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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeinMinn View Post
    Yeah, I had heard that about them. Getting a titanium spindle makes them even more delicate. But they are pretty cheap to replace compared to some of the other options out there. Plus, if I'm doing some DH, I'll just bolt on some of my other pedals. I really just wanted a fairly light pedal for XC that was pinned and came in the right color. This seems to fit the bill. We'll see...

    What pedals do you run now BDF?
    Most of the time I am clipped in and use XT or XTR pedals, but for flats believe it or not I've really grown to like these "Forte" brand flats from Performance.

    Fortť Convert Platform Pedals - Mountain Bike Pedals

    They're thin, grip great, and are almost indestructable. I have 3 sets of them, one of them is on my DJ bike and they've held up great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Most of the time I am clipped in and use XT or XTR pedals, but for flats believe it or not I've really grown to like these "Forte" brand flats from Performance.

    Fortť Convert Platform Pedals - Mountain Bike Pedals

    They're thin, grip great, and are almost indestructable. I have 3 sets of them, one of them is on my DJ bike and they've held up great.

    Jeremy
    I have a set of Fortes now. They're good quality pedals. I've always ridden clipped in but I'm trying to relearn pedaling with flats for now. Feels like a strange new world

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    I ran a white set of the Wellgo's for some time on my green Goblin. They looked cool. Held up to a few hard strikes, and now my buddy is running them. For the 40 or so bux I paid I am /was very happy with them. I was mostly just XC with them.

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    I have them in white on my green Goblin. I like them though I do have a couple scars on my shins from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyKreitzer View Post
    I have them in white on my green Goblin. I like them though I do have a couple scars on my shins from them.
    Gotta ride with chainsaw chaps on

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    Not to take this too far OT but can anyone recommend shoes for these pedals. I ride clipless but I'm considering giving them a try. Thanks.

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    Five Ten Freeriders are great shoes. I pedal my Wellgo MG-1s with them, though, I used to use a pair of Wellgo B-103s which I felt worked better with the Freeriders' tread than the MG-1s.

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    Thanks. Now I have to find a place locally that sells them before I try to order online.

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    Keep any eye on Chainlove.com. Different five tens pop up every day or two for 60.00. Can't go wrong at those prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perturbo View Post
    Five Ten Freeriders are great shoes. I pedal my Wellgo MG-1s with them, though, I used to use a pair of Wellgo B-103s which I felt worked better with the Freeriders' tread than the MG-1s.
    This is my setup also.

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    For DH riding I have a set of Five Ten Minaar's. Grippy and really nice. Can't go wrong with Five Tens.
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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Finally ordered the goblin last night! Can't wait to get it.

    I have a question regarding platform pedals. I've narrowed it down to the forte converts and the wellgo mg-1s. Which one would y'all go with and why?

    I'm leaning towards the converts even though they are a little more expensive, and the only reason I wanted the mg-1s was to get the green ones to match the green bits on the goblin (not even sure the green matches).

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    I'm a fan of the Forte's - more svelte, a couple more pins and think the body is more durable. It's been a while since I've been on MG-1's, but the Forte's seem to feel like they have more area for your foot...
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    It's killing me waiting for the Goblin to come back in stock in an 18".

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Finally ordered the goblin last night! Can't wait to get it.

    I have a question regarding platform pedals. I've narrowed it down to the forte converts and the wellgo mg-1s. Which one would y'all go with and why?

    I'm leaning towards the converts even though they are a little more expensive, and the only reason I wanted the mg-1s was to get the green ones to match the green bits on the goblin (not even sure the green matches).
    The green is a VERY close match. I went with the mg-1s in green obviously. They are a nice light pedal (for a pinned platform) and breakage due to pedal strikes is unlikely where I bike. Time will tell...

