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    Welcome!

    Welcome to the Airborne forum on MTBR! Airborne is excited that we have finally "made it" and now have a dedicated forum here on MTBR.

    Please feel free to post here with any news, questions, ot thoughts pertaining to Airborne bikes.

    Jeremy
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    Yeah, this is a good time to do roll.

    Who are you? What kind of riding do you do?

    What Airborne bike do you own or are considering?

    Embarrassing photos required.

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    Very nice to see this finally happen.

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    Awesome!

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    This is great! Can't wait to purchase the "Toxin".

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    Just in time. Received my Guardian on Friday and she is taking her maiden voyage tomorrow. Can't wait.

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    I'm researching a Trail/AM bike for my boss's, boss's, boss...anyway, I'd like to recommend the Marauder but I'm hesitant because of the fork & brakes. Will you be releasing any higher end models in the near future?

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    About time Airborne got their own section in MTBR. Congrats guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Tom View Post
    I'm researching a Trail/AM bike for my boss's, boss's, boss...anyway, I'd like to recommend the Marauder but I'm hesitant because of the fork & brakes. Will you be releasing any higher end models in the near future?
    We have in total 4 Marauder bikes left in the warehouse as of today. When those are gone, we won't be making a bike at that spec level again.

    In late October we will have the Toxin instock in both frame-only and complete bike form. The Toxin is a 7" travel dedicated Park/Freeride bike. It will be a much more refined frame/bike when compared to the Marauder and will cost significantly more.

    More details as we get closer to launch at the end of October.

    Right now we don't have a specific AM bike in the works. We may have one next year but want to take our time to ensure we get it right.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    We have in total 4 Marauder bikes left in the warehouse as of today. When those are gone, we won't be making a bike at that spec level again.

    In late October we will have the Toxin instock in both frame-only and complete bike form. The Toxin is a 7" travel dedicated Park/Freeride bike. It will be a much more refined frame/bike when compared to the Marauder and will cost significantly more.

    More details as we get closer to launch at the end of October.

    Right now we don't have a specific AM bike in the works. We may have one next year but want to take our time to ensure we get it right.

    Thanks!
    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

    I found your site through word of mouth while researching bikes. My biggest hang up with the major brands are them pushing 29ers. I can only find 26" in very lowend bikes or highend bikes, there really isn't anything in between. Will your company still offer mid level 26" or will you also move towards 29er for all of your mid priced bikes?

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    Sweet!
    I am patiently waiting on the shipment\delivery of the '13 Goblin. I haven't bought (or ridden for that matter) a bike for myself in over 20 years. Could be 25 + but I can't remember. (insert old joke here)

    Want to get back into shape, have chronic back issues, so I will probably take it easy for a season, but I wanted to have a bike that "I" can grow into. After researching, visiting LBS and reading testimonials. I decided to spend my money with Airborne.

    I am in Northern DE, not sure if there are any trails out here that can compare to what some of you ride. But the point is to ride.

    Look forward to joining a new community and the changes it will bring.

    Eric

    Thanks for the forum MTBR!

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    very well done thanks mtbr for giving airborne their own forum !!!, congratszzz airborne
    & big daddy flyer you would keep me posted on details about the new goblin NEVER posted anything for me i contacted you personally.........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Tom View Post
    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

    I found your site through word of mouth while researching bikes. My biggest hang up with the major brands are them pushing 29ers. I can only find 26" in very lowend bikes or highend bikes, there really isn't anything in between. Will your company still offer mid level 26" or will you also move towards 29er for all of your mid priced bikes?
    You're welcome!

    Get ready for a long-winded reply.................(sorry!)...........

    For the XC/Trail and to some extent AM categories, the industry is gravitating toward 29er as the being the norm, although 650b is starting to make some inroads. But you're correct: 26inch choices in general are shrinking.

    Being a small company that's trying to keep our costs down, we have to manage SKU count. That means the Product Manager (me!) doesn't get to work on 50 different bikes that he would like to create. We have to pick our models wisely and to some extent follow the industry direction so that we don't make something that will be a dud and end up making us lose $$$ when we have to clear it out in a year or two.

    So more than likely for XC and Trail you will only see 29er offerings from us, and we are still on the fence about AM. We are paying close attention to the 650b trend/fad/movement/etc and *may* offer something in that next year.

    For gravity (FR, DH, and Jump) we are definitely sticking with 26" for the forseeable future.

    In general we are moving away from super-low-priced dual suspension rigs like the Marauder, Taka, Zeppelin, etc as we feel that there is a certain level of spec you can't dip below in order to make a bike do exactly as it is intended to do. We still will offer bikes that are great value when compared to the big brands like Trek, Specialized, etc, but they won't be smoking cheap (and therefor maybe lacking in a few areas like forks and brakes).

