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    Nice zepp! Love the "old school" airborne lol. How much travel does it have in the rear? Looks like a pretty burly bike

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    Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes-guardian2.jpg

    Just got 'er!

    Fox F29 RLC
    WTB i23 Frequency with X9 hubs
    Specialized Purgatory upfront, Maxxis Ikon out back--Tubeless, of course!

    Shaved almost 3lbs!!
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    I believe it has 5 inches of travel, but I am not sure. I am about to swap in a fox rp23 to get a little more plushness, but this thing has never bottomed out. I am also building a 650b wheelset right now to put on there. I will update with some pics after those things happen.

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    Got the new fork out tonight, wow what a difference

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    Upgraded wheelset

    Sun Ringle Charger Pro
    Carbon bar (720mm)
    Shorter stem (70mm)
    Shimano clipless
    Saddle
    Front tire - def need to change to a knobbier one

    Happy with the setup, but if I had to do it over I would go with the X0 model.
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    HGXO. Not the best picture to show the mods but so far added Shimano XT M780 clipless pedals, Crank Brothers Cobalt 3 bars (700mm wide, 15mm rise, 6 deg back sweep), Thomson Elite X4 70mm stem, Renthal kevlar lock on grips, and chopped the steerer tube after slamming the stem all the way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe48 View Post
    HGXO. Not the best picture to show the mods but so far added Shimano XT M780 clipless pedals, Crank Brothers Cobalt 3 bars (700mm wide, 15mm rise, 6 deg back sweep), Thomson Elite X4 70mm stem, Renthal kevlar lock on grips, and chopped the steerer tube after slamming the stem all the way down.

    Nice setup - and aggressive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Nice setup - and aggressive!
    Thanks. It actually feels so much more comfortable now and handling has improved quite a bit. I'm only 5'9" so for me to run the stem that low is not a huge deal.

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    Re: Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe48 View Post
    HGXO. Not the best picture to show the mods but so far added Shimano XT M780 clipless pedals, Crank Brothers Cobalt 3 bars (700mm wide, 15mm rise, 6 deg back sweep), Thomson Elite X4 70mm stem, Renthal kevlar lock on grips, and chopped the steerer tube after slamming the stem all the way down.

    Nice! I'm 5'11" and I also like to have my stem slammed. Its about even with the seat like yours, it doesn't feel so monster truckish that way. I suppose it all has to do with body dimensions though

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    Nice! I'm 5'11" and I also like to have my stem slammed. Its about even with the seat like yours, it doesn't feel so monster truckish that way. I suppose it all has to do with body dimensions though
    Yes that inch and a half or so off the front end makes a huge difference. The bikes feel so tall to me otherwise. The 6 degree back sweep on the bars makes a big difference too when most low rise have a 9 degree. I can get my elbows out without putting so much torque on my wrists and it just feels more natural when in that kind of riding position.

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    Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes-screen-shot-2014-07-26-2.45.10-pm.jpg

    Thought I'd throw mine up here finally. Mods:

    Easton EC70 carbon bar (685mm)
    Ergon GS-1 grips
    Fizik Gobi saddle
    Race Face post (cheap, just wanted something w/ adjustable saddle tilt)
    Mavic C29SSMAX front wheel (tacoed the stock wheel)
    1x10 conversion w/RF nw 32t chainring
    Schwalbe RR 2.25 Performance front
    Specialized The Captain 2.0 rear
    Custom Reba decals (I give myself a B- on the installation on these)
    Shimano PD-530 pedals

    Bathroom scale says 25.8 lbs

    Some thoughts on this bike/my mods after owning for a couple of months:

    - I got a lot of bike for the money I spent. Kudos to Airborne. Love the Reba, love the drivetrain, geo is good. Starting weight on this bike is good.

    - Maybe I just got unlucky, but the stock front wheel didn't hold up too well. After a ride with a pretty long, fast descent through some rocky fire road, the rim was bent. Had it trued up by a shop, but it tacoed a few days later on a pretty minor low speed impact.

    - You have to be really strong to run 1x10 gearing in a place with lots of elevation change! Working on this.

    - I've had lots of trouble with the Elixir 7's. Besides requiring an annoying amount of maintenance to keep them quiet (sanding the rotors, etc), the pistons just don't want to retract like they should, even after being cleaned and lubed by my local shop. They're OK for now.

    If Airborne could stock this bike with even a lower level Shimano hydraulic brake (just going from my bad and somewhat extensive experience with Avid brakes) and almost any folding bead tire (stock wire bead AKA's are just so heavy, not a great choice for a 29er), it would make this bike that much better for the Goblin 3.0
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    Re: Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes

    ^^Couldn't agree more on the brakes and tires. I scrapped my avids a while back and wish I woulda done it sooner. Even bottom of the barrel shimano hydros are better than elixrs...

