The Airborne Goblin 29er has been the darling of both magazine and website editors. It's been universally agreed that the Goblin is a great performer and storming value for its pricepoint. The only complaint we receive from time to time is the fact that even $1200 is a stretch for folks on a tight budget. Lets be honest; sometimes kids, bills, and (gasp!) other hobbies get in the way.
What makes Airborne a different type of bike company is the fact that we participate heavily in social media. We listen to our customers. Because you wanted it, we began work in earnest on a low-budget version of the Goblin. During development, we refused to confuse the term "low-budget" with "cheap." What most people don't realize is that it is harder to build a great sub-$1000 bike than it is to build a great $5000 bike. We pride ourselves on making bikes that we would recommend to friends and relatives to ride.
Enter the Guardian 29er. The Guardian utilizes the same hydroformed 6061 Aluminum frame as the first-generation (green) Goblin, as well as the same Airborne handlebar, stem, seatpost, Small Block 8 tires, and Selle San Marco Saddle.
What did we change? The fork is the new RockShoc XC28 TK Mg29, complete with Preload Adjustment, Rebound Adjustment, and Turnkey Lock-Out. The drivetrain is SRAM X5 shifters and RD in 3x9 configuration. The cranks are Truvativ E400's. And lastly we changed the wheelset out to a more-than-capable Weinmann Disc-Bull double-walled and eyeletted wheelset.
All of that adds up to a great 29" hardtail at an amazing price of $599. Call us crazy to sell it so cheap. But one of our internal mottos is "we want to get more butts in saddles", because more riders out there on the trail is a good thing.
For sizing and fit info, please take a look at the "Geometry" tab below.
We've recently produced a nice video overview of the Guardian, check it out:
Interested in financing your Airborne bike purchase? We now offer financing thru Paypal. During the check-out process, simply select to pay thru Paypal, then select the "Bill Me Later" option. Currently Paypal is offering interest-free financing if the balance is payed in full within 6 months.