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    hey guys, got my Goblin assembled. It took me back to the days in high school when I worked at a bike shop, and coming in after school and having a cool bike waiting to be assembled (not some low-end model). Cool! I noticed that the front brake takes quite a lot of squeeze to really provide much stopping power, and the Elixir 7 doesn't have contact point adjustment. Is it possible to adjust these at all to require less travel before engaging? I can pull the level back to the point of pinching my other fingers and not lock up the front wheel. I did adjust the position of the lever, but that doesn't affect the throw. It doesn't feel squishy, so I don't think it has air in it but I guess it is a possibility. This is my first dealing with hydraulic brakes so I am not quite sure what to expect either. Any insight would be appreciated, thanks.

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    well, after a bit of searching I found this:

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product_d...etup-guide.pdf

    The sram site only has page 1, but on page 2 of this guide it talks about advancing the pads. I did that and it did help a little, but I think I might need to bleed them still. I have more stopping power so it's good for now. I also found this site today:

    BleedBicycles.com - Bleed Bicycles Cycling Products: Disc Brake Bleed Kits, fluids, brake pads and more!

    You can get the bleeding kit for $17.95 without fluid (I already have some 5.1). Just wanted to share!

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    Have you made sure it's not the reach adjustment? The little knob between the lever and the bar.

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    About to pull the trigger on a goblin and I noticed a coupon spot at checkout. Any coupon codes for us? I know this bike is already a great price but figured it never hurts to ask lol

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    Just placed my order for a 16" goblin. Now to wait at the mailbox lol.

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    Thanks for your order!

    We aren't running any specials for the Goblin, sorry.

    You should get a tracking# in the next few days!

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    Thanks Jeremy. The anticipation is killing me already.

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    Had a good day on the Goblin yesterday. I started off the day with 20 miles on the road bike, which is a lot more miles than I have ridden in a LONG time. So I was already tired when I decided to pack up the Goblin and head out to Chestnut Ridge here in central OH. I hit the "easy" trail with my son on his BMX bike Saturday, and Sunday I decided I would go for the "difficult" one. It was brutal, mainly because I was tired and out of shape . I was still amazed at how slow the 29er can crrraaawwwwllll and not fall over. I also trail ride dirtbikes and can use the balance training, it was fantastic. The X7 shifts great, even under strain, and the 2x10 is also a great match to the 29" wheels. Just put 'er in low and shift the rear as necessary. Perfect. If I had to pick some nits I would say the grips are slippery when wet and the seat is hard, both of which are highly subjective and easily changed. No real complaints here. The Geax rubber was great in moderate mud and dirt, I was actually amazed at how it didn't break loose in some areas when I was really grunting on the top ring. The brakes are really strong now after my adjustments mentioned earlier, although the front squeaks sometimes so I need to look into that some more (apparently the Avids are known talkers). Overall great bike!

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    After 110 miles in 2.5 months on my Goblin (50% on dirt), time for the review:

    Overall, it was a big change to go from a 26 to a 29er. First off, this bike definitely flew on the trails the roots that would give me a rattle and slow me down hardly need a thought now. The seat took 50 mi to get used to certainly some numbness on 10+mi road rides but is OK now. Beyond getting used to that big front tire in tight turns, the fork is the biggest highlight. Love the Reba lock out feature as I easily go from dirt to road with an on-the-fly adjustment and have fun playing with the air pressure, lockout notches, and watching the red ring (instructions on ideal sag would have been nice). Clears obstacles and rocks with ease where I would have been nervous on my previous 26 Rockhopper. Im 60 with a 34 inseam and the 20 seemed big at first, but certainly better than my 19 on the roadstill getting used to on the tighter trail turns. I still have a nagging feeling that the 20 is still causing some of my discomfort on the trails vs. the 18would have loved to compare it somehow (19 are common, but not a lot of 18 at my LBSs).
    No doubt in my mind that the components are superior to bikes in the price range and the Gobiln is an overall value. In terms of what Id change on the Goblin: grips get slippery from rain, sweat, or post water bottle grab. The tire treads have not had enough grip in mud, loose dirt, and even wet road. Definitely lost that back wheel a few times and still have a bruised hip (that time was a tight turn on to a wet bridge made of railroad ties at 18mph). That said, with 50% of my miles on the road, Im not going to change and just need to better understand the limits. Ill also try a longer handlebar I find my pinkys are typically hanging off both on and offroad maybe a combined with a shorter stem to help turn that big front tire in the technical stuff.

