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    Introducing the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er

    We are pleased to announce the coming of the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er.

    Based around an all new trail version of the Goblin frame with the following differences from a normal Goblin frame:

    Frame optimized for 120mm travel fork

    Larger diameter top-tube, downtube, chainstays, and seatstays

    Contoured "Round-to-Square" seat-tube with direct FD mount

    Pressfit GXP BB shell

    Clearance for 2.5inch tires

    142x12mm rear Maxle

    69 degree HT with 435mm chainstays and 12.5inch BB height

    All of the above changes make the Goblin Evolution better suited and dialed in for trail use. When it comes to spec, we've included parts that we knew would make an awesome trail Goblin: 120mm RockShox Revelation fork with 15mm Maxle and lock-out, Hayes Prime Comp hydraulic brakes, X7 2x10 drive train with an X9 Type 2 RD, Sun-Ringle Charger Comp tubeless-ready wheelset with custom matching decals, Maxxis Ardent 2.4 folding bead tires, and a Truvative Stylo T-30 cockpit.

    $1599.95. Available the first week in February, just in time for Spring.

    For more info, check it out at Airborne Bicycles. Goblin Evolution.

    Thanks!

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    Nice work Airborne folk, this looks like a trail crushing bike! Hope to get a chance on one next season.

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    Introducing the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er

    Any ideas on weight??

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    That is a slick bike!

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    Blue? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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    I like that color....thought I was getting an early Xmas present. Not out til feb..nicely spec'ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    Any ideas on weight??
    From their site: 27.4lbs with tubes.

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    Black and blue, yall should have named it "The Bruiser".

    J/K looks awesome, and I'm sure it rides even better.

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    Jeremy, when does the hobgoblin evo come out? ?

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    Re: Introducing the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er

    Wow. Me want!


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    Looks nice.

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    Great looking bike!

    I was looking at getting a trail hardtail next summer... this adds a front runner.
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    Introducing the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er

    It's very nice. It's a great bike to compare to the niner ROS and the original Canfield Yelli Screamy.

    If not for my yelli I'd be looking at getting this.

    Carbon bars, seatpost and tubeless should get you down to 25lbs. SS it to 22-23lbs

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    good looking bike! i was in the process of ordering a regular goblin until i saw the evo i think i will be ordering the evo instead!

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    Killer. Dang, love the angles and set up. Winner winner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    It's very nice. It's a great bike to compare to the niner ROS and the original Canfield Yelli Screamy.

    If not for my yelli I'd be looking at getting this.

    Carbon bars, seatpost and tubeless should get you down to 25lbs. SS it to 22-23lbs

    Pretty much exactly. I was looking at building up a Nimble9, buying a Taro (I can get the 13's at sub $1000, hard to beat,) or an older 26" wheel trail bike... but Airborne has been good to me, so I may just splurge instead.
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    Will you guys be selling a evolution frame only eventually?

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    Introducing the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Pretty much exactly. I was looking at building up a Nimble9, buying a Taro (I can get the 13's at sub $1000, hard to beat,) or an older 26" wheel trail bike... but Airborne has been good to me, so I may just splurge instead.
    You couldn't buy the components for 1599 to complete a N9 so yeah. It's a deal. One of the guys I ride with is considering this bike just to tear it down and build the yelli frame on the wall.

    Then sell the frame.

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    Everything looked great until...

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Pressfit GXP BB shell
    Please tell me this is a misprint and that Airborne didn't get duped into the press fit BB fad.

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    Well its no cross bike but that thing is hot. I know a couple of guys who might be interested

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip D View Post
    Everything looked great until...



    Please tell me this is a misprint and that Airborne didn't get duped into the press fit BB fad.
    Had zero issues between 3 different Hobgoblin set ups; one ridden in a normal xc fashion, the other two were put through the ringer (but well cared for). Zero issues.

    (and to somewhat fair, I'm pretty close to being a curmudgeon in a lot of ways. I dislike new standards, or rather the lack of adherence to standards over the past few years across the board.)
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    We've had zero durability/maintenance issues with pressfitGXP BB's. The wider BB shell is also part of what enabled us to make room for more rear tire clearance.

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    I was this close to pulling the trigger on a Goblin XO, but was still hesitating. This thing is so sexy, though. As soon as I get the email back on what size I should get, I'm going to order one.

    On question: will this bike come with the stock Revelation RL with the Dual Position Air feature? I know companies sometimes get special OEM versions that aren't exactly the same. We have some long climbs here, and I think this would be a great thing.
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    Dang it, now I'm running a coolness deficit for sure.

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    thought this bike/thread would see a ton more action and chatter around it...whats everyone's thought on this thing from a pricing standpoint?

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    With shipping costs it's pretty close to the Trek Stach, but the fork, brakes, bar/stem, and maybe the wheelset are all big upgrades. I'd say that makes it a pretty good value. Except for the part where you have to wait until February.
    Dang it, now I'm running a coolness deficit for sure.

