Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's Official: I'm on the 2011 Airborne Flight Crew!

It's official: I will be returning to the Airborne Flight Crew for 2011!

Sea Otter Classic
Being a member of the Flight Crew during 2010 was an incredible experience! It all began with a week full of mountain bikes and new friends at the Sea Otter Classic. That week was probably the most fun single experience thus far in my mountain bike career. We all got to live and breathe bikes for 5 days straight without having to worry about school or work.... it was epic!

And this year, I'll be going back! I intend to step up my blogging effort this time around with dozens of short posts about my experiences out there and products that I've seen and tested. As long as I don't get sick again, I should even have an extra day of 2-wheel goodness!

Last year, Airborne hooked me up with 2 free mountain bikes: the Zeppelin Elite and the Taka. I have absolutely loved riding both of these rigs! Getting the chance to test them out and put them through their paces has been a ton of fun, and a real blessing. I would not be able to afford multiple bikes without this support from Airborne.

This year, I'm not sure how many bikes I will be receiving. What I do know is that I should have a brand new Goblin 2-9er on my doorstep well before Sea Otter gets here! I am crazy excited about this new ride (if you can't tell by my previous blog posts about it.) I have never owned a 29er before, and I don't currently own a hardtail, so this bike will be a welcome addition to my fleet!

Also, Airborne has totally changed their course with these new models. All of the new rigs have been designed from the ground up, and every detail has been carefully analyzed to give you, the consumer, the best bang-for-your-buck.

But, you may notice that the prices are a little higher on these models than on some of the previous ones. Instead of producing bargain-basement mountain bikes, Airborne has decided to create mountain bikes that are still a screaming deal, but provide real quality and performance at that price. In short: these bikes will provide the best quality-per-dollar anywhere!

At least that's what I sincerely expect. When I get one (or more) to test out, I will let you know how they stand up to a real beating!

One of the coolest things about being on the Flight Crew has been getting to know my fellow Crew members. We've had great times riding together at Sea Otter (and at different times throughout the year), and we've gotten to know each other pretty well via the internet. If ya'll are reading this, I can honestly say that the lasting highlight of this time on Flight Crew has been the relationships we've made!

Going Forward
Yep, I expect 2011 to be an amazing year as well! There are new people to meet, new bikes to ride, and many blog posts and videos to be crafted! Be sure to join with me here on Greg Rides Trails and be a part of this unfolding adventure!

Exit Question:
What types of posts would you most likely to read about my role as a member of the Airborne Flight Crew? Product reviews, ride reports, new products at Sea Otter, opinion posts, or something else?


Eastwood,  February 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM  

Congratulations Greg! Psyched that you are getting a Goblin! Looking forward to another year of Airborne adventures. Videos are always a blast and I do appreciate your honest reviews of the products you test. Even though you are representing Airborne it is great to know you are going to give us the good and not so good about each ride. Keep it up and post up those Goblin pics when you get it!

Greg Heil February 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Thanks eastwood, and thanks for the feedback! I'll definitely keep the videos and reviews coming, then! And rest assured... you'll get to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. So far, it's been mostly good!

Can't wait until the Goblin gets here!

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