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Is the Airborne Marauder really a downhill/freeride bike, as it is listed, and for only $699?

I know alot of you wouldn't spend less than thousands for a dh/fr bike, but this is in my price range and I am a beginner, won't be doing any big jumps or drops, and will be riding on pavement alot and uphill as well. So technically you would probably say I am needing an all mountain, but I want to get into downhill and want to know how this bike will hold up.

Please, don't compare it to your multi-thousand dollar rigs, compare it to the Sortie, Mission, Giant Yukon FX, and whatever else is in that price range. Thanks.
 

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The "new" Airborne line are really rebadged Iron Horse frames. Not a bad thing.
This bike was previously known as the Iron Horse Warrior.

I rode a Iron Hose Yakuza (now the Airborne Taka) for 3 seasons, handed it to friend who's been riding it for 2 more without issue.

If it's in your price range, and will get you out on the trails, I say go for it. Parts are always upgradeable in the future.:thumbsup:
 

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A dude just wrote a review and said

"Strengths: this bikes amazing!! its 32 pounds has 8-10 inces on the back and 12 on the front!"

lol I doubt it has 12 in front but idk, he seemed to like the bike...
 

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yamahaalex37 said:
Is the Airborne Marauder really a downhill/freeride bike, as it is listed, and for only $699?

I know alot of you wouldn't spend less than thousands for a dh/fr bike, but this is in my price range and I am a beginner, won't be doing any big jumps or drops, and will be riding on pavement alot and uphill as well. So technically you would probably say I am needing an all mountain, but I want to get into downhill and want to know how this bike will hold up.

Please, don't compare it to your multi-thousand dollar rigs, compare it to the Sortie, Mission, Giant Yukon FX, and whatever else is in that price range. Thanks.
Looks like a good entry level bike. I'd say go for it at 700. If you stick with the whole MTB thing you will be ready to upgrade in a year or two, and know more about what you want/need from your next bike.
 

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Like others said, you get what you pay for. I put about 25 miles on the Marauder out at Sea Otter, and it was a pretty decent ride. The geometry felt awesome in the air. It is pretty burly... it'll hold up. But it doesn't have the most expensive components. If you're looking for a bike to get into freeride on a budget, this would be an excellent choice.
 

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Small correction

This model is not the old IH Warrior.
The Warrior had 5 inches while this one has 6 inches.
I think it might be closer to the old Sachem.
JEB
 

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I wan in your position a year ago and I found a used giant faith for 600$ I ended up puting 600 more into it but befor I did that it was still a great first downhill bike. So i would say spend your 700 on somthing local and used is you can find something.
 

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I would look around for a IH seven point, still might be able to find a couple new, and they will be a hellava lot better then a Sachem.
 

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so sick

this bike is great. i ve had it for a month and its perfect for me. i took it to big bear/ snow summit and it held up on the gnarlyest dh they had. yes its not a dh bike (freeride), and yes it is heavy as sh^t (37lbs), and yes it is an IH (sachem). but all those things are not bad. sounds like its what you are looking for. might as well get a new bike from a company that is still around, for $700 plus pedels :p :thumbsup:
 

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$700 for that bike? You can't go wrong honestly. IH did make super tough bikes. I have an IH Yakuza Sohon Bucho (the DH bike you can get for $1500 right now) and it's straight up bomb proof.

The problem with buying used is that you inherit all of the abuse of the previous rider. If the dude never repacked the bearings in his head set you might buy a frame that is no good after 3 months of riding. If you can buy brand new then that's certainly the way to go and I think these super cheap bikes are good because they were made by a legit bike company and the Yakuza has been tried and loved by many around the world. Just look at the reviews on this site.
 

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dont be an a$$hole. it is a light freeride bike. freeride is a state of mind, a way of attacking the mountain. this bike does a good job at that. dont confuse people with your headtube angle bs. the only difference is it has a 1 1/8 in diameter instead of the bigger new 1.5. this guy is a duche who likes to show off his $2000 bike. the airborne marauder is a burly bike that will hold up to almost all FREERIDING
 

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robuler said:
this bike is great. i ve had it for a month and its perfect for me. i took it to big bear/ snow summit and it held up on the gnarlyest dh they had. yes its not a dh bike (freeride), and yes it is heavy as sh^t (37lbs), and yes it is an IH (sachem). but all those things are not bad. sounds like its what you are looking for. might as well get a new bike from a company that is still around, for $700 plus pedels :p :thumbsup:
So would you say that Spinner fork is the $hit?
 

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robuler said:
this bike is great. i ve had it for a month and its perfect for me. i took it to big bear/ snow summit and it held up on the gnarlyest dh they had. yes its not a dh bike (freeride), and yes it is heavy as sh^t (37lbs), and yes it is an IH (sachem). but all those things are not bad. sounds like its what you are looking for. might as well get a new bike from a company that is still around, for $700 plus pedels :p :thumbsup:
Hey, it's the airborne flight crew!
 

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robuler said:
dont be an a$$hole. it is a light freeride bike. freeride is a state of mind, a way of attacking the mountain. this bike does a good job at that. dont confuse people with your headtube angle bs. the only difference is it has a 1 1/8 in diameter instead of the bigger new 1.5. this guy is a duche who likes to show off his $2000 bike. the airborne marauder is a burly bike that will hold up to almost all FREERIDING
I dont remember the last time I posted my bike here on mtbr. Freeride also suppsoedly should inform you where the bike would perform best. Saying there is no differance between better bikes and a bike with 69 deg head angle is stupid. Im not saying its a bad bike. Its a very good bike for that price but durability is not the only thing that makes a freeride bike. So instead of calling me names stop pretending like I insulted you.

Its a trailbike with freeride bike burlyness. You can do freeriding on it because of how strong it is but the geo and 3/4 of the setup is from a trailbike.
 
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