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2011 Airborne Goblin 29er: On Review

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MSRP: $1,199.95 A well built bike for  5 cents under $1,200.   For the person looking to upgrade their entry level bike, getting into 29ers or simply a deal finder that will upgrade the parts as they need. (I fit in the latter.) Weight: 18 inch is 28 lbs Key Parts: Aluminum hydroformed (shaped) frame, SRAM X7 2×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir R brakes, RockShox Reba RL fork, WTB Trail 29 wheels.

Airborne Goblin Review

What that means for you

This bike is a budget friendly bike, Airborne gets you a very well spec’d bike at a cheaper price by taking out the middle man, the bike shop.   While I encourage most folks to go to a bike shop to purchase bikes, this doesn’t always fit and personally I am glad to have a bike company behind me for the season (I’m sponsored by Airborne) that I can sell to my consumer – my READERS.  Not every reader has a shop down the road, or a shop that knows what they are talking about.   I’m still going to be at the drum of shopping at local shops , but if they can’t help you I at least have a tool in my back pocket to get you on a bike that I believe in. Airborne Goblin Review

First Impressions

The bike is not light, at all.  28 lbs for a 29er isn’t horrible, especially looking at the parts that come on it (new 2×10 technology, an air fork and good hydraulic brakes) this bike isn’t something to put your nose up at.  In fact you are getting a better parts package on this bike than some $1,800-$2,000 bikes.   Take the money you saved and buy yourself a lighter set of wheels and tires to save yourself 2-3lbs!

Other Things to Know

This bike will come to you in a box about 80% built.  You still need to know how to install a handlebar, pedals, adjust shifting and your brakes.  If you don’t know how to do this, or don’t have a friend to do this, please budget in cost to get a bike shop to build it.  Also, be ready for the bike shop to give you grief for shopping online. The day I built mine I installed a handlebar, the Answer ProTaper XC, that I had received for review.  The stock handlebar is a bit heavier, still flat, and very white.

Full Review to Come

After a couple hundred miles I will check back in to give you a full run down of the Airborne Goblin!

This product was given to me at no charge as a member of the Airborne Bicycle Flight Crew.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.

About the Author

Bike Shop Girl has over 12 years of bicycle industry experience and hands on knowledge. Hoping to empower women and others on the bike so they too can feel the freedom and power that two wheels can give someone.

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