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    New Airborne Goblin

    Hi folks, I'm a NOOB to say the least. Its been over 20yrs since I was biking on a regular basis and am very excited about getting back into it. I did some research and decided to purchase the new Airborne Goblin. They are due to ship in a few weeks so needles to say the wait is going to kill me. I am going to have lots of questions to ask and I have spent a lot of time on the forum. I live outside of Ottawa, Canada and plan on doing a lot of trail riding.


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    First, welcome back to biking! Don't let sore muscles and tired legs discourage you too much, in about six weeks your body will be more acclimated and have had time to adjust, allowing you much greater range than you might be comfortable with initially.

    If you haven't already noticed, mtbr has tons of information and feedback throughout these forums on tools, safety gear, bags, clothes, computers, shoes, tires, components, setups, and technical skills. Be sure to hit the forum related to your question, as it may have already been discussed at length in an older thread, where riders with a wide range of skillsets and many years of experience have provided several points of view on the topic. Glad to have you with us!

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    Looks like a killer bike for a great price. Just make sure you build it up correctly; if you are unsure how to do it, its worth every penny to have a shop do it for you.
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    Tiego,
    Thanks for the advice. I will be supporting my local LBS for sure. I gave my measurements to the guy at Airbourne and he reccomendeded a 20 frame and I think a 80 or 90mm stem but i will have to get advice on the set up for sure. Up here in Canada most of the shops are selling everything off at discounted prices as the summer season is coming to an end so now is a good time to get some of the things i will need. I bought some Azonic 420 flats as the bike doesnt come with pedals.

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    Congrats Sleevem1 my first bike just arrived and got it from my LBS today, the waiting is worth it. These forums are great lots and lots of helpful info for newbies like us, and a bunch of people helping you get into this sport... don't forget your helmet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleevem1 View Post
    Tiego,
    Thanks for the advice. I will be supporting my local LBS for sure. I gave my measurements to the guy at Airbourne and he reccomendeded a 20 frame and I think a 80 or 90mm stem but i will have to get advice on the set up for sure. Up here in Canada most of the shops are selling everything off at discounted prices as the summer season is coming to an end so now is a good time to get some of the things i will need. I bought some Azonic 420 flats as the bike doesnt come with pedals.
    You can order them with different size stems? That's awesome. I didn't expect that...

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    Hi Sleevem! Congratulations and welcome One piece of advice I wish I had taken a long time ago was to buy a nice bib/short combo.
    I wear Canari Revolutions with Prana MOjo shorts as a shell. There is a combo called DirtBaggies that get good press. They are a more expensive way to go, but has features that may warrant the extra $$$.

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    The Goblin seems like a steal from what I've read so far. I hope to hear how she rides for you!

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    Motec, i think they only come with one size but will find out on monday when i talk to them. I think from the email he sent he would reccommend changing it to a 80-90 stem. As for the helmet I bought up a Specialized Vice on sale for half price. It fit real nice and was in the limegreen blck/whte color scheme I'm going for. Plus being a rookie when i'm laying down unconscious in the forest I will be easier to spot by people passing by.

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    PURCHASED THE NEW GOBLIN TO !!! :d

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    Does the Goblin use the same frame as the Guardian just painted different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh27292 View Post
    Does the Goblin use the same frame as the Guardian just painted different?
    Yes and no.

    The green Goblin that we made first sort-of shares the same frame as the Guardian. The difference is that since we are a small company, and aren't held to needing to build every model year, we tweak designs slightly thru the year when we do small production runs. We modified the Guardian frame slightly since it's production run was after the last green Goblin run, to have more mud and tire clerance in the back by dimpling the chainstays and widening them, and widening the seatstays.

    The new black Goblin frame is different. It utilizes a tapered HT and has slightly more rear tire clearance, and has had some tweeks made to the frame in regards to being built around a 100mm fork standard.

    Hope that helps!
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    What about in frame weight? Is the Guardian frame heavier than the green Goblin?

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    No it is not.
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    Hi Being a NOOB and all i have a question on afterarket wheel sets. If I were to pick up a set of the Sun Ringle Flag Pros or say Easton EA 70xc's I have no clue on determining what axle options to get. Can someone school me on this please. The Flag pros come with a Quick Release, 135×12, 142×12 Rear Axle Option. I have no clue what to order that will fit my new Goblin, front wheel and back.

    PS: Big Daddy please tell me I will be getting my shipping confirmation soon the suspense is killin me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleevem1 View Post
    Hi Being a NOOB and all i have a question on afterarket wheel sets. If I were to pick up a set of the Sun Ringle Flag Pros or say Easton EA 70xc's I have no clue on determining what axle options to get. Can someone school me on this please. The Flag pros come with a Quick Release, 135×12, 142×12 Rear Axle Option. I have no clue what to order that will fit my new Goblin, front wheel and back.

