ClimbingAs I mentioned in my first review, coming from a heavy dual suspension bike to the Goblin heralded a night-and-day difference in climbing ability. I felt like a rocket when I jumped aboard the Goblin! In fact, the Goblin is so much fun to ride that I've only done one or two rides on my 26er dually since I got my new rig. Of course, that does have something to do with the fact that I needed to pile up the miles in order to review it, but the speed with which I've been able to power through the singletrack has been refreshing!
Of course, this isn't the lightest of mountain bikes. I put it on the scale and my 16" frame with a completely stock build, a pair of pedals, one water bottle holder, and some mud weighed 28.57 lbs. But when looking at this weight, you need to be aware of two things:
- This bike only retails for $1,200. That is a pretty respectable weight at this price point, especially considering the large wheels.
- If you want to spend some money to upgrade, you can drop weight fast!
Coming from a 5.5" trail bike, it did take me a little while to adjust to riding a hardtail again. After my initial adjustment period, though, I was railing the downhills in style! The big wheels are super stable at speed, and the Goblin's geometry is confidence inspiring in challenging conditions. Due to the lack of serious suspension, I had to be a little more precise with line choice and slow down more through some sections, but that's simply due to the nature of this style of mountain bike.
One of the only downfalls in the Goblin's descending abilities is due to the fork, which I'll talk about in just a second.
Do you have any questions that I can answer about the Airborne Goblin?