    Hope that makes sense!
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    Quote Originally Posted by john symos View Post
    very well done thanks mtbr for giving airborne their own forum !!!, congratszzz airborne
    & big daddy flyer you would keep me posted on details about the new goblin NEVER posted anything for me i contacted you personally.........................
    Hmm, I don't have anything from you. Sorry!
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    Congratulations, Airborne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    You're welcome!

    Get ready for a long-winded reply.................(sorry!)...........

    For the XC/Trail and to some extent AM categories, the industry is gravitating toward 29er as the being the norm, although 650b is starting to make some inroads. But you're correct: 26inch choices in general are shrinking.

    Being a small company that's trying to keep our costs down, we have to manage SKU count. That means the Product Manager (me!) doesn't get to work on 50 different bikes that he would like to create. We have to pick our models wisely and to some extent follow the industry direction so that we don't make something that will be a dud and end up making us lose $$$ when we have to clear it out in a year or two.

    So more than likely for XC and Trail you will only see 29er offerings from us, and we are still on the fence about AM. We are paying close attention to the 650b trend/fad/movement/etc and *may* offer something in that next year.

    For gravity (FR, DH, and Jump) we are definitely sticking with 26" for the forseeable future.

    In general we are moving away from super-low-priced dual suspension rigs like the Marauder, Taka, Zeppelin, etc as we feel that there is a certain level of spec you can't dip below in order to make a bike do exactly as it is intended to do. We still will offer bikes that are great value when compared to the big brands like Trek, Specialized, etc, but they won't be smoking cheap (and therefor maybe lacking in a few areas like forks and brakes).

    Hope that makes sense!
    It makes sense although I don't like it...we are mostly XC/Trail riders with the occasional AM ride. I jumped on the 29er wagon & jumped right back off. The problem is that entry model 29ers are weighted down with HEAVY components compared to their 26" counterparts which makes riding them strenuous. I know because I had a 26 & 29 of the same make & model & I couldn't keep up on any rides with the 29er but I digress.

    Good luck with your company, I look forward to seeing your new models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Hmm, I don't have anything from you. Sorry!
    not worried you could not give any info away in the mean time
    i mailed airborne & got some info of the bike how it would be
    very happy with the info i got contacted on a thread you said you would keep me posted search threads where i posted than you will see
    but no worries VERY GLAD AIRBORNE GOT IT'S OWN FORUM !!!!!! THANKS TO MTBR!!! :d
    orderd the new goblin hope i will not be disappointed search 25monthes & pulled the trigger !

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    Recognized at last.

    Here's my Skyhawk, a while back.....

    Going to install a Manitou Minute pro and possibly single speed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikane View Post
    Recognized at last.

    Here's my Skyhawk, a while back.....

    Going to install a Manitou Minute pro and possibly single speed it.
    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    Glad to see Airborne getting their well deserved due. Looking forward to reading through the threads and replying in them.
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    My skyhawk will be here on Friday!!! Any tips on assembling Aikane?

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    They pack the bike really well, lots of plastic to prevent scratching of surfaces. Just take your time removing all the wrapping. You wouldn't want to scratch your bike with a razor before you even ride it.
    As for assembly, it is pretty straight forward. Metric allen wrenches, bike lubes, pump, etc. If you're uncertain, try looking up a youtube video on bike assembly. I just watched the Rocky Mtn. assembly video on Jensonusa.com.
    Have fun with your new bike.

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    Sabre Assembly - YouTube should be more of what you'll be doing

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    Started looking for a 29er last fall. Considered the Goblin, Giant XTC 2, Scott Scale 29 Comp, and Trek X-Caliber.

    By the spring, I was ready to buy and ended up with a Trek Superfly AL for $1750. I have put a ton of miles on it. I am sold on the 29er.

    If the New Goblin had been available a few months ago then it might have been the likely choice.

    The New Goblin improves the Goblin to the next level at a great price point.

    Great Improvements to New Goblin
    Tapered head tube
    180mm front rotor
    Color scheme
    Tires

    Suggestions I would make
    Tubeless ready wheels and/or tires
    680mm handlebar
    Airborne branded lock on grips

    I hope that you sell tons. I will be watching.
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    Congrats to Jeremy, Eric, and the rest of the Airborne crew! My current Goblin...Ahh, I need a tracking number on that new one PLEASE!
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    Awesome to see Airborne with their own section!

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    Hi, my name is Joe. I have an Airborne Guardian. i weigh bout' 80#s to much for it! haha

    i have had mine on dirt twice, on the street a bunch. have a ride planned for Sat morning!

    first dirt ride i learned how much lower the pedals hang compared to a 26". hit a rock on full power down stroke, was launched out of seated, came down on the seat nose, bending it to the post. also my right calf came down on the big chain ring, leaving 11 holes in it! forgot to take pics. all this happened 100 yards into the dirt! so i bent the seat back and kept on!

    just ordered a 100mm recon silver solo for it. hoping the HA change will give me the confidence downhill i am missing. climbs like a mule though!

    second ride was my usual go to, and all the fast downhill was "hard". felt way to forward. planning a stem and seat change to get back further.