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    That's another reason I'm leaning toward the converts. I ride a lot of rocky terrain and pedal strike is very common and at times unavoidable. I've heard the mg-1s don't hold up as well.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Do you have a pic of your bike with the green pedals mikeinminn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbopit View Post
    It's killing me waiting for the Goblin to come back in stock in an 18".
    Same here for the 16". Would love a date on when we will be able to place an order

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    I was seriously considering buying an 18 Goblin frame and getting what ever size Goblin is in stock and swapping the parts. I like the color on the frame only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacklikesbeans View Post
    Same here for the 16". Would love a date on when we will be able to place an order
    We're really sorry about running out of 16's and 18's. The good thing is we've far exceeded our sales forecast for the winter months; the bad thing is we are out of bikes in the smaller sizes of the Goblin and Guardian models!

    I'm hoping that in the next few days I will be able to give an approximate date for when the bikes will arrive.

    For those of you who are waiting on the 16's and 18's, would you like for us to turn the ordering feature on for those sizes then, so that you can order yours and be guaranteed that it will ship to you as soon as it hits our warehouse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We're really sorry about running out of 16's and 18's. The good thing is we've far exceeded our sales forecast for the winter months; the bad thing is we are out of bikes in the smaller sizes of the Goblin and Guardian models!

    I'm hoping that in the next few days I will be able to give an approximate date for when the bikes will arrive.

    For those of you who are waiting on the 16's and 18's, would you like for us to turn the ordering feature on for those sizes then, so that you can order yours and be guaranteed that it will ship to you as soon as it hits our warehouse?

    Jeremy
    I would love that and order today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Do you have a pic of your bike with the green pedals mikeinminn?
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    Sorry about the delay. I have just changed over to Linux and have had trouble figuring out a decent way to resize photos. So here's a link to one of mine on Flickr.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Thanks for the pic, that is a close match. They look good on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Thanks for the pic, that is a close match. They look good on there.
    I picked that photo because I think it is the best at showing the difference in color. The match isn't absolutely perfect but close enough so that in most light they look all but identical.

    But that's just aethetics. Sucks if pretty green chunks of magnesium are strewn along the trail.

    But hey...at least these are all cheap options.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post

    For those of you who are waiting on the 16's and 18's, would you like for us to turn the ordering feature on for those sizes then, so that you can order yours and be guaranteed that it will ship to you as soon as it hits our warehouse?

    Jeremy
    I would likely pre-order one tomorrow.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    I'm ready to pre order now. Please turn this on.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Will I need to pick up a shock pump as well? Trying to get my components such as pedals ordered as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokomojo View Post
    Will I need to pick up a shock pump as well? Trying to get my components such as pedals ordered as well.
    You could. I like this one. It doesn't leak as it is being disconnected. Sette Air 2 ST-35 Universal Shock Pump at Price Point

    Disclaimer: I haven't used it but I can sure see the advantage over my Rockshox pump.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    I ordered that sette air 2 from pricepoint today. I hope it's as good as what people have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokomojo View Post
    I'm ready to pre order now. Please turn this on.
    OK guys, about 6 folks have asked me today so I'm going to turn on the 16 and 18 inch Goblins for pre-order. They should be able to be ordered in the next hour or so. This is probably a good idea as I am fearful that these might sell out fast again even though we are making double the amount we made before, and I don't want to see you guys that have been waiting miss out.

    A couple of things:

    We can't control all of the factors involved here like mother nature (affects how long it takes the ship to get to port), dock workers (pray for no strike), and customs (sometimes is quick and sometimes is slow). Our best-guess is the first week of April for arrival, and shipping shortly after that to customers. I'm pinning that as worst-case; hopefully they will be in sooner.

    Please be understanding with us if you place an order for one to get in line and it takes a few days longer than expected. We are going to do everything we can to get you your bike as quick as possible!

    It is a good feeling to be at the point where sales are so good we are blowing thru stock quicker than expected: we never thought we would be at this point 2 years ago.

    Thanks so much to all!

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    I'm in for one here in Chattanooga! Will sit next to the mail box starting tomorrow...

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    Sweet! We've got the order system turned on for those sizes now.

    FYI I just checked: we are almost out of 20's now too. I think we have two left and then they are also gone until that shipment arrives..........whew!

    Thanks so much to all who have ordered Goblins from us.

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    Wow. Glad I ordered my 20" last night. Congrats Jeremy and everyone at airborne. Must be doing something right.

