Airborne Guardian 2.0 29er Hardtail

4/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $599.95

Product Description

Mission Black or Hot White. Airborne's budget-minded hardtail 29er. Hydroformed frame with RockShox XC28 TK Mg29 lockout fork,SRAM X5 3x9 drivetrain, Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Brakes.

This new version of the Guardian shares most of the same spec as the first-generation (red) Guardian; same 6061-T6 Aluminum frame, the same Airborne handlebar, stem, seatpost, Small Block 8 tires, and Selle San Marco Saddle. The fork is the 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. Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic brakes. Truvativ E400 cranks. Weinmann Disc-Bull double-walled and eyeletted wheelset.

All Guardians now come with X5 front deraileurs for better shifting and tire clearance. We've increased the fork travel to 100mm. And on the 16's, we've used the same curved top tube as used on the current Goblin to offer more stand-over clearance.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BENKD29 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2014

Strengths:    Value, overall spec, hydraulic brakes, great entry level HT 29er!

Weaknesses:    the seat was a bit firm for me, no big deal. the Rockshox fork is ok, it works well for what it is, heavy. I would imagine it's better than most of the suntour stuff. i would say it's the weak point on this bike. it's not a deal breaker though. i rode this bike hard for months before i decided to upgrade. also depends on rider, terrain, and aggressiveness.

Bottom Line:   
after 6-7 months of ownership i am very happy with my purchase. i would recommend it to anyone looking for their first serious mountain bike/29er. i strongly recommend calling Airborne before ordering! they are very friendly and extremely helpful. the reason you should call if nothing else is to make sure you get the sizing right. in my experience the sizing chart on the website is not accurate. I am 6'3" 210 lbs. 34.5 stand over. after talking to them i purchased the large 20" frame even though i clearly fall in the middle of the XL frame size. this was the right choice. it fits me well and i would be too stretched out on the 22". i told them they should change the info on the website but it is still the same.

the Rockshox fork comes with the medium spring and it not sufficient for a rider my weight. any medium to large jumps/drops can end badly if you land neutrally or front heavy. i went over the handlebars 5-6 times before i figured out the problem and decided to do something about it. i ordered the stiff spring and installed it and it made a huge difference! a couple times i started to brace for impact on a front heavy landing, and was pleasantly surprised when it saved my bacon! i recently upgraded to a Reba and love it.

the brakes are great. especially for an entry level bike. the shifters/derailleurs are pretty good. they are the best i have ever used. it wasn't too hard to get them dialed in. but i am now aware that much better components exist. not plans to upgrade yet, until i decide to go to a 2x10 setup.

wheels seem fine. had to tighten a few spokes after break-in. no big deal.

the tires are good for light trail riding. you will start to lose grip if you push too hard. depends on rider, terrain, style, aggressiveness. i upgraded to tubeless, knobbier tires, and 2.4" tire in front. HUGE difference in grip!

i rode for months without really making any changes. all kinds of trails and single track. it wasn't until i started racing that i decided to make any big changes and if i hadn't started racing the bike would still be mostly stock. good durable components.

get your cockpit dialed first. then worry about other stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Dryer road park

Duration Product Used:   7 months

Price Paid:    $599.00

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Bike Setup:   Belair saddle, salsa bars, tubeless, 2.4" front tire, Rockshox Reba RL fork, clipless peddles.

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