After writing about Airborne’s Interbike sale not too long ago (here) a friend of mine decided that she wanted to get back into cycling. What great timing on her part! With the sale price, a bike in a box showed up at her place today for the amazing price of $250! Since I am the resident bike geek in the workplace, I picked up the box on my way home from work to put together the Sabre for her, and thought I would post the build process. I am still not so sure I would call this a build, it was that easy!
The Sabre was packed amazingly well. Every important part was covered, and most if not all of the bike was tied together in one unit. There was a small accessories box that was loose in the larger bike box, that held the manual, reflectors, and two cable ferrules. This box had a small hole that had developed in transit, but nothing seemed to be missing. That would be my only complaint in the shipping category.
Once out of the box, the seat post was installed to place the bike on the rack, and I spent the majority of the build time taking off the packing material. All of the tubes of the bike were wrapped and taped, the fork was bubble-wrapped and taped, the bars were wrapped and taped; do you see a pattern yet? It was packed very well, with nothing really forgotten about. Everything went together as smoothly as possible.
One non-issue, that potentially could be an issue(Maybe?) is that the stem is installed backwards. This enables the fork to be installed during the shipping process, as the stem in the reverse position makes the bike easier to pack. This only takes an allen wrench to loosen two bolts, but I could see some folks just turning the stem around, while attached, and ending up with a fork in the wrong position. I think it would be very obvious, but some might not. I feel it should be noted though…
After the stem was spun around, I mounted the handlebars, installed the front wheel, and inflated the tires to the proper level. While the bike was still on the stand, I tested out the shifting and braking, and everything was as it should be, so pedals were installed and it was time for a test ride.
The Sabre reminded me of my first “serious” mountain bike, only the Sabre costs around $200 less! Just around 15 minutes speeding around the neighborhood, mostly due to this bike not being my size. Anyway though, in my short time with it, I walked away impressed. The shifting was spot on. The Shimano 7 speed shifters, matched to Shimano derailleurs front and back worked like a charm. I was expecting to spend most of the evening fine tuning the shifting, and I did not even have to adjust it. Flawless! The Tektro Novela disc brakes also surprised me, being a great, easy, virtually set-up free disc brake. The fork did not impress me as much as the other items, but I am used to riding a rigid steel bike, so I would probably not be the best to judge the suspension. Top all of that off with a WTB saddle, and that is a smoking deal for your first mountain bike. Well done Airborne!
If you are on the fence about buying an Airborne due to putting it together yourself, don’t be. This ended up being maybe a 30 minute investment, with most of my time removing packaging. If you are interested in this deal, you need to move fast since it is over on the 23rd. Head over to Airborne’s site here to start your adventure!
After about a four year hiatus, I finally made it back to England Idlewild trails in Burlington Ky. Quite a bit has changed in that amount of time, mainly the entrance and exit to the system. In the past, you had a straight shot descent into the system, which was not much to write home about. Now however, you have a great, smooth, flowy and fun trail called the Roundabout, which makes entering the system seem like you are riding on a pump track. Banked turns, and smooth hard packed trails, you cant beat that. Definitely worth checking out if you feel like traveling to the Can Tuck lands.
Check out their site here.
Just keep spinning…
Finally, after quite a bit of preparations, I took the Troll on it’s maiden voyage overnight bikepacking trip. Not really having a route in mind, I set out from my family’s property in the Southeastern Ohio county of Vinton for a day long ride that would end at high point of the family lands. This kind of ride has been long overdue, so I took my sweet time with it and ended up with a 7.5 hour ride, that only covered around 40 miles. But what a sweet 40 miles they were, that completely wiped me out. The miles started in the woods, with some great mountain biking, a little bit of hike-a-bike, a rocky downhill straight out of SoCal, some back roads, some gravel grinding, and lots and lots of climbing. The Cincinnati area has nothing on this type of un-glaciated Ohio hills.
Enough with the words, I will let the pictures tell the rest…
I haven’t seen rocks like this since my trail time in SoCal… McGee Rd.
Self portrait at the end of McGee Rd.
County Rd. 17 in Vinton County.
Tar Hollow state park entrance.
Sharp turn at the top of a killer climb.
Gravel grinding on park rd. 9.
My new best friend, a Black Rat snake.
Gravel grinding continues on park rd. 39.
Black and white view of the forest firetower.
Even though it completely drained me, I wasted a set of brakes, and bashed my rear derailleur on a few rocks to push it out of line, it was a great way to spend the day. Some changes are in order for round two, when that day comes.
Almost forgot this short clip of loaded descending:
Just keep spinning…
Up and out the door before the sun today to snap a few pictures. Did not realize that my lens was so dirty until I uploaded the photos. My new Osprey pack held my gear snugly on my back, and carried the tri-pod quite well. Granted, the pack is not made for a tri-pod, but it works nonetheless.
Great morning to be out, I need to do this more often…
Just keep spinning…
Lately, I have been trying to hone my photography skills, and what better way to do it than by a bicycle? Last night brought on a quick ride through the local nature preserve at dusk.
Take some time to slow down your riding, and just enjoy the scenery. You will be glad that you did…
Just keep spinning…