    Love my Guardian!
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    Ride and ride and ride.

    The weight will come off.

    Enjoy that Guardian.

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    Hey Joe, The bb height is the same as a 26inch xc hardtail. Its not any lower. Its true that the bb drop is more when compared to the axles, but this is due to the taller wheels; this is what gives 29ers their well-liked stability. But again the height isn't any lower. Now if you compare any 26 or 29er hardtail to a dual suspension trail or all mountain rig, that's a different story. Hope that makes sense!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zukrider View Post
    also my right calf came down on the big chain ring, leaving 11 holes in it! forgot to take pics.
    A bash-guard is a fun and easy upgrade. They look cool, and eliminate the possibility of the big ring gashing your calf.

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    big daddy, im comparing to a Giant Trance x2, 2010.

    jeffharris1us, was mostly reference to the fork. even at a just over fit state, im still 220. but i do love this bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zukrider View Post
    big daddy, im comparing to a Giant Trance x2, 2010.
    That makes sense since it is a 5" travel trail bike. By nature that bike is going to have a 1inch+ higher BB than a hardtail XC bike.

    Glad you like the bike!
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    I'm trying to make a decision on a bike, is there anything you could say the SkyHawk or Guardian would compare to? I'm just getting my fat ass back into bikes after a long hiatus, and want to make sure I'm comfortable on something before I buy it. If there was something I could ride that has similar geometry that would help.

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    will help to start with your stats. height, inseam, weight, reach. the little bit of digging ive done, the El Mariachi is quite similar in Geo. but a whole different bike in the feel of the ride itself. id only use your posture on one to compare.

    im betting that most XC aluminum bikes are quite similar. do some digging. all websites show frame geo. look for one with the closest numbers. the effective top tube being the most important.
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    I'm 5'10" 30" inseam and 275 lbs. Not sure on reach, I will have to check on reach though.

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    Have a Skyhawk en route. Looking forward to riding it.

    Thank you for a great deal!

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    Big Daddy, could you let me know what the shipping dimensions are of the Skyhawk Box? Want to make sure I take the right vehicle to pick it up at the Depot.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catnip View Post
    Big Daddy, could you let me know what the shipping dimensions are of the Skyhawk Box? Want to make sure I take the right vehicle to pick it up at the Depot.

    Thank you.
    I don't have the Skyhawk box dimensions handy, but I do have the dimensions for the Sabre boxes which should be very close as they are similar bikes packed in the same manner.

    The largest Sabre box (for 21" size bike) is 147x20.5x76cm. Any size you order that is smaller will have a slightly smaller box in length but still be very close. Hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    I don't have the Skyhawk box dimensions handy, but I do have the dimensions for the Sabre boxes which should be very close as they are similar bikes packed in the same manner.

    The largest Sabre box (for 21" size bike) is 147x20.5x76cm. Any size you order that is smaller will have a slightly smaller box in length but still be very close. Hope that helps!

    Jeremy
    Thank you very much for your prompt reply!

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    well, this seem like a good place to make the first post, just found MTBR while researching bikes the past few weeks....

    and pulled the trigger on a Skyhawk this morning. Had been about to buy a Bikes Direct ride for about $500 that looks pretty comparable to the Skyhawk, and the Skyhawk looks a hell of a lot nicer on the eyes.

    Can't wait to get it and take it out!

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    Welcome to MTBR miahw2828!

    General advice can be found in the "Beginner's Corner" and we'll be happy to help with any questions about your bike in this forum as well.

    Another good section to visit is "Passion", great stories and pictures to inspire you.

    "test forum" is the place to go if you need to bump your post count.

    General Discussion is another lively place to visit.

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    Hmm...does it seem odd to name my incoming Airborne Zeppelin Abby? I can't wait for my bike to arrive this Friday! AHHHH

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    Ahhh.....That new forum smell. Love it. Congratulations on the new Airborne forum. It's so great to see the brand grow and blossom like it has. I'm proud to be a part in that, however small that part may be.

    I currently own a Goblin, Taka and Wingman. All are perfect bikes for me. One trail 29er to dominate the midwestern singletrack, one inexpensive DH bike for dabbling in the gravity scene and one DJ bike for urban assault sessions and riding at Ray's MTB in the winter.

    Here is one of my favorite pics of me and my goblin.
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    I'll be in this section the most. Airborne bikes are rad, plus they are local ( for me anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainXTC View Post
    I'll be in this section the most. Airborne bikes are rad, plus they are local ( for me anyway).
    Do you live in the Dayton area? If so we have a fleet of Goblin and HobGoblin test bikes if you ever want to borrow one to ride and check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Do you live in the Dayton area? If so we have a fleet of Goblin and HobGoblin test bikes if you ever want to borrow one to ride and check out.

    Jeremy
    Yeah, in the summer I ride momba twice a week. We prolly have bumped into each other there. Or at Midwest outdoor experience.

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