    I could be wrong but I think when a company specs a bike they have to go all shimano or all SRAM. I like sram shifting and rockshox suspension but their brakes are terrible. The new SRAM guide brakes are supposed to be good but I'll be sticking with shimano from now on.

    I don't feel as strongly about the tires, but I agree that a better choice could've been made. They are reallllyyy heavy for xc tires and the tread wear is pretty poor. That being said I do like the tread pattern of the akas, they provide good grip for a micro knobby. I think vee rubber tires would be a pretty good choice for low cost

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    ^^Couldn't agree more on the brakes and tires. I scrapped my avids a while back and wish I woulda done it sooner. Even bottom of the barrel shimano hydros are better than elixrs...

    I could be wrong but I think when a company specs a bike they have to go all shimano or all SRAM. I like sram shifting and rockshox suspension but their brakes are terrible. The new SRAM guide brakes are supposed to be good but I'll be sticking with shimano from now on.

    I don't feel as strongly about the tires, but I agree that a better choice could've been made. They are reallllyyy heavy for xc tires and the tread wear is pretty poor. That being said I do like the tread pattern of the akas, they provide good grip for a micro knobby. I think vee rubber tires would be a pretty good choice for low cost

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    Thought I'd throw mine up here finally. Mods:

    Easton EC70 carbon bar (685mm)
    Ergon GS-1 grips
    Fizik Gobi saddle
    Race Face post (cheap, just wanted something w/ adjustable saddle tilt)
    Mavic C29SSMAX front wheel (tacoed the stock wheel)
    1x10 conversion w/RF nw 32t chainring
    Schwalbe RR 2.25 Performance front
    Specliazed The Captain 2.0 rear
    Custom Reba decals (I give myself a B- on the installation on these)
    Shimano PD-530 pedals

    Bathroom scale says 25.8 lbs

    Some thoughts on this bike/my mods after owning for a couple of months:

    - I got a lot of bike for the money I spent. Kudos to Airborne. Love the Reba, love the drivetrain, geo is good. Starting weight on this bike is good.

    - Maybe I just got unlucky, but the stock front wheel didn't hold up too well. After a ride with a pretty long, fast descent through some rocky fire road, the rim was bent. Had it trued up by a shop, but it tacoed a few days later on a pretty minor low speed impact.

    - You have to be really strong to run 1x10 gearing in a place with lots of elevation change! Working on this.

    - I've had lots of trouble with the Elixir 7's. Besides requiring an annoying amount of maintenance to keep them quiet (sanding the rotors, etc), the pistons just don't want to retract like they should, even after being cleaned and lubed by my local shop. They're OK for now.

    If Airborne could stock this bike with even a lower level Shimano hydraulic brake (just going from my bad and somewhat extensive experience with Avid brakes) and almost any folding bead tire (stock wire bead AKA's are just so heavy, not a great choice for a 29er), it would make this bike that much better for the Goblin 3.0
    Sweet bike. I see a lot of good reviews on the Fizik Gobi I've been thinking about giving it a try. I have been experiencing the same brake issue as you on my Elixir 9s. They are horribly noisy and the pistons on the rear brake are sticking to the point that my rear wheel has locked up on a few occasions and wouldn't rotate. I left my bike at a LBS a couple weeks ago because SRAM would not take my call being a private customer and would only talk to a bike shop. After waiting two days for a response, the only suggestion was for the mechanic to bleed the brakes and see if that helps. My very next ride the brake locked up the rear wheel again so I dropped it back off at the bike shop to get back in touch with SRAM. It stayed at the shop all week and I was told they called SRAM daily and never got a return phone call. I picked it up before the weekend so I could at least do some light riding with my family, but I don't know what else to do since they don't seem to be responding in a timely manner.

    It's frustrating but I'm comforted by the fact that I've read other people having the same issue. I couldn't be happier about everything else with the bike with exception of the brake issue.

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    yeah I guess it's a common issue; just Google "Elixir pistons not retracting" and prepare yourself for a feast of complaints. There are things you can do; apparently my local shop cleaned and and then lubed the pistons with silicone lubricant of some kind to help the issue. Sorry your shop has had so much trouble; sounds like you might try to find another, if possible.

    I really like the Gobi. Obviously it depends on what fits your body, but it has been a great alternative to the WTB options, which make my legs go numb. I believe I got mine lightly used on Ebay for around $40.