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    Re: Introducing the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er

    Quote Originally Posted by BigTBoston View Post
    thought this bike/thread would see a ton more action and chatter around it...whats everyone's thought on this thing from a pricing standpoint?
    I was sold on a Taro until this was released. While I wish there was a "seeker evo" for sub $1k the price point here is great for the spec, and while I'd end up upgrading a Taro and pushing my cost over the total for the goblin evo, I wouldn't need to upgrade the Airborne.

    I think the price is right for the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTBoston View Post
    thought this bike/thread would see a ton more action and chatter around it...whats everyone's thought on this thing from a pricing standpoint?
    Pricing is great. I think it's gonna take a second for ppl to wrap there heads around the design of the bike.

    It will be a riot of a bike but it's a gravity oriented hard tail. That's tough for some XC guys to get.

    I still occasionally get baulked with my yelli screamy. Then we go down hill. After a while they wanna follow me down. Keep in mind when the AM HT idea came out people said it would never work. Here we are tho.

    If airborne did it right then this thing should roast. Although I think the 120mm isn't the best choice. But a fork swap is cheap.

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    ^^^ which fork do you think would work better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sti2.5ldohc View Post
    ^^^ which fork do you think would work better?
    I'd recommend a 140 mm fork. Manitou tower pro, fox talas. Rock shock revelation 140. White bros.

    I love my tower. It's a great fork. Easy to work on. And reasonably priced. And Clydesdale friendly.

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    I def want to order one soon, its just a tough time of year for a lot of people with the financial burden of the holidays coming up.

    I think Airborne's target market for this bike were people like me....that bought a XC bike but realized they also want to ride on some tougher rougher & more technical trails and downhills. On Airborne's site they said they are only making these in limited production....hopefully they'll be available for a while.

    I plan on keeping my regular Goblin to use for most of the riding I do. And it would be nice to have a Goblin Evo for those days I want to get a little crazy on the tougher trails.

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    I'd like a "hobgoblin evo" to compliment my goblin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WineDine29er View Post
    I think Airborne's target market for this bike were people like me....that bought a XC bike but realized they also want to ride on some tougher rougher & more technical trails and downhills.
    This is exactly what happened to me, I started on a Guardian, but found myself wanting something in a slacker, AM/trail 29er. Once I started riding a slacker bike I found that there was really no reason to keep my XC bike, A bike like this really does it all for me.
    I wish this was available about a year ago. It looks like a great ride, at a great price point. I'm glad to see Airborne adding some Trail/AM bikes to their lineup again.
    I'll definitely recommend this to riders looking for a bike to ride on our local trails.
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    Oh, decisions, decisions! This bike makes me rethink buying a hobgoblin. I want them both! Love that airborne is branching out. I know where my next bike is coming from!

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    I bet that thing will rip...and dig the color scheme also..

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    I like the geo of this bike. Except for offset it is better than a Stache and close to the new Superfly.
    If this is a 2014 Revelation fork the new mid valve damping stack makes for a quality unit and a good improvement over the 2013 Revelation.
    2014 RS Revelation midvalve with reb. and comp. shim stack
    I'd like to see 51mm offset which is optional on some Manitou models for 2014 and the RS Pike for 2014. Could be something RS would do for the Revelation.

    If this is a 13 fork it can be updated easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    I like the geo of this bike. Except for offset it is better than a Stache and close to the new Superfly.
    If this is a 2014 Revelation fork the new mid valve damping stack makes for a quality unit and a good improvement over the 2013 Revelation.
    2014 RS Revelation midvalve with reb. and comp. shim stack
    I'd like to see 51mm offset which is optional on some Manitou models for 2014 and the RS Pike for 2014. Could be something RS would do for the Revelation.
    anyone know if this is the 2014 or 2013 model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swildnm View Post
    I wish this was available about a year ago. It looks like a great ride, at a great price point. I'm glad to see Airborne adding some Trail/AM bikes to their lineup again.
    I'll definitely recommend this to riders looking for a bike to ride on our local trails.

    I'm in this boat. Had I known something like this was coming I would have waited to purchase my Airborne. As I ride something with a slacker HT, I have no desire or need, to ride my XC. Maybe someone on Craigslist will want it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westorbust View Post
    I'm in this boat. Had I known something like this was coming I would have waited to purchase my Airborne. As I ride something with a slacker HT, I have no desire or need, to ride my XC. Maybe someone on Craigslist will want it.
    It wouldn't be the same but you could install a 120mm fork on your current bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTBoston View Post
    anyone know if this is the 2014 or 2013 model?
    Bumping this thread to see if Jeremy or someone from Airborne can confirm 2013/2014 Revelation on the EVO. Also, has anybody on here ordered one yet?

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    Can't you change the shim stack on the RS anyways??? Does it matter? We played with the stack on my Manitou Tower.. I can guarentee that unless you are 165lbs the stack prob isn't ideal anyways...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexzhu1 View Post
    It wouldn't be the same but you could install a 120mm fork on your current bike.
    That's exactly what I'm doing. We'll see how it goes.

