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Jan 19, 2018 at 13:35Jan 19, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Does the Current Method of Mountain Bike Classification Make Sense?
A bike has 130mm of travel up front. 16.9 inch chainstays. 68 degree HT angle. That seems like a trail bike to me. But Giant classifies their 2018 Anthem, which they also says descends great, under XC on their website. The Anthem has always been an XC bike, so regardless of how it performs, I guess it stays an XC bike.
Jun 19, 2017 at 12:28Jun 19, 2017
**I had this bike for sale in the spring for $3600. I'm reducing the price by $900! I think $2700 for a shiny, custom build, almost all new, beautiful and well spec'd Niner Jet 9 Carbon is a great price. It cost me more than that to put it together in the spring and was only lightly ridden once, just to test it out after it was built. You can't put that same bike together for anywhere near that price. Great value, and it's also a great bike.** New Niner Jet 9 Carbon frame with full new custom build. I just had this bike professionally built in the spring, but while it was being put together I got the double whammy of a thrown out back, and we decided to move out of state this summer. So since I haven't been able to ride it at all, and since moving costs money...as much as I love the look, geometry, and build of this bike, I've made my peace with selling it. This beauty is up for grabs. And when I say beauty, I mean the bike is...stunning. The 2 times I've had it behind my car to bring it to the bike shop and one time to the test ride have elicited numerous compliments. Never had compliments like this in the years with my other mountain bikes. Photos of Jet 9 Carbons never do them justice, but they especially don't in this color scheme. So I'll enclose photos from different angles. But this is not just another pretty face. Niner claims that the frame was designed for strength and function first, and just happens to look great. This one is spec'd out nicely and is ready to ride. I took it out for one very basic test ride. My back issues wouldn't let me go even close to full out, but it felt great on an old railroad bed and on fire roads. I love the geometry. It will be great on single track and a wide variety of terrain. Just read any of the reviews of this bike. Like this one: https://www.bikehub.co.za/…/reviews/review-niner-jet-9-carb… The frame is a new, fresh out of the box, 2015/16 Niner Jet 9 Carbon. This model updated to a 142x12mm rear axle, a Rockshox Monarch RT rear shock, and an alloy rear triangle, over the year before. I spoke with someone at Niner who told me that by this model year they had gotten all the weaknesses out of the frame, so it won't be prone to any fracturing as some earlier Jet 9 Carbons were. It's a stout frame that's meant to be pushed hard and raced, if you want. Niner recommends size Medium of this bike for people 5'8" to 6'0" The frame and many of the components are brand new. Other components have only between 20 to not more than 190 (lightly ridden by me) miles on them, except the XO shifters which work flawlessly but I don't know how many miles they've seen. Here's the full build: NEW STUFF -Niner Jet 9 Carbon frame, size Medium, with tapered head tube, 142x12mm rear axle and Rockshox Monach RT 100mm rear shock -Niner headset with YAWYD top (lipped headset top that allows for any beer/soda bottle cap to cap the headset) -Chris King PF30 bottom bracket -SRAM/Truvativ X9 Crankset w/ 22/36 chainrings -SRAM X9 Front Derailleur -SRAM PC-1051 Chain -Spank Spoon pedals -Chromag Basis Grips -Hayes Brake Cable -Jagwire Lex-SL shifter cables and Neon green/yellow shifter and dropper post housing -Cat Eye Water Bottle Cage COMPONENTS WITH 20-40 MILES -Specialized Command Post Dropper Post -Truvative 75mm stem COMPONENTS WITH NOT MORE THAN 190 MILES -120mm Rockshox Revelation RL Fork -Sun-Ringle Charger Comp wheels and hubs -Ardent Maxxis 2.4 tires, front and rear, set-up as tubeless with new Stan's sealant -Hayes Prime Comp brakes system, recently bled - 180mm front/160mm rear rotors -SRAM X9 Mid-Cage Rear Derailleur -SRAM PG-1050 11-36 Cassette -Truvative Stylo T-30 Handlebars -Selle San Marco Ponza Era Saddle UNKNOWN MILES (works perfectly) -SRAM XO Trigger Shifters And to give you an idea of the value of this bike: The one spec'd in the above linked review lists at $4800. Many of the components are spec'd at about the same level (though SRAM and HAYES instead of Shimano) but this one comes with a better and more trail capable fork, a dropper post (and not a cheapy), a significantly better bottom bracket, better shifters, better lock-on grips, bigger tires, includes pedals (good, grippy ones), custom shifter and dropper post cable housing, and a water bottle cage. Only the handlebars are better (slightly lighter - carbon) in the reviewed bike's build. But the SRAM components on this bike cost more than the equivalent Shimano ones. So if this bike was built new like this and sold in a bike shop, it would have been, what, - well over $5000? The frame and many parts are new, and the parts that aren't new only have 20 to under 190 easy miles on them. That's basically demo-type miles (barely) on those parts, and the rest of the bike is all new, and professionally built. It looks, feels, and rides like an all new bike. This is a very good bike for a very good price. The working condition of all these components = perfect. They all look perfect too, with a few extremely minor exceptions: The SRAM X9 rear derailleur has a few scratches (a black sharpie marked then lightly rubbed over with a cloth will cover them nicely), The seat has a tiny tear on the left underside crease directly under the front white triangle pattern and is repaired with a little glue, there's a little spot of white accent paint that has chipped off on the handlebar where it meets the left side of the stem, there is normal minor cable rub on the fork which I once covered with the black Sharpie trick and can't even notice it now, and the paint on the part of the XO shifters that says "10 Speed" and "2 Speed" is fading off a bit though that part of the shifters are covered by the brake levers and cables and wouldn't be seen by anyone. These are all very minor, but they are there if you pull out your magnifying glass to look for imperfections. Really though, it's a beautiful, completely new looking and new riding bike.| Come by and see it in person if you can. I'm in the U.P. of Michigan, a mile over the border from Hurley, Wisconsin. We're moving to Ashland/Marengo Wisconsin soon and can show the bike there also.You will not be disappointed. I'm also willing to pack it well and send it anywhere in the US. Should cost less than $110 to almost anywhere in the lower 48, insured for $3000. Less if you're not far away from 49938 or 54806. Call or text me at (nine zero six) 364-3610, or send me a message. I'm happy to answer questions. BTW, I've had a number of trade offers so I'll clarify: I might be interested in a *partial* trade. Like, say up to 1/3 of the value of my bike in a trade and 2/3s in cash.