    PS: Big Daddy please tell me I will be getting my shipping confirmation soon the suspense is killin me.
    You need 135mm QR version for the rear, and standard QR for the front. New Goblins will be shipping out all week. You will get your tracking number the day after it ships, thanks!
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    BigDaddy, thanks for the info and quick response.

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    Support group? for those waiting..

    I can honestly say at age 48, it is actually a neat and welcome feeling.
    That feeling of anticipation and excitement that you felt as a child on Christmas eve, waiting for the morning. A child like euphoria

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    Quote Originally Posted by OilburnerDe View Post
    Support group? for those waiting..

    I can honestly say at age 48, it is actually a neat and welcome feeling.
    That feeling of anticipation and excitement that you felt as a child on Christmas eve, waiting for the morning. A child like euphoria
    Sign me up for the group! This is killing me to sit around like this...

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    LOL!

    We've been *told* by our shipping guys that a large bulk of the bikes are leaving today. Fingers crossed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    LOL!

    We've been *told* by our shipping guys that a large bulk of the bikes are leaving today. Fingers crossed!
    Sweet!

    These are shipping from the left coast?

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    Yep, they are shipping from Carson, CA (near Long Beach).
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    Aww that means even longer to the East coast. FWP

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    Christmas is tomorrow! Just got my UPS Choice email advising that my new Goblin will be here sometime tomorrow.

    On a side note, just wish it wasn't coming via UPS ... received my wifes Guardian last week and the box looked like it came thru a war zone and I'm just down the road in San Diego. Forutnately, no damage to the bike.

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    Came into the office this morning to see notices that the warehouse shipped out A LOT of bikes yesterday. We will be busy dropping the tracking#'s into our e-commerce engine all day today. If you are waiting on a tracking# for your Goblin more-than-likely you should see it in your email box today. Thanks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Came into the office this morning to see notices that the warehouse shipped out A LOT of bikes yesterday. We will be busy dropping the tracking#'s into our e-commerce engine all day today. If you are waiting on a tracking# for your Goblin more-than-likely you should see it in your email box today. Thanks!!!
    Get Crackin.

    Most likely, when it is delivered, I will have 0 time to look at it let alone even contemplate assembling it. Why of all times are we picking next week to upgrade our network infrastructure at our co-lo facility. Lots of long days and nights ahead. Of course it will go smoothly... That and I will probably gain 10-15 lbs from all the different Philly cheese steaks joints we will hit while we are in the city.

    Hey Biddaddy, I will send you a Pats or Gino's steak if you can rush my order!

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    I just received my shipping notification a few minutes a go.
    UPS please be gentle, my bike has to make its way to northern NY.

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    Woo Hoo!

    Same here, Sounds like you live in an area that the bike will shine. I am in Delaware, so not so much. I do live near the highest point in DE, Iron Mountain, but the reality is that is mountain in name only.
    You and most other would consider a speed bump, if that.

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    Tracking # in my mailbox this morning! Super-stoked!

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    Woot! Glad you guys are stoked! Can't wait to hear about your first rides.

    OilburnerDe, did you choose your screen-name because you happen to drive an air-cooled German vehicle?

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    Hopefully will get some shakedown runs next week before heading up to NH for the weekend. We'll see when the bike gets here, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by raschla View Post
    Christmas is tomorrow! Just got my UPS Choice email advising that my new Goblin will be here sometime tomorrow.

    On a side note, just wish it wasn't coming via UPS ... received my wifes Guardian last week and the box looked like it came thru a war zone and I'm just down the road in San Diego. Forutnately, no damage to the bike.
    WAR ZONE !!!! ?
    HAHAHAHAHA THAT'S FUNNY GLAD NO DAMAGE TO THE BIKE

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    Yeah, UPS has been inconsistent in careful handling of large product delivery here in the San Diego area. I think there are two factors here though. As manufactures seek lower delivery costs they appear to minimize product packing protection and put more reliance on transport services handling... then transport services reduce their handling costs in relying on customers to provide adequate packing protection. They both then accept what they believe are acceptable risk i.e. loss in both their business models.

    You just hope they both match up well and you are not on the losing end of their acceptable risk ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Woot! Glad you guys are stoked! Can't wait to hear about your first rides.

    OilburnerDe, did you choose your screen-name because you happen to drive an air-cooled German vehicle?

    Jeremy
    Almost correct. I did have a 73 S Beetle at one point. But I am an water cooled guy now.