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    Ordered. Now I can stop constantly checking for updates, for a month or so anyway.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Mine is ordered too now. Now the wait. Tic...toc...tic...toc.

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    Awesome, thanks so much guys.

    Can't wait for you to get your bikes!

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    Jeremy:

    What's the story ?? I placed my Goblin XO order yesterday and still no big box in my driveway !!

    Guess I'll have to wait till next week. Can'tstand it. Looks like I'll have to ride FS this weekend. Damn pedal bob !

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Are the tire tubes on the goblin presta or Schrader valve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Are the tire tubes on the goblin presta or Schrader valve?
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    I ride a Goblin....it's ok though, I'm a wizard!

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    that was weird
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    Glad I asked, thanks.

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    And, for good measure...presta

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Surely there's an adapter for my frame pump right? I don't think it does presta and Schrader, just Schrader.

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    Speaking of wheels
    Anybody convert the i19's to tubeless? which method you use? rim strip, tape or ghetto?
    I'm going to use them as my back up wheels to my ZTR's
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Surely there's an adapter for my frame pump right? I don't think it does presta and Schrader, just Schrader.
    you can buy the adapters that screw on the presta valve for like a dollar at your LBS
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Surely there's an adapter for my frame pump right? I don't think it does presta and Schrader, just Schrader.
    Yep, there's a little brass adapter that you can buy that screws onto the presta valve and converts it to Schrader. Should cost about $1-$2. I have my pump set up for Schrader and use the adapter, its less prone to damaging the end of the presta valve with that set-up.
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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Right on, thanks guys.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Jeremy, did you get my reply email a couple days ago? You sent me a pic of your custom goblin with the seat height showing me how mine would be an inch lower etc? When I sent it it looked like it didn't go through but it shows it in my sent folder so I was just wondering. Not a big deal if you didn't reply (I already ordered the 20)

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    Can you resend? I don't see it, maybe it went into my spam-filter.........
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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    I'm curious about peoples experience with tubless set ups on the stock WTB rims as well. Any one use just Gorilla tape, and if so, one or two wraps of tape? Any burps?

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    There was a guy on here that said he had no issues setting up the stock wheel set and tires tubeless. I can't remember what he used. It was a post within the airborne forum, but can't remember what thread.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Here's the guy.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/airborne/post-your-modified-airborne-bikes-811688-post9777422.html

    Hopefully that url works. I'm posting on my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Here's the guy.

    Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes - Page 4

    Hopefully that url works. I'm posting on my phone.
    appreciate it Trevor
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    OK guys, about 6 folks have asked me today so I'm going to turn on the 16 and 18 inch Goblins for pre-order. They should be able to be ordered in the next hour or so. This is probably a good idea as I am fearful that these might sell out fast again even though we are making double the amount we made before, and I don't want to see you guys that have been waiting miss out.

    A couple of things:

    We can't control all of the factors involved here like mother nature (affects how long it takes the ship to get to port), dock workers (pray for no strike), and customs (sometimes is quick and sometimes is slow). Our best-guess is the first week of April for arrival, and shipping shortly after that to customers. I'm pinning that as worst-case; hopefully they will be in sooner.

    Please be understanding with us if you place an order for one to get in line and it takes a few days longer than expected. We are going to do everything we can to get you your bike as quick as possible!

    It is a good feeling to be at the point where sales are so good we are blowing thru stock quicker than expected: we never thought we would be at this point 2 years ago.

    Thanks so much to all!

    Jeremy
    OK, as of yesterday we are also out of 20" Goblins. We got orders for the last couple that we had in stock. I've went ahead and allowed out of stock orders for that size also so that they can be pre-ordered. All we have left at the moment are 22's.

    Based on the number of folks in the last few days who pre-ordered their 16's and 18's, I am greatly concerned that we aren't producing enough Goblins to avoid running out again really soon after they arrive.

    We forecasted this order back in October (it takes that long to get parts) and thought we were ordering plenty enough to last us thru the whole upcoming summer (we ordered a lot at that time, with the fear that it was way too many). Little did we know the rate of sale is now exponential compared to our best-guess....

