The wait is over. A few weeks ago, Airborne Bicycles gave us a sneak peak tease for a new bike that was being added to their line-up. The consensus was a full suspension 29er is coming. While I’m sure it is, the Airborne Guardian is actually a budget 29er hardtail. Below is the what Airborne says about the Guardian.
- Guards Red
- Airborne’s budget-minded hardtail 29er
- Hydroformed frame
- RockShox XC28 TK Mg29 lockout fork
- SRAM X5/X4 3×9 drivetrain
- Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Brakes
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 $1150 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 new Guardian 29er. The Guardian utilizes the same hydroformed 6061 Aluminum frame as the Goblin. It also uses the same Airborne handlebar, stem, and seatpost. The same Small Block 8 tires from Kenda. Even the same 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 a SRAM X5/X4 mix in 3×9 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.
We’re producing a limited number of these so we can’t guarantee all sizes will stay in inventory long. If you don’t have a 29er yet, here’s your chance to get on one. Act fast!
NOTE: WE WILL BE PRODUCING THE GUARDIANS DURING THE WEEK OF 3/12 WITH THEM LANDING IN OUR WAREHOUSE THE FIRST WEEK IN APRIL. ORDER NOW BEFORE THEY ARRIVE AND WE WILL PICK UP THE SHIPPING EXPENSE SO YOUR BIKE SHIPS FOR FREE IN THE CONTINENTAL USA! THIS IS A LIMITED TIME OFFER FOR ORDERS PLACED BEFORE APRIL 1ST.
IF YOU ARE OUT OF THE CONTINENTAL USA, CALL US FOR A QUOTE. THANKS!
|Frame||6061 Hydroformed Aluminum Hardtail 29″|
|Fork||RockShox XC28 TK Mg29 with Preload Adjust, Rebound Adjust and Lock-Out, 80mm|
|Headset||Ahead Sealed Cartridge 1 1/8″|
|Brake Levers||Tektro Auriga Comp|
|Brakes||Tektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic Disc|
|Rotors||Tektro 160mm Rotor|
|Shifters||SRAM X-5 Trigger 9-Speed|
|F Derailleur||SRAM X3|
|R Derailleur||SRAM X5 9speed Long Cage|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-950 12-34T 9-Speed|
|Crank||Truvative E400 22-32-42T|
|Bottom Bracket||Powerspline Sealed Cartridge|
|Rims||Weinmann Disc Bull Double-Walled with Eyelets, 32H|
|Hubs||KT HiFlange 32H|
|Spokes||Black 14g Stainless|
|Tires||KENDA Small Block 8, 2.1″|
|Handlebar||AIRBORNE Alloy Flat, 640mm width|
|Stem||AIRBORNE Alloy +/- 7 Degree Rise, size specific|
|Saddle||Selle San Marco SPID White/Black|
|Seat Post||AIRBORNE Alloy 31.6mm Diameter, 350mm Length|
|Extras||Owner’s Manual, Clear Coat, H20 Bottle Mounts|
See the Guardian here – Airborne Bicycles: Guardian.