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    Some new stuff:
    Race Face Chester Bars
    Race Face Turbine Seat Post
    Race Face Aeffect Pedals
    Black ESI Grips

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    ^^Couldn't agree more on the brakes and tires. I scrapped my avids a while back and wish I woulda done it sooner. Even bottom of the barrel shimano hydros are better than elixrs...

    I could be wrong but I think when a company specs a bike they have to go all shimano or all SRAM. I like sram shifting and rockshox suspension but their brakes are terrible. The new SRAM guide brakes are supposed to be good but I'll be sticking with shimano from now on.

    I don't feel as strongly about the tires, but I agree that a better choice could've been made. They are reallllyyy heavy for xc tires and the tread wear is pretty poor. That being said I do like the tread pattern of the akas, they provide good grip for a micro knobby. I think vee rubber tires would be a pretty good choice for low cost
    Companies mix and match components all the time. That's why you still see Hayes and Formula brakes with Shimano or SRAM drivetrain. No reason why they have to go with all Shimano or all SRAM. It's usually whoever gives them the best deal for the price point they are trying to hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnPar5 View Post
    Some new stuff:
    Race Face Chester Bars
    Race Face Turbine Seat Post
    Race Face Aeffect Pedals
    Black ESI Grips

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    Very nice guardian John. I like looking back through this thread and seeing how much it has transformed to what it is now. How is that seat?

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    Here's a slightly better picture showing the cockpit changes from this morning's ride. It was still a little dark out so resolution is not great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe48 View Post
    Sweet bike. I see a lot of good reviews on the Fizik Gobi I've been thinking about giving it a try. I have been experiencing the same brake issue as you on my Elixir 9s. They are horribly noisy and the pistons on the rear brake are sticking to the point that my rear wheel has locked up on a few occasions and wouldn't rotate. I left my bike at a LBS a couple weeks ago because SRAM would not take my call being a private customer and would only talk to a bike shop. After waiting two days for a response, the only suggestion was for the mechanic to bleed the brakes and see if that helps. My very next ride the brake locked up the rear wheel again so I dropped it back off at the bike shop to get back in touch with SRAM. It stayed at the shop all week and I was told they called SRAM daily and never got a return phone call. I picked it up before the weekend so I could at least do some light riding with my family, but I don't know what else to do since they don't seem to be responding in a timely manner.
    Sorry to hear about your troubles.

    I don't mean to sound bad, but I'm wondering if the issue is your shop. SRAM has some of the best customer service we've ever dealt with, and I've never personally ever called SRAM and not received an answer or immediate return call. Their customer service is once of the major reasons we spec several of their products.

    If you call us or email us, or have your shop contact us, we can give out the direct line of the person at SRAM that they need to call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    I don't feel as strongly about the tires, but I agree that a better choice could've been made. They are reallllyyy heavy for xc tires and the tread wear is pretty poor. That being said I do like the tread pattern of the akas, they provide good grip for a micro knobby. I think vee rubber tires would be a pretty good choice for low cost
    I actually like the AKA's. And for every one person who *****es about them, there is someone else that likes them. In the end, tire choice is hit/miss and completely different for different areas of the country.

    Folding tires add cost over and above the wire beads, and therefor would reduce our already thin margin on bikes and cause us to raise the list price. If folks are OK with paying more, I will look into that for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Sorry to hear about your troubles.

    I don't mean to sound bad, but I'm wondering if the issue is your shop. SRAM has some of the best customer service we've ever dealt with, and I've never personally ever called SRAM and not received an answer or immediate return call. Their customer service is once of the major reasons we spec several of their products.

    If you call us or email us, or have your shop contact us, we can give out the direct line of the person at SRAM that they need to call.

    Jeremy
    I wouldn't doubt it's an issue with the shop. I ended up asking for my bike back before they did any work because I was getting frustrated with their "we're still waiting to hear back" responses after 4 days of having the bike, and in all that time they didn't even get around to straightening my RD hanger like I asked. My new RD hanger came in the mail so I just said screw it and swapped it out instead of waiting on them to find time. I'll give them until this afternoon to have some kind of answer for me and then I'll have to take it to another shop near where I live and have them contact you guys direct.

    It's not that big of a deal because I can still ride while I'm waiting as long as I don't go too hard on the brakes and carry a hex key in the event I need to loosen the caliper to manually push the pistons back in again. Thanks for reaching out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    I actually like the AKA's. And for every one person who *****es about them, there is someone else that likes them. In the end, tire choice is hit/miss and completely different for different areas of the country.

    Folding tires add cost over and above the wire beads, and therefor would reduce our already thin margin on bikes and cause us to raise the list price. If folks are OK with paying more, I will look into that for the future.

