New Airborne Goblin

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  • 05-25-2013
    ultimatetodd
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by WineDine29er View Post
    I can attest to this...my RD was perfectly dialed right out of the box with zero issues. My FD only needed minor cable adjustment...the high and low limits were set properly.

    Same here, GREAT product out of the box.
  • 05-26-2013
    ShaleBreaker
    My Goblin arrived Friday. Pretty much dialed in, only a minor FD adjustment was necessary. However, the Goblin power plant has some issues...weak legs, inefficient heart and lungs, you name it. I hope to improve these issues over time.
  • 05-26-2013
    zarr
    bussit out...you can do it.

    smoov tip.
  • 05-26-2013
    lmw


    can anyone tell me what the silver cylinder piece is thats in the sprocket? not sure what its there for

    also how often do you guys have to adjust your brakes? my brakes are often squealing, when I realign the calipers it usually goes away for a while but they always start squealing again
  • 05-26-2013
    Tubes
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    Went for my first real ride on the new Goblin today, love it.
  • 05-27-2013
    Tokomojo
    Re: New Airborne Goblin
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lmw View Post


    can anyone tell me what the silver cylinder piece is thats in the sprocket? not sure what its there for

    also how often do you guys have to adjust your brakes? my brakes are often squealing, when I realign the calipers it usually goes away for a while but they always start squealing again

    It's so you know where to align the crank arm up with the chain ring if you pull them apart for maintenance.

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  • 05-28-2013
    rick5587
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    Can you post a pic of your hanger inline with your frame so we can see if it is bent?

    Hi Jem7sk. Did you get a chance to look at the rear derailleur? I can't tell if it is straight or not but looks like it is.

    Thanks
  • 05-28-2013
    jhazard
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tokomojo View Post
    It's so you know where to align the crank arm up with the chain ring if you pull them apart for maintenance.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk 2


    Interesting, makes sense. I always thought it was meant to keep the chain out of there in the case of a derailment to the outside.
  • 05-28-2013
    Jem7sk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rick5587 View Post
    Hi Jem7sk. Did you get a chance to look at the rear derailleur? I can't tell if it is straight or not but looks like it is.

    Thanks

    Sorry for the delay... Looks straight to me.
  • 05-28-2013
    rick5587
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jem7sk View Post
    Sorry for the delay... Looks straight to me.

    Yeah, that's what I thought. I can fiddle with the barrel adjuster and get the largest cog working but then the smallest one won't engage....frustrating. When I originally received the bike I should have started with the barrel adjuster FIRST before messing with the H and L. Probably would have been an easy fix. Also, what's up with the allen screw on the back of the derailleur which moves it forward or back? What is that for?
  • 05-28-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Interesting, makes sense. I always thought it was meant to keep the chain out of there in the case of a derailment to the outside.

    That's the main intention as far as I know.

    Jeremy
  • 05-28-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ShaleBreaker View Post
    However, the Goblin power plant has some issues...weak legs, inefficient heart and lungs, you name it. I hope to improve these issues over time.

    We'll try and work on those issues for the next version of the Goblin, thanks!

    :)

    Jeremy
  • 05-28-2013
    TXTony
    The Gob
    Out of the box..zero issues..a few tweaks here and there and good to go...6 months in and zero issues..it is getting ready to transform into the Goblin X9 starting next month..I have used this bike for a lot more than I thought I would...I have done some long gravel grinders on her...she excels on XC stuff...taking it on some more technical terrain with the usual issues that any ht frame bike encounters and she handled it great..even have used it for commuting around the down town area with a back to carry my junk...I finally got another saddle just have not put it on yet...the stock one does ok for short rides but any length of time on the saddle and things start screaming for relief..I like the stock Geax tires fine but think I am gonna switch for a narrower faster tire..maybe SB8 or similar..though these tires where super easy to set up with No Tubes..the BF wheels are stellar performers..put on a carbon seat post and carbon bar..I went with a flat bar that was narrower than the stock one..I just like narrow bars..even on my all mountain bike i run them as narrow as possible..everything nice and tight and slammed together..the X7 stuff works great and I will reuse that stuff on another build...

    Crossing my fingers for a steel incarnation of this rig or a steel offering from Airborne as my next project is to build up a steel frame rig....as soon as I get a fork(rigid) I will be getting another Goblin frame and running a drop bar with cross type tires on it..everything is in a box and ready to go...a Gobenstein!
  • 05-28-2013
    Jem7sk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We'll try and work on those issues for the next version of the Goblin, thanks!