    If interested:

    I am an original 90 Corrado owner Stg 4, P&P head and what not. Been off the road for years
    97 Passat TDI Stg 3+ diesel (hence OilBurner, not driving it at the moment)

    and a 06 GLI, with a few mods.

    I just started the plans of doing a motor swap and will be taking the motor and trans from the passat and transplanting into the Corrado. It is a very strong motor and driving like I stole it, returned 48 mpg;s in the heavy passat. It should be a beast in the lighter Corrado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OilburnerDe View Post
    Almost correct. I did have a 73 S Beetle at one point. But I am an water cooled guy now.

    If interested:

    I am an original 90 Corrado owner Stg 4, P&P head and what not. Been off the road for years
    97 Passat TDI Stg 3+ diesel (hence OilBurner, not driving it at the moment)

    and a 06 GLI, with a few mods.

    I just started the plans of doing a motor swap and will be taking the motor and trans from the passat and transplanting into the Corrado. It is a very strong motor and driving like I stole it, returned 48 mpg;s in the heavy passat. It should be a beast in the lighter Corrado.
    Cool! I'm a German car nut too! I know we're a little off topic so if we want to talk more about it I might take it into PM's. I've had multiple V-dubs over the years and have been a Porsche nut for the last 15 years. Here's my track/auto-x beast. OK, sorry about that, back on topic!
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    I have to say the 2 Airborne bikes I've had delivered to my door were packaged GREAT! It was ban enough waiting on it to show up and then it took me forever to get it out of the package, ha. But I'd rather it be that way over getting a damaged bike!

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    ... The Goblin just arrived and the box condition looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Cool! I'm a German car nut too! I know we're a little off topic so if we want to talk more about it I might take it into PM's. I've had multiple V-dubs over the years and have been a Porsche nut for the last 15 years. Here's my track/auto-x beast. OK, sorry about that, back on topic!
    Nice!

    Here is a pic of mine on the track.


    Its on the right, although it has been on the back of a flatbad one or two times...

    And here is another pic of it at a car show, along with something close to your heart.







    Bicycle related as there are two hatch/trunk bike racks in the back of it currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raschla View Post
    ... The Goblin just arrived and the box condition looks good!
    Jelly!

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    The Goblin packing appears to be a step up from my wifes Guardian that I put together last week. Everything came together quite nicely however, it appears the derailers need some adjustment ... not wanting to move to large front ring and skipping rings in the rear. So, I am a noob ...

    Anyone recommend any particular online guide or YouTube video?

    Does the SRAM X7 2x10 setup have any particular detail I need to be aware of in adjustments?

    Performance LBS just happens to have a "Derailer How To Clinic" tonight ... probably good for a noob like me, eh?

    Thanks for any assist!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OilburnerDe View Post
    Jelly!
    ... I just gotta' know what this means

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    Quote Originally Posted by raschla View Post
    ... I just gotta' know what this means
    Jealous!
    What size frame is that?

    Also, your first picture of the bike first pulled out of the box, brought back a flood of memories. Of the hundreds upon hundreds that I have unboxed in a past life.
    But none of those could hold a candle to this bike.

    I have always wondered if packing it like that is as much of a pain in the butt as unpacking it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raschla View Post
    The Goblin packing appears to be a step up from my wifes Guardian that I put together last week. Everything came together quite nicely however, it appears the derailers need some adjustment ... not wanting to move to large front ring and skipping rings in the rear. So, I am a noob ...

    Anyone recommend any particular online guide or YouTube video?

    Does the SRAM X7 2x10 setup have any particular detail I need to be aware of in adjustments?

    Performance LBS just happens to have a "Derailer How To Clinic" tonight ... probably good for a noob like me, eh?

    Thanks for any assist!
    Looks awesome man! i am jealous, is that the 16 inch?

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    You guys getting new Goblins should know that I am sitting here with a big smile on my face. I know how fun it is to order something, wait and wait, finally the UPS guy shows up with a box. It is great that you are sharing the joy.

    Congratulations to all the new Goblin owners!!!!

    Ride the hell out of 'em.

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    DANG YOU THAT BIKE BEFORE ME !:d CONGRATSZZ!!!!!
    it's like i have the sickness where the kids are up & running the whole dang day & can't sit still i am in suriname can't wait to get mine !!!! october it will arrive so for now checking a few water bottle holder & spokes WHITE or GREEN still can't find some with a decent price & length

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    For a noob is it worth paying the extra few bucks for the New Goblin or would the original Goblin be enough bike to start with?

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    Pay the extra.

    The bigger front rotor is reason enough, but better tires and tapered head tube also much bettter than original.

    Personally, I prefer the New Goblin paint as well.

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    We are out of the 16" and 20" green Goblins, with only a few of the 18's and 22's left. Take that into consideration regarding your decision.

