10 May 2011 Airborne Goblin 29er: On Review
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.
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.
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!