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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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    Re: Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes

    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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    Re: Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes

    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

    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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    Re: Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes

    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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    Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes

    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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