    I personally think the improvements made to the black Goblin make it worth the difference in price but I may be a little biased!
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    Tomorrow's the day! Now if it would stop raining over here and I can finish my car exhaust/oil change after work before it gets dark, I might be able to ride it tomorrow (for 10 minutes before nightfall)!

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    Mine is out for delivery!
    Not going into the office till later, supposed to get allot of rain today-night.
    Hopefully it gets here before I have to leave. Sad part is, I will not be home until sometime on Sunday, and will probably be to wiped out to even think about putting it together.

    Performance is having a 10% off everything including sale items today between 12 and 2, might stop by and pick up the Spindoctor stand, for when I get the chance to put it together and tune it.

    Good luck with yours and to everyone getting them this week!

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    Checking the details listing for the new Goblin fork. It was listed as dual air. Today, I don't see dual air listed as a modifier for the Reba model used. The green Goblin Reba model is the dual air Reba with separately adjustable positive and negative air pressures for fine tuning the ride. That is the RS 2012 model. Does the new Goblin have dual air adjustability or is it a solo air fork. RS has changed to solo air for all 2013 models-- in my opinion a step backwards. By adding 5psi more pressure to the negative over the positive value small bump plushness was tuned in for a smoother ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Checking the details listing for the new Goblin fork. I don't see dual air listed as a modifier for the Reba model used. The green Goblin Reba model is the dual air Reba with separately adjustable positive and negative air pressures for fine tuning the ride. That is the RS 2012 model. Does the new Goblin have dual air adjustability or is it a solo air fork. RS has changed to solo air for all 2013 models-- in my opinion a step backwards.
    It's dual air,
    Airborne Bicycles. NEW Goblin

    From the specs row for the fork RockShox Reba RL 29 Dual Air w/Lock-Out, tapered steer, 100mm

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    This first batch of new black Goblins were made with the Dual Air, the last of RockShox 2012 stock. We did this on purpose because we felt the Dual Air feature was better than the coming Single Air.

    That means that after we sell out of this first batch and make another batch, those will be SIngle Air.

    Hope that makes sense,

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    Fork.... RockShox Reba RL 29 Dual Air w/Lock-Out, tapered steer, 100mm

    I see it now. Thanks. With the other 2013 bikes like the Scott 950 switching from a Reba last year to a Fox CTD this year Airborne made a very good choice to stay with the dual air Reba. That is the strongest component choice for any bike in this price range. Kudos to Airborne.

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    Thanks. That's why they keep me around!
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    Woot!

    Bike was delivered at 1:26 pm, about 5 minutes after I got home from picking up the Spindoctor G3 from performance.

    Box was in decent shape, slightly twisted (looking down from the top) and one tear\hole in the side.

    Have no time to open it and inspect it, or to simply just peak at it, as I am off to work. Depending on what time I get home on Sunday, ( Will need to watch some NFL goodness) I might tear into it to see if anything is damaged (most likely not, depending on what caused the tear) will give a full report if there is anything to be concerned about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    This first batch of new black Goblins were made with the Dual Air, the last of RockShox 2012 stock. We did this on purpose because we felt the Dual Air feature was better than the coming Single Air.

    That means that after we sell out of this first batch and make another batch, those will be SIngle Air.

    Hope that makes sense,

    Jeremy
    Hmm, another reason for me to order this sooner rather than later!

    I'm pretty sure I know which size I need but I'll measure myself tonight and give y'all a call later to get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    This first batch of new black Goblins were made with the Dual Air, the last of RockShox 2012 stock. We did this on purpose because we felt the Dual Air feature was better than the coming Single Air.

    That means that after we sell out of this first batch and make another batch, those will be SIngle Air.

    Hope that makes sense,

    Jeremy
    Boy, I would find it painful to give up such an obvious and valuable advantage in the marketplace..RS should produce an oem version with dual air for you.

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    Brown Santa has arrived. While the bike arrived mostly intact a couple of observations:

    1.) My first thought was that this bike definitely was not packed nearly as well as my first Goblin. I even looked at the old box as it was so nice I kept it just in case I needed to ship a bike. I later found a really nasty scratch on the downtube to confirm that 1/2 way through assembly. It was a chip about the size of a pencil eraser. It looks a little better after I buffed it a little, but I'm still bummed.

    2.) Other than the hanger was a little "sprung" the derailleurs were much more closely adjusted that my original Goblin (just minor barrel adjustments). Somewhere along the way, the new spacer that clips in around the cassette was even smashed in over half of an inch on itself.

    3.) The cable routing is still HORRIBLE on this bike, but it's a known entity and I immediately shortened and rerouted the housings.

