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Any good or bad thoughts on Airborne Ti frames (zepplin)(4 posts)

Any good or bad thoughts on Airborne Ti frames (zepplin)Ray Still
Apr 15, 2001 12:30 PM
Just wondering if anybody has first hand experience with Airborne frames and dealing with the company direct. Any input would greatley be appreciated before I make a choice.

Thank you
Ray Still
Email Toby18@mindspring.com
re: Any good or bad thoughts on Airborne Ti frames (zepplin)Akirasho
Apr 15, 2001 1:46 PM
I've got a couple of Airborne Spectre frames (relatively low milage... only one built up at the moment) which supplant/replace a couple of Al TT bikes (one is a modified Cannondale R2.8). I'm impressed by the build quality, finish and ride qualities, albeit short term. I've compared all of the above except ride quality to other Ti makers.

The basic spec' differences aside from frame material are:

R2.8
SPOX wheels, EMS fork
Spectre
CXP 30 32 spoke wheels, BDC fork

The Spectre appears to be more compliant over rough stuff while on the aeros while giving little noticable perception of bottom bracket flex when compared to the R2.8. The R2.8 does however, appear to be an overall more rigid platform. In a couple of words... I like Spectre.

I'm lucky... I only live about 20 minutes from Airborne's NA distribution facility in Springboro OH and had the opportunity to pick up one of the frames in person (and save on shipping and handling). I was impressed with the folks I spoke with... and their enthusiam about their product (one employee will be doing battle aboard a Spectre during some of our local TT events starting this Tuesday).

Also note... Airborne posted this on our local club's forum:

Buy & Sell Bikes, Frames & Accessories
Join us Saturday, April 28th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 2nd Semi-Annual Airborne Bicycle Garage Sale and Swap Meet at the Airborne world headquarters in Springboro, Ohio, just 45 miles north of Cincinnati, and 25 minutes south of Dayton. Limited Free table space will be available, so bring your new, old, tired and weary components to sell. We'll also be selling Airborne demo bikes, discontinued models, scratch-and-dent components and frames, prototype frames, and other miscellaneous parts, so bring cash! Be sure to get your ticket for the Airborne Frame Raffle at 2:30. A 6% Ohio state sales tax will apply on all Airborne sales. Credit card payments accepted on items over $100. Contact Ryan Adelman for more information: ryan@airborne.net

Location:
901 Pleasant Valley Dr.
Springboro, OH 45066

Directions:
Take Hwy 75 North and exit 38, SR 73 (Springboro/Franklin). Go East 1/8-mile to first light, turn right on Sharts Rd. Turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road and right into Huffy Bicycle Tech center parking lot. Walk around to bay dock doors on east side of building.

I don't work for Airborne and am merely posting this FYI. If you're in the area, it might be worth your while to stop by.

Be the bike.
re: ReviewsSteveS
Apr 15, 2001 4:36 PM
The forum offers the advantage of a review section where you can read about various products. The last time I looked, there were over 30 very positive reviews of the Zeppelin either as a complete bike or as a frame. Check them out.
Recently, Airborne improved a board at their website where you can post your questions and get a direct response from other owners. Try it too.
I have both the Lucky Strike and the Zeppelin and love them both. Spent all my time on my Spectrum this weekend and it is a beautiful bike, but the Zeppelin is not inferior to it in any way. (other than lugs and paint of course)
re: good thoughts on Airborne Ti frames (zepplin)4bykn
Apr 16, 2001 7:56 AM
I have been the owner of a Zep' for almost three weeks now and cannot say anything bad about it. The ride, the welds, etc. are all top-notch. The purchase experience was very smooth, they answered any questions accurately and quickly. If you wish to check out my buying experience, chek out the forum section of their site under "sizing questions", topic "what to measure...". This shows how my dealing with the company in the last few days leading up to my order. I use mhannah59 as my screen name on the site. The fit of my bike when I received it was actually better than what I had been "sized" on at my LBS.