    Jeremy
    As you know, VeeRubbers folding tires are lighter and MSRP the same as the wire AKAs. Just a thought if you're considering switching up.

    That said, on hard pack and dry conditions the AKAs do just fine. For me and my riding style and locations, they didn't cut the mustard, but I kept them for future use, touring, whatever, because they weren't bad, per say. They even excelled on some stuff that I could envision building a monstercross/all road touring bike for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by molon_labe48 View Post
    Very nice guardian John. I like looking back through this thread and seeing how much it has transformed to what it is now. How is that seat?
    Seat is comfortable as long as you wear padded shorts. It flexes a bit.

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    Re: Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes

    Reppin airborne on my new road bike


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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    Reppin airborne on my new road bike

    Nice! I did the same on my backup bike build... stem and bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    Reppin airborne on my new road bike

    That's pretty cool. If you like the stem then why not? No reason why something has to be mountain only
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOTA View Post
    That's pretty cool. If you like the stem then why not? No reason why something has to be mountain only
    Funny thing is, the airborne stem is lighter than the stock Orbea one! By quite a bit too. Stock was 120 and that had me a little too stretched out. This one is 105 and it feels perfect so far, although I don't have any long rides on it yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyphix View Post
    Nice! I did the same on my backup bike build... stem and bars.
    I put the stock bars on my fiance's Giant Revel, they're too narrow for me but a perfect fit for her. No sense letting good parts go to waste!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    Funny thing is, the airborne stem is lighter than the stock Orbea one! By quite a bit too. Stock was 120 and that had me a little too stretched out. This one is 105 and it feels perfect so far, although I don't have any long rides on it yet
    Right? So far, the Airborne stem is one, if not the lightest, stem out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    I put the stock bars on my fiance's Giant Revel, they're too narrow for me but a perfect fit for her. No sense letting good parts go to waste!
    Exactly! I have a bunch of super narrow flat bars in my garage that I'll probably never use and its a shame. Didn't want the Airborne bars to be the same. They felt crazy narrow on my Seeker (even my 720's feel narrow sometimes but Im not skilled enough to sneak between the tight trees with any wider bars) but they are right at home on my 26" bike, for whatever reason. Could be because I run a long fork on it or something. Either way, they do work well there. No reason to waste them being wall hangers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Right? So far, the Airborne stem is one, if not the lightest, stem out there.
    It's crazy light for a house brand aluminum stem! I couldn't feel the difference between it and my ea90 stem....and that's 15mm shorter

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    This came in the mail a few weeks ago! Welgo pedals and Ergon cork grips so far. Next will be a more aggresive front tire and tubeless then I will probably ride it like this for the rest of the season before I do anymore upgrade! Outside of the loud brakes, this bike is spot on and I love riding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterMTN View Post
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    Updated--

    I realized I didn't have the rear wheel on yet in this pick, but it is now.

    I switched out the bars for Race Face carbon and the stem for a much shorter Hussfelt one.

    I also "converted" it to a 1x9!


    All in all I've shaved about 4lbs off of the stock rig!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterMTN View Post
    Updated--

    I realized I didn't have the rear wheel on yet in this pick, but it is now.

    I switched out the bars for Race Face carbon and the stem for a much shorter Hussfelt one.

    I also "converted" it to a 1x9!


    All in all I've shaved about 4lbs off of the stock rig!
    You've wasted no time getting after the mods. How do you like the 1X9? I keep considering going to a 1X10 or eventually a 1X11 but I think this area is way too hilly for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cburgin View Post
    I will probably ride it like this for the rest of the season before I do anymore upgrade!
    You say that now LOL!

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    Can't speak for FireFighter but going 1X9 is the best mod I have done on my bike. And there have been several as the only thing stock is the frame.

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    I myself can't stop modifying the Goblin - matter of fact, c'mon 5:30! I am off to Durango to get a lightly used set of ZTR Crests, with all the trimmings, and two extra hoops for 300 bucks! CAN'T WAIT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnPar5 View Post
    Can't speak for FireFighter but going 1X9 is the best mod I have done on my bike. And there have been several as the only thing stock is the frame.
    I second that! I came from a single speed that was geared with 32t upfront and 19t out back, so I really just added 8 more gears, not took away 16!

    I almost never ride paved paths, but before I did the "conversion" I took a ride and had almost zero use for the 42t chain ring!!

    I'll get some updated pics as soon as my new chain arrives. I bought a KMC X9L Ti chain!
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    As for getting after the mods, Molon....

    I got super lucky!