    4.) I didn't realize how much difference my carbon bar, Thompson seatpost, Truvativ stem, and Stan's Arch EX's made on the bike. My son's getting the original Goblin, but not those items

    5.) Brand new Geax AKA's are SLICK on wet, sealed asphalt. It woke me up

    6.) Building a SWEET bike while it's pouring hard enough to strangle frogs and knowing you can't really test it for a few days sucks.

    All in all it seems to be another awesome bike, but I'd definitely suggest going back to the original packing with the foam sheets and hard axle spacers. I'd bet it even saves Airborne a lot of money in long run.
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    If I order, how can I be assured I will get the Dual air fork? Will the listing on the website itself change? Because listing a dual air and getting a downgrade single would be a bit off.

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    These bikes are made in mass batches by the factory and the parts are spec'd out and procured prior to assembly. As long as you order one from this initial production run, you should definitely get one with dual air. However, I have no idea how many are in a production run or how quickly they sell out. If you wait a few months I suspect you may get the single air version.
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    Delivered and I'm stuck here at work... It's a nice sunny day out and might actually be semi-dry on the ground, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medel View Post
    Delivered and I'm stuck here at work... It's a nice sunny day out and might actually be semi-dry on the ground, too!
    You need to quit that job if you can't get away for something important like a new Goblin being delivered!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    You need to quit that job if you can't get away for something important like a new Goblin being delivered!!
    I know! It's not like I'm getting much work done while sitting here thinking about bikes

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    SO DID YOU QUIT ? lol

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    I can just see all of your co-workers standing on either side cheering you on as you walk out of the place with a multi-tool in one hand and a pedal wrench in the other.

    One of your co-workers says, "way to go Paula!!!!"

    Officer & Gentleman reference.

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    Well folks, my Goblin arrived today so i just got in after a little couple hour drive to pick it up at my works warehouse. The box was in excellent condition overall except for this.
    After further examination i think i got lucky and everything seems to be in tact. Now its build time. being a NOOB I may have some stupid questions coming your way but i hope she goes together as easy as the others here have posted.
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    Great for you!!!!

    Send more picts after the build!!!

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    Congratz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (y)
    now build build like bob the builder!!!! Xd
    can't wait to see how the bike will be & what is the size you got ?

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    john symos,
    Shes a 20 frame. So far things are going good. Bike is together just need to do some fine tweekin. Both brakes are squeakin a bit so i have to dial them in and I went to switch out the grips with some ODI's and found out i dont have the right size of torx bit to undo the break leaver from the handle bar. the Azonic 420's look pretty sic on er. I also need to properly torque everythig down but she will be ready to rock tomorrow.

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    Pics!!! Just ordered a Zeppelin Elite tonight

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    Too lazy to take good pics, but built, shifting smooth (minor FD/RD tweaks) and a quick 15 min or so in a parking lot since it was dark out. <3 my new Goblin! First bike I've had in a while that didn't feel super cramped (6'5", 190-200lb depending on day)

    Here it is in front of my "SUV"


    Still need to get a shock pump so it isn't all jelly on me. All grins over here, though

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    OK THANKS Sleevem1 . PERFECT! SOME GREEN OR WHITE SPOKES WOULD BE PERFECT WITH IT I THINK.... OR MAYBE NIPLLES
    CONGRATTSZ Medel

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    And here I was thinking green stripe on the car...

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    If it were me, I'd take the reflectors off.

    Just sayin....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    If it were me, I'd take the reflectors off.

    Just sayin....
    I figure they'll break themselves off soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medel View Post
    I figure they'll break themselves off soon enough.
    Hopefully not on the trail but if it happens there, please pick up the pieces and take them with you
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Hopefully not on the trail but if it happens there, please pick up the pieces and take them with you
    If I had to guess, it'd be moving the bike in the back of a wagon. If the handlebar reflector gets ripped off while I'm riding, chances are I'll be picking up pieces of more than just a reflector

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    I know that bike companies have to install them for safety reasons. But reflectors have no place on a nice MTB like the Goblin.

    Maybe, on kids bikes or entry level MTBs or commuter bikes.

    But not on a 2x10 MTB with a tapered head tube and hydraulic brakes.

    The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Airborne Bicycles.

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    I thought it would be in my best interest to pull mine off last night before I get shunned from the MTB village of morals and ethics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    I know that bike companies have to install them for safety reasons. But reflectors have no place on a nice MTB like the Goblin.

    Maybe, on kids bikes or entry level MTBs or commuter bikes.

    But not on a 2x10 MTB with a tapered head tube and hydraulic brakes.