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    Introducing the new Goblin Evolution Trail 29er

    Just curious if the small size is going to have a bent top tube like the Goblin?
    Trying to get a visual;-)
    Can't wait too hear more about this bike. Any early release for review by a reputable publication / online source?
    My next purchase is still a little ways out, but sure get off on reviews of the bikes I'm interested in!!! Lol
    Love what you guys did price / spec / design with this one.
    Me want.

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    I really liked this bike when I first saw it, I was debating between this and a Stache. Being a former owner of a couple of Treks I went ahead and ordered a Stache, so I wouldn't have to wait for the Goblins release. The good news is my brother ordered an 18 inch Goblin Evo, so we will be able to get some good comparisons come February. I got a brand new 2013 17.5 Stache 7 for $995 shipped to my door, that left me with plenty of fork upgrade money and eventually i'll do a wheel set upgrade also.

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    I stumbled onto this Airborne forum while researching/looking for a new mountain bike (currently riding a stock 2001 Trek 4500). I'm intrigued by the Trek Staches, so the Goblin Evo looks mighty appealing to me (similar geometry with better components at a lower price)! When can we expect reviews of the Evo?

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    will this bike be more flickable and nimble than a standard Goblin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivera View Post
    will this bike be more flickable and nimble than a standard Goblin?
    First a disclaimer: I only own a Goblin and have never ridden an Evolution.

    But from what I've been able to gather, it has a slacker HT angle. That additional caster should keep its steering stable at speed. So not flickable or nimble as compared to an XC bike.

    On the other hand, it does have overall weight (it's a pound lighter out of the box) and wheel weight going for it. Its chainstays are shorter so it is only about an inch or so longer in wheelbase than the standard Goblin. Plus it can easily get lighter just by taking it tubeless if you choose.

    But lighter tires and/or wheelset on a standard Goblin is probably more like what you're looking for...or a Goblin XO if you can afford it.

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    I've found that a shorter chain stay often gives a bike much more playful feel: it will turn a little sharper at speed, manual and initiate wheelie-type maneuvers easier. With the slacker head angle it will like be more stable at higher speeds too. I take it that the design is intended to be a "trail" bike as opposed to XC. So it's a bit burlier frame wise, and more rugged component wise (fatter tires, more travel).

    Flickable and nimble are little vague, but I'd venture to *guess* the EVO will be better on downhills, pumps, bumps and jumps. Things the Goblin is not really designed for (but can handle just fine).

    I've not ridden the EVO, so this is speculation based on riding experiences.... To answer the question, my best guess is "yes". But better to be answered by the guys that tested them
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeinMinn View Post
    First a disclaimer: I only own a Goblin and have never ridden an Evolution.

    But from what I've been able to gather, it has a slacker HT angle. That additional caster should keep its steering stable at speed. So not flickable or nimble as compared to an XC bike.

    On the other hand, it does have overall weight (it's a pound lighter out of the box) and wheel weight going for it. Its chainstays are shorter so it is only about an inch or so longer in wheelbase than the standard Goblin. Plus it can easily get lighter just by taking it tubeless if you choose.

    But lighter tires and/or wheelset on a standard Goblin is probably more like what you're looking for...or a Goblin XO if you can afford it.
    Lots of good points. Maybe the weight will be of some help.

    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    I've found that a shorter chain stay often gives a bike much more playful feel: it will turn a little sharper at speed, manual and initiate wheelie-type maneuvers easier. With the slacker head angle it will like be more stable at higher speeds too. I take it that the design is intended to be a "trail" bike as opposed to XC. So it's a bit burlier frame wise, and more rugged component wise (fatter tires, more travel).

    Flickable and nimble are little vague, but I'd venture to *guess* the EVO will be better on downhills, pumps, bumps and jumps. Things the Goblin is not really designed for (but can handle just fine).

    I've not ridden the EVO, so this is speculation based on riding experiences.... To answer the question, my best guess is "yes". But better to be answered by the guys that tested them
    Exactly, I'm not trying to make comparisons here, but the style of the bike is along the lines of Trek Stache, Canfield Nimble 9/Yelli Screamy, etc. Which all have been famous for being very playful and also able to handle good amount of serious trail better than cross country geometry bikes. I like the Canfield bikes, but I feel like I'd spend alot of money on a ground up build.

    I'll be riding Georgia trails around Atlanta area, which from what I have seen many are rooty and rocky, but sometimes smooth out.

    I just want a very playful bike, something that can be bunny hopped, or pick up the front wheel pretty easy, and be agile enough for me to toss around. I'm not a big guy at 5'7 160lb so a light bike can make a difference to me.

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    I would guess the Goblin or the EVO version will both do fine. I wouldn't go so far as to call the Goblin "playful", it's much more a solid, stable platform to navigate miles at speed and finesse. It will maneuver very well through a variety of terrain, and the term "Cross-Country" really pinpoints its characteristics.

    If I were looking for a playful build, I'd go with the EVO. Those fat tires are sexy You're right, I think the market they're aiming for is the segment occupied by the Stache, Honzo, Yelli...

    EVO seems right your alley.

    (You'd save even more weight going tubeless on it and switching to 1x10 but that's not really for everybody...)
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    What would be required to do the 1x10?

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