    I did have some issues in shipping and assembly. The box arrived with the rear screw guard popped out of the box and some scrapes on the RD. I was surprised to see there were no assembly instructions or even a link to a video or online PDF. It wasnt rocket science, but on my first ride my gears were a mess in the rear (chain got stuck behind cogs) and my toes were hitting the front tire on turns. Come to find out, the RD hangar was bent (and gears way off) and you needed to turn the tire/handle bars around (easy fix, but wasnt intuitive to me). Airborne was very cool about covering the $30 trip to the LBS for the RD adjustment and sent two RD hangars to replace. What no one can fix is the FD chain rub on my hardest 2 gears. Annoying when Im cruising and likely bent in the shipment as well. Had I purchased at an LBS, guarantee I would have forced them to fix that. Additionally, as mentioned in some other posts, my brake lines are rubbing off the paint in several areas: into both the frame (above the A in Airborne logo) and top of the fork (both sides). Looking for advice here I have little knowhow on shortening or crossing my brake lines as mentioned in previous posts plus, while that may help the fork rub, the frame rub would still occur. Airborne guys: is this only the paint rubbing off, or should I be worried about this eventually compromising the fork & frame quality? Help! Again, if I bought from my LBS, I would be having them address. Finally, the brakes got the turkey warble around 60 miles. After my first tune up @ 75mi, it has resided a little and only sounds off on the dirt vs. road braking. Again, if I bought from my LBS, I would be having them address. Additionally, there was mention of the bed-in instructions in the Avid manual, but awareness could have been improved with assembly instructions (assuming I did it properly).

    In hindsight, the bike itself is an amazing ride, but Im not sold on the online/direct model. Ive got issues on my $1300 bike that I cant fix and have to live with (brake line rub, loud brakes, & FD rub). Worth the $300-400 savings? Im not sure at this point. Feedback welcomed, but thats my first 110 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjeffcampbell View Post
    After 110 miles in 2.5 months on my Goblin (50% on dirt), time for the review:

    Overall, it was a big change to go from a 26 to a 29er. First off, this bike definitely flew on the trails the roots that would give me a rattle and slow me down hardly need a thought now. The seat took 50 mi to get used to certainly some numbness on 10+mi road rides but is OK now. Beyond getting used to that big front tire in tight turns, the fork is the biggest highlight. Love the Reba lock out feature as I easily go from dirt to road with an on-the-fly adjustment and have fun playing with the air pressure, lockout notches, and watching the red ring (instructions on ideal sag would have been nice). Clears obstacles and rocks with ease where I would have been nervous on my previous 26 Rockhopper. Im 60 with a 34 inseam and the 20 seemed big at first, but certainly better than my 19 on the roadstill getting used to on the tighter trail turns. I still have a nagging feeling that the 20 is still causing some of my discomfort on the trails vs. the 18would have loved to compare it somehow (19 are common, but not a lot of 18 at my LBSs).
    No doubt in my mind that the components are superior to bikes in the price range and the Gobiln is an overall value. In terms of what Id change on the Goblin: grips get slippery from rain, sweat, or post water bottle grab. The tire treads have not had enough grip in mud, loose dirt, and even wet road. Definitely lost that back wheel a few times and still have a bruised hip (that time was a tight turn on to a wet bridge made of railroad ties at 18mph). That said, with 50% of my miles on the road, Im not going to change and just need to better understand the limits. Ill also try a longer handlebar I find my pinkys are typically hanging off both on and offroad maybe a combined with a shorter stem to help turn that big front tire in the technical stuff.

    I did have some issues in shipping and assembly. The box arrived with the rear screw guard popped out of the box and some scrapes on the RD. I was surprised to see there were no assembly instructions or even a link to a video or online PDF. It wasnt rocket science, but on my first ride my gears were a mess in the rear (chain got stuck behind cogs) and my toes were hitting the front tire on turns. Come to find out, the RD hangar was bent (and gears way off) and you needed to turn the tire/handle bars around (easy fix, but wasnt intuitive to me). Airborne was very cool about covering the $30 trip to the LBS for the RD adjustment and sent two RD hangars to replace. What no one can fix is the FD chain rub on my hardest 2 gears. Annoying when Im cruising and likely bent in the shipment as well. Had I purchased at an LBS, guarantee I would have forced them to fix that. Additionally, as mentioned in some other posts, my brake lines are rubbing off the paint in several areas: into both the frame (above the A in Airborne logo) and top of the fork (both sides). Looking for advice here I have little knowhow on shortening or crossing my brake lines as mentioned in previous posts plus, while that may help the fork rub, the frame rub would still occur. Airborne guys: is this only the paint rubbing off, or should I be worried about this eventually compromising the fork & frame quality? Help! Again, if I bought from my LBS, I would be having them address. Finally, the brakes got the turkey warble around 60 miles. After my first tune up @ 75mi, it has resided a little and only sounds off on the dirt vs. road braking. Again, if I bought from my LBS, I would be having them address. Additionally, there was mention of the bed-in instructions in the Avid manual, but awareness could have been improved with assembly instructions (assuming I did it properly).