    :)

    Jeremy

    Ahhhh, an electric Goblin is coming? ;)
  • 05-28-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rick5587 View Post
    Yeah, that's what I thought. I can fiddle with the barrel adjuster and get the largest cog working but then the smallest one won't engage....frustrating. When I originally received the bike I should have started with the barrel adjuster FIRST before messing with the H and L. Probably would have been an easy fix. Also, what's up with the allen screw on the back of the derailleur which moves it forward or back? What is that for?

    That's the B-screw. Take a look at this:

    Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Rear Derailler Adjustments (derailleur)

    Jeremy
  • 05-28-2013
    rick5587
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    That's the B-screw. Take a look at this:

    Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Rear Derailler Adjustments (derailleur)

    Jeremy

    Wow..thanks Jeremy. MUCH more informative than the book I purchased to help out with any issues that come up. Can't wait to get out of the office.
  • 05-28-2013
    trevor_b
    Tony, is there a noticeable difference in x9 parts versus x7? I've never had anything x9. I just like the x7 stuff perfectly for the amount of riding I do and how budget friendly it is. I read an article today about the type 2 clutch technology trickling down to the x7 stuff as well so that will be nice for when I feel like "upgrading".

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
  • 05-28-2013
    TXTony
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by trevor_b View Post
    Tony, is there a noticeable difference in x9 parts versus x7? I've never had anything x9. I just like the x7 stuff perfectly for the amount of riding I do and how budget friendly it is. I read an article today about the type 2 clutch technology trickling down to the x7 stuff as well so that will be nice for when I feel like "upgrading".

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 4 Beta

    Yeah there is a noticeable difference IMO...I am running x9 on three other bikes...shifts are smoother..lever action feels better...kinda of like going to XO stuff...huge difference in performance and weight savings if one is into weight...but I like the X9 stuff as I have used it for years with no issues...it is also semi budget friendly compared to X0 or XTR level stuff in the event you crash and destroy a shifter or derailleur..though I have only had few crashes over the years that resulted in new drive train parts needing replacing..the X7 is good stuff and I have had no issues with it at all...but I kind of like to keep the same level stuff on all my bikes as that is what I am used to running...for me I can tell a difference when using the x7 vs the x9...plus I am killing two birds with one stone...the wife wants to upgrade her drive train from Shimano to Sram so I am going to put the X7 stuff one her bike...I would like to do X0 as I am running that on another HT..but just can not budget that build right now...the X0 stuff is pure sweetness...if and when you upgrade I am sure you will be happy going to X9.
  • 05-29-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    FYI for any of you thinking about adding a Goblin to your stable right now, we are OUT of the 18's at the moment. 20's will go next.

    Unfortunately the quickest we can receive the parts we ordered and build the bikes won't be until late June, which will put the next batch of Goblins in our warehouse about the 3rd week of July. We doubled-up on this next coming batch so hopefully that helps out with the stocking issue for awhile. Our sales rate on Goblins is about 4X what we predicted when we did our initial forecasting.

    Thanks!

    Jeremy
  • 05-29-2013
    aguilford4
    Just purchased a 20" Goblin, and I already cant wait for it to get here. I am a little concerned on size but after reading this thread I hope I made the right decision. I am right at 6 feet tall and I have a inseam of 34". I was curious is anyone had there own opinion on my size. I was between the 18-20. Any help would be great!!
  • 05-29-2013
    ultimatetodd
    I am about an inch taller than you with a similar inseam and the 20" feels perfect to me.
  • 05-29-2013
    TXTony
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by aguilford4 View Post
    Just purchased a 20" Goblin, and I already cant wait for it to get here. I am a little concerned on size but after reading this thread I hope I made the right decision. I am right at 6 feet tall and I have a inseam of 34". I was curious is anyone had there own opinion on my size. I was between the 18-20. Any help would be great!!

    Should be good I am 5 11 and ride 18(M)..I am on the cusp of med to large the med being at the low end of what i fit on...I usually buy the smallest frame I can fit on for all my bikes...
  • 05-29-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by aguilford4 View Post
    Just purchased a 20" Goblin, and I already cant wait for it to get here. I am a little concerned on size but after reading this thread I hope I made the right decision. I am right at 6 feet tall and I have a inseam of 34". I was curious is anyone had there own opinion on my size. I was between the 18-20. Any help would be great!!

