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Habanero Frames(3 posts)

Habanero FramesBroom Wagon
Jun 4, 2001 2:20 PM
Anyone know anything about Habanero frames? I believe it's similar to Airborne in that the frames are made in China. I haven't found any reviews on this site. Their prices are comparable to Airborne but have a more conventional double-diamond design. They also have a new team model with curved stays.

I've been to their website, but aside from that, I can't seem to find any other information.

Any information would be appreciated.
re: Habanero FramesCliff Oates
Jun 4, 2001 4:44 PM
The owner of the firm, Mark Hickey, is an active member of the rec.bicycles.tech usenet newsgroup. He and his product are well regarded over there. If you ask about the frames in that group, you will get replies from owners. Mark keeps a low profile in terms of pushing his products in the newsgroup, so you'd probably need to ask him a direct question to get a reply from him.
re: Habanero FramesAndyV
Jun 4, 2001 6:10 PM
FWIW, I had a brief, although only visual, experience with their road frame when I ordered one last winter. Overall, it was kind of cheap looking when compared to a good quality American Ti frame. The frame has a hand-brushed finish (unlike Airborne frames which are bead-blasted)that was a little sloppy in places. The same goes for the weld beads: thorough but not "pretty". The seat clamp bolt easily stripped upon tightening. You certainly get what you pay for here. However, I'm sure the finish "imperfections" are purely cosmetic and won't affect the integrity and performance of the frame. To its credit, the frame came perfectly prepped (ie. treads chased, tubes reamed and faced). I decided to return the frame (without building it up) and bought a Litespeed Classic frame at closeout since personally I am very picky when it comes to product appearance and worksmanship. In light of all this, I would still recommend their frames for someone looking for a good, inexpensive Ti frame but is willing to compromise a little on finish quality. The Litespeed frame I bought was almost twice the price, but I can't imagine it is twice as "good" as the Habanero. Also, Habanero is also a small, personable company and their customer service seems very good. You actually talk to and place the order with one of the owners!
Anyway, hoped this helped some.
Andy