    In hindsight, the bike itself is an amazing ride, but Im not sold on the online/direct model. Ive got issues on my $1300 bike that I cant fix and have to live with (brake line rub, loud brakes, & FD rub). Worth the $300-400 savings? Im not sure at this point. Feedback welcomed, but thats my first 110 miles

    Like man, I was away from bikes for decccccccades before I bought my Goblin so I spent lots of time on such places like utube to get a better understanding on how to maintain and tweak little problems on my bike. You should do the same. I thinks its important to learn how to do this stuff so you don't have to go to the LBS when the smallest thing comes up.

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    And maybe an online bike purchase wasn't the best choice if you were riding around with the fork backwards ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    And maybe an online bike purchase wasn't the best choice if you were riding around with the fork backwards ..
    Good point, but i'd chalk this more up to the 'kid at christmas' mentality of getting my new bike that was 95% assembled and just wanting to try it out asap. it was only 50 ft. Hope someone can learn from my mistake on this one!

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    I put black electrical tape on the fork and around the brake cables where it contacts the frame. I did this before I even took the bike for a first ride. Figured that was easier than shortening the cables right off the bat.

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    Jeff,

    I'm sorry you aren't happy with your purchase. Feel free to call us regarding your FD ajustment. More than likely its not bent. The angle of the FD may need to be adjusted slightly by loosening the 5mm mounting Allen bolt and turning the FD slightly so that the cage is more inline with the chain.

    For the cable rub, this occurs on every bike. Many companies make clear protective decal sets in various sizes and shapes you can apply to the frame and fork. I purchased a sheet of 3M auto protectant that I cut to small sizes and use on my own bikes in areas where the cables rub.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    In my experience the front derailleur is the hardest component to get set right. Sometimes it can be tough to get the rub out. Ive even resorted to bending the cage slightly to get that last little bit of clearance I needed.
    Spend some time playing with it and understand the adjustments and you'll have it dialed in np time
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    +1 on the 3m protective adhesive/sticker stuff. It's quite popular in these parts...
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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Hey, things break all the time. Its life dude.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Federline View Post
    Hey, things break all the time. Its life dude.

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    Well said, k-fed

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    I'm happy...great ride, just sharing some unexpected challenges in hopes of advice and for others in a similar situation. 4/5 stars...so good, but not all unicorns and rainbows.

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    Is it normal for the wheels to be out of true (slightly but noticeably; definitely can hear uneven rubbing on brake pads) out of the box? Is it inadvisable to bed in the brakes before getting the wheels trued?

    Also, this might show my lack of knowledge, but is there an advantage to the lack of a quick, tool-less way of adjusting the saddle height? All I see is an extra inconvenience that I haven't encountered on much cheaper bikes.

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    Are the wheels and the brake rotors both out of true? It is possible to have either out of true without affecting the other. Out of true wheels wouldn't necessarily affect the rotors.

    I would not bed the brakes if the rotors are not true. True them or replace them before bedding.

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    I'm fairly certain the rotors are fine (I'll check again when I get access to the bike, which is a new Goblin, BTW; I'd be quite surprised if the rotors had issues).

    This shouldn't mean that there can't be uneven contact between the pads and the rotors, right? Since this is what I observed, is it still a bad idea to ride the bike and use the brakes without taking care of the wheels first?

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    The first thing I would do is make sure the wheels are attached to the frame/fork straight.

    Set the bike on the floor, open the quick release, let the wheel sit straight in the frame/fork, then close the quick release.

    If the rotors are true, there should be enough room between the pads that the rotor should make only minimal contact with the pads. More than a little and the rotors need trued.

    If the wheels are not true, it really shouldn't affect the brakes. Rotors should still be true even if the wheels are not.

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    Clearance granted for takeoff!!

    After months and months of research, test riding bikes, and then doing more research - not to mention hounding the Mrs. - I will finally be able to pull the trigger on a new Goblin tonight! I am full of nervous anticipation as I can hardly contain myself!
    After comparing many bikes (I am such a dork that I made a geometry spreadsheet of every bike in my price range) I finally had it down to two bikes - The Scott Scale 950 and the Airborne Goblin - one local, one online. The specs on the Goblin is what truly sold me, the price point didn't hurt things either. I have read all the reviews on the bike and the company and I really couldn't be more impressed with how well Airborne conducts themselves with regards to customer service.
    I really only have one question - how long does it take to receive the bike after the order is placed? I know it is a loaded question, but I just need to prepare myself so I am not sitting like a 43 year-old kid waiting for Christmas morning in anxious anticipation.
    I CANNOT WAIT! It's almost time to retire my first bike! WOOHOO!

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    Good for you.

    Enjoy it. Ride it. Get it dirty.