    I think the 20inch is the best bet. You may end up buying a shorter stem than the stock one to make it fit perfect, like a 90mm. But try it with the stock stem first. If your arms are longish for your height, the stock length may be fine...

    Thanks!

    Jeremy
  • 05-29-2013
    trevor_b
    Yep, I'm 6' and a 34" Inseam and ride the 20" goblin completely stock and I love the fit.
  • 05-29-2013
    rick5587
    on the front derailleur, which is the High and Low screws?
  • 05-29-2013
    aguilford4
    Awesome, thanks for all the fedback on the size.. Really looking forward to the first ride, and a 6 month road trip to enjoy all the great single track around the states!!
  • 05-29-2013
    rick5587
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rick5587 View Post
    on the front derailleur, which is the High and Low screws?

    Never mind...Bike Radar's You Tube Video's got everything working amazing on the bike. It's taken almost a week, but I feel pretty confident with the derailleurs and brakes (except for bleeding...haven't needed that yet, will research when required) as well as suspension settings and bike fitting. Glad I didn't take it to an LBS. It's nice to know you can fix a problem on the spot. Can't wait for this rain to stop! Good and bad of South FL...we don't get cold winter but we do have rainy season.
  • 05-31-2013
    lmw
    has anybody had any issues swapping bars/stem? I can't get the brake levers off the stock handlebar
  • 05-31-2013
    8iking VIIking
    The brake levers are a bit of a pain, its like there's loctite on them or something. I actually had to put the torx bit in my ratchet to get it loose
  • 05-31-2013
    rick5587
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    The brake levers are a bit of a pain, its like there's loctite on them or something. I actually had to put the torx bit in my ratchet to get it loose

    What is the size of the torx screw needed? I was trying to move them yesterday but didn't want to strip the screw.
  • 06-01-2013
    8iking VIIking
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rick5587 View Post
    What is the size of the torx screw needed? I was trying to move them yesterday but didn't want to strip the screw.

    I believe its a t25
  • 06-01-2013
    lmw
    I took it to my lbs today, took them about an hour or so but they managed to get brakes off with an ez-out lol. anyways got my new bars and stem on, so im happy
  • 06-01-2013
    lmw
    also just wondering about the fork. I set my psi to 100 (i used the reference chart on the bottom of the fork) and i bottom out when i have my rebound all the way to the left. my sag is at 20mm when i have it one notch away from being fully locked out, what settings do you guys have your rebound at?
  • 06-03-2013
    rick5587
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    went out for my first real ride with the new bike yesterday. Really wet and muddy conditions. I am shocked how well this bike rides. It was by far the best I've ever handled the advanced trails...especially with the worse weather I've ever ridden in. I'm a novice at this and i was toying with every trail. Two Goblins here in Miami. We both had the same experience...love the bike!
  • 06-06-2013
    lmw
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lmw View Post
    also just wondering about the fork. I set my psi to 100 (i used the reference chart on the bottom of the fork) and i bottom out when i have my rebound all the way to the left. my sag is at 20mm when i have it one notch away from being fully locked out, what settings do you guys have your rebound at?

    i did some more playing around today with my fork settings. when i set the psi to around 60 i achieve my ideal sag of 30, but then the fork bottoms out too easy. if i increase the psi enough so that my fork doesnt bottom out so easy, then the sag is only around 10. another thing i noticed that when im not sitting on the bike, the sag is around 5, this does not seem normal to me
  • 06-06-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Are you using a shock pump?

    OK, on the fork 60psi sounds too low, I think that's even off the chart. How much do you weigh?

    Jeremy
  • 06-06-2013
    lmw
    I weigh 155 pounds, also yes I have a shock pump
  • 06-06-2013
    tkelly
    Just got my goblin and so far it is amazing...but alas, I have only been able to ride on paved bike/running trails near my house. But I have a question, I want to put my own lube of choice on the chain, but the grease that the chain comes equipped with is a hassle to remove. I was wondering if any of you have found a good way to clean off the grease? I tried using good ol' simple green and a rag...but the grease prevails. So I have removed the chain and it awaits soaking...what to soak it in is the question.
  • 06-06-2013
    jeffharris1us
    One of the best things to use to remove grease from the drive train is plain old liquid dishwashing soap. Every couple of weeks I'll get a bucket of warm soapy water and a brush and scrub the cassette, chain, crankset, chain rings, and derailleurs.

