Airborne Bicycles is a brand that sells their bikes direct to consumers. Being both the maker and seller of the products allows them to offer a better value per dollar to the end user. There are certain concessions to be made by buying direct, however. If you buy a direct to consumer bike, you have to be willing to give up the comfort and convenience of being able to physically go into a brick and mortar store to see, feel, sit on and demo the bike first hand.
So, with that in mind, value is what Airborne Bicycles specializes in and mountain biking fun is what their bikes offer. We have recently received the Airborne Hobgoblin 29er in for testing. It is an aluminum frame full suspension 29er with 100mm (4″) of rear travel. It is targeted at the XC/Trail rider and comes in 3 versions. The Hobgoblin XO features a SRAM XO drivetrain and Rock Shox Reba RLT fork for $2995.95 and comes in Matte Midnight Black. Since value is the name of the game with Airborne, Mtbr elected to receive the basic Hobgoblin with SRAM X7 drive train and Rock Shox Reba RL fork that sells for $1749.95 and comes in Metallic Normandy Blue. The Hobgoblin is also available as a frame only for $879.95 and comes in Metallic Tracer Orange (with the same Rock Shox Monarch RL shock as the other models).
The frame is 7000 series hydroformed and double-butted aluminum with a tapered head tube, press fit bottom bracket and direct mount front derailleur. The Metallic Normandy Blue paint is very nice, with (like the name suggests) a metallic flake sparkle to it. The clear coat is very thick and looks durable. The frame also features slick internal routing for the shifter cables. It has one set of water bottle cage mounts on the down tube. As you can tell from the photos below, it has plenty of tire and front derailleur clearance. The Hobgoblin is available in 4 sizes: 15.5″, 17″, 19″ and 21″.
Other spec highlights include the Rock Shox Reba RL fork with remote lockout, Rock Shox Monarch RL rear shock, full SRAM X7 2×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic brakes and WTB wheelset paired with GEAX AKA 2.2″ 29er tires. The Selle San Marco Ponza Power saddle looks great and is a nice touch. Airborne brand seatpost, stem and handlebar round out the parts spec.
Like all bikes, one of the penalties you pay for value is weight. Our 15.5″ Hobgoblin weighed in at 30.46 real world pounds. It’s no lightweight XC racer, but the weight is to be expected for the parts and price offered.
We are doing a longer term full review of the Hobgoblin so stay tuned for more ride impressions and info.
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Official Product Description from the Manufacturer:
“The HobGoblin. A 29er XC/Trail beast with 100mm of smooth travel thanks to its modified twin-link suspension. A RockShox Reba RL up front coupled with a Monarch RL out back handle the suspension and tuning duties, and both can be locked out when on the fly when needed. Plenty of mud clearance and oversized sealed bearings means it will take a beating and keep performing for years.”
For more information: www.airbornebicycles.com