    At the current rate of sale, plus all of the pre-orders.......there is a good chance that we will run out of Goblins again sometime mid-to-late spring.

    I'm working on another (even larger) order right now but the soonest we will have it at this point is mid-summer based on parts lead times.

    So my point is, and not to sound like a typical salesperson (because I'm not a sales guy ), if you are thinking about one, get in line now.

    Not complaining, as most companies wish they had this problem. I just feel bad when I have to tell folks that we are out of something!

    Thanks again for all of the support!

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    The problem you have is that this bike is AWESOME - lol.

    Glad I bought mine when I did.
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    Hmm..(lightbulb)

    For Sale:
    New Airborne Black Goblin 18" (this one came with the 2012 Reba Dual air fork, these are no longer being made folks.)
    This bike is still not even broken in yet. Less than 20 miles on it. Showroom condition, still smells new.
    Only $1599. Sure you could buy it cheaper from the factory, but you would have to wait.. who knows how long. This bike is the real deal, don't stand in line and suffer the agony of waiting...get this one today. Hurry, with the demand for these bikes skyrocketing, don't miss out this one wont last!....

    Hello Airborne, I would like to order a new HobGobln XO. I have $1600 to put down and I would like to use paypal for the rest....

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    Jeremy, any change on when you expect those that were preordered to arrive? Been sitting next to my mailbox since this last Wednesday.

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    Nope, no changes. They are being made over the course of the next couple of days and then they will be on the water.

    Thankfully this time of year there aren't too many typhoons in the Pacific so that shouldn't delay things. The only wildcards in the mix are dock workers and customers workers. Provided those two groups do their jobs in a timely manner we will have the bikes *slightly* earlier than expected...

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    err.......I mean "customs" workers.............

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    I've been thinking about getting a new bike for the spring and passing my Felt Nine 80 on to my wife. I an VERY tempted to pull the trigger on a Goblin today. Is there an updated time frame on when the 18" frames might start shipping?

    Sorry, didn't see the reply two posts up.

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    Hey jd,

    No worries. Yep that's our best-guess and should be pretty spot on barring any sort of delay by union dockworkers or customs folks.

    Let me know if you need any additional info from us, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Hey jd,

    No worries. Yep that's our best-guess and should be pretty spot on barring any sort of delay by union dockworkers or customs folks.

    Let me know if you need any additional info from us, thanks!

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    Thanks. I just sent in the order. I'm hoping a 18" is the right size.

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    Thanks, just saw it come thru!

    Is that the size you are riding now on the Felt Nine80? If so the ETT on the 18" Felt is within 2mm of the 18" Goblin ETT so you should be good.

    If you are in doubt, shoot us an email with your measurements and we can verify them for you.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Thanks, just saw it come thru!

    Is that the size you are riding now on the Felt Nine80? If so the ETT on the 18" Felt is within 2mm of the 18" Goblin ETT so you should be good.

    If you are in doubt, shoot us an email with your measurements and we can verify them for you.

    Thanks again!

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    My Felt is a 16" I went back and forth between it and the 18" and ended up getting the 16" due to more stand over clearance since it was my first bike. After spending some time on trails, I sometimes thought it was a little cramped. I'm about 5'-10"

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    At 5'10", provided that you have average proportions the 16" is definitely too small for you. I would put you squarely on an 18" unless you have something going on like an unusually short inseam for your height or some other restrictive issue.

    I just shot you an email. Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions, I'd be happy to talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    OK, as of yesterday we are also out of 20" Goblins.

    I'm working on another (even larger) order right now but the soonest we will have it at this point is mid-summer based on parts lead times.

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    Bummer. Was hoping to snag a 20" frame. How confident are you on the mid-summer timeframe?

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    This first order that has the 16's and 18's on it also has 20's so if you want one you can order one and it will be here with them in early April.

    Once that batch runs out, the next run will come in mid-summer. We don't have a date for that batch yet as we are working on the fulfillment order right now.

    Hope that makes sense!

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    According to the FedEx tracking site, I missed the delivery . I thought that if the package required a signature they would deliver after close of business (for a home delivery), I guess not. I guess if it doesn't make sense logistically it doesn't matter either way. I might just have them hold the bike at a FedEx store if possible.