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    If the bike is in stock it should take less than a week, at least in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by besjbo View Post
    Is it normal for the wheels to be out of true (slightly but noticeably; definitely can hear uneven rubbing on brake pads) out of the box? Is it inadvisable to bed in the brakes before getting the wheels trued?

    Also, this might show my lack of knowledge, but is there an advantage to the lack of a quick, tool-less way of adjusting the saddle height? All I see is an extra inconvenience that I haven't encountered on much cheaper bikes.
    Check to be certain that your wheels are fully inserted in the drop-outs and the skewer is tight. If there is still a slight rub, the calipers may need to be adjusted slightly to be centered on the rotors.

    On most higher end bikes, quick release seatpost clamps are not used. I personally consider them to be difficult for users to get completely tight and the saddle can move around. Ideally once you get the saddle at the proper height you shouldn't need to move it, and the seat post clamp with an allen bolt does a much better job at keeping it tight.

    Hope that helps,

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    After months and months of research, test riding bikes, and then doing more research - not to mention hounding the Mrs. - I will finally be able to pull the trigger on a new Goblin tonight! I am full of nervous anticipation as I can hardly contain myself!
    After comparing many bikes (I am such a dork that I made a geometry spreadsheet of every bike in my price range) I finally had it down to two bikes - The Scott Scale 950 and the Airborne Goblin - one local, one online. The specs on the Goblin is what truly sold me, the price point didn't hurt things either. I have read all the reviews on the bike and the company and I really couldn't be more impressed with how well Airborne conducts themselves with regards to customer service.
    I really only have one question - how long does it take to receive the bike after the order is placed? I know it is a loaded question, but I just need to prepare myself so I am not sitting like a 43 year-old kid waiting for Christmas morning in anxious anticipation.
    I CANNOT WAIT! It's almost time to retire my first bike! WOOHOO!
    Awesome, thanks for the order!

    We normally ship bikes out within 2 working days of receiving the order. How long it takes to get to you house after that is dependant on where you live. We ship out of our warehouse in Cailfornia, so east coast is about 5-6 days for shipping, less if you live in the middle of the country or closer to California.

    Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Awesome, thanks for the order!

    We normally ship bikes out within 2 working days of receiving the order. How long it takes to get to you house after that is dependant on where you live. We ship out of our warehouse in Cailfornia, so east coast is about 5-6 days for shipping, less if you live in the middle of the country or closer to California.

    Hope that helps!

    Jeremy
    Thanks Jeremy! That Goblin will get a great home here in the Four Corners of New Mexico.
    I got home last night from work with a stupid grin on my face and the wife says to me, "Are you ready for the longest weekend of your life?" I gave a resounding no... she says I need to wait until MONDAY and get my paycheck... DOH! OK, cool, no worries. So, Monday it is. Looks like I will need to find some very, very long trails to go ride while I wait.

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    Well, heres my first post! I ordered my Goblin last Friday and got it yesterday. Out of the box it looked great and went together great. I do have 2 complaints though, virtually no front brakes and the rear derailer was a twisted mess. I didnt notice until I jumped on it to go for my first ride and the chain got sucked behind the cassette. Other than that I really like this bike.

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    Just got back from a 7 mile ride, so far I really like it. What a huge improvement over my Talon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad466 View Post
    Well, heres my first post! I ordered my Goblin last Friday and got it yesterday. Out of the box it looked great and went together great. I do have 2 complaints though, virtually no front brakes and the rear derailer was a twisted mess. I didnt notice until I jumped on it to go for my first ride and the chain got sucked behind the cassette. Other than that I really like this bike.
    I had issues with my front brakes too, look on the Sram/Avid site for information on advancing the brake pads. It made a difference on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod.d View Post
    I had issues with my front brakes too, look on the Sram/Avid site for information on advancing the brake pads. It made a difference on mine.
    I cant seem to find anything on their site about advancing the pads. Any chance you have a link?

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    I found some good tech info for you bad466:
    Pad Advancement
    Elixir 7 Tech Manual
    And here is the link to all the SRAM Tech Manuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    I found some good tech info for you bad466:
    Pad Advancement
    Elixir 7 Tech Manual
    And here is the link to all the SRAM Tech Manuals.
    Thank you.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Finally got my 1X10 conversion done!



    Running a 30t race face narrow wide chainring with the stock derailleur. I decided to keep the front derailleur on as a chain guide until I get a type 2. Love it so far! Perfect for the up and down Minnesota singletrack :thumbup:

    One question though....is it possible to move the chainline more inward with bottom bracket spacers? It makes quite a ruckus when I'm on the big cog in back. Its not a huge issue, the chain line isn't THAT bad, but the sound is pretty annoying...so if it's possible to make it better with some $3 spacers I'll do it.