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    I think i've decided on getting the new goblin or a talon 29er 0. Specs seem on goblin are so much better though. Not sure about the talon frame vs goblin frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElDuderino2412 View Post
    I think i've decided on getting the new goblin or a talon 29er 0. Specs seem on goblin are so much better though. Not sure about the talon frame vs goblin frame.
    The Talon 29er 0 really compares closer to the Guardian in terms of specs and frame (but not price~).

    The Talon frame is similar to the Guardian frame reagarding materials, hydroformed tubing, and non-tapered HT.

    Hope that helps a bit~

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    Any chance Airborne decides to use the quicksilver frame color? I think that would look awesome! Thinking about getting one for myself as my own Christmas gift keke..

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    Quick Silver is frame color only, we aren't going to do completes in different colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    This first batch of new black Goblins were made with the Dual Air, the last of RockShox 2012 stock. We did this on purpose because we felt the Dual Air feature was better than the coming Single Air.

    That means that after we sell out of this first batch and make another batch, those will be SIngle Air.

    Hope that makes sense,

    Jeremy
    I wanted to circle back to this.

    Last week we placed parts orders for the next batch of Goblins to be made in February. I can confirm that the new Goblins that will be made then will have the Reba RL Solo Air as RS is out of the Dual Air now.

    Due to the higher-than-forecasted sales, it looks like we will run out of this first batch of Goblins before the new batch is made. If you are interested in getting one before this change, I'd order one in the next month or so. After that we may go dark (run out) on a few of the sizes until the new ones come in.

    I guess its good for us we are selling more than anticipated, especially considering this is 4th quarter and bike sales in general for most companies are usually slow..........

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Last week we placed parts orders for the next batch of Goblins to be made in February. I can confirm that the new Goblins that will be made then will have the Reba RL Solo Air as RS is out of the Dual Air now.
    I'm curious, what is the rationale for sticking with RockShox and using solo air for the new batch? Why not switch to a different manufacturer and get a dual air from them? Are you contractually bound to RS for this model? Are you trying to keep the batches consistent in manufacture? New parts would change the price and you don't want to do that?

    As I said, just curious. I got my dual air black Goblin last week, so I'm good to go.
    I intend to live forever or die in the attempt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorcherdarkly View Post
    I'm curious, what is the rationale for sticking with RockShox and using solo air for the new batch? Why not switch to a different manufacturer and get a dual air from them? Are you contractually bound to RS for this model? Are you trying to keep the batches consistent in manufacture? New parts would change the price and you don't want to do that?

    As I said, just curious. I got my dual air black Goblin last week, so I'm good to go.
    Honestly, some folks make a bigger deal of solo air versus dual air than it really should be. I've been riding a solo air Reba on my HobGoblin proto for 6 months and its been a great fork. Is dual air better? To me, it's a little smoother/plush, but the amount is probably not even noticable to 95% of the riders out there. But since I could still get some of the dual air's for these first two runs, I did.

    I can spec whatever I like, but I''m sticking with RockShox; not interested in changing or chasing after a different manufacturer. They make a great product and stand behind it with even more awesome customer service.

    Thanks.
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    I've had one local bike shop actually explaining to me how the SoloAir is better than the dual air. He was quite knowledgable of how the shocks were built, so I don't feel it was strictly a sales tactic. I can't remember all of the details of what he liked better, but the one I remember the most was that the SoloAir would be much easier for a novice to set up correctly. I'm inclined to think that for a perfectionist the dual air will be better. But for the guy who just wants to put some air in his shock and get going the solo air might actually be better.

    Now on to the Goblin. I've posted this elsewhere as well but thought it belonged here. I saw my friends Goblin last weekend and was very impressed. I loved the low bar on the 16" Goblin. It felt very out of the way. It really gave the bike a quick and nimble feel to it. All the components were also very top notch. There was a small part of me that was scared I would not like my Niner as much as I liked his Goblin. I think Airborne did a great job on the specs and all the components. Everytime I looked into the quality of components used for something I was always blown away at how Airborne has not cut any corners but always used the best for the price. I think Airborne sells themselves short by not listing on their website that the hubs are a cartridge bearing or that the wheels are the WTB Speed Disc i19s. I think more specifics on the website might be helpful. I know I was impressed with every detail of the bike. I honestly don't know how Airborne does it. And quite frankly I'll be surprised if they can continue to put such nice component sets together at such a great price. I'm half tempted to get a Goblin for my wife simply because I don't think these kind of deals can last forever. I sure hope that Airborne can continue to keep cost down and offer such nice component groups in the future. From the short ride I had on my friends Goblin, I'd say if your on the fence about buying one go for it. The components are top notch all the way through. And to top it off if you have any questions everyone I have ever communicated with at Airborne was friendly and helpful. Even though I purchased a used Niner instead of a Goblin, I would not hesitate to purchase a Goblin in the future.

