Consumer-direct brands have pushed their way into the mainstream, and Airborne was one of the first companies to break that barrier. Founded in 1997 with a strong resurgence in 2010, Airborne has kept its line of bikes fairly simple,
making it easy for riders to find their next machine. Airborne is
heavily focused on the hardtail market, but does offer a downhill
Over the last couple seasons plus-size tires have become
more popular, and the Griffin is aimed at riders looking to see
how mid-fat tires roll. With a competitive price tag and solid build
kit, the Griffin drew the attention of the wrecking crew for a full
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
A broad range of plus-size bikes are available, including everything from hardtails to enduro rigs. The Griffin is aimed at the
entry- to mid-level trail rider with its aluminum frame and 120
millimeters of front suspension. The frame geometry leans more
towards cross-country riding, but the parts and versatility will be a
draw for aspiring bikepackers and adventure seekers. Riders looking for something fun for their local groomed singletrack will also
find plenty of value in the Griffin.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
At first glance the Griffin’s frame looks pretty simple, but
Airborne made sure to incorporate plenty of modern concepts. The
Griffin uses Boost 148x12 spacing in the rear to allow for clearance of the wider 3-inch tires. The tubing is made from 6061-T6
hydroformed aluminum and has a PF92 bottom bracket shell,
along with Boost-specific SRAM GX1 cranks. To complete the
frame design, Airborne uses a modern tapered head tube and fairly slack 69-degree head angle. All of the cables are routed externally for easy access and maintenance. The Griffin is only available
in 16-, 18- or 20-inch sizes and has a retail price of $1,351.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Our test bike came equipped with a full SRAM GX1 build kit that
gave us consistent shifting performance during our rides. The Sun
Ringle MuleFut wheels were stiff and stayed true, giving our testers confidence that they would hold up in the long run. This is the
first bike we have ridden with Vee Trax Fatty tires, and our testers
were happy with their overall performance and traction.
Plus-size trail mythology