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.
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!
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.
After a couple hundred miles I will check back in to give you a full run down of the Airborne Goblin!
It’s easy to say I have too many bikes but since leaving the industry full time and my amount of review bikes really rolling in I needed to slim down the stable. One of these targeted weight loss areas was my mountain bikes. Five months ago I had a 29er hardtail geared, singlespeed, 26″ full suspension (x2), 26″ single speed, 26″ hardtail geared and numerous frames not built. Back in the fall when I started riding again I knew I wanted to get back to riding a single speed mountain bike pretty exclusively, atleast for what personally I owned and abused.
Going with what I had in the garage I started with a Surly Karate Monkey frameset (MSRP: $465.) Next was wheels, I had found a good deal about two years ago on clearance Bontrager Rhythm wheels (my cost : $100.) The other details:
The Surly Karate Monkey is a great frame to start your 29er life on, it can be single speed or geared, disc or v-brake. Plus, the price you can’t beat . Without breaking the bank I got this single speed 29er to 23.15 lbs. If I went tubeless and changed out some parts I’m sure I could get it closer to 21 lbs!
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