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May 8, 2017 at 2:32May 8, 2017
Added 11 photos to Green-Airborne-Goblin
Dec 29, 2014 at 0:20Dec 29, 2014
Dec 29, 2014 at 0:13Dec 29, 2014
**Shipping within the continental US included in the price!** I bought this bike new in April 2013. I'm pretty sure it's the very last 1st generation 18" Goblin that Airborne sold. I read a lot of good reviews of the bike (modeled after the Trek X-Caliber) then contacted Airborne and asked if by any chance they had any 1st gen Goblins left in my size. They thought they might have one in a box somewhere that had been used for a bike mag review. After a couple weeks they found it and it turns out it was only used for one photo shoot, so it had never been ridden. I put about 100 miles on it that first summer, and about 200 miles on it this last summer, almost all on 10-15 mile rides with my local weekly bike club. We ride mostly XC stuff and a little singletrack. The bike rode great right from the get go, and I as a out-of-shape 40something noob went to riding mostly near the front of the pack in only a few weeks. This spring I read a review in Dirt Rag that suggested it would ride better taking a spacer out of the fork and increasing the travel from 80mm to 100mm. I did that and also shortened the stem from 110mm to 90mm. The Goblin really came alive on singletrack and became generally more fun to ride. FYI, the Dual-Air RockShox Reba RL fork w/lockout is great, and can handle taking out at least one more of the smaller 2 spacers raising the travel to 110 mm, if someone wants to do that. I called SRAM who verified this with me, and who also explained why both small spacers shouldn't be taken out - like in an attempt to raise it to 120mm, but also said there was a way to do that too, or an exception, but I don't remember what that is. So the fork can easily be set to 80mm, 90mm, 100mm, or 110mm, just by adding or taking spacers out...and maybe 120mm, but maybe not. I'll include the 20mm spacer should you want to drop the travel back to 80mm, and I'll include both the 110mm and 90mm stems. Increasing the travel to 100mm and only decreasing the stem to 90mm seemed to be perfect for adding a little more trail riding agility while not giving up much climbability. I added a lighter more comfortable saddle from Nashbar, which I'll include along with the original Selle San Marco saddle, which I only rode on once. I'll include a new extra inner tube, a new extra derailleur hanger, some Airborne stickers, and 2 Specialized side loading water bottle cages that match the Goblin green and look great on the bike. See photo with all accessories. There's also a photo of Wellgo pedals which I'll include only if you think you want them for the bike and you specifically ask for them. If you need them, ok. If not, I could use them. Other than the stem, saddle, and increased travel, the bike is all stock, so you can find the geometry or any specs not included here in any of the many reviews online - which all say great things about the Goblin. The paint looks really good. The added clear plastic coating on the chain-side chainstay is frayed, and there's a few scratches or tiny chips on the chainstays and bottom part of the downtube. There's some cable rubbing on the top of the fork, some light scratching on the cranks, some very small paint chips near the center of the handlebars, and some scratches and fading of the Airborne logo on the seat post. This is all really minor, typical first few rides normal stuff. Overall the bike looks great, like a bike that's only been ridden 300 miles ought to look.. The Avid Elixer R brakers with 160mm rotors are phenomenal. One finger braking. The X7 2x10 shifters, X7 FD and X7 RD are great too, but the derailleurs are ready for an adjustment. The last ride or two I took in September I noticed that and also think I heard a click a few times in the BB, so that's ready for a servicing, too. It would cost me $50-$75, but maybe you'd rather just do it yourself or take it to your LBS anyway, so I'll just knock the price down to an exceptionally reasonable sub $800 for a quick sale. The Kenda Small Block 8 tires and WTB Laser Disc Trail rims seem to be in great condition. It has 39/26 chainrings and a 12-36 cassette. It has been a great bike for me, but I've caught the mtbing bug and am ready for my next bike. Let me know if you have any other questions.