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Just pulled the trigger on the Goblin. I have spent the last week going between the Seeker, Goblin and Goblin EVO. I hope I don't regret not getting the EVO. I mainly ride smooth trails like Tsali and Jackrabbit trail in Western NC. Now the waiting game starts.

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You won't regret anything - the XC Geo works perfectly on smooth flowy trails. Congratulations!

Thanks, I can't wait to get it here. It's starting to get nice enough to ride. We were able to ride on Tuesday and it was great to get back out there. Amazon already has my fork pump and new pedals on the way to me. Just need three books now. BDF hurry with my shipping.?

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Here is how my morning went. The bike was scheduled to be delivered today. Well fed ex came a day early while I was at work. Had to have a buddy go to my house to sign for it so that I didn't have to drive 35miles one way to the main office.
The bike was packaged great. Didn't find any problems with assembly at all. Brakes and shifters were adjusted great. Assembly was about 30-45 mins.
I went with Crank Bros green candy pedals. Took the bike to my local trails and did a little 8 mile ride to get all the saddle and cockpit adjustments needed. Think I want to go with a shorter stem. I felt a little stretched out with some lower back pain. But I am very impressed with Airborne bikes and service.

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Trying to convince my wife I need to order the Sun Ringle Charger comp while they are on sale.
I just bought a pair of those - haven't mounted them yet though. Everything I've read indicates that it's a pretty significant improvement. For the low price of the Chargers, I may re-sell the stock wheels on Craigslist locally to recoup some of the cost. I've seen similar wheelsets get snatched up for $150/pr which leaves you with $50 in your Chargers.
 

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I am ready to pull the debit card out. I am curious to hear your thoughts.
I finally got time to select/buy/mount new tires on my Comp's. I then took my Goblin out for a quick ride on a short trail near home. The difference is a very noticeable improvement in responsiveness, acceleration, and liveliness. To me, it's not a "OMG, this changes my political and religious views" kind of difference but I wasn't expecting that. Maybe it's confirmation bias, but the whole bike feels lighter under me when riding. There's a notable difference when holding the stock wheel/tire combo in one hand and the Comp/Purg combo in the other. For the price of the Comp's I'd say it was money well spent and would do again in heartbeat.

Overall weight of the bike dropped by a hair under 2 lbs. It likely would have been more but I went from the Kenda SB8 2.1" stock tires to the Specialized Purgatory 2.3"; so I offset the weight saving of the new wheels with more beef in the tires.

If you can get them mid-200 or better, I say "Go!".
 
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