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    When that happens to me I usually go there and pick it up.

    I've also had them change the address on it but tht may have been UPS.


    I would give FedEx a call, they have always been helpful and worked thigs out with me.

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    I scheduled a pick up today.

    Random question for Jeremy (or anyone that knows). Where did you guys get/come up with the name goblin? From the creature or elsewhere? Just curious.

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    Good question.............and I'm happy to share some inside info on that one.

    For the most part our bike names are aviation-themed. This one is no different. It's named after the McDonnell Xf85 Goblin. The Xf85 was intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the giant Convair B-36 bomber as a parasite fighter. The XF-85's intended role was to defend bombers from hostile interceptors, a need demonstrated during World War II. Its a fat, fast one-man aircraft, and we thought the name would fit perfectly for a 29er. There is an Xf85 at the National Air and Space Museum that is located just up the road from our offices.

    The green color of the first-gen Goblins was a happy accident. We thought we were going to work green somehow into the graphics, since it fit so well with the word "Goblin". What cemented the green color of the bike was one day I was out on a road ride and I happened by a Chevrolet dealer in our area. They had one of the new Camaros in green sitting up on one of those elevated platforms. The green just blew me away at how it stood out and shined in the sun. I knew right then what color we were using.

    Hope that helps!
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    Thanks for sharing, Jeremy. I just read the wiki on it. That's a cool background story on how the name came to be.

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    Really enjoying the goblin!

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    Had mine out for a quick 1.5 mile trip to the park and back with my daughter for the first time this year. Nothing but paved trails, still don't have a rack for the car yet to take it to the state parks nearby.

    I may have to use the "old man with a bad back" card and invest in Thudbuster. I hit a smal curb and thought I had enough clearance over the seat, but it hit me and I felt a sharp jolt in my lower spine.

    I'd rather invest in a nice mid rise wider carbon handlebar and post in the modified Airbourn bikes thread, but I think I would be better off in spending my $ in something that will protect my health. At least until I get enough seat time and strengthen my core so I will be less prone to injury.
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    Anyone know what size quick release seat post clamp I would need? And any ideas on a good one that doesn't cost a lot? What makes one $9 and another $27 in other words?

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    Both work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    What makes one $9 and another $27 in other words?
    The more expensive ones tend to be all metal, they usually have a brass of aluminum pivot bushing. Cheaper ones have a plastic bushing that can break.

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    All this hype on the goblin, maybe I missed it in the 12 pages of this thread, but How does it climb? Is there any frame flex under harsh pedaling?

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    Climbs great. No flex that I have experienced under any pedaling conditions.

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    The frame is extremely rigid. Maybe too much. The only flex you will feel will come from your tires.
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    Thanks for the quick responses. Just so nervouse to buy a bike without ever getting to ride one to see if it "fits me"

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    How tall and how much do you weigh? I'm 5' 9" 160 lbs and ride a 18" and it is damn near perfect. Remember, you can change it up with handlebars, stems, and posts if you have to.
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    Iím 5'10" and 180lbs. Thatís the size I was looking at (when it comes in) I bought a hard rock for my first bike, and it turned out to be crap. From components to the frame flexing when I climbed hills, just crap. As I am new it will take some trial and error to get all the geometry right, and see what works regardless of what bike I go with. Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tubulargoose View Post
    Iím 5'10" and 180lbs. Thatís the size I was looking at (when it comes in) I bought a hard rock for my first bike, and it turned out to be crap. From components to the frame flexing when I climbed hills, just crap. As I am new it will take some trial and error to get all the geometry right, and see what works regardless of what bike I go with. Thanks for the input.
    Med Frame(18). The bike likes to go fast. It is stable and rigid. With a few changes it starts to loose weight pretty quick. For the money it is a screaming deal. I would not worry to much about ordering it on line. A lot of us have and have been totally happy with our purchase. Great company and great customer service.

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    ^thanks for all the help. I'm talked into the Goblin, and as a ripple effect my buddy looking for his first bike was going to get a Cannondale trail 6 but now is going to order the Gaurdian. Now we just have to get inline....