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    Thanks so much for the kind words!

    It's no secret how we do it: we care a lot about what we put out there, and also work on low margins with no built-in IBD overhead costs.

    That's why when people call us up and ask for a discount or free shipping, there isn't room in there for us to knock $$ off and still keep our doors open. I guess we could artifficially inflate the pricing so that there is room for that, but it just doesn't seem right to do that.

    Hope you guys don't get too much snow this winter so you can get plenty of shake-down time on your new Niner!

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    Wouldn't you know that 2 days after I got my bike, we got about 1-2 inches of snow. It might be awhile until my buddy and I can shake down the Goblin and Niner. I just hope it melts this week so we can give them a run. If not, the snow will likely be here to stay until spring. Which in ND can be anywhere from April to end of May. Depending on the years snowfall. Its going to be a looong winter if I don't get a chance to really take it out at least once.

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    Sounds like a good excuse to add a fat-bike to your stable of bikes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Honestly, some folks make a bigger deal of solo air versus dual air than it really should be. I've been riding a solo air Reba on my HobGoblin proto for 6 months and its been a great fork. Is dual air better? To me, it's a little smoother/plush, but the amount is probably not even noticable to 95% of the riders out there. But since I could still get some of the dual air's for these first two runs, I did.
    .
    "not even noticeable to 95% of the riders out there."

    This is a simplification-
    Even if it were true it is a snapshot at most in the ownership history of a rider. People may start with this bike at a skill level where they may not notice many things.
    They ride.
    They love it.
    They improve. They begin to strive to improve more. They make changes. They adjust and may have to spend more money on different parts like tires and wheels. This is the reality of the majority of riders.
    Not just 5%.
    And that is why the dual air Reba is a component more than 5% would notice over their history with this bike. For the people who come on this forum it is more likely the reverse is true-- 95% of them would notice the difference. It makes this bike a performance standout in its price range. It is a good reason for its stronger than normal off season sales.
    So the solo air Reba may be an adequate fork, but it is a component downgrade for riders who look to purchase a bike they can learn and improve on over a couple years;
    " We did this on purpose because we felt the Dual Air feature was better than the coming Single Air. "

    "I can spec whatever I like, but I''m sticking with RockShox; not interested in changing or chasing after a different manufacturer. "

    RockShox made the change that you agree is to produce a product worse than the dual air Reba. You can't buy whatever you like because they don't have any more dual air forks. If you could get them you would.
    Maybe you could spec something that you and your customers would like but it looks like you would have to chase after a new source. Put in a range of testing and development to get something to improve the bike. Other manufacturing considerations like availability within a time frame and cost versus volume purchasing and customer service and warranty come into play.
    But that's what makes your job fun and how you do it is reflected in market response to what you produce. So we;ll see.
    As in the past Manitou is a realistic option and an actual improvement even the 5% would applaud. Maybe it can show up on an XO or carbon model. Putting it on the standard Goblin, though, would develop brand ties in riders as they develop and those are the strongest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    "not even noticeable to 95% of the riders out there."

    This is a simplification-
    Even if it were true it is a snapshot at most in the ownership history of a rider. People may start with this bike at a skill level where they may not notice many things.
    They ride.
    They love it.
    They improve. They begin to strive to improve more. They make changes. They adjust and may have to spend more money on different parts like tires and wheels. This is the reality of the majority of riders.
    Not just 5%.
    And that is why the dual air Reba is a component more than 5% would notice over their history with this bike. For the people who come on this forum it is more likely the reverse is true-- 95% of them would notice the difference. It makes this bike a performance standout in its price range. It is a good reason for its stronger than normal off season sales.
    So the solo air Reba may be an adequate fork, but it is a component downgrade for riders who look to purchase a bike they can learn and improve on over a couple years;
    " We did this on purpose because we felt the Dual Air feature was better than the coming Single Air. "

    "I can spec whatever I like, but I''m sticking with RockShox; not interested in changing or chasing after a different manufacturer. "

    RockShox made the change that you agree is to produce a product worse than the dual air Reba. You can't buy whatever you like because they don't have any more dual air forks. If you could get them you would.
    Maybe you could spec something that you and your customers would like but it looks like you would have to chase after a new source. Put in a range of testing and development to get something to improve the bike. Other manufacturing considerations like availability within a time frame and cost versus volume purchasing and customer service and warranty come into play.
    But that's what makes your job fun and how you do it is reflected in market response to what you produce. So we;ll see.
    As in the past Manitou is a realistic option and an actual improvement even the 5% would applaud. Maybe it can show up on an XO or carbon model. Putting it on the standard Goblin, though, would develop brand ties in riders as they develop and those are the strongest.
    Of course given the choice of whether to buy up the last of the dual air Reba's or use the new solo air ones, I made the decision to buy the dual air. Why wouldn't I?