    Another issue that's more of a big one:


    This dust seal on my drive side keeps coming off and sliding down the spindle, which results in play in the cranks. How do I get this sucker to stay put??

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    not sure about bottom bracket spacers, but what about some spacers on the chain ring? I am guessing some washers and longer bolts might do the trick. Curious, why did you change to 1x10?

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    I received my Goblin last night - such a purdy bike!! I got the bike together last night and realized the wheels were a little skewed as there was a significant tire wobble front and rear. At first I thought the rims were bent. I called Airborne and talked to Eric and he offered a 50 dollar wheel truing which really caught me off guard. I have read a lot about Airbornes customer service, it was nice to see it in action. I then let the air out of the tires to remove them and realized the tires on the rims were mounted kinda funky - almost like the bead on part of the tire was sitting deeper on the rim than the rest of the tire. Tonights goal is to remove the tires and rotate them to see if that helps with how they sit on the wheel.

    I just called Eric back to say thanks - he recommended letting all the air out of the tires, use some dishsoap and water around the beads on both sides and inflate the tires to 60-70psi. He said that should pop the bead true. NICE! I am way too excited to ride this bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    I received my Goblin last night - such a purdy bike!! I got the bike together last night and realized the wheels were a little skewed as there was a significant tire wobble front and rear. At first I thought the rims were bent. I called Airborne and talked to Eric and he offered a 50 dollar wheel truing which really caught me off guard. I have read a lot about Airbornes customer service, it was nice to see it in action. I then let the air out of the tires to remove them and realized the tires on the rims were mounted kinda funky - almost like the bead on part of the tire was sitting deeper on the rim than the rest of the tire. Tonights goal is to remove the tires and rotate them to see if that helps with how they sit on the wheel.

    I just called Eric back to say thanks - he recommended letting all the air out of the tires, use some dishsoap and water around the beads on both sides and inflate the tires to 60-70psi. He said that should pop the bead true. NICE! I am way too excited to ride this bike!


    Have you tried over-inflating them to get the bead to pop and seat? Sometimes that's all it takes. If that doesn't work, putting a little soap/detergent on the bead then over-inflating should work.

    You shouldn't need to do any rotating.

    Good luck!

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    Sorry, I replied before you edited your post. Sounds like you are on it.

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    No worries Jeremy, thank you for the input! It just goes to show that customer service is alive and well!

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    I recommend that you NOT put sealant in the tires until AFTER you can get them to set up tubeless first. The sealant is for sealing punctures, not to assist with tubeless setup.

    Having said that, some tire/wheel combinations will slow leak air if you do not use sealant. This is the case with my current setup. I was able to hook up the tires with no problems, but next morning.....flat. Added sealant and have had no problems since.

    I would also recommend that you remove the valve stem core from your presta valves the first time. This will allow more air to get in more quickly.

    Once you get the bead to pop onto the wheel then you can add sealant (even through the valve stem if you choose) and replace the valve stem core.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod.d View Post
    not sure about bottom bracket spacers, but what about some spacers on the chain ring? I am guessing some washers and longer bolts might do the trick. Curious, why did you change to 1x10?
    I got some 2.5 mm spacers to put in between the BB cups and frame. That should keep that dust seal from coming out and also move the chainring in a bit. Seems to me there should've been spacers there in the first place when putting a 73mm crank in a 68mm shell....

    And I decided to go 1x10 because I live in an area that's pretty flat, wanted to drop a little weight, and I already pretty much paid for the conversion by selling my shifter and FD. In my 2x10 set up I very rarely used the bottom 2 gears and didn't even touch the top 3 except for on the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    I recommend that you NOT put sealant in the tires until AFTER you can get them to set up tubeless first. The sealant is for sealing punctures, not to assist with tubeless setup.

    Having said that, some tire/wheel combinations will slow leak air if you do not use sealant. This is the case with my current setup. I was able to hook up the tires with no problems, but next morning.....flat. Added sealant and have had no problems since.

    I would also recommend that you remove the valve stem core from your presta valves the first time. This will allow more air to get in more quickly.

    Once you get the bead to pop onto the wheel then you can add sealant (even through the valve stem if you choose) and replace the valve stem core.
    Will the WTB's on the new Goblins go tubeless? It would be my first venture into doing something like that, and can't find much information on if those wheels can go tubeless or not. I carry cheap tubes with me, and don't worry much about using slime as changing tubes isn't a big deal to me.

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    I've seen a couple people run the stock wheels tubeless (probably set up ghetto).

    I just upgraded to a nicer wheel set on my goblin abd the difference is amazing.

    If you don't get flats that often, I wouldn't bother with converting to tubeless unless you just want to experiment.

    I should mention that I am set-up tubeless and love it.

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    I recommend that everyone go tubeless, even if you rarely get flats.

