2011 Airborne Goblin 29er Full Review
With over 300 miles on the Airborne Goblin that I’m riding for the season the bike has been tested. I’ve ridden the bike to the limits and pushed it, then pushed it a bit more. Now it is time for a good and fair review for all of you holding your breath wondering if you should purchase one! During the 300 miles the Goblin has seen a little bit of everything, from commuting, local single track and a 24 hour race on its shoulders. I haven beaten and abused the bike to the best of my ability thus far and this is my review based on those elements.
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.
First Taste of a New Bicycle
When I was first notified that I had made the cut for the Airborne Flight Crew my selfish first thought was “when do I get to try out the bikes?”
No longer do either the dreaming of bikes, or critically going through the specifications or grams of a bicycle do it for me. Every bike is built different, and other than the geometry of a bike your early can’t know how all the ingredients of the end recipe will turn out. Every piece of the puzzle matters and even in sales I often would tell a “upgrade crazed” consumer to simply give their new ride a few weeks as stock.
Some great examples :
I cycle through 4 different saddles. Depending on the bikes reach, drop, handlebar width, seat tube angle and “cush” I may fit on one saddle better than the next. There are 3 tires I prefer on my mountain bike. If it’s a suspension bike, full suspension bike, 29″ or 26″, and finally how aggressive the fit is. All of these things change the handling of your bike, which will change how you ride your tires. Do you have more weight on your front tire through the turns, are you able to run lower air pressure, will you ride rockier trails (all mountain style) and the list goes on.
The First Taste of a New Bike
Where was I? Oh yes! I know the generic spec off paper of how the bike will be built. I don’t know how all of those spec’s in this “bike recipe” will taste, and I can’t wait to get my butt on the bike to taste my new bike!
Today’s the Day
As I walk into the 2011 Sea Otter Classic I have a few things on my mind, and a few things to take care of but I am ultimately excited to be testing out what I’ll be riding the rest of 2011. Between the Airborne Goblin 29″ and the Airborne Delta CX my butt will mostly be rotating between some variation of these two bikes.
Look for an initial preview of my first test ride
Airborne Bicycles: A Partnership
In February Airborne Bicycles put out a call for Flight Crew members. Essentially Flight Crew members are a small group of brand ambassadors. You get to ride a bike, for free, goto Sea Otter (to work the booth), for free, and encourage cycling. When I heard this news I was ecstatic. I already had my eye on on an Airborne Goblin for the 2011 season, and if I could become part of the team? Great!
“A” Stands For : Arleigh Awesome Airborne
That was my tag line for my entry to the Flight crew. Apparently it worked, but I think I won them over with my sweet talking on the phone. How could three bike guys from Airborne turn down a girl on the phone that knows a crap ton about bikes?
Red Tape Around Every Corner
There were concerns along the way. I didn’t want to muddy any water on Bike Shop Girl by having a product sponsor, but on the flip side Bike Shop Girl is a purely passionate investment of my time. It is a personal blog and doesn’t generate enough money to buy me anything but bottom shelf beer. Now that I work in marketing full time, the bike industry is not my job and I am going to continue to give unbiased views of bikes or product.
Other details include more guest posting for product reviews that compete with Airborne Bicycles. Say Specialized wants a mountain bike reviewed, I’m going to ring up one of my em:pwr team members and ask them if they would be interested in reviewing a bike. Basing it completely on their experience, riding style and needs that fit the bike the best. Instead of having one person to review a bike, we have 38 voices and opiniongs!
I’m a Bike Rider and Racer
Cycling is an expensive sport and if someone wants to give me a bike, I’m not going to stop them. If a company structure that I believe in (direct to consumer and brick ‘n mortar) want to sponsor me, why would I turn this down? As long as I am upfront with my goals and what it means for my readers…why would I say no?
Officially, I am a Flight Crew Member
Thank you Airborne Bicycles for wanting me, I’m honored and flattered as I know what type of competition there was! In two weeks I’ll be flying to Monterray California to ride many Airborne Bikes, I’ll take many photos but most importantly it will be the first time I’ll swing my leg over my race rig the 29er Goblin and the new Delta CX bike for my cyclocross season!
For now go visit Airborne Bicycles and check out their line. The new Delta CX will be up on their site sometime this weekend.