Its no secret that most of us at Airborne got our start in mountainbiking as cross-country riders. And while its still our mainstay, we've been bitten in recent years by the almighty gravity bug. We've found that the time we spend riding downhill actually makes us better cross-crountry riders.
With the ongoing trend of ski resorts building gravity parks for mountainbikers to ride in the warm months, there has never been a better time to be a gravity rider.
It's one thing to ride a rental bike when you go to the local gravity park. Its another to be able to bring your own bike and ride what you are used to riding. It makes things much more enjoyable and you become a more confident rider as your skills progress. With that in mind, we set out to build a park/resort bike that wouldn't break the bank.
The Toxin is a 7" travel, single-crown gravity park bike that is ready to shred, right out of the box. Its built around a stout 6061-T6 Aluminum frame with a modified single-pivot suspension and equipped with a RockShox Domain and KageR. SRAM's X5 workhorse group takes care of the shifting duties, and braking is handled by Elixir 3's mated to 200mm rotors front and rear. A sealed-hub Alex FR32 DH wheelset shod with Maxxis DHF 2.5 tires front and rear makes for durable and capable rolling stock. Lastly we used a full KORE cockpit; bars, stem, post, seat, and even pedals. All of that in a great-looking package for only $1749.
Video: Justen Soule