'' and 30 inch inseam. It should be obvious that I'm a 16 inch right? Feels like i'm on the border but a 18 inch bike with 30.5 inseam seems not doable.

    I would give them a call, have tape measure ready (are those inseams pant inseams or true inseams?). They are easy to talk to and can help getting on the right size.

    COLOR i am in the same boat. I am waiting on the additional pictures to decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbowtko View Post
    Thanks a lot, now I have to choose between black/red and white. I'm hoping for a more subdued color and REALLY can't decide.

    On the other hand I also can't decide on the size too. I am 5' 7'' and 30 inch inseam. It should be obvious that I'm a 16 inch right? Feels like i'm on the border but a 18 inch bike with 30.5 inseam seems not doable.
    Thanks! The black/red bike is more subdued than the white one for certain.

    I'd say you'd want the 16. You are close in size to a guy here in the office and he rides a 16 with a longer than stock stem.

    Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfifty View Post
    Those new guardians look amazing guys.
    Out of curiosity, can you guys keep the old guardians specs page up on your website somewhere?

    I know there are only a few changes between the new and old guardians but i often pull up my bikes stats for component sizes and measurements from your site.
    We just had a conversation about that today. We are thinking about making PDF's out of the old pages (they are still there, just hidden from navigation) and housing them on our server for download if someone needs them. I've got some other things ahead of that in terms of priorities but should get to it. In the meanwhile don't hesitate to call or email if you need some info from us, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We just had a conversation about that today. We are thinking about making PDF's out of the old pages (they are still there, just hidden from navigation) and housing them on our server for download if someone needs them. I've got some other things ahead of that in terms of priorities but should get to it. In the meanwhile don't hesitate to call or email if you need some info from us, thanks!

    Jeremy
    My two cents worth. I like being able to print out 1 page that has a picture of the bike on top and the specs on the bottom. If that is a .pdf then that works fine.

    Nice to have a hard copy of the bike sometimes to compare side by side with other bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We just had a conversation about that today. We are thinking about making PDF's out of the old pages (they are still there, just hidden from navigation) and housing them on our server for download if someone needs them. I've got some other things ahead of that in terms of priorities but should get to it. In the meanwhile don't hesitate to call or email if you need some info from us, thanks!

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    Thats great Jeremy, thanks!

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    Man I dont know what color to choose they both look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfifty View Post
    Thats great Jeremy, thanks!
    I copied the old write up and spec sheet into a Word file a month back for that exact reason. If you need it sooner, PM me you email and I will be happy to send it to you.

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    Placed my order this afternoon.

    I got the hot white. Can't wait!

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    Congratulations! The Guardian is one of the best values in mountain bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    Congratulations! The Guardian is one of the best values in mountain bikes.


    Thanks!

    In the last two days we took waaaay more pre-orders for the new Guardian than we anticipated. Good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Thanks!

    In the last two days we took waaaay more pre-orders for the new Guardian than we anticipated. Good stuff!

    Jeremy
    I suspect that the Guardian orders will drop off and the Seeker orders will be waaay more than you anticipated.

    Airborne is doing a lot of things right.

    I know that your design folks have their hands full, but you folks should strongly consider a jersey, at least. There are a ton of guys, with Airborne rides, who would love to help the cause by wearing an Airborne jersey when they ride. Not just free pub, but you'd actually make money from the jersey sales.

    JMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Thanks!

    In the last two days we took waaaay more pre-orders for the new Guardian than we anticipated. Good stuff!

    Jeremy
    Still just deciding on color for me. I'm think red/black is better for a mtb cause it would conceal dirt better.

    Anyways, I'm wondering if you will ever have in stock some more of those "value" pedals as I hope to pick one up as I order (PB60)?

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    I'd have a hard time choosing between those colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbowtko View Post
    Still just deciding on color for me. I'm think red/black is better for a mtb cause it would conceal dirt better.

    Anyways, I'm wondering if you will ever have in stock some more of those "value" pedals as I hope to pick one up as I order (PB60)?
    Actually, I think that the white shows dirt less. I've had both black cars and white cars, and the black cars always show dirt, dust, and water spots worse than the white cars. But black is a faster color.

    Our ability to get Exustar pedals has dried up due to a change in their organization. We are working on carry another brand of pedals in the future. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    I suspect that the Guardian orders will drop off and the Seeker orders will be waaay more than you anticipated.

    Airborne is doing a lot of things right.