    I bought my Redline used off of CL when a dude was fire selling it. When opportunity knocks!!!
    I bought an entire bike for what I would have paid just for the fork and wheelset (used).

    I'll put the take offs on the Redline and sell it for what I paid for the Guardian. Which is coincidentally exactly what I paid for when I bought the Monocog!
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    Too Funny. I just ordered a KMC X9SL Gold Chain.

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    New shoe for the rear to compliment the 2.4 Chunky Monkey on the front. On-One Smorgasbord 2.25 for the Guardian. Very different compared to the Small Block 8.

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    I'm with ya! I didn't even let the SB 8's touch dirt. Switched them out right away. It's a fine tire, but we have too many rocks and roots here and I would have been slipping and sliding all over the joint!
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    My Airborne Zeppelin Elite

    Here is the latest version of my Zeppelin Elite.. Been a great bike for my first year of really getting into MTB'n. Pretty much maxed out on what I am looking to do with it, only thing left would be a Gravity Dropper post. Got a feeling this bike will be in my stable for sometime, it is a great AM bike.

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    - Mavic Crossmax SX - Got a killer deal used, a bit of overkill, but what the heck
    - New tires, WTB Wolverine's 26 x 2.3 rear, Werewolf 2.35 on front
    - Manitou Minute Expert 130mm fork with firm spring upgrade
    - Upgraded handlebars to Holzfeller Rider-DH 710mm (from 640mm)
    - Shimono PD-53p MTB Pedals
    - Salsa QR seat clamp

    Here is the previous version with the stock wheels, got to say going tubeless rocks! Have not had a flat in 12 weeks
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    The SB8's are great here in Ohio as long as it's dry. I like them better than the AKA's I have now.

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    Done!

    Here's my "finished" bike.

    Just got my KMC X9L installed and removed the FD.


    My mods.
    1x9 w/ 32t ring in front (still has the 22t ring as I can't get the cranks off)
    Fox f29 RLC
    WTB i23 Frequency set up tubless w/ X9 hubs
    Specy Purgatory 2.3 in front, Maxxis Ikon 2.2 out back
    40mm Hussfelt stem (pretty sure it's an AM stem, but I don't care)
    Race Face Carbon Riser Bars (just a tad wider than the take offs)
    Shimano M520 clipless pedals


    Just weighted it in at 27.6lbs with pedals!

    Not too bad for a $600 bike!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterMTN View Post
    Done!

    Here's my "finished" bike.

    Just got my KMC X9L installed and removed the FD.


    My mods.
    1x9 w/ 32t ring in front (still has the 22t ring as I can't get the cranks off)
    Fox f29 RLC
    WTB i23 Frequency set up tubless w/ X9 hubs
    Specy Purgatory 2.3 in front, Maxxis Ikon 2.2 out back
    40mm Hussfelt stem (pretty sure it's an AM stem, but I don't care)
    Race Face Carbon Riser Bars (just a tad wider than the take offs)
    Shimano M520 clipless pedals


    Just weighted it in at 27.6lbs with pedals!

    Not too bad for a $600 bike!!!!

    Nice job FFMTN! But just know you will never be 'done'!

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    Dude your Guardian looks great! Nice mods. I'm lovin' the look of that bar/stem combo. I'm about to go 1x9 as well but with a new crankset.

    How do you like that Fox fork? I really want to upgrade mine but a lot of them cost more than the bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterMTN View Post
    I'm with ya! I didn't even let the SB 8's touch dirt. Switched them out right away. It's a fine tire, but we have too many rocks and roots here and I would have been slipping and sliding all over the joint!
    The SB8's are great tires and they were fine on hardpack and paved areas. It is so rocky and sandy here that I wasn't getting traction. I even had the rear tire mounted backwards for a little more grip. The Chunky Monkey has made a huge difference on the front. I can't wait to try the Smorgasbord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterMTN View Post
    Done!

    Here's my "finished" bike.

    Just got my KMC X9L installed and removed the FD.


    My mods.
    1x9 w/ 32t ring in front (still has the 22t ring as I can't get the cranks off)
    Fox f29 RLC
    WTB i23 Frequency set up tubless w/ X9 hubs
    Specy Purgatory 2.3 in front, Maxxis Ikon 2.2 out back
    40mm Hussfelt stem (pretty sure it's an AM stem, but I don't care)
    Race Face Carbon Riser Bars (just a tad wider than the take offs)
    Shimano M520 clipless pedals


    Just weighted it in at 27.6lbs with pedals!

    Not too bad for a $600 bike!!!!


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    Very nice, did I miss it somewhere or what kind of saddle are you running?

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