    On Saturday, I was riding with a group. We stopped for a break. I looked down at my tire and there was a large staple - like a roofing staple - embedded in my rear tire.

    I took it out and the hiss began. Turned the wheel so the puncture was down and the sealant could start to work. Eventually, the sealant took hold and the puncture sealed.

    Note - this was a large puncture because the staple was so big. So it takes longer for the sealant to work. But for goat head thorns, small nails, etc. it works much faster.

    Rode a few more miles at the trail and then rode the 4.5 miles back to my house.

    Tubeless is great.

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    Something to give a shot in the future.

    Countdown to first shake-down ride is at T-Minus 2 hours 14 minutes... I have the bike right next to my desk which I am sure is not helping matters.

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    I had my first ride/shake-down last night and the ride was absolutely phenominal. Hands down, the BEST purchase I have ever made!

    Airborne at 6077 feet!


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    Sweet!

    In my opinion, the original Goblin got things started for Airborne.

    The new Goblin is where Airborne turned the corner to not just good, but great bikes.

    Your Goblin looks great.

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    Goblin resting in its natural habitat!

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    I went from a Yugo to a Ferarri for sure! I caught myself grinning so many times last night - such a blast to ride. I even bested my time around Rigor by four minutes, and I really wasn't pushing too hard which means there is tons of room for improvement. I am super excited about taking it to Alien Run this weekend to see how it does around the slickrock and fast switchbacks.


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    Yep, I know that feeling.

    29ers are just easier to ride. Less fatigue afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    I got some 2.5 mm spacers to put in between the BB cups and frame. That should keep that dust seal from coming out and also move the chainring in a bit. Seems to me there should've been spacers there in the first place when putting a 73mm crank in a 68mm shell....

    And I decided to go 1x10 because I live in an area that's pretty flat, wanted to drop a little weight, and I already pretty much paid for the conversion by selling my shifter and FD. In my 2x10 set up I very rarely used the bottom 2 gears and didn't even touch the top 3 except for on the road
    Cool, thanks for the info. If you have a chance could you post a pic? I am having a hard time visualizing your change.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Here's what it looked like before the spacers


    Here's what it looks like now


    There's less crank spindle exposed so that should keep the dust seal in. It also moved the chain line inward a bit so the noise when on the big cog is less noticeable

    And here's the finished product


    Using the standard X7 rd and no chain drops yet, these rings are awesome

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    cool, thanks. I guess I need to take it apart to see, but the spacers moved the whole crank toward the non-chainring side?

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    Yep, 2.5 mm

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    Hoping I can get an answer here, but any idea what could be causing this movement in the cassette? I noticed it out-of-the-box, but forgot about it and went on a few rides anyway, but noticed it again today. I took a couple of videos:



    Other one is here.

    My LBS allegedly checked everything over for any loose bolts, so I would think that's not it.

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    For current Goblin owners - how does the bike handle in more technical terrain i.e. rock gardens etc. I've only ever ridden a bike that has a 15mm through axel vs. quick release and would have some concerns with the Reba RL. I've been posting in the "New Model Thread" and I'm thinking I may just wait for that but I'm curious to know how the front end stiffness is on the Goblin.

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    I think the shock is great personally - I have no problem with the rock gardens around here. The lockout might give you 10mm in travel max, but there is plenty of adjustability in the switch - plus you get rebound adjustability. Keep in mind I don't do jumps or tricks, purely XC so I am not sure my opinion will help you out. What I do know is I love that bike. If you like hardtails, you will not regret the purchase of this one.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Quote Originally Posted by swengo86 View Post
    For current Goblin owners - how does the bike handle in more technical terrain i.e. rock gardens etc. I've only ever ridden a bike that has a 15mm through axel vs. quick release and would have some concerns with the Reba RL. I've been posting in the "New Model Thread" and I'm thinking I may just wait for that but I'm curious to know how the front end stiffness is on the Goblin.
    If you are used to tapered head tubes AND 15mm thru axles then you will likely notice a little flex if you're a seasoned rider. But if you're coming from straight ht's the stiffness will be the same if not better with a comparable fork.

    As far as handling rock gardens, the goblin gobbles it right up ( no pun intended). The longish chain stays and big wheels feel really stable in the rough stuff (for an xc hardtail)

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    Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll wait to see the price/final spec on the new model but this is helpful feedback for me. I'm coming off a FS 26" bike so I do a lot of XC type riding but I enjoy tackling some tougher terrain pretty frequently as well.

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    For someone who is 5'9" and 210 lbs and dropping, is the 18" goblin the right size? Also, what is the weight of the 18" goblin. Thanks for answers. I am sure this information is somewhere on mtbr.com but I have become frustrated looking and figured I would just ask.

    Thanks!

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    Call Airborne for sizing help. They will be happy to assist you.

    Weights of bikes are listed on the Airborne web site. Check the description or the geometry tab.