    I happen to like the new Solo Air set up. I've been riding it for awhile now and compared to the other bike I have with the Dual Air Reba on it, the difference is almost imperceptable. I notice it because I am a total tech geek and a product manager. It's what I get paid to do. I'm also the same person who can notice 1-2 psi difference in my car tire pressure when the average person cannot.

    The slight difference is, in my opinion, worth it to move to the solo air chamber. It's certainly easier to set up, and has less that can go wrong with it over time.

    I would argue your point that the majority of users here on the forum can tell the difference.

    This is where we will have to agree to disagree. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fargo1 View Post
    Wouldn't you know that 2 days after I got my bike, we got about 1-2 inches of snow. It might be awhile until my buddy and I can shake down the Goblin and Niner. I just hope it melts this week so we can give them a run. If not, the snow will likely be here to stay until spring. Which in ND can be anywhere from April to end of May. Depending on the years snowfall. Its going to be a looong winter if I don't get a chance to really take it out at least once.
    Why can't you ride it in the snow? I ride in the snow all the time. It's fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    Why can't you ride it in the snow? I ride in the snow all the time. It's fun!
    I have not rode a bike in over 12 years but have been reading up and comparing bikes.

    for a beginner seeking to ride trail:

    how would you compare the guardian, goblin, and new goblin to similar bikes in the $600 to $1,000 price points?

    Do any of the 3 said Airbornes offer hydraulic lock-out forks?

    Having no experience working on bikes, how easy is it to assembly/prep bike out of the box?

    I am 6'1 and 190lbs.

    Should a beginner be worried about the 80mm travel vs 100mm travel?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    Why can't you ride it in the snow? I ride in the snow all the time. It's fun!
    1) Trails will likley be closed if there is snow. Although its looking good for this weekend.

    2) I was referring to the snow getting deeper soon as well.

    3) Hey its a new bike, I need to baby it a little bit the first few months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlynes View Post
    I have not rode a bike in over 12 years but have been reading up and comparing bikes.

    for a beginner seeking to ride trail:

    how would you compare the guardian, goblin, and new goblin to similar bikes in the $600 to $1,000 price points?
    From what I saw in the specs and looking at my buddies new Goblin. Nothing in a store compares to the goblin at $1000. The Goblin compares better to $1800 bikes when you break it down to all its individual components.

    Quote Originally Posted by dlynes View Post
    Do any of the 3 said Airbornes offer hydraulic lock-out forks?
    I'm not sure what you mean by hydraulic fork. As far as I know, all forks have oil. So you basically have either a spring fork or an air fork. The better of which is an air fork. I know the Goblin has a very good lock out air fork. I think the Reba is one of the best forks available from my research. My personal experience however, is very limited. But I liked everyone I test rode.


    Quote Originally Posted by dlynes View Post
    Having no experience working on bikes, how easy is it to assembly/prep bike out of the box?
    My buddy said it was easy. Pretty much just flip the stem the right way, put on the handlebars and attach the front tire.

    Quote Originally Posted by dlynes View Post

    I am 6'1 and 190lbs.

    Should a beginner be worried about the 80mm travel vs 100mm travel?

    Thanks,
    I know the new Goblin has a 100 travel. I believe the others do to. I can't tell you any more than that. I'm sure others will though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fargo1 View Post
    1) Trails will likley be closed if there is snow. Although its looking good for this weekend.

    2) I was referring to the snow getting deeper soon as well.

    3) Hey its a new bike, I need to baby it a little bit the first few months.
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    From what I saw in the specs and looking at my buddies new Goblin. Nothing in a store compares to the goblin at $1000. The Goblin compares better to $1800 bikes when you break it down to all its individual components.



    I'm not sure what you mean by hydraulic fork. As far as I know, all forks have oil. So you basically have either a spring fork or an air fork. The better of which is an air fork. I know the Goblin has a very good lock out air fork. I think the Reba is one of the best forks available from my research. My personal experience however, is very limited. But I liked everyone I test rode.




    My buddy said it was easy. Pretty much just flip the stem the right way, put on the handlebars and attach the front tire.



    I know the new Goblin has a 100 travel. I believe the others do to. I can't tell you any more than that. I'm sure others will though.
    Thanks so much,

    knowing nothing about new bikes I am trying to compare what one offers that another doesn't (not even knowing what some of the items mean).

    I recall reading some forks were said to be mechanical vs others being hydraulic.

    then I assumed hydraulic must be better so maybe I should look for something that offers that...

    Looking over my notes...I think the haro was the only bike I noticed that offered the hydraulic lock-out at my price point.

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