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    New Airborne Goblin

    Same thing happened to me. Started researching and decided on a Goblin. Then my friend wanted to ride and he got a Guardian.

    BTW I'm 6'2" 240 and ride a 20" Goblin. It feels very solid.

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    Just placed my order this morning after a week of researching other bikes, craigslist, talking with friend mechanics. Was initially looking at the Guardian but fell in love with the spec : price and look of the Goblin. Can't wait to get back on the trails after a couple years w/o a mt bike. I'm 5'11" w/ a 34" inseam and ordered the 20".
    - chase

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    Congrats Chase, welcome to the club!
    I will be taking mine for it's first trip away from home. Going to the Pocono mtns in PA. Not doing anything worth noting, but now that I have a rack for the car, I can start to venture out and give myself and the bike a proper break in.

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    I rode my Felt with the XCT fork though some new to me trails this weekend. I had fun, but I'm hoping the Goblin's fork soaks up the roots much better than what I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chase View Post
    Just placed my order this morning after a week of researching other bikes, craigslist, talking with friend mechanics. Was initially looking at the Guardian but fell in love with the spec : price and look of the Goblin. Can't wait to get back on the trails after a couple years w/o a mt bike. I'm 5'11" w/ a 34" inseam and ordered the 20".
    - chase
    SWEET!! I'm the same height with the same inseam and ride a 20" Goblin. It fits great and I rode the stock stem (105mm) for a long time, but eventually found that an 80mm stem really helped on longer rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Anyone know what size quick release seat post clamp I would need? And any ideas on a good one that doesn't cost a lot? What makes one $9 and another $27 in other words?
    Just bought this clamp in green and matches the frame nicely, I'll post pics soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdhunt0 View Post
    I rode my Felt with the XCT fork though some new to me trails this weekend. I had fun, but I'm hoping the Goblin's fork soaks up the roots much better than what I have.
    The Reba fork that comes on the Goblin is one of the best forks for a XC 29er..you will see a huge difference

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    I've read through the last couple of pages and I am a bit confused... are the 20" Goblins expected to arrive in the next few weeks or are those ones already sold out and now we have to wait until mid-summer? Can anyone shed some light?

    Thanks!

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    I believe they haven't sold all of the goblins arriving on the first shipment. They just said they had to make another order due to the pre ordering of the current shipment being so high/unexpected.

    I believe I read that with current demand, they were forecasted to run out of this shipment before summer, hence the "emergency order" of the second shipment.

    You should be good to order one from this current shipment but you can always e-mail them to be certain.

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    New Airborne Goblin

    Gotcha! Thanks for your help!

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    Got my first flat today on the goblin and had the hardest time taking the the rear wheel off of all things (and putting it back on). I could not get the QR to slide out or back in the dropout. I've never had this issue on my old bike, which is why I was puzzled.

    Same process I've used multiple times (shift to smallest cog to get derailleur farthest away from dropout, undo QR and loosen, then the wheel usually drops out). It was so weird. I'm not overlooking anything am I? (I feel dumb for asking but I've never had trouble changing the tube in the rear before today).
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Got my first flat today on the goblin and had the hardest time taking the the rear wheel off of all things (and putting it back on). I could not get the QR to slide out or back in the dropout. I've never had this issue on my old bike, which is why I was puzzled.

    Same process I've used multiple times (shift to smallest cog to get derailleur farthest away from dropout, undo QR and loosen, then the wheel usually drops out). It was so weird. I'm not overlooking anything am I? (I feel dumb for asking but I've never had trouble changing the tube in the rear before today).
    Paint build up on the rear drop outs. When they dip frames into paint to paint them they get buil up on the drop outs sone times. Had the same issue. Scrap the paint off inside the drop out. Solved the problem.

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    That makes sense, I will try that out. Thanks.


    Another issue, there's a clicking noise coming from the RD as I pedal. If I put my fingers on the upper pulley I can feel it really well as the chain runs through. I looked for a stiff link but can't find one. Any ideas?

    I have a video of it, I will see if I can upload it.

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