    Then put a very light coating of wax-based or Teflon lube on the chain. Lightly wipe off the excess.

    Do NOT use the same brush to clean the rest of the bike. Use a separate brush for that.
  • 06-07-2013
    trevor_b
    Why remove the stock lube/grease? That stuff seems to be better than any lube on the market. I always let the stock stuff wear off then apply lube.
  • 06-07-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lmw View Post
    I weigh 155 pounds, also yes I have a shock pump

    Check to ensure your pump is good and not bleeding air off when you release the valve.

    I think your air pressure is really too low. I would set it for your weight as the first priority and sag as the second priority. I generally look for about 20% sag on an XC bike.

    If there is something wrong with it, we can work with you thru a local shop to have it looked at for RockShox Warranty repair/replacement.

    Jeremy
  • 06-07-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rick5587 View Post
    went out for my first real ride with the new bike yesterday. Really wet and muddy conditions. I am shocked how well this bike rides. It was by far the best I've ever handled the advanced trails...especially with the worse weather I've ever ridden in. I'm a novice at this and i was toying with every trail. Two Goblins here in Miami. We both had the same experience...love the bike!



    Love the shot! Stealing..............er.............borrowing it for our facebook page!

    Jeremy
  • 06-07-2013
    tkelly
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    One of the best things to use to remove grease from the drive train is plain old liquid dishwashing soap. Every couple of weeks I'll get a bucket of warm soapy water and a brush and scrub the cassette, chain, crankset, chain rings, and derailleurs.

    Then put a very light coating of wax-based or Teflon lube on the chain. Lightly wipe off the excess.

    Do NOT use the same brush to clean the rest of the bike. Use a separate brush for that.

    Thanks, dish soap is a wonder soap. Got my chain spic and span.
  • 06-07-2013
    BigDaddyFlyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tkelly View Post
    Thanks, dish soap is a wonder soap. Got my chain spic and span.

    I use Dawn dish soap mixed with hot water in a gallon milk jug to clean my chains. Just take off the chain, put about a 1/3 gallon of hot water in the jug with a little soap, throw the chain in, put the lid on, and shake the hell out of it. Then let it sit for 10 minutes or so and repeat. I do this a few times while working on the bike doing other stuff, and after a few repetitions the chain is clean and just needs a drying wiepdown and lube.

    One tip: if you are ever in a bind and don't have any soap for washing your car, DO NOT use dishwashing detergent. It strips all of the wax and leaves a nice, flat, dull finish. True story. Don't ask me how I know.


    Jeremy
  • 06-07-2013
    atomiclab
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    No regrets !!
    I just got my goblin in recently and have 2 rides in.
    it is awesome ! I love it!
    Attachment 806358

    different tires, short stem, wider bars on the way to adapt perfectly to my tastes.

    Im stoked. :thumbsup:
  • 06-08-2013
    trevor_b
    Is that a 22"?

    What tires, stem and bars?
  • 06-08-2013
    KrazyKreitzer
    New Airborne Goblin
    That looks like an 18" or maybe a 20".
  • 06-08-2013
    rick5587
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Love the shot! Stealing..............er.............borrowing it for our facebook page!

    Jeremy

    Nice...go ahead and steal. I like the facebook page! I get a lot of questions about the bike down here...we might be the only two so far. Everyone freaks out when I tell them the price of the bike.

    +1 on the dishwasher soap. Works great for me.
  • 06-08-2013
    rick5587
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lmw View Post
    I weigh 155 pounds, also yes I have a shock pump

    I weigh 158 and have the PSI at 95. It I lower it anymore it bottoms out. I keep the rebound pretty slow.
  • 06-08-2013
    atomiclab
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by atomiclab View Post
    I just got my goblin in recently and have 2 rides in.
    it is awesome ! I love it!
    Attachment 806358

    different tires, short stem, wider bars on the way to adapt perfectly to my tastes.

    Im stoked. :thumbsup:

    IT IS A 20" frame. I could go a little smaller, but it REALLY is a great fit for over all size to me.

    I am 6'2" with a measured 35" inseam, I I come from a BMX background, so with a shorter stem this bike is very agile