    I know that your design folks have their hands full, but you folks should strongly consider a jersey, at least. There are a ton of guys, with Airborne rides, who would love to help the cause by wearing an Airborne jersey when they ride. Not just free pub, but you'd actually make money from the jersey sales.

    JMO.
    Thanks for the kind words!

    We know we will lose a few Guardian sales to the Seeker, but it won't be a lot and if that's so we're OK with that . The sub-$700 29er price-range is an important price-point and will still probably be a huge part of sales for us.

    I hear you on the jerseys. It's top on my personal wish-list but low on the priority list at the moment.

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    It hasn't even been a week and the suspense is killing me.

    When are we going to see some more pics? Maybe a short video?

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    More angles of the new color schemes would be great.

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    Agreed. Guardian 2.0 and Seeker, both.

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    Placed my order! I cant wait. This will be my first time back on a bike in several years.

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    Quick question from a noob clyde still looking to purchase...What is the more $ sound transition...going from Guardian to Seeker or Guardian straight to Goblin? I am fully able to purchase any one, but which is the best bang for the buck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02gtvertible View Post
    Placed my order! I cant wait. This will be my first time back on a bike in several years.
    Congratulations!!!!

    Enjoy it. Ride the heck out of it. Upload pics.

    Only 1 day is better than bike order day - new bike day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartacus2112 View Post
    Quick question from a noob clyde still looking to purchase...What is the more $ sound transition...going from Guardian to Seeker or Guardian straight to Goblin? I am fully able to purchase any one, but which is the best bang for the buck?
    I think that most will say if you can afford the Goblin then go for it.

    All are great values. IMO, the Guardian is a great way to get into MTBs for very little money.

    But, now the Seeker looks to be a REALLY, REALLY nice bike for the money.

    If you can afford Seeker or Goblin then go for one of those. They are worth the extra money for the tapered head tube and fork.

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    Why are you keeping the 3x9 drivetrain? It is it a cost thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCS View Post
    Why are you keeping the 3x9 drivetrain? It is it a cost thing?
    bigdaddy said somewhere here it was a decision they made to keep the pricepoint where it was and not increase it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCS View Post
    Why are you keeping the 3x9 drivetrain? It is it a cost thing?
    2x10 costs more.

    We packed what improvements we could into the new Guardian, and in spite of our costs going up slightly due to materials increases, we held the cost at $599.

    If you want 2x10 take a look at the Seeker in our line-up. It has 2x10, outboard-bearing X5 cranks, tapered HT, and a Recon TK Gold Solo Air fork. A lot of bang for the buck for $300 more.

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    The guardian 2.0 is hands down the best bike for the money. There might be one or 2 bikes in the same price range that are comparable, but after calling Airborne, I definitely realized this company is the one I wanted to buy from. The guy I talked to was super friendly and patient with me, so I went ahead and purchased a new guardian 2.0 this evening. I wish I didn't have to wait till August 5th before it ships out though. Thanks Airborne. I can't wait to ride.

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    ^^^awesome, that's why I ordered one myself. All the shopping And looking around at specs for other bikes, and I decided the guardian was the best for the money!

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    You guys both made a good decision. It really is a solid bike. I got my Guardian back in April and have rode the crap out of it several times a week since. I've had no issues with it so far. I like it more every time I crawl aboard. Enjoy!

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    I'm pretty set on this bike. Leaning a little to the Seeker (beautiful bike by the way) but I'm not sure how much more serious I'll get into biking. From what I can tell, this updated Guardian seems like a bike that can suit the needs of an intermediate biker. I think it will definitely be good enough for me.

    Now, white or black? How about more photos?! Maybe it will help some more potential customers make up their mind

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    We're going to take some more studio shots next week of both colors.

    The response in regards to pre-orders of the new Guardian 2.0 has been very overwhelming. We were looking today at the volume that's come in the past 10 days and had to double-check it because the number is so high. I think the warehouse is going to be the busiest its ever been next month when Guardians and Seekers arrive.

    Thanks so much to all who have pre-ordered their bikes!

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    Looking forward to the new photos so I can finally make my decision!

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    I went for the white one. I was worried that if I waited for the pictures, they would be gone!

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    ^ haha I was worried as well so I went for the white too!

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    He'll ya! The white.

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    I know you folks have been waiting for more studio shots, and we are working on them this week. To hold you over, I snapped a few more shots this morning from different angles. We'll get some better studio shots up on the webpage soon!

    The White Guardian:
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