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    I have read everything here and talked to Airborne on the phone and still I'm torn between the 18" and 20" Goblin. I'm 6', 33" inseam. Airborne website puts me at 20", but on the phone they say it might be too stretched out (30" torso, 24" arms if my measurements are right).
    Currently ride a 19" FS. Current top tube is similar to 18", but I like a tall saddle height and I'm worried about running out of seat post and just feeling cramped on an 18". I currently run with ~8" of seat post showing. Only goblin I've been able to ride was a 22", too big for sure.
    Any thoughts from anybody that was on the same fence?

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    New Airborne Goblin

    Sounds like you're leaning towards the 18". With a similar top tube you could always get a longer seat post and get the 18" dialed in. Jeremy runs his seats high and runs a longer post.

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    I'm the same measurements and went 20" - my full review is a few pages back, but it's very comfortable on the road, but does feel a little big on the trails. I'm getting used to it, but in hindsight would have gone 18" as I bought it to dominate trails vs. the road .

    I plan to get some riser bars and a shorter stem to improve trail control...hopefully that will help. Def a great bike, but the fit is off a bit...the downfall of online purchasing. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john-simpson View Post
    I have read everything here and talked to Airborne on the phone and still I'm torn between the 18" and 20" Goblin. I'm 6', 33" inseam. Airborne website puts me at 20", but on the phone they say it might be too stretched out (30" torso, 24" arms if my measurements are right).
    Currently ride a 19" FS. Current top tube is similar to 18", but I like a tall saddle height and I'm worried about running out of seat post and just feeling cramped on an 18". I currently run with ~8" of seat post showing. Only goblin I've been able to ride was a 22", too big for sure.
    Any thoughts from anybody that was on the same fence?
    Also, I weigh in at about 225. Will I regret an 18 or just go 20 and get a shorter stem if its too much of a reach?

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    John,
    I have a 20" Goblin. I'm just shy of 6' and have a 33.5 inseam. I think the 20 will be good for you but everyone is different in the way they like there setups. I find the stock stem a bit too long so I' m going to get a shorter one with slightly wider low rise bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyKreitzer View Post
    Sounds like you're leaning towards the 18". With a similar top tube you could always get a longer seat post and get the 18" dialed in. Jeremy runs his seats high and runs a longer post.
    I'm 6'1" with a 35" inseam crotch to floor.

    This is a pic of one of my personal Goblin's. I've changed out a few things like handlebars and wheels since this image was taken, but it illustrates what the saddle height is with my inseam and the general look of a 20" frame. The stem is a 110mm.

    With your inseam being only 33 and being one inch shorter in height, if you rode a 20" frame in theory your seat would be about 2-ish inches lower and you'd probably need a shorter stem.

    I know its sort of a bit of a generalization but hopefully the pic helps a little bit..............

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    Thanks for the info. I may have a line on a friend of a friend with an 18 in my area that I can probably try out.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    I've ridden an 18" for 20 years, but went with a 16" based on Jeremy's suggestion when I bought my Goblin this year. Even switch to a shorter stem and the new bike fits like a dream. Suspect it has to do with 29r geometry. Talk to Jeremy, and he'll get you set up right.

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    Just pulled the trigger on the Goblin. Agonized over the Seeker due to the paint job, but in the end, decided on the better bike. Going to go old school with a set of Wellgo M142 pedals and a set of Zefel Christophe mountain clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drteming View Post
    Just pulled the trigger on the Goblin. Agonized over the Seeker due to the paint job, but in the end, decided on the better bike. Going to go old school with a set of Wellgo M142 pedals and a set of Zefel Christophe mountain clips.
    You won't regret it - welcome to the club!

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    I just ordered mine tonight. I have the Wellgo mg1 pedals all ready to go as well (though the spank spikes are on my buy list). It's kinda funny; I have 29 items on my amazon wish list that I will have to buy in time. I forgot how expensive of a sport this is!
    First mountain bike since 97. After researching for about a month I decided on the Goblin (amazing deal). This forum is full of great people, and I love that Jeremy posts here a lot. I can't wait for my first ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombiefilmfan View Post
    First mountain bike since 97. After researching for about a month I decided on the Goblin (amazing deal). This forum is full of great people, and I love that Jeremy posts here a lot. I can't wait for my first ride!
    This was me 11 months ago. I'm so glad I got my Goblin. It's been great!

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    Wink

    Took it this weekend on its inaugural ride at Northshore trail at Lake Grapevine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
    Loving the bike so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ADWulf View Post
    Took it this weekend on its inaugural ride at Northshore trail at Lake Grapevine in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
    Loving the bike so far.

    I clocked about 1500 miles out there on my green goblin out there last year. Great value in that bike.

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    I live in the Valley Ranch area, so Horseshoe, Northshore and LB Houston are my home trails, I've probably done Northshore about 30 times in the last 6 months or so.
    One of the best trails in DFW.
    I haven't taken the Goblin out to Big Cedar yet, but I don't expect it to have any issues there either

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    Nope, I actually moved on to a FS bike, but my buddy rode my Goblin a couple times and kept on me about selling it to him. He loves it. We ride Cedar all the time. BB is finally about to go. For those that know, is it a BB30?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FullsizeMike View Post
    Nope, I actually moved on to a FS bike, but my buddy rode my Goblin a couple times and kept on me about selling it to him. He loves it. We ride Cedar all the time. BB is finally about to go. For those that know, is it a BB30?
    Nope, its a gxp. I just picked up a sram team bb for about $30

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    New Airborne Goblin-002.jpg[ATTACH=CONFIG]834288

    I finally finished these 2 Goblin frames for my son and his GF. They're both frankenbikes but they turned out pretty good IMO. The 20" is for my 6'1" son and uses 2008 XT 9sp/Fox F29 and assorted parts from a bike I cracked the frame on and the 16" is for his 5'3" GF and uses mostly new upgraded parts from a BMC TE29 (slx 10sp/Recon Gold fork etc.). They both finished out @ about 27.5lbs which I was happy with considering they each have to carry around 740gms of slimetubes (I put one of my Hope/Stans wheel sets with tubeless schwallbe tires on the 20" and it weighed in @ 24.29lbs). The kids love them and I'm much happier using my spare parts like this rather than selling them at a swap!
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    Awesome to see some more silver Goblin frames built up! That 20" looks really similar to mine.

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    Just got myself a new Goblin and I love it! Best decision I've made in my quest for a new 29er.



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    Congrats to you!

    Looks great. Enjoy riding it.

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    Yep! Looks all you are needing to do is go find some dirt and get it dirty! Enjoy it, looks great!

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    My plans are to have a Goblin by March2014. I am really impressed with all the positive reviews. I have already called Airborne and Jeremy was very helpful with helping me choose a bike.

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    You won't regret it Brandon - Airborne is top notch when it comes to customer service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    You won't regret it Brandon - Airborne is top notch when it comes to customer service.
    Working 2 jobs right now to save the Money. Its crazy how much kids cost to raise . Christmas for 4 kids who all want bikes has gotten expensive. Lucky for me only 2 are at the age of getting trail ready bikes.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    I don't think I've ever heard of a dissatisfied Airborne customer anywhere on this forum, and that's saying a lot! Everyone who has had an issue (soul chicken being one of them) got it resolved quickly and easily as far as I know. And its soooo nice to be able to call them and speak directly with Jeremy or Eric without going through any automated crap. They're very knowledgeable and you just don't see that kind of customer service anymore. You definitely won't be disappointed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    I don't think I've ever heard of a dissatisfied Airborne customer anywhere on this forum, and that's saying a lot! Everyone who has had an issue (soul chicken being one of them) got it resolved quickly and easily as far as I know. And its soooo nice to be able to call them and speak directly with Jeremy or Eric without going through any automated crap. They're very knowledgeable and you just don't see that kind of customer service anymore. You definitely won't be disappointed!

    Can't say enough about Eric and Jeremy. They are the closest thing to an LBS without actually being local. They helped me out with my issue here in Nashville with no problems.

    Couldn't be happier with Airborne, great bikes and awesome people.

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    Aww shucks! Thanks for the kind words guys! We just try to treat folks the way we'd like to be treated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon5132 View Post
    My plans are to have a Goblin by March, 2014.
    That's exactly what my plan is, too!

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    Im 6'5" 32" inseam 288 pounds should I go with a 22"?
    And will the wheels/frame/components support my weight for road and dirt path riding, non aggressive riding style until Im not so fat! I have been saving for the goblin for over a year and finally have enough to pull the trigger.

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    You're 6'5 with a 32" inseam? Might want to measure that again...

    And yes, it will handle that type of riding just fine. The only thing that might be suspect is the seat, you might bend the rails if you put the seat too far back.

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    ^ I'm 6 foot 6" 190 pounds and have a 34 inch seam. Its possible

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    had my wifey assist with a re measure this morning it's 34

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    You'd probably be best off with a 22", but it'd be a good idea to call airborne tomorrow and discuss it with them just to be sure

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    Make sure you're measuring a cycling inseam too and not a pants inseam

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    Re: New Airborne Goblin

    Quote Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Make sure you're measuring a cycling inseam too and not a pants inseam
    Yep, taint to floor!

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    I have been drooling over the Goblin, been looking
    at the website and the spec. over and over and over. I also will be getting one in the next few months, Cant wait, if the wait does not kill me the going to the website